Building Finishes

Gypsum Wall Board (Drywall) Basics
This article covers gypsum board, commonly called drywall. We discuss the many variations of drywall, the typical sizes of drywall, and basic installation.
Gypsum Board (Drywall) Level of Finish
Gypsum board finish levels as specified by ASTM C 840.
Ceramic Tile - Thin-set vs Mud-set
Ceramic tile installation types including thin-set and thick-set (mud-set).
Thin-Set Tile Mortar Types
Selection of the correct type of mortar for a ceramic tile installation is critical for the longevity of the finished product. Learn about the different types of mortar that can be used for wall and floor tile or stone installations.
Tile Grout Types
There are various types of grouts that can be used with wall and floor tiles. Selection of the proper grout depends on where it is installed and what kinds of activities are occurring on or around the tile. This article will help you choose the proper type of tile grout.
Suspended Ceilings - Acoustic Ceiling Tiles
Acoustic Ceiling Tiles (ACT) are a form of stick-built suspended ceiling. This article describes the components and options.
Raised Access Flooring
Learn about the basics of Raised Access Flooring (Computer Access Flooring), which provides easy access to cables and other systems run below the floor.
Floor Slip Resistance: SCOF vs DCOF
Issues surrounding slip resistance in flooring, specifically with ceramic tile floors, are discussed. We cover how slip resistance is measured and how an architect should go about selecting tile floors that will be safe for building occupants.
Flooring - Carpet
Description and uses for carpet. Covers carpet tile, broadloom carpet, and padding.
Flooring - Resilient Flooring
A discussion of the different types of resilient flooring.
Flooring - Terrazzo
A description of the types of terrazzo flooring and the different installation systems.
Paint Sheen
Descriptions of the different levels of sheen (gloss) for paint. Covers flat, eggshell, semi-gloss, and gloss paint.
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