Compare to: EPDM Gaskets
EPDM gaskets generally are attached to the framing by staples, and are somewhat labor intensive to install. SureSeal, with it’s adhesive backing and no need for staples, is a joy to work with. In addition, SureSeal tends to be much less expensive per foot than EPDM, but still results in just as strong a seal. It also takes up less storage space than EPDM.
Compare to: Open Cell Polyurethane foam
While open cell polyurethane is easy to work with, it doesn’t seal effectively due to the open structure of the foam. SureSeal incorporates the easy compressibility and recovery of open cell foam, but with a much more effective seal.
Compare to: Butyl
Compared to butyl rubber tapes, SureSeal is a joy to work with. Butyl’s sealant capability is reliant on it’s ability to adhere, which can be interfered with by the elements or chemically. Butyl can bunch up and form gaps. Butyl can bleed from a joint. Ask a boat owner about cleaning butyl from their upholstery.
Compare to: Caulk
Caulk is similar to butyl, in that the seal relies on the ability of the product to adhere. In addition, installation of caulk is time consuming and labor intensive, not to mention messy. For our customers that once used caulk and now use SureSeal, the savings in time and aggravation have been substantial. And our seal doesn’t fail.
Compare to: Spray foam
Spray foam, upon curing, hardens. In an expansion joint, this hardened seal won’t withstand the movement of the joint. Once the interface between the foam and the joint breaks, the seal fails.
Compare to: Closed Cell Polyurethane foam
Closed cell foam forms a better seal than open cell (see above), but lacks the compressibility and recovery. SureSeal combines the best features of open cell and closed cell foam, in one easy to use package.