What is foam tape? Double-sided foam tape, EPDM tape and more

 

Foam tapes are available in a selection of high-strength, resilient materials that offer a range of uses in many daily or bespoke applications. In this article, we’ll look at foam tape in more depth, the industries that use it and common applications. As well as material choice, we’ll be discussing width and how this impacts use and benefits.

Is foam tape waterproof?

This is a question we are often asked, and the answer is dependent on the material that is chosen. A variety of material choices are available that are excellent for waterproofing and tightening in applications such as window and door frames, roofing and other construction uses. Closed cell materials are best for waterproofing applications due to the dense nature of the material which does not allow the ingress of moisture.

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Foam tape insulation and other benefits

Foam tape has excellent insulating properties and suits a range of uses and purposes. Materials such as EPDM and PVC provide very good insulating properties for foam tape. A number of benefits of foam tapes include:

  • Air sealing
  • Moisture barrier protection
  • Anti-vibration
  • Construction seal
  • Thermal insulation
  • Dust sealing
  • UV resistanceCorrosion resistance
  • Gap filling

Foam tape has a range of insulating properties that are long-lasting and easy to use. As well as specialised insulating project work, foam tape is also great for day-to-day tasks. As the first choice for an airtight compression, foam tapes are excellent for those hard to reach places and can be manufactured to custom widths.

Double-sided foam tape

Another simple way of using foam tape is by using a self-adhesive variation. The resin is applied to one side of the tape, whilst the foam material is on the other. Popular in the construction industry due its high strength and ease of use, its application is fast and clean with no need to apply alternative adhesives.

Available materials for foam tape, including double-sided foam tape:

  • EPDM
  • Neoprene
  • Neoprene/EPDM
  • Vinyl/Nitrile
  • Polyethylene foam
  • PVC foam
  • Polyurethane foam
  • Solid rubber

If you have any further queries on foam rubber tape, its uses and applications, please get in touch with one of our knowledgeable team members. Or, simply browse our glossary to learn more about cellular foam conversion.