Chemistry in Building and Construction

Chemistry in Building and Construction

Your home is your castle and its cornerstone is chemistry. Chemistry makes your home and every building more comfortable, efficient, and attractive. Let’s look at just some of the places where chemistry is at work in your house. Engineered wood products can be found inside and outside in the floors, walls, and roofs as well as in kitchen cabinets and laminated countertops Chemistry also is key to keeping your house warm in winter and cool in summer. Did you know that up to 40% of home heating and cooling cost can be lost through tiny cracks and holes? That’s why cox and foam insulation are made specifically to fill these irregular gaps. Meanwhile silicones, polyurethanes, and acrylics help bond window frames to surfaces like wood, concrete, or aluminum. These sealants help reduce air leakage, keep indoor temperatures comfortable, and increase your home’s energy efficiency. Anyone who’s ever dealt with a burst water pipe knows that costly affects weather can have on building materials, but plastic pipes can withstand years of freezes and thaws. And thanks to multiple joining technologies leaks and breaks are further limited. Plastic pipes also won’t corrode and they resist internal mineral build-up so your water stays crystal clear and water flow stays strong plus they’re cost effective and easy to install. Chemistry is also underfoot enabling fun and functional possibilities for your carpet and floors. In bathrooms, entryways, and other high-traffic areas vinyl tile is a long-lasting easy to clean flooring option. Polyurethane, based top-coats can enhance scratch resistance to extend floor life even longer. Carpets made from Nylon or other fibers like Polyester Or polyurethane are great for families with young kids or pets because they’re staying and moisture resistant. Soft Polyurethane padding underneath makes carpets more comfortable. It also provides insulation against the cold and acts as a sound barrier for those of us with noisy kids upstairs. So, you see inside and out? Top to bottom the products of chemistry make your house a better place to come home to.

Comments (4)

  1. Very nice, easy to understand overview video of key chemicals and their uses in the Construction Industry.  Thanks!

  2. Sounds great but now let's look at which of these products are safe for us and the planet.

  3. What about composites based on fiber reinforced thermoset polymers used in windows, doors and other areas?

  4. Construction chemicals & materials

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