How UV Stabilizers and Antioxidants Advance Construction Applications
As the building and construction industry continues to evolve, plastic additives play an integral role in improving polymer performance and durability across a wide range of applications. Stringent UV and thermal specifications, combined with demanding cost-performance needs, have placed heightened pressure on the industry. Further complicating matters, consumer expectations are shifting, requiring the building and construction industry to become more environmentally conscious and offer eco-friendly solutions wherever possible.
Solvay offers a broad selection of UV light stabilizers and antioxidants to provide plastic building and construction components with enhanced protection from UV light, improved durability and extended performance over long periods. These advancements in stabilization enable extended service life across a growing number of applications, including TPO roofing, solar shingles, polyolefin roofing tiles, polymer siding and more, to increase efficiency and minimize plastic waste.
Importance of Color and Gloss Retention for Building and Construction
Specialty polymers for construction applications - such as plastic shingles, composite roofing tiles, siding, TPO roofing, polypropylene and geomembranes - require significant protection and long-term durability to maintain their physical appearance over extended periods. Consumers expect their polymer-based products to maintain their color over the product’s life expectancy. However, with long-term UV exposure and excessive weathering, color retention and gloss retention can be difficult to achieve. Color retention is integral to performance and is often an indication of the onset of degradation, which goes hand-in-hand with surface gloss as a way to measure the onset of microcrack formation. Improving color and gloss retention mitigates the need for component replacement.
Solvay’s CYASORB CYNERGY SOLUTIONS® B877 and CYASORB CYNERGY SOLUTIONS® B878T are two key UV light stabilizers used in polymers for building and construction applications. CYASORB CYNERGY SOLUTIONS® B877 is an additive designed to protect construction polymers against UV light degradation. This product provides excellent color, gloss and tensile strength retention for a broad range of applications, including polymer siding, solar shingles, composite roofing tiles, polymers for plastic tiles, window frames, stadium seats and more. CYASORB CYNERGY SOLUTIONS® B878T is a specially designed additive solution for more specific applications, such as TPO roofing and geomembranes, due to its superior heat protection properties. This stabilizer helps prevent microcrack formation from excessive UV exposure in addition to providing unrivaled color and gloss retention.
Exceeding Building and Construction Industry Standards
Industry standards for the building and construction market are becoming more stringent. For example, outdoor weathering requirements now necessitate products capable of lasting for several decades. In some applications, products must meet more demanding thermal stability standards. Tougher requirements are driven by the end user demanding products that provide less maintenance with the same visual appeal as traditional construction materials. Additionally, the competitive nature of the building and construction industry constantly pushes cost-performance demands to new limits.
Solvay’s CYASORB CYNERGY SOLUTIONS® products for building and construction applications meet and exceed the most demanding industry requirements and standards. CYASORB CYNERGY SOLUTIONS® B877 and CYASORB CYNERGY SOLUTIONS® B878T outperform competitive additive packages in terms of weathering, whether outdoor or via accelerated weathering. Solvay’s products prolong service life, enabling color and gloss retention while preserving physical integrity for the life of the part, often at lower dosages. These high-performance polymer additives deliver exceptional protection and property retention at extremely competitive costs.
Emerging Trends For Building and Construction Additives
As the requirements of the building and construction industry evolve, polyolefins leveraging stabilizer and antioxidant technology continue to replace traditional construction materials, such as metal and wood. Their benefits include ease of fabrication, cost-effectiveness, improved sustainability profiles (durability and recyclability) and ease of installation. Perception also plays a role in the growing adoption of polyolefins, as consumers increasingly demand more sustainable materials.
Solvay’s CYASORB CYNERGY SOLUTIONS® stabilizers are specially designed for polyolefin-based materials. Specifically, CYASORB CYNERGY SOLUTIONS® B878T meets and exceeds industrial weathering and high-temperature thermal standards, providing polyolefin roofing tiles and shakes with long-term thermal stabilization and outstanding protection.
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