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Silicone gets a lot of talk. You’ll find contractors who either love it and use it religiously or hate it for its tricky application prep and cure time. While silicone can be stickier and tougher than traditionally-used latex products and is often considered the go-to for waterproof caulk, it can malfunction in a number of ways that have contractors everywhere scratching their heads–or expending hours of precious time during reapplication.

To help ease the challenges of finding the right sealant, we want to present some alternatives to the infamous silicone. This article will dive into a few reasons why silicone might not be your best bet and we will discuss a better waterproof caulk alternative for your next job.


As a contractor, it can be difficult to find a balance between performance and productivity. Water-based sealants are very easy to use on siding and other exterior surfaces – but can they provide the quality you’re looking for? The answer is yes, but you’ll need to find the best exterior caulk for the job.


Roof leaks? No thanks. This month, we have a fun story courtesy of one of our resident paid geeks (aka Senior Chemist) Jim Barnes about an unconventional roof leak fix, along with a shameless plug for our Through the Roof!® roof and gutter sealant, just in time for fall and winter storms to hit.


To seal or not to seal? That is the question! In this month’s “Here to Help!”, we’re sharing our best caulking secrets to help you know when to seal checks on your log home.


Termite trouble, rot, and water damage. Call us crazy, but we’re betting this troublesome trio probably wasn’t part of the vision when you imagined your dream log home. Good news! Protecting your log home dream is possible. Check out this month’s “Here to help!” article for tips on how to save money, protect your home, and prevent big-time headaches!


It may not be on the covers of supermarket tabloids, but asphalt roofing has a shocking secret. What exactly is it? Read on!

It’s a bold claim:
Sashco’s Through the Roof!® lasts at least 20 times longer
than roof asphalt and roof cement.

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Roof asphalt is ugly and doesn't work. Roof asphalt (roof cement) is just plain ugly, and it doesn’t work.


We hear you: Lexel® and Through the Roof!® are sticky.

An example of stringy caulking An example of stringy caulking. Look familiar?


When it comes to caulks and sealants, what does “clear” usually mean?

Lexel is the clearest of them all. Sashco’s all-new Lexel cartridge really shows who is the clearest of them all.


When you need a roof sealant that works and is easy to use, choose Through the Roof!

Does this sound familiar? “I have sealed this same leak four times with roofing tar and each time, the leak returns.”

Time to fix that nagging roof leak for good.
Has a roof leak ruined your morning coffee? Time to fix it for good.


Are you asking yourself, what is a LEED Certified Building? You’re not the only one. There have been many questions lobbied our way regarding Sashco products’ LEEDTM certification.

Official LEED certification logo

Here are some facts for you to know:

What does LEED stand for?
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design

What is LEED?
LEED is an internationally recognized environmental program and is currently deployed in more than 30 countries. It provides a point system framework for verifying that a structure is designed and built in a way that will improve energy savings, water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and reduce CO2 emissions. Points are given for various energy savings designs installed or environmentally favorable materials used. Those points add up to LEED certification.

Why do people care about LEED certification for their buildings?
1) Money; and 2) environmental friendliness.

1) Money: There are many tax credits available for LEED construction and some say the long-term energy savings also add up, along with increasing the LEED building’s value. There are many federal and state tax credit available that can add up to a lot. We found one mention of a contractor who received $1.80 per sq. ft. for a 20,000 sq. ft. building. That’s $36,000! The actual credits vary year-to-year with tax code changes, as well as by state, type of construction and total LEED points. It’s important to note that this is a tax CREDIT, not a deduction. Tax credits are for the full amount, far more advantageous than a deduction, of which only a small percentage is deducted.

2) Environmental friendliness: LEED certified buildings reduce waste sent to landfills, conserve energy and water and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Plus, as an added bonus, LEED buildings lower operating costs and are said to be healthier and safer for occupants.

Are products LEED certified?
No. Only the structure itself is LEED certified. Products used are allotted a certain amount of LEED points. The sum of the points is what makes a building LEED certified. The minimum points required varies by type of construction, but is generally 40-45. The more LEED points earned (all the way up to the platinum LEED certification max. of 136 points), the more tax credits they get – along with more bragging rights.

So, are any Sashco products worth any LEED points?
YES. The Sashco products listed below are worth 1 LEED point.



Which products are NOT worth any LEED points?

Want to know more?
Visit the main LEED certification website at, so that the next time someone asks “What is a LEED certified building?”, you can be the one to answer.