Silicone sealant is a versatile and flexible waterproof sealant with a large number of applications especially in the glass and glazing industry.
Most silicone sealants release acetic acid while curing. This gives off a characteristic vinegar like smell. In some circumstances this odour may be very undesirable but more importantly the acetic acid may have a negative impact on the materials being sealed and this is what brings us to this article.
Acidic cure silicone has negative effects on a range of materials – paint, silvered coatings, plastics, stone, timber are all effected negatively by the curing process. More often than not causing a reaction in the form of staining or bubbling effects.
This is why neutral sure sealants and glues should always be used when installing mirrors or painted glass splashbacks. Neutral cure silicone products reduce or eliminate the production of acetic acid while curing ensuring that your newly installed product is not negatively affected as described above. Often the better quality sealants also tend to be neutral cure products.
.Mould is a real issue with silicone sealants used in wet environments such as bathrooms. Silicones contain acetates which effectively feed mould causing it to go black soon after your installation.
Mould/ mildew resistant silicones are widely available on todays market and should always be demanded when installing your next bathroom products
These silicones include an added fungicide that actively reduces the formation of mould on silicone that is frequently exposed to moisture. I must also add that these products are 100% resistant. The shower and silicone still needs cleaned regularly and general maintenance is required for the best results.
Speak to us about Neutral cure and Mildew resistant silicones on your next installation…