Facades, fenestration and insulating glass

Finding the right adhesive or sealant to suit a specification is critical and Sika, a world leader in bonding, sealing and reinforcing solutions, both for on-site and for industrial applications, has fine-tuned their sealing and bonding solutions for the facades, fenestration and insulating glass market. 

Facades
To strike the ideal balance between aesthetic appeal and energy efficiency, architects are increasingly turning to glass curtain wall construction. Glass can be well combined with other materials such as natural stone, metals or plastic coated metals, giving planners a wide scope for creativity. But facades must also provide long-term durability. This requires perfect adhesion between the components and highly elastic, weatherproofing solutions. These specifications call for high-tech products, which are tailored to meet specific demands and guarantee peak performance in every respect. Sika supplies a wide range of tried-and-tested, innovative facade products for every demand.

Insulating glass
The facades are mainly responsible for the energy balance of a building. The excellent thermal insulating effect of bonded double- or triple-glazed units with coated glass – sealed by dual-seal technology – can save much of the energy otherwise consumed for heating or cooling. 

Windows
Structural bonding of the glass to the sash frame stiffens the window. As a result, the glass supports the frame instead of the usual situation where the frame supports the glass. Reduced requirements to the structural strength for the sash frame enable numerous options for improved window structures. The face widths of the sash frames are narrower, which increases the incoming light and improves the insulation characteristics. Permanent secure bonding of the glass with the frame reduces maintenance costs because the structure retains its dimensional stability. Settling of the sash frames is largely excluded. Automation of the glazing process and reduction of steel reinforcement make enormous contributions to improved productivity in window manufacturing.

Products available for facades, fenestration and insulating glass include:

  • Sikasil SG, adhesives for structural silicone glazing
  • Sikasil IG, adhesives for primary and secondary seals in insulating glass units
  • Sikasil WS, for weather sealing
  • Sikasil FS, for fire protection
  • Sikasil GS, for total vision glazing (TVG)
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In order to maintain its professional corporate image, Sika South Africa undertook a refurbishment project in the company’s head office reception area, which included structural and aesthetic upgrades to the walls and flooring. Sika South Africa’s head office is located in Westmead, Pinetown, and is renowned for supplying speciality chemicals to the building and automotive industries. […]

keyboard_arrow_upSika technologies aid the upgrade of The Boulevard – Cape Town
keyboard_arrow_downSika technologies aid the upgrade of The Boulevard – Cape Town

The Boulevard, situated in Woodstock Cape Town, is an upmarket commercial landmark and a popular home to both local and international tenants. This uniquely beautiful, glass building was in need of a facelift to ensure the structure was of sound integrity. The project commenced in March 2018 and was completed in June 2018. When this […]

keyboard_arrow_upAnti-graffiti coating now in South Africa
keyboard_arrow_downAnti-graffiti coating now in South Africa

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keyboard_arrow_upCornelis River Dam undergoing major refurbishment
keyboard_arrow_downCornelis River Dam undergoing major refurbishment

A wide range of Sika concrete repair and protection products were used in the Cornelis River Dam project, which needed major refurbishment in order to implement a sustainable regional bulk water supply scheme in the Phumelela Local Municipal area, prioritising Warden.

keyboard_arrow_upSIKA sponsors SANCCOB’s new seabird hospital
keyboard_arrow_downSIKA sponsors SANCCOB’s new seabird hospital

The much-anticipated new seabird hospital for SANCCOB is scheduled for completion in December 2017. Sika was delighted to be given the opportunity to support this devoted organisation whose state-of-the-art seabird hospital, the largest development in the history of SANCCOB, will certainly fulfil a dream…

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Challenges achieving the smooth surface required of a dramatically undulating chapel roof were successfully solved by a high performance fairing coat from Sika. The site was the 185-hectare, newly created Bosjes Resort in the picturesque Witzenberg district of the Western Cape where the dazzling Bosjes Chapel stands proudly at the foot of the Waaihoek Mountain.

keyboard_arrow_upA walkover for Sikafloor Garage
keyboard_arrow_downA walkover for Sikafloor Garage

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keyboard_arrow_upSika introduces Sikaflex Crystal Clear
keyboard_arrow_downSika introduces Sikaflex Crystal Clear

