Coating of New External Walls Totalling 1,000m2
A new clinic was constructed in Tai-Nan City, Taiwan. Designed by the renowned Yuen Ken architectural practice, the clinic has a contemporary style distinguishing the building from others in the same row. As the building is tightly sandwiched between two old buildings, the architect was seeking the use of anti-carbonation coatings to increase the aesthetics of the structure and provide the external walls with effective weatherproof protection from the humid conditions and heavy rains typically experienced in Southern Taiwan. The lower two floors of the building are used as a clinic and the third floor is the Doctor’s residence.
As the building is a medical facility, it was important that any structural coatings used were non-toxic and totally safe to use in this type of environment.
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Solvent-free Anti-Carbonation Protection
Flexcrete’s distributor in Taiwan, Parallel Industrial Co., Ltd, recommended the use of Monodex coatings for this new build project due to their ability to provide exceptional weatherproof protection on buildings and structures all around the world. The coatings could be safely and rapidly applied to this medical facility as they are waterborne, non-toxic, non-leaching and non-tainting, curing without releasing solvents or heavy odour.
The clinic’s 1,000m2 of external walls were initially coated with one coat of Bond-Prime before the application of one coat of Monodex Textured. Monodex Textured is a highly engineered, waterborne, single component, acrylic-based decorative wall coating with an attractive textured finish. As well as having an attractive textured finish, Monodex Textured is also highly protective. It waterproofs surfaces for at least 10 years, yet allows high levels of entrapped substrate moisture to escape without causing blistering or delamination. It also incorporates an advanced in-film, non-leaching biocide, inhibiting the growth of mould and algae for many years, and is able to withstand substrate and thermal movement without cracking or flaking.
In order to achieve the desired finish for this project, Monodex Textured was overcoated with Monodex Ultra. Monodex Ultra is a rapid drying, minimal VOC, elastomeric water-based coating with a smooth, matt finish. Able to extend the service life of both newly constructed and existing buildings, it is ideal for the external decorative protection of facades, soffits and elevations of structures in temperate and tropical climates. Flexcrete’s Monodex coatings are available in both standard and special colours, of which white and dark red were selected by the architect to maximise the aesthetics of the building. This project is deemed so impressive that it has been recommended for a prestigious architectural design award.
Yuen Ken Architecture
Parallel Industrial Co. Ltd