EMSEAL contributes to
the preservation, durability, safety and
sustainability of a
We do so by delivering
lowest total cost of ownership, structural expansion joints
and pre-compressed sealants
In the pursuit of resilient
building materials, EMSEAL leads the industry in products capable of
resisting hurricane and tornado events, handling immersion, and sealing
seismic joint openings.
Innovation has driven
materials that ensure continuity-of-seal against water, fire, heat,
cold, air movement, and sound in single product, single installation
We are a team of
highly trained, motivated, and personable customer and technical
We deliver ready-to-go
as well as custom-quick solutions to structural expansion joint and other
Our products are the
result of market driven innovation and decades of experience born of
total dedication to the field of expansion joint sealing and component
From the person who answers the phone when you call, to the regionally dedicated
and in-field technical support of our Tech Team and Regional Sales
Managers, to online chat and gotomeeting collaboration, EMSEAL is
completely dedicated to your satisfaction and the success of your project.
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EMSEAL manufactures and distributes
pre-compressed sealants and expansion joints to commercial, industrial,
and institutional users worldwide.
EMSEAL is the leading innovator and manufacturer of premium sealants and
expansion joint systems for the commercial construction industry as well
as for numerous gasketing applications in specialty market applications.
The Company operates from multiple
locations. The corporate headquarters in Westborough, Massachusetts is
the primary sales, marketing, and technical support unit for worldwide
sales as well as the manufacturing unit for the Company's engineered,
extruded joint product lines. Our two Toronto, Ontario locations (EMSEAL,
LLC) manufactures EMSEAL's pre-compressed, impregnated foam sealant
EMSEAL's operations support three broad
product lines (architectural foam sealants, architectural engineered
products, and original equipment manufacturer (OEM/specialty foam
sealants) within three divisions.
The Architectural Division sells
architectural foam sealants and architectural engineered products.
Architectural market customers include architects, engineers, building
owners, contractors, distributors, and end users involved in the
construction of any commercial, government, or service facility
including hospitals, schools, office buildings, parking structures,
bridges, civil infrastructures, airports and sports stadiums.
Specialty Market Division customers
include manufacturers of recreational vehicles, trucks and coaches, and
automobiles, log home builders and manufacturers, and pre-fabricated
metal roof building manufacturers.
EMSEAL's Bridge Division
sells watertight bridge expansion joints that ensure bridge preservation
by protecting support elements--columns, piers, beams, bearing pads,
rockers, etc.--from water, salt and other chemicals that leak through
EMSEAL's most recent innovation
is in fire-rated, structural expansion joint sealants. The
product line embodies what for us is the "holy-grail" of expansion joint
products--systems that simultaneously seal out water,
resist hurricane-force air pressures, handle thermal and seismic
movement, AND have a built-in
of products embodies a number of firsts from trafficable fire-rated
seismic expansion joints to the first ever UL listing for a plaza deck,
split-slab, fire-rated system.
This breakthrough innovation earned EMSEAL,
in 2010, a place among the ranks of other great innovators, Staples,
Genzyme, ZipCar, and iRobot as winners of the coveted
The EMSEAL Approach to
Successful Expansion Joint Treatment--Collaborative,
Detailing, Construction, Fabrication, Installation.
It’s not just about great
While EMSEAL prides
itself on having high-quality, innovative and durable materials for use in
sealing and bridging small and large, building component and structural
joints in foundations, decks, walls, and floors, the company’s track
record of successfully completed projects is equally attributable to its
approach to expansion joint treatment:
Anybody can make an
expansion joint appear watertight in cross-section. However,
joints leak at changes in plane, direction and where dissimilar joint
Successful projects with
expansion joints that don’t leak are characterized by a collaborative
commitment by the A/E team, the general contractor, the joint
manufacturer, and the waterproofing sub-contractor to detail,
construct, fabricate, and install three-dimensional solutions.
The process begins at
design with the visualization by the A/E team and the joint manufacturer
of expansion joint locations, layout and impact on all other adjacent
materials and spaces.
This visualization is
aided by the use of simple isometric line sketches of joint layouts
which reveal conditions that could be designed-out, simplified, or for
which details must be developed. The A/E then supplements the
usual cross-sections with axonometric details of conditions involving
changes in plane, direction and between dissimilar materials.