Sika announces the launch of new Sikaflex Crystal Clear, an optimum transparent sealant that can be used for all DIY and Contractor projects. Sikaflex Crystal Clear is a 1-component, transparent adhesive and sealant. Solvent-free, this multipurpose product complements the industry-renowned basket of Sikaflex -11 FC, Sikaflex Pro-3i and Sikaflex AT Façade. 

keyboard_arrow_upSika cures ailing Durban apartment block
keyboard_arrow_downSika cures ailing Durban apartment block

February 2016 marked the start of an estimated fifteen-month restoration project on one of the largest apartment blocks in the Southern Hemisphere. The site was the T-shaped Bencorrum Towers in Durban’s beachfront precinct, comprising 334 units and housing over a thousand people.

keyboard_arrow_upSika treatment for Cape Towns 27 Wale Street
keyboard_arrow_downSika treatment for Cape Towns 27 Wale Street

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keyboard_arrow_upSika renovates the Canadian Consulate in Pretoria
keyboard_arrow_downSika renovates the Canadian Consulate in Pretoria

In 2015 a national heritage building, dating back to the late 1800’s, was renovated using Sika’s reliable products. Having once been owned by a South African Navy sea captain, this majestic old home was subsequently bought in the 1950’s by the Canadian Government and has been used ever since as the main residence for the Canadian High Commissioner in Pretoria. 

keyboard_arrow_upSika® WT-200P
keyboard_arrow_downSika® WT-200P

Sika crystallises 100 years of waterproofing experience with the launch of their new SikaWT200 P ‘self-healing’ crystalline admixture.

keyboard_arrow_upSika introduces Sikalastic-560
keyboard_arrow_downSika introduces Sikalastic-560

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keyboard_arrow_upSika AnchorFix®-S: fast-curing universal anchoring adhesive
keyboard_arrow_downSika AnchorFix®-S: fast-curing universal anchoring adhesive

Sika has extended their offering in the Anchoring range. This new two-part, general-purpose, anchoring adhesive is based on styrenated polyester and is intended for mechanical, electrical and plumbing works, as well as metal or structural work. Sika AnchorFix®-S covers the requirements for standard applications of low to medium loads.

keyboard_arrow_upSika lays the foundation for Simba
keyboard_arrow_downSika lays the foundation for Simba

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keyboard_arrow_upSika seals and waterproofs at Standard Bank HQ
keyboard_arrow_downSika seals and waterproofs at Standard Bank HQ

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keyboard_arrow_upSika treatment for townhouse complex
keyboard_arrow_downSika treatment for townhouse complex

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keyboard_arrow_upSikaSwell® hydrophilic profiles and sealants
keyboard_arrow_downSikaSwell® hydrophilic profiles and sealants

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keyboard_arrow_upSika floats Durbans boat
keyboard_arrow_downSika floats Durbans boat

Sika’s bonding, sealing and protection products were first choice for use on La Vue, the new 85ft luxurious floating restaurant now resident in Durban Harbour. 

keyboard_arrow_upSika admixtures for local low-cost housing project
keyboard_arrow_downSika admixtures for local low-cost housing project

The Highflats low cost housing project was initiated in November 2012, with a goal of constructing 2000 houses within a 24-month period.

keyboard_arrow_upSpecialised joint sealant proves its efficacy
keyboard_arrow_downSpecialised joint sealant proves its efficacy

Midvaal Water Company in Stilfontein supplies potable water in bulk to an area of some 900km2 in the North West Province.When specialised joint sealing was required at one of the company’s filter units, Sika’s Sikadur-Combiflex SG system proved its worth.

keyboard_arrow_upGreen roof solutions with Sikalastic® liquid membranes
keyboard_arrow_downGreen roof solutions with Sikalastic® liquid membranes

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keyboard_arrow_upFacades, fenestration and insulating glass
keyboard_arrow_downFacades, fenestration and insulating glass

Finding the right adhesive or sealant to suit a specification is critical and Sika, a world leader in bonding, sealing and reinforcing solutions, both for on-site and for industrial applications, has fine-tuned their sealing and bonding solutions for the facades, fenestration and insulating glass market.