The Graphic Standards Guide to Architectural Finishes
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From ARCOM and The American Institute of Architects

A complete visual guide to choosing and using finishmaterials

In this unique guide, the authors of MASTERSPEC and ArchitecturalGraphic Standards join forces to offer architects vitalsingle-source access to the unbiased information they need toevaluate, select, and specify the best finish materials for anyjob.

This powerful visual resource combines hundreds of illustrationsfrom Architectural Graphic Standards with corresponding buildingmaterial performance and specification information from AIA'sMASTERSPEC, published by ARCOM. Use this book during the schematicand design development phases of a project and as an indispensableaid for product selection and specification.

Essential for architects, interior designers, and buildingdesigners, this vital reference provides information to makeinformed decisions about specific design goals, such asaffordability, environmental friendliness, durability, fireresistance, and esthetic success. Features include:
* Unique source of independent, in-depth building productperformance information-the one source that gives you reliablebuilding product information before you consult withmanufacturers
* Covers a full range of standard finish materials and includesselection criteria, details, typical product sizes, andinstallation and maintenance data
* Provides current standards based on research by government,association, and independent testing organizations as well as theinput of experienced architects and specifiers

"Architectural Graphic Standards has served the design communityfor decades as a virtual 'bible' for architectural detailing.MASTERSPEC Evaluations have long comprised one of the bestresources available for building product selection andspecification. Consolidating the strong points of both into thisnew desktop reference is an act of sheer brilliance!"
-Martin M. Bloomenthal, FAIA, CCS, CSI, Principal, The HillierGroup, Princeton, New Jersey


ARCOM (Architectural Computer Services, Inc.) develops and publishes, MASTERSPEC architectural specifications, SPECWARE specification-writing software -- tools that help architects create accurate and complete building material specification documents. ARCOM employs more than 45 full-time architects, engineers, programmers and specification writers who concentrate on continually developing, updating and improving the MASTERSPEC library and tools.

The AIA (the American Institute of Architects), the largest professional organization for Architects in the United States. AIA owns the copyright to MasterSpec and has collaborated with ARCOM for more than 20 years to develop professional tools for architects.



Metal Stairs.


Interior Architectural Woodwork.



Steel Doors and Frames.

Flush Wood Doors.

Stile and Rail Wood Doors.

Access Doors and Frames.

Folding Doors.

Door Hardware.


Gypsum Plaster.

Gypsum Vaneer Plaster.

Portland Cement Plaster.

Factory-Finished Gypsum Board.

Gypsum Board Assemblies.

Gypsum Board Shaft-Wall Assemblies.

Glass-Reinforced Gypsum Fabrications.

Ceramic Tile.

Dimension Stone Tile.


Acoustical Panel Ceilings.

Acoustical Tile Ceilings.

Acoustical Snap-In Metal Pan Ceilings.

Acoustical Metal Pan Ceilings.

Linear Metal Ceilings.

Security Ceiling Systems.

Suspended Decorative Grids.

Fluid-Applied Athletic Flooring.

Resilient Athletic Flooring.

Brick Flooring.

Chemical-Resistant Brick Flooring.

Stone Paving and Flooring.

Wood Flooring.

Wood Athletic-Flooring Assemblies.

Resilient Floor Tile.

Sheet Vinyl Floor Coverings.

Resilient Wall Base and Accessories.

Linoleum Floor Coverings.

Static-Control Resilient Floor Coverings.

Resinous Flooring.


Carpet Tile.

Wall Coverings.

Wood-Veneer Wall Coverings.

Interior Stone Facing.

Fabric-Wrapped Panels.

Stretched-Fabric Wall Systems.

Acoustical Wall Panels.


Exterior Wood Stains.

Multicolored Interior Coatings.

High-Performance Coatings.

Elastomeric Coatings.

Intumescent Paints.

High-Temperature-Resistant Coatings.

Cementitious Coatings.

Illustration Acknowledgements.