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What Can a Backer Rod Do For You?

January 17, 2017

A backer rod is a malleable, non-gassing, bi-cellular backing material for construction joints and sealant applications. For the ultimate control when it comes to your cold applied sealant materials, the backer rod performs the appropriate depth control to help you achieve the optimum desired shape. Sealants will typically not stick to the backer rod, so no bond breaker is required. The backer rod is a very popular choice in construction materials because it helps the user complete any project or repair work.

Think of the Backer Rod as Your Sealant’s Trusted Sidekick

The backer rod is a round, black, extruded, bi-cellular polyethylene material with a water impervious outer membrane. This material is compatible with most known cold applied sealants such as latex, polysulfide, acrylic, urethane, and silicone. The backer rod is exceptionally helpful for applying a sealant to asymmetrical and fluctuating joint widths, as seen in decorative stone or tile work. If bubbling concerns are critical, then the backer rod is necessary for your project. These innovative, foam rods are commonly used in expansion and contraction joints, as well as window and door joint installation and maintenance.

What Can a Backer Rod Do For You?

Available in a wide array of diameters and three carton sizes, the ingenious backer rod can fit every job. From 3/8” to 4”, the backer rod is a lightweight fix to any sealant need. They are also chemically inert and will repel gasoline, oil, and most diluters. In addition, a backer rod will not stain or adhere to sealants. Designed to save on expensive caulking material, the backer rod dutifully serves the construction and renovation industries by filling in most gaps. They provide additional insulation and increase the energy efficiency of your home. By blocking drafts, backer rods ensure that your windows do not permit outside air indoors.