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Tilt-up Wall Panels and Sealants

Tilt-up Wall Panels and Sealants

Many buildings use tilt-up wall panels in their construction.  Basically, these panels are concrete that has been cast on site and is lifted into position by a crane.  The panels need to be able to withstand any environmental forces or other forces exerted upon them.  For instance, if the wall is a load-bearing wall, it must be able to bear the load placed on it.  It is also important for the panels to be able to withstand contractions, expansions, and seismic activity.  Keeping moisture out of the gaps and joints between panels is also important.  To do this, the appropriate joint and joint sealant must be chosen.

The joint used between the panels should be carefully designed and planned out.  An incorrect joint can be the cause of structural failure at a later date.  When considering the type of joint that needs to be used for these panels, the type of joint sealant that should be utilized should also be addressed.  Depending on how the tilt-up wall is used, a sealant that can keep out moisture, air, and other elements as well as one that is able to stand up against any joint movements it may experience should be chosen in order to prevent sealant failure.

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