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Ever consider a soft backer rod?

October 20, 2016

             A soft backer rod can be used for a multitude of construction projects. Most commonly soft rod is used for concrete precast building. The rods are inserted between the gaps in the concrete, providing a backer for the necessary caulking that is applied. They can also be used around windows, doors, wall joints, and foundations. With many diameter thicknesses there are so many options for every construction project. The rods come in thickness ranging from 3/8” to 4” diameters.

            Using a soft backer rod can save on caulking materials because it fills in large gaps that would have previously used a sizable amount of caulk. Soft rods also provide extra insulation which helps to increase energy efficiency for the house or building. This extra layer of material can reduce, and even block, drafts creating a high quality window installation. The soft rod material can also be used in expansion and contraction joints, window glazing, curtain walls, construction partitions, parking decks, bridges, and even highway construction pavement maintenance.

            A soft backer rod can be used in place of the traditional closed-cell backer rod. It is a soft, non-gassing, extremely pliable material used for projects requiring additional layers of sealant. This material is especially useful for jobs with unconventional or varying joint widths. It is the most popular material for layering cold-applied sealants. Soft rod is compatible with most know cold applied sealants, such as urethane, silicone, latex, and acrylic. Sealants will not adhere to the soft rod material and a bond breaker is not necessary. To achieve the optimum hour-glass shape to your sealant, use the soft rod material as a depth control. Build your projects with confidence, knowing that this water resistant material is providing a layer of protection against unwanted moisture.