Looking at the recent history of construction, we find that it is littered with a spectrum of failures, from minor cosmetic types up to and including those that are truly catastrophic. The former may include mere annoyances - cracked finishes and the..
Wood flooring, like all wood products is affected by moisture. It swells. It shrinks. And it is expected to always look as perfect as the day it is installed. But what happens when the wood is not installed in perfect conditions? What range of conditions..
Do construction warranties provide value for the owner? Manufacturers write warranties to limit their own risk. The warranty value will depend greatly on how the warranty is specified and the owner's knowledge of the warranty conditions.
Product selection for construction projects is all about finding the right product at the right price to satisfy the owner's project requirements. Wading through all the choices and the product data can be daunting. Often designers (and specifiers)..
Avoid surprises! Is this what you expect doors to look like?
Impervious flooring. Water-based adhesives. Fly ash and slag pozzolans. Vapor retarders. Extreme surface pH. Fast-track scheduling. All are coming together and creating flooring failures.
Do we, as specifiers and architects, have an obligation to ensure public safety? I think we do.