In the early 1930’s, oil-base glazing and caulking compounds were commonly used for sealing joints in building construction. There was little movement to contend with, but control of air and moisture was needed. With the architectural swing to curtains walls and larger lites of glass, industry quickly moved from putty and mastic glazing into high performance polymer sealants.
Today, a variety of preformed glazing tapes and rubber-set elastomeric sealants are available. These are formulated to be non-hardening, provide good cushion for the glass, and absorb thermal movement.