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  • The Difference Between Caulks & Sealants

    The Difference Between Caulks & Sealants

    There is a distinct difference in both vernacular and performance when one speaks of caulks and sealants.  These terms often are used interchangeably but they do not perform in the same manner. 

  • How to Protect Your Open Joint System

    How to Protect Your Open Joint  System

    If you have an open joint system, the UV light can come through and your project can be subjected to premature or unintended failure because of deterioration.

    How can you prevent UV damage on your open joint system?

  • Furring Strips of the Future

    Furring Strips of the Future

    In construction, furring strips are thin strips of wood or other material to level or raise surfaces of another material to prevent dampness, to make space for insulation, or to level and resurface ceilings or walls. A furring strip is attached to a wall, ceiling or floor. Furring strips are often made from wood such as pine or plywood.

    When you use a wood furring strip to create a barrier between wall and cladding you are creating a barrier that is powerless to moisture absorption. This moisture can get trapped behind siding and can cause rot, mold, and mildew. Wood furring strips also tend to not include warranty and can cause cracking, warping and splitting.

    As we know, protecting our projects from having these moisture issues is critical.

    So, you might be wondering “How can I prevent these problems?”

  • Facts about the NFPA 285 Test

    Facts about the NFPA 285 Test

    WHAT IS THE NFPA 285 Test?  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 285 is a test that provides a method of determining the flammability characteristics of exterior, non-load bearing wall assemblies/panels.

  • Moisture Intrusion & Your Solution

    Moisture Intrusion & Your Solution

    As building professionals you need to stay on top of your game and understand how new products and assemblies work and the differences of installing the components and/or system correctly. These new components and systems may differ in varying degrees with what you have used or installed historically but the main focal point should be to pay proper attention to preventable problems and simple solutions. 

  • Devils in the Details

    Devils in the Details

    The devil is in the details a saying that was likely proclaimed by the foreman at the great pyramids to all his workers every morning...   A philosophy that was true then and even more so today.

  • How to Avoid Mold, Rotting & Rust

    How to Avoid Mold, Rotting & Rust

    Proper ventilation and drainage are crucial for a healthy structure. Improper or insufficient ventilation of a roof and attic space can lead to a laundry list of potential issues, including: 

    • Failure to properly release built up heat, which can cause ice damming in northern climates and undue stress on HVAC systems in the south  
    • Moisture buildup that can cause rot, mold, rust, and more undesirable consequences 
  • One-Stop-Shop | Acoustics & Waterproofing

    One-Stop-Shop | Acoustics & Waterproofing

    One-Stop-Shop; this saying might be the most cliche and overused marketing description in almost every aspect of commerce. A company collects a large basket of goods to provide additional value and convenience to hopefully attract more customers to them. At times it seems silly, why would you need milk and a tire change at the same time?!? 

    However, in construction bundling products and services certainly can add value to designers, builders, and contractors. At Keene, we have worked with our partners to develop these packages to best serve our most often used market, Multifamily construction.  

    Acoustics and Moisture Management are the two things we know well. You might be asking: “how do those relate? 

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