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Dow Corning Innovates Structural Silicone Sealant to Overcome Façade Construction Challenges

Published on 2014-07-16. Author : SpecialChem

Dow Corning Corporation – a global leader in developing silicon-based technologies for the building industry – has introduced a new structural silicone sealant as a high-performance solution to some of the glazing challenges currently faced by façade contractors and manufacturers. Easy-to-use, fast-curing Dow Corning® 121 Structural Glazing Sealant can potentially simplify installation and reduce repair time.

Supplied in a two-part cartridge complete with a static mixer,Dow Corning 121 Structural Glazing Sealant is a neutral-cure RTV silicone sealant with a unique 1-to-1 ("121") mix ratio. With easy mixing; simplified dispensing; and a fast, 24-hour cure, this new structural glazing option can eliminate the need for specialized mixing equipment. It also minimizes quality assurance issues, offering excellent adhesion and structural strength on many substrates without using a primer.

Ideal for repair or replacement of structurally glazed glass and other substrates, Dow Corning’s latest innovation for high-performance glazing combines user-friendly dispensing with the recognized performance advantages of silicones. Dow Corning 121 Structural Glazing Sealant is equally suitable for on-site structural glazing – including storefront systems or attachment of panel stiffeners – as it is for in-shop structural glazing.

Compared with typical one-part sealants, Dow Corning 121 Structural Glazing Sealant offers increased installation efficiency and productivity as well as performance improvements. Repairs that previously took 14 to 21 days can be completed in 24 hours, and swing stage rentals can be reduced from up to a month to just a couple of days. This new sealant leverages silicone benefits for better performance than organic weatherseals and structural tapes, offering durable, UV-resistant, long-life performance and excellent movement capability.

Dow Corning 121 Structural Glazing Sealant provides an alternative to using slower-curing one-part sealants, investing in two-part mixing equipment, installing fasteners and gaskets, or accepting the limited movement and load capability of tapes.

"Whether for repair, restoration or new construction, this innovative sealant for structural glazing and weathersealing combines superior long-term performance with potential up-front cost savings," said Dow Corning High Performance Building Marketing Manager Jim Stange. "And with more than 50 years of construction industry experience, Dow Corning High Performance Building Solutions offers a wide range of proven materials and technical expertise to support our customers’ project needs."

About Dow Corning

Dow Corning provides performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, Dow Corning offers more than 7,000 products and services via the company’s Dow Corning® and XIAMETER® brands. Dow Corning is equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Incorporated. More than half of Dow Corning’s annual sales are outside the United States.

About High Performance Building Solutions

Dow Corning is collaborating with industry professionals around the world to develop solutions to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, reduce the eco-footprint of construction materials, and improve the health and safety of building occupants. Taking a holistic approach, Dow Corning brings together expertise from across the company to help customers find solutions to a wide range of high performance building challenges. Dow Corning High Performance Building Solutions include proven materials for structural and protective glazing, weatherproofing, insulating glass, window and door fabrication, and building materials protection, as well as innovations for high-efficiency insulation, LED lighting, thermal management systems, and the incorporation of photovoltaic cells and solar panels into building design.

Source: Dow Corning

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