One of the most challenging parts of completing a building renovation is keeping out damp and moisture.
Sikaflex and Sika Pro sealants are some of the most effective and efficient sealants in use in the building industry, and they are perfect for the kind of challenges that the Australian building industry faces.
Sealing buildings can be a challenge because of the range of shapes and sizes of building that need sealed. If you want to make sure that your building is sealed properly, then you need malleable and flexible sealants that can fit into tight corners and strangely shaped gaps.
The Sika Pro Sausage is a flexible and malleable thixotropic sealant that is applied using a sausage gun, and that will cure when it comes in contact with atmospheric moisture. When it cures, it becomes strong and adhesive - there is no need to prime the substrate before application in most cases.
For even more targeted applications there are things like Sikaflex Pro Cartridges which is a thixotropic, polyurethane based sealant that can be applied in more hard to reach places, and that again will become a powerful adhesive. It can be used above or below ground, to seal construction joints and even joints in concrete elements. It is suitable for sanitary installations and for draught proofing and to seal window or door frames. It's an easy to use product, which can fill joints up to 30mm in width quite comfortably, and that can handle being painted over with the majority of solvent, rubber or water based paints.
With Sikaflex Pro Sausages you can be confident that you can use them even around drinking water, and that the sealant will resist bacterial attack, and not damage the materials that it is adhering to. There are many sealants available, but a lot of the food-safe sealants require careful mixing, otherwise if you're just sealing a small area you might have wastage to contend with. That is not the case with sausages, where you just apply what you need using the gun, and can store the rest for later use.
The Sika 11 FC cartridges can be used for a number of different indoor and outdoor applications, as can Sika FC Sausages, which are good for joint sealants in a number of fields, including soundproofing pipes between concrete and sheathing, and for use with vertical and horizontal joints. They can be used to caulk between partitions, to seal seams and to seal metal or wood, as well as around vents. These versatile sealants can be used for a number of prefabricated environments, and since they are both flexible and elastic they can handle situations that other sealants can't. They are suitable for being painted over with most flexible paints.
The Australian climate can be a harsh one, and you need to make sure you choose the right sealant for the environment, but there are certainly enough options to choose from. Be sure to confirm the building standards for the project before you start work.