Difference Between Sealants and Tapes

Sealants and Tapes

Maintenance work is an integral part of production. Keeping your facility’s equipment, tools and machines in tip-top condition is the key to a productive workplace. To keep your equipment in perfect working condition, you need to have the finest maintenance tools to help you. The two most commonly used tools for warehouse maintenance work are sealants and tapes; however, some people often have the misconception that the two are one and the same. The truth is sealants and tapes were developed for totally different applications.

Even though these warehouse supplies have adhesive properties, the manner on how they should be used greatly varies. First thing you need to know is – what are the main differences between the two and how are they applied during warehouse maintenance work.

  • Tapes uniformly holds two surfaces together, such as broken pieces of furniture, while sealants fill in gaps or seals cracks or leaks present in pipes and other office equipment.
  • In terms of tensile strength, tapes are considerably stronger than sealants, but the latter has greater flexibility.
  • Tapes provide greater structural stability.
  • Sealants are designed to cut off any incoming or outgoing substrate.
  • Tapes are designed for general purpose maintenance and repair work whereas sealants are limited to specific applications.

Here’s an easier way of looking at it. Imagine a leak on your roof, now which warehouse supply do you think is best suited for the job? The ideal choice of course is the sealant because they are formulated to fill gaps and make most surfaces waterproof. Just think of what would happen if you used adhesive tape to seal that leak, chances are that leak is still going to be there. However, that’s where you’re going to see the limitations of sealants. They’re only used for waterproofing and sealing applications.

Tapes on the other hand have a broader spectrum of applications. In fact, tapes are so versatile that they can be used for more than just warehouse maintenance. Adhesive tapes can also be used:

  • As a mounting agent for signs and nameplates.
  • To colour code different areas in your facility.
  • For packing applications.

There are several types of sealants and tapes available for various maintenance applications, they include:

  • Liquid sealants – ideal for waterproofing roofs, floors and walls.
  • Cartridge sealants – used for filling in gaps found on walls, ceilings, skirting boards, kitchen worktops, baths, shower trays and more.
  • Masking tapes – used primarily in painting applications to cover or “mask” certain areas that do not need painting.
  • Packaging tapes – used for sealing boxes.
  • Duct tape – perfect for various construction and repair work because of its strong, flexible and highly sticky properties.

So before you start any maintenance work in your facility, you should determine the type of work that needs to be done and remember the differences between sealants and tapes. This will help you decide what materials you will need for the task at hand.


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