Construction is the primary user sector of silicones worldwide. Silicone products are used in construction to protect, strengthen, preserve and provide aesthetic and innovative features to buildings. One of the most common silicone applications in this sector is silicone sealants, which are used in bathrooms, kitchens and windows, where they bring important energy efficiency benefits.
Silicone window sealants and adhesives also facilitate large expanses of structural glazing – creating visual elegance while letting in much more light than is otherwise possible.
Silicones are used to treat fabrics and leather materials used in furniture and interior decoration. The silicone treatment makes the materials more durable and repels dirt and moisture.
Silicones are used in the manufacture of polyurethane foams, which are used in the construction of buildings, bridges, and other structures in regions affected by earthquakes. These foams absorb the shock of earthquakes, reducing the amount of damage to these structures.
Silicones are used as window sealants, to bond glass to other surfaces such as wood, natural stone, concrete or aluminum. Silicone sealants prevent humidity and hot or cold air from coming through joints and cracks, thereby contributing to better insulation and energy efficiency of buildings.
Glass joints made with silicone sealant can withstand great pressure. This multi-purpose gel repairs leaks, seals seams and bonds objects. Aquarium-specific silicone is safe for freshwater and saltwater environment.
Silicones are used to preserve the facades and details of historic buildings, sculptures and other artwork. Silicone coatings protect the stone from erosion caused by the sun, humidity, snow, ice or atmospheric pollution.