For the professionals who use it, it has to be said that silicone is a constantly evolving product. Solutions were architectural in the past, but today this product offers highly valued features such as thermal-acoustic insulation, earthquake-resistant buildings, passive protection against fire and high temperatures, and so on. Silicone does in short offer great versatility and adapts to the most current requirements.
It is important to note that, at present, the term “silicone” is usually used generically for any type of sealant when, in fact, there are several types of sealants and a wide variety of silicones. It sometimes seems like silicone can be used for everything and, while it is a universal product, it has very specific applications depending on the type of silicone sealant. Three basic functions can be identified: SEALING, INSULATING and JOINING. These functions could be used to classify the different types of silicones that exist.
The great value that silicone adds to a façade, as a product that has a small cost in terms of the whole façade when compared to other materials, is undeniable, but it also has some very important functions.
It would also be appropriate to add a fact which may seem trivial but is actually rather significant. Silicone has introduced transparency to construction, a characteristic that other materials (putties, etc.) do not offer. Silicone has added the value of transparency to architecture. Silicone has also enabled extensive incorporation of glass into architecture. We could say that silicone has given greater prominence to glass, giving buildings a notable aesthetic improvement, an added value which is much appreciated today.
It is clear that the evolution of façades and glazed enclosures would not have been possible without silicone.
We should also consider another important feature of silicone: its proven durability over time. This is demonstrated by buildings which were constructed more than 30 years ago using structural silicone, and which still offer the same performance today as they did on the first day. It should be noted that silicone is the most resistant chemical substance that exists. It has the same chemical base as sand or quartz, which means it resists weathering and UV radiation like no other product.