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Say goodbye to silicone shortages – embrace impregnated tape!


Ben Alcock, Business Development Manager at sealant, adhesive and tape specialists tremco illbruck, talks about the benefits of using installation tape.

Better thermal efficiency. Better weather-resistance. Better aesthetics. Ease of installation. These are just some of the excellent reasons for switching from old-fashioned silicone to an installation method fit for the twenty-first century – impregnated tape.

But over the last year, as I’ve travelled the length and breadth of the country explaining the many benefits of tape to hundreds of installers, another key advantage has started to emerge.

2018 has been the year where the global silicone shortage has really started to bite. Businesses across the country are facing higher prices and longer lead times as the result of the increasing scarcity of a material that’s vitally important to the way fenestration operates.

Global silicone demand is at an all-time high. All the world’s major silicone facilities have fallen behind demand and hiked prices – and that’s hurting installers.

Silicone usage is increasing all the time, and so this is unlikely to be a one-off occurrence. So, if you’re one of the thousands of window fitters who use it every day of your working life, how do you respond?

The answer’s simple – embrace impregnated tape.

Impregnated tape is a compressed foam insulating seal. Once you remove the backing paper, the tape steadily expands to effectively seal all gaps and spaces between the frame and wall.

Impregnated with a flame-retardant resin, it’s extremely safe, and offers outstanding thermal efficiency, outstanding air-tightness and driving rain resistance of at least 600 PA.

It doesn’t just seal and protect corner joints from mould and fungi and significantly improve acoustic insulation – it also offers a consistently high-quality finish, something silicone can’t deliver. And, most importantly of all, it’s a breeze to fit.

If you’re interested in learning more – and finding a long-term solution to instability in silicone supply – don’t hesitate to get in touch.