In the majority of building projects, sealants are used solely to protect the building. However, when the building is a daycare, hospital or prison, there is much more at stake. It’s important that sealant cannot be pulled from a joint and eaten by a small child, used by psychiatric patients to hurt themselves, or removed to expose a joint for an inmate to hide a weapon or illicit drugs. Security sealants contain the properties to prevent idle tampering and vandalism that can endanger children, patients and citizen. In addition to safety, the use of security sealants present many benefits from an economic perspective:
- Decreased risk of lawsuits
- Decreased maintenance costs
- Increased service periods of sealants
- Decreased replacement costs
“Tamper resistant” or “tamper proof” security sealants have been specifically engineered to offer enhanced hardness properties that distinguish them from typical construction sealants.
Vandalism in prisons costs taxpayers in Canada millions of dollar per year in maintenance and repair. In prisons and detention centers, safeguards are needed against inmates using construction materials to hurt themselves or others. Sealant has been “picked out” to be used as weapons, to expose joints for hiding contraband and weapons, and even to smoke.
Exterior applications where residents spent extended periods of time should also be considered for a tamper resistant specification.