Specifier's Library - Finishes

Guide to Fire Resistant Assemblies
Selecting the right fire resistant assemblies for a project can be a daunting task. However with a basic understanding of the available design sources, selection options, and available tools, the task can be simplified and the results improved.

Cement Plaster Water-Resistive Barrier
The code includes two very different requirements for exterior wall water-resistive barriers (WRB). When using cement plaster exterior finishes, ensure the WRB is equivalent to two layers of Grade D paper, and not Type I (No. 15) asphalt felt. There is a big difference between the two.

Acoustic Ratings
There are two basic approaches to acoustic design: Sound Control and Noise Control. Sound control, provides favorable conditions for the perception of desirable sounds within a space. Noise control, excludes or reduces unwanted sounds and vibrations, especially sounds transmitted between adjacent spaces.

Wood Finishing Standards
What finishing product should I specify for casework? Wood flooring? There are so many choices. How do I know which product is best?

The Architectural Woodwork Standards is a set of standards governing the quality level and appearance of finished woodwork. The factors affecting selection of a finish are as varied as the number of available finishing materials. Owners have requirements. Some finishes require special consideration for recoating. Installers have methodologies they prefer to employ over others. Consulting the AWS can help a designer or architect make more informed choices for finishing woodwork.

Tile Setting Methods
Tile setting beds are no longer limited to mortar beds and thin beds. Now medium beds are part of the ANSI standards. Selecting the right installation products depends on the tile, the substrate, and the expected performance. So many choices: adhesives, mortars, epoxies, and more. Learn what is available and how to decide what is right for your projects.