To these conditions, the
expansion joint manufacturer must furnish
CAD details showing their materials adaptation to these
conditions. The manufacturer’s application of their material
to the designed conditions should be warrantable as watertight at all
agreed upon changes in plane, direction, and intersection between various
joint materials. The final isometric layout(s) and all
cross-section and axonometric details then become part of the bid
documents and working drawings.
Before and during
contractors' role is to elevate the place the expansion joints
typically occupy in the sequencing path. ALL trades must be held accountable for their work in relation to
expansion joints. The joints, for example, must be protected from
construction traffic damage and cannot become a place to accumulate
The expansion joint
subcontractor must commit to taking field measurements from which the
manufacturer can fabricate and furnish factory-welded, warranted
assemblies to install into the relevant joint locations.
approach is not just theory. It is a practice that has
resulted in the successful execution of watertight expansion joints on new
and retrofit projects on structures of every type. From the
National Naval Medical Center
in Bethesda, to the enormous, newly constructed mixed-use development—Atlantic
Station in Atlanta, to the retrofit of
FedEx Field Washington Redskins Stadium, and the newly constructed
Citizens Bank Philadelphia Phillies Ballpark, owners, A/E’s,
general contactors, EMSEAL, and a select group of like-minded
waterproofing sub-contractors are proving this approach possible and
If this collaborative and
disciplined approach is not adopted as the basic philosophy on any project
of any scope, whether a stadium, hospital, school, government building or
airport, it can be expected that leaks at expansion joints will constitute
a high percentage of post tenancy headaches.
We invite you to make EMSEAL your partner
in success on your expansion joint project:
Movement Joint Gaps are Problematic:
Our experience, validated by the research of CIRIA (Construction Industry
Research and Information Association), is that the treatment of movement
joint gaps in buildings, from design, technology and installation
standpoints, are grossly under-emphasized: "Although they are a minor
component of the building envelope, joints with sealants are often
responsible for defects and failures-sometimes after only a couple of
Expansion joints constitute
a small percentage of a construction budget yet, along with other
waterproofing-related issues, are responsible for the majority of all
post-construction complaints and call-backs.
Our closely held company
is committed solely to providing lasting joint-sealing and bridging
solutions. We are not distracted by involvement in the offering of other
types of products--patching materials, deck coatings, etc.
Results of a New Paradigm: Our
single-minded pursuit of new ways of looking at our services and products,
has resulted in the supply of millions of feet of sealant materials. Over
the last twenty years, for example, more than 1,000,000 LF of parking deck
expansion joint material have been installed on projects ranging from
small and medium retrofits, to large new construction projects. Through this
process we have cultivated relationships with well-respected, regional, national and
international design firms, engineering firms, contractors, and owners.
Pre-Installation Quality Assurance:
We have developed expansion-joint checklists, and a schematic layout
system for use by designers, reps, contractors, and ourselves in
communicating expansion joint needs. This system has dramatically improved
the quality of information we receive and provided a sound basis on which
decisions about choice of product can be made. Additionally, the use of
this system has considerably reduced the amount of time all parties spend
communicating their needs. Finally, it has provided a means by which
costly errors can be avoided during design, fabrication in our factory,
Attention to Detail: We have
developed and are aggressively promoting the full potential of heat
welding our Santoprene seals to provide watertight transitions and
terminations in the most difficult situations. We are not satisfied with
simply supplying material to meet the requirements of cross-section design
and we encourage axonometric detailing of these conditions.
Our details for sealing
terminations include watertight transitions from joints in decks to
vertical structures. We have in the past six years supplied over many
thousands of factory welded Santoprene direction changes and terminations.
Installation Quality Assurance: We
have instituted material delivery programs that provide contractors with
mixing equipment including all accessories as well as, procedures, and
training to aid and simplify the installation of our products.
Credibility: Respect and credibility
are earned. The list of projects on which we have earned our reputation
and the trust of much of our industry is extensive and can be reviewed at
our project references page
and in our case studies.
completed and ongoing projects include the resealing of the Empire State
Building, stadium installations at the new New York Yankees, new New
York Mets, Indianapolis Colts, and retrofits at Houston Astros, Tampa
Bay Buccaneers, Lambeau Field, and Gillette stadium.
We have, at the
invitation of many of the nations top design and engineering firms, as
well as at the Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute (SWRI) and
numerous state chapters of the International Concrete Repair Institute
(ICRI), presented very well-received seminars on the treatment of