Testing Long-Term Durability & Weather Resistance of Building Products
Our lab has the capacity to test products for their durability against wind, rain, heat, cold, sunlight, humidity, and moisture. Through our comprehensive testing processes we help manufacturers understand how their products stand up in these real-world conditions. With this valuable testing data, manufacturers see where they can improve product performance and outshine their competitors.
Our Wind-Driven Rain Chamber verifies that products and systems will not leak in hurricane-type rain storms. The chamber also is used to verify the physical integrity of products and systems to withstand related wind forces.
Hurricanes and tornados are notorious for throwing debris through the windows, doors, and walls of homes. Our Air Cannon is capable of shooting large (for example, an 8’ 2x4) and small debris at a range of building products to understand how they will stand up under impact.
Color changes and physical property degradation are typical effects of long- term exposure to UV radiation from sunlight. With Xenon Arc and QUV weatherometers we evaluate these changes by controlling UV light/dark, temperature, and humidity over a period of time and comparing “before” and “after” properties.
Temperature extremes affect both the physical properties of building products and the installation process. Our industry-leading environmental chambers allow us to test products against extreme hot and cold temperatures, as well as humidity – in temperatures as high as 150°F or as low as 10°F for large-scale evaluations.
Humidity & Moisture
Moisture absorption and humidity are major contributors to building material degradation and product corrosion, mold and mildew growth, and aspects of indoor environmental quality. We conduct both accelerated and long-term studies on the effects of corrosion on various combinations of materials and products, as well as evaluate how products react in various moisture-based environments.