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XIAMETER ® Brand Silanes for Concrete from Dow Corning Help Repel Water

Published on 2011-02-08. Author : SpecialChem

Midland, MI -- Drivers may have fewer potholes to dodge, and local governments may be able to save money, thanks to XIAMETER ® brand silanes for concrete formulators that can help repel water and protect highway infrastructure from weather damage.

"Harsh weather wreaks havoc on roads and bridges, which can lead to dangerous driving conditions," said Norm Kanar, XIAMETER ® global product market manager. "In addition, increased maintenance costs can be a drain on severely strained state and local budgets."

The freeze-thaw cycles in winter allow water to penetrate the concrete road surfaces. When that water freezes, it expands, which creates pressure that causes the concrete to crack, resulting in hazardous potholes. On top of that, the seeping water often carries deicing salts with it, which can cause or accelerate corrosion of steel reinforcing bars, compromising the integrity of the infrastructure.

XIAMETER ® brand silanes can offer water repellent properties to concrete when applied as a penetrating treatment. Silane molecules are small and reactive, and work at a microscopic level by penetrating into and bonding to the concrete. Once applied, the layer of silane, which even in high-strength concrete can be up to 4-5 millimeters thick, creates an umbrella of protection that keeps water out.

"Using silanes as a penetrating treatment in concrete is one way to help keep roads safer and longer lasting," Kanar said. "The XIAMETER ® brand provides a convenient, proven and cost-effective way to get the right products to help prevent weather damage from occurring in the first place, so that local governments can spend less money repairing infrastructure."

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 XIA® brands. Dow Corning is a joint venture 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 XIAMETER®brand

The XIAMETER® brand of Dow Corning Corporation, offers market-driven prices for standard silicone products. Introduced in 2002, the business offers more than 2,100 products including silicone fluids, sealants, silanes, emulsions and rubber. The XIAM® business is a no-frills model offering cost effective products through streamlined services and a web-enabled order platform.

Source: Dow Corning

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