The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has updated a technical document intended to aid in the selection, use, and application of sealants commonly used in fenestration systems. AAMA 851, “Fenestration Sealants Guide for Windows, Window Walls and Curtain Walls,” an FGIA standard, is the first update to this document that was originally published in 2009.
“AAMA 851 is an excellent resource in helping identify areas of consideration when selecting sealant systems,” said Steve Altum (Dow Performance Silicones), chair of the Fenestration Sealant Application Guide Task Group, in a news release. “Choosing the right sealant system for the right application is critical to building or manufacturing products that can meet today’s industry standards and requirements.”
“While the individual manufacturer of sealant choice should always be consulted for specific performance attributes, this guide will help to identify some of the key considerations such as substrates, environmental, joint movements, and compatibility of components used in the overall system design,” Altum said. “It will be especially insightful for those new to the industry.”
The updated document reviews the type of sealants currently in use and their application following accepted standard practices. It encompasses both field and factory applications.