Denver Foam® is an open cell polyurethane backer rod serving as a backing for elastomeric and other applied caulking sealants.
Denver Foam® controls the amount of sealant required and depth of the installation. Also, it forms the correct hour glass shape of sealant, assuring the contractor and owner the best adhesion and cohesion configuration possible.
For use in expansion/construction joints in concrete and precast concrete walls, floors, partitions, bridge construction, parking decks, curtain walls, glazing, log home construction, highway construction, and pavement maintenance.
New highway construction and pavement maintenance can be installed with Denver Foam®. Denver Foam® can withstand the temperature of hot pour sealant in maintenance work. Denver Foam® is an open cell backer rod allowing air to reach both sides of sealant, assuring you the required complete cure.
Most of these joints are saw cut and approximately 3/8" wide. The design depth keeps the sealant below traffic contact and vacuum lift created by fast moving vehicles.
Whatever restriction the Sealant Manufacturer places on his product, the same will apply to Denver Foam®.
Composition and Materials:
Denver Foam® is continuous lengths of flexible, round, fabricated open cell polyurethane. It is yellow in color and available in a wide range of diameters.
Both Mini Bags and Master Bags are compressed into Super Bundles for shipping. Each individual size is color coded for identification, storage and ease of distribution to customer.
Denver Foam® is chemically inert and resists oil, gasoline and most solvents. The material is odorless and will not stain. The open cell construction eliminates the out-gassing and cold flow problem associated with closed cell polyethylene Backer Rods. The sealant also has the benefits of a 2-sided cure.
Select a Denver Foam® size large enough to absorb the pressure during sealant tooling. Denver Foam's® open cell structure allows the installer to stretch the rod if the joint narrows (90% elongation). There are no gas cells to rupture. Good joint designs will shed water. However, open cell structure (polyurethane) does not absorb any more moisture than closed cell (polyethylene). The open cell gives you approximately 4 times more surface area per linear foot. If moisture enters the joint, it has more surface area to cling to. It is not, I repeat , it is not absorbed. The geotechnical branch of the United States Corps of Engineers saturated the open cell structure of Denver Foam® with an underwater curable sealant. Denver Foam® was the vehicle used to carry the sealant to repair a crack in a dam below water level without lowering the water. Denver Foam® held the sealant in position, allowing the sealant to set up, seal and repair the crack.
- Density: 1.7 lbs/ft3 ASTM D 1622
- Tensile: 25 lbs/sq inch ASTM D 1623
- Moisture Absorption: .024% by volume ASTM C 509
- Out Gassing: None Open Cell
- Temperature Service Range: -60ºF to +500ºF
U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards
- Auto Ignition: 700-800ºF
- Elongation: 90% ASTM D 3574
- Air Flow: 90% ASTM D 3574
- Compression set 5% or less (after 80% compression for 30 days) ASTM D 3574
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