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Gasket glazing - Correct selection and installation

Dry glazing is the common designation for systems that use extruded rubber gaskets for both the inner and outer glazing seals.

Its popularity over other common glazing systems is due largely to the fact it is less dependent upon installation, weather, workmanship and product compatibility. Dry glazing offers the most versatile means to handle high movement media, for example, large panes of glass, metal panels and plastic glazing sheets.

The dry glazed system uses pre-engineered gaskets that provide a weathertight, long lasting and aesthetically-pleasing installation. Even in inclement conditions, rubber glazing gaskets are not subject to major physical changes caused by variations in temperature and humidity.

Dry glazing can be undertaken in adverse weather conditions and higher temperatures than conventional glazing, allowing the building to be closed speedily. Neither does high heat, nor UV (ultra-violet) exposure have any significant impact on the long-term performance of a dry glazed system.

However, there are some pitfalls to avoid if a dry glazing system is to achieve its optimum performance.

The following is a list of the key factors to consider in any dry glazing system:

By following these steps, the end result will be a superior glazing system with both a longer life and superior performance.