When it comes to silicone sealants, there are a lot of options on the market.
So, how do you know which one to choose?
In this blog post, we’ll break down the different types of silicone sealants and their main uses so that you can make an informed decision the next time you’re at the hardware store.
Silicone sealants come in a variety of formulations, each designed for specific applications.
For example, construction silicone is designed for use in high-temperature and high-humidity environments, making it perfect for sealing around baths and shower trays.
General Purpose Silicone
General-purpose silicone, on the other hand, is better suited for smaller projects like sealing around windows and doors.
Additionally, silicone sealants can be either acid-curing or neutral-curing.
Acid Curing Silicone
Acid-curing silicone contains acetic acid, which gives it a strong vinegar smell. This type of silicone is best for areas that will not be exposed to sunlight or moisture as it takes longer to cure.
Neutral-curing silicone does not contain acetic acid, so it doesn’t have a strong odor. This type of silicone is best for areas that will be exposed to sunlight or moisture as it cures quickly.
Clear or Pigmented Silicone
Finally, silicone sealants can be either clear or pigmented.
Clear silicone is perfect for applications where aesthetics are important, such as sealing around glass shower doors.
Pigmented silicone is ideal for applications where a color match is not critical, such as sealing around a concrete patio.
Are All Silicone Sealants The Same?
No, not all silicone sealants are the same, there’s many different types of silicone sealants including…
- Construction Silicone
- General Purpose Silicone
- Neutral-curing silicone
- Clear or Pigmented Silicone
Now that you know a little bit more about the different types of silicone sealants on the market, you can make an informed decision the next time you’re at the store.
If you’re still not sure which type of silicone is right for your project, just ask one of our knowledgeable staff members and they’ll be happy to help you out.