Coatings are expected to constitute the largest application for nanomaterials in construction. Architectural paints, water sealers and deck treatments, and treatments applied during fabrication, such as scratch-resistant coatings on vinyl or wood flooring, all present substantial market opportunities for nanomaterials. Performance attributes that make them useful in coatings applications include transparency, photoreactivity, UV blocking, and stain and odor resistance. Additionally, they can be used in coatings that create self-cleaning surfaces similar to those now being engineered into window glass and plumbing fixtures.
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