Peel-and-Stick seal and waterproof tapes are commonly used to prevent water from intruding into structures such as homes, commercial buildings, and recreational vehicles. These tapes provide outstanding long-term and life time performance when used properly. Proper use of tapes refers to not only the service environment but also how the tapes have been applied to details of complex shapes and penetrations and, most importantly, how well the surface has been prepared for application.
Roof gutters are designed to collect rainwater from roofing systems and divert water away from the building to prevent water damage to the building structure. When roof gutters fail, water can interact with the building structure and causing staining, rot, mold, and leaks into the building interior. The point of failure (“the leak”) is nearly always at the point of the seaming the gutter. To prevent this from happening, it is important to understand how gutters are constructed, areas that can fail, and best practices to repair them.
To maximize the performance of any sealant tape, the surface to which the tape is applied must be clean and prepared properly. A properly prepared surface will allow the tape to achieve its greatest bond. The better the bond, the lower the chance that the tape will peel, dis-bond or separate from the surface at some point in the future.
There are many sealant tapes to choose from if you are you looking for a simple solution to seal a hole, seam, or tear in your single ply roof. So, the question is, how do you choose the best tape for your needs? Most are competitively priced, but are the quality of the tapes equal as well?