Jeff Richards, Sealing & Bonding Product Manager at Sika Limited

With such a variety of jointing sealants available in the construction marketplace, choosing the right one for your building project can prove difficult. To help with the all-important specification process, here is some advice on products in Sika’s quality range.  

Sikaflex® Pro 3

Sikaflex Pro 3 is a jointing sealant with a reputation for providing excellent adhesion to porous substrates and superb abrasion resistance. Its durability and reliability, along with its high chemical resistance, has made it the product of choice for a range of high-profile, public projects involving areas of heavy traffic where fuel spillages are commonplace such as garage forecourts, airport aprons and bund walls.

 

Sikaflex Pro 3 is ideal for the following indoor and outdoor applications:

  • Movement and connection joints in floors
  • Pedestrian and traffic areas (eg: parking decks, car parks)
  • Warehouses and production areas
  • Applications in the food industry
  • Joints in waste water and sewage treatment plants
  • Floor joints in tunnel construction
  • Applications in cleanrooms

A Quality Product

A quality product was made even better when three years ago Sika developed a new polyurethane technology which maintained the excellent adhesion and chemical resistance of Sikaflex Pro 3 whilst making it even safer to use. The new system is the patented Sika i-Cure Technology which prevents the release of carbon dioxide during cure and as a result, prevents bubbling within the body of the sealant.

 

In addition to Sika i-Cure Technology, Sika developed a self-levelling version of the Sikaflex Pro 3: Sikaflex Pro 3 SL. This product has similar performance characteristics to the Sikaflex Pro 3 but is easier to install in floor joints. Sikaflex Pro 3 SL can be applied from a 600ml foil or via a 20-litre pail using a transfer pump.

As well as offering long-term protection against elements natural and synthetic, Sikaflex Pro 3 SL is incredibly easy to apply. Its installation saves the user a significant amount of time and effort as it flows easily into the joint and requires no tooling, due to the self-levelling nature of the product. The 20-litre pail ensures a cost-effective installation as the larger pack size reduces downtime during installation, negating the need to continually replace the 600ml foils.

Sikaflex Pro 3 SL offers the following properties:

  • Movement capability of 25% (ISO 9047)
  • Bubble-free curing
  • Self-levelling
  • Excellent adhesion to most construction materials
  • Solvent-free and odourless
  • Extremely low emission

Tried and Tested

The Sikaflex Pro 3 can also be used to seal vertical joints in facades, curtain-walling and precast panel applications. It has been tested to ISO 11600, the Global Classification standard for sealants, and is ISO 11600 - F - Class - 25HM, the F standing for Façade applications.

 

Contractors or architects may not lose any sleep over its specification, but those who underestimate the importance of jointing sealant for a new or existing building project run the risk of coming unstuck.