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Foam Tapes: Information and Applications

Foam Tapes: Information and Applications

Foam tapes have a wide range of applications including bonding, gasketing, weather stripping, vibration damping, thermal insulation, and sealing amongst others. There are also various types of foam tapes with heavy utilization in the shower and bath industry, electronics, automotive applications and appliances.

In most cases, foam tapes are ideal to use as mechanical fasteners because they are not easily affected with high levels of vibrations and they are also strong enough to withstand liquid, gas, sound, dust and cold amongst other elements of weather.

Properties of foam tapes such as the cell structure, adhesive, thickness and density implies that they have the versatility to be subjected to a wide variety of uses. Their flexibility makes them ideal in applications where the surfaces are irregular or have lots of voids which need filling up.

Most of these tapes will easily withstand temperatures between -400F and 3000F. They are also resistant to UV rays from the sun, solvents, and moisture, and as such, they provide very strong bonding on the surfaces in which they are used.

A common use of foam tape is as a gasketing tape. Foam tapes with adhesive coatings are very good compressible sealants with the unique ability to close up spaces between two matched-up machine parts or around pipe joints to prevent the escape of gas, fluids, sounds or air. As such, foam tapes are widely used in shed doors, garage doors and electrical enclosures.

The other common use of foam tapes is in weather stripping. This is when it is used along doors and sometimes along windows to keep hot and cold air outside. When the original window or door seals are no longer effective due to poor construction or age, foam tapes can always be used to seal the gaps leading to a cost-effective solution to window or door replacement.

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