Neoprene for Construction Provides Demonstrated Sealing Capabilities
Neoprene provides demonstrated performance for a wide range of structural sealing and waterproofing applications.
In window gaskets, cable coverings or roof waterproofing membranes, Neoprene for construction is a tested and demonstrated choice for durability, waterproofing and resilience.
A History of Success
Invented by DuPont in 1931, Neoprene has a long history of outstanding performance in construction projects. Thanks to ongoing development and refinement, Neoprene remains a material of choice by builders as a performance sealing and waterproofing solution for a wide range of structural engineering needs, including:
- Preventing roof leaks.
- Sealing floors of multi-story buildings.
- Sheathing bridge bearing pads and cables.
- Protecting custom windows from winds and shocks.
Made For Custom Applications
Neoprene polychloroprene has a long track record for delivering exceptional, low-maintenance performance. The flexibility of Neoprene in production has made it a frequent choice by builders for structural engineering projects where custom parts are needed with weather-, water- and fire-resistant properties.
Durability for a New Bridge
Not many materials can provide 30 years of performance, but that was a major reason why Polycom Australia and Premier Rubber chose Neoprene for an important, innovative new bridge.
The Glebe Island Bridge in Sydney, Australia uses six tons of Neoprene in 4,500 internal guide blocks, 2,200 deviator pads and sleeves and 6,700 bridge stay-able anchor components. “Neoprene has an excellent reputation for weather. Including resistance to pollutants and the elements, including oil, grease, UV light, fumes and ozone,” said Vance Kelley, director of Premier Rubber in Sydney.
Custom Protection for an Innovative Hotel Facade
The new Seahawk Hotel in Fukuoka Japan needed a window solution that could perform in an environment that might be exposed to typhoon-force winds, earthquake shocks and salt erosion, while complementing the hotel’s unusual nautical design. Chief designer Ryo Nakai rejected traditional windows in aluminum frames. After an extensive material search, Dialock Gaskets made with Neoprene were chosen, because they are virtually maintenance-free, can easily be mass-produced in integrated molds, and combine reliability with dimensional stability.
Weather-resistant and Watertight
Neoprene for construction can stand up to weather, chemicals and heat. It is resistant to oil, grease and wax, and has good resistance to bases, dilute acids and salt solutions. Compounds can be formulated to resist ozone, weathering, immersion in water, or exposure to soil and microorganisms, for decades. Neoprene maintains performance at a range of temperatures, from -20°C (-4ºF) to 95°C (203ºF), and can even be compounded for more extreme temperatures.
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