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Sustainable Performance | Durability


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Did You Know. . .

A high durability ceiling has a longer life cycle and allows for greater flexibility for facilities when spaces are re-purposed.

Abuse Resistance

IMPACT RESISTANCE

Falling Ball Impact Test (Modified ASTM D 1037 Procedure)

Ceilings in areas like school corridors or gymnasiums need to withstand abuse, including surface impact. The Falling Ball Impact Test evaluates a ceiling's impact resistance.

(left: These photos show the excellent impact resistance of Tundra versus a less impact-resistant ceiling.)

SCRATCH RESISTANCE

Hess Rake Test

In any areas where lay-in ceiling panels frequently need to be removed for plenum access, surface scratch resistance is highly desirable. The Hess Rake Test evaluates surface scratch resistance.

[left: These photos show the excellent scratch resistance of Ultima (with its DuraBrite surface) versus a competitive fine texture ceiling.]

FREQUENT PLENUM ACCESS

 
Minimize Damage
Downward access for Vector™ panels minimizes panel damage from hanger wires and other obstructions. See products with Vector™ edge detail, pages 35, 36, 55, 56, 131-134, 159-160.

  Cleanability

SOIL RESISTANCE

 Simulated Supply Air Diffuser Soiling Test

Dirt accumulation not only detracts from a ceiling's appearance, but can cost money by requiring painting or replacement of the ceiling.  In addition to reducing acoustical efficiency, soiling can cause a substantial reduction in light reflectance.  Most Armstrong Hi-LR ceilings provide excellent soil resistance for lasting value and performance.
The Simulated Supply Air Diffuser Soiling Test evaluates this soil-resistant property.

(left: These photos show the excellent soil resistance of Ultima versus a competitive fine texture ceiling.)

WASHABILITY

 Washability Test (ASTM D 4828)

Ceilings installed in laboratories, clean rooms, food preparation areas, and other sanitary applications are required to meet washability standards.  The Washability Test evaluates a ceiling's ability to withstand washing.

(left: These photos show the superior washability of Fine Fissured with VPO versus a standard ceiling.)

SCRUBBABILITY

  Scrubbability Test (ASTM D 2486)

Ceilings installed in laboratories, clean rooms and food preparation areas are required to meet scrubbability standards - and, sometimes, other specific criteria.  The Scrubbability test evaluates a ceiling's ability to withstand scrubbing.

(left: These photos show the excellent scrubbability of VL versus a less scrubbable ceiling.)


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