In the construction and repair regularly involved such material as the sealant provided, particularly in such varieties as «silicone». What are the specifics of such material? It differs from sealant «silicone» when talking about Hermetica as a group of products?
The content of the article
- What is a sealant?
- What is a «silicone»?
- The difference between sealant and silicone»
- Comparison table
What is a sealant?
Under sealant is commonly understood as a viscous polymeric substance used in construction and repair to ensure, respectively, the tightness of any part of the premises or of the structural element of the building. For example, it can be a bath or shower: sealant in this case is applied in the gap between the plumbing fixture and the wall of the bathroom.
The sealant can also be used to reduce the likelihood of leaks in the plumbing or drainage. In this case it is applied to bolting joints.
The principle of sealant are fairly simple. Initially it is placed in the original container, usually a plastic tube. Ready-to-use sealer is a binder based on polymers, which is mixed with the solvent. After applying to any design the solvent evaporates, and a binder, filling the adjacent space, ensure design integrity.
Sealants come in a large number of modifications. Among those is silicone sealant, or silicone. What are its characteristics?
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«Silicone«is a kind of sealant, which is characterized primarily by a high level of water resistance. It can save their properties and functionality at high temperatures and not lose elasticity. Considered one of the most optimal materials for waterproofing of various compounds.
Silicone is also classified into several varieties. So, there is a particularly high-temperature silicate material of the appropriate type: it is able to maintain functionality at temperatures in the range of 1200 degrees. There is a silicone repair, there are sanitary.
Among other advantages of sealants in the variety — environmentally friendly. They are generally harmless to human body and environment.
If we talk about the shortcomings of «silicone», it can be noted that it is undesirable coating on stone, concrete and metal surfaces. The fact that the solvent in sealants appropriate type of acid used. They are able to dissolve these types of materials.
«Silicone» is significantly more expensive than many other sealants. In particular, acrylic, who can compete with him in prevalence. In some cases it is not necessary to overpay for it «silicone». If, for example, the use of the material is in an environment with relatively low temperatures, the same acrylic sealer by key consumer properties will not be inferior to silicone, notably winning it in price.
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The main difference from the sealant «silicone» is that the first term refers to the material group and the second corresponds to one of the varieties of products included in this group. Sealants — a lot. There are, not counting silicone, acrylic, polyurethane, bituminous products are of the appropriate type. The properties and purpose, they can vary greatly.
Defining the difference between sealant and silicone», reflect the findings in the table.
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What is common between them?
«Silicone» — a kind of sealant
What is the difference between them?
The term corresponds to the material group (represented, in particular, silicone, acrylic, polyurethane, bituminous products)
The term corresponds to one of the varieties of sealants characterized by excellent moisture resistance, resistance to high temperatures, environmentally friendly