AAMA Releases Voluntary Specifications for Coating Fiber-Reinforced Thermoset Profiles

Three new documents that set performance requirements for the coating of fiber-reinforced thermoset profiles used in doors, windows and skylights have been published by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA).

AAMA 623-07, Voluntary Specifications, Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for Organic Coatings on Fiber-Reinforced Thermoset Profiles, outlines standards for basic pigmented coatings, while AAMA 624-07, Voluntary Specifications, Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for High Performance Organic Coatings on Fiber-Reinforced Thermoset Profiles, details progressively higher performance requirements , and AAMA 625-07, Voluntary Specifications, Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for Superior Performance Organic Coatings on Fiber-Reinforced Thermoset Profiles, is a guide for "superior" coating or the highest level of performance.

"These voluntary specifications were created by the AAMA Fiberglass Material Council (FMC) to reflect current industry technology for factory-applied coatings, with the goal of ensuring the use of consistently higher quality fiber-reinforced thermoset components in AAMA-certified fenestration products," said Larry Livermore, AAMA technical standards manager. "Each document describes test procedures and performance requirements for organic coatings applied to AAMA-certified, fiber-reinforced thermoset profiles. Testing procedures cover (when applicable): color uniformity and reflective specular gloss readings; dry film hardness and adhesion; abrasion and impact resistance; chalk resistance, weathering; and resistance to chemicals, acids and cleaning agents," added Livermore.

"The FMC has fine-tuned performance specifications to reflect the latest thinking in the industry," notes Livermore. "AAMA 305-06, Voluntary Specifications for Fiber-Reinforced Thermoset Profiles, in conjunction with the newly-created AAMA 623, 624 and 625, will facilitate AAMA certification of fiberglass windows and doors. Ultimately, this will assist architects and owners by helping to ensure consistently higher quality in the fiber-reinforced thermoset components which are used in AAMA-certified fenestration products," he added.

During the AAMA Annual Fall Meeting last year, the Certification Policy Committee approved the FMC request to allow fiberglass certification to proceed based on the recently approved related documents rather than delaying approval until the AAMA 109-06, the profile certification procedural guide, revisions are complete. Meanwhile, a temporary waiver of the 12-month weathering test requirement was granted for coated fiberglass profiles while sampling and the real-time weathering progresses, according to the association.

All AAMA documents mentioned above are available through download, CD or paper copy at www.aamanet.org.

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