The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released two aluminum-specific documents—the combined AAMA 609/610-15, “Cleaning and Maintenance Guide for Architecturally Finished Aluminum” and CW-10-15, “Care and Handling of Architectural Aluminum from Shop to Site.”
AAMA 609/610-15 spells out methods, equipment and materials applicable for cleaning architecturally finished aluminum after construction and for subsequent periodic maintenance. AAMA CW-10-15 recommends how best to care for aluminum from the mill to product fabrication, to loading and shipping of the finished product, and includes care both prior to, and after, building completion.
According to Spectrum Metal Finishing’s Neil Chrisman, chair of the AAMA Aluminum Material Council Finishes Committee, an important paragraph addressing finish damage to architecturally finished aluminum was added to both documents.
“This addition was some of the most significant advice to be included in CW-10 and 609-610, and one of the most important paragraphs, since it relates to the potential for damage over time,” says Chrisman. “It puts the architects and curtainwall fabricators on notice that if the finish is compromised in any way, it may result in corrosion problems. This information was added to both, as they were the most relevant documents in which to include that crucial paragraph.”
AAMA 609/610-15, along with AAMA CW-10-15, as well as other AAMA documents, may be purchased from AAMA’s online publications store.