FluoroTechnology products are crucial to the building and construction industry, providing high durability, UV resistance and anti-corrosion properties to materials such as architectural membranes and coatings, caulks, and wire and cable.
Architectural membranes such as fluoropolymer-coated fabrics are used in the construction of large roofs, commonly recognizable above stadiums. These roofs provide weatherability and durability while remaining energy-efficient and aesthetically appealing. Fluoropolymer-based metal roof coatings also enhance durability and provide energy savings through solar reflectance and reduction of heat transfer into buildings. The use of fluoropolymers in paint coatings provides unmatched durability and UV resistance, reducing the need for maintenance that could put workers at risk, enhancing aesthetics, saving energy and extending the life cycle of building facades and bridges.
Fluorinated surfactants are used in adhesives, sealants and caulks to strengthen the bond to surfaces in building and construction materials. They help prevent infrastructure failures caused by corrosion and weather, while improving safety for construction workers and occupants and lowering the cost of building maintenance.
Properties such as high-temperature endurance, fire resistance, chemical resistance and high-stress crack resistance are crucial to wire and cable applications and are made possible through fluoropolymers.
The use of FluoroTechnology in the building and construction industry supports more than 7,000 jobs in the U.S. and almost 7,000 jobs in Europe. Globally, FluoroTechnology materials and products specific to the construction industry generate a total of $26.1 billion in economic output.1
1Based on preliminary estimates of 2013 data by the American Chemistry Council.