Thursday , April 18 2024

The Anatomy of Tape: Types and a Variety of Different Applications

Whether you’re in need of a quick fix, working on an art project, or you just want your wife to shut up after a long, exhausting day at work, then tape is almost always the answer (chuckles). We’ve all used tape at one point or another in our lives, but many people seem surprised when they find out that there are different types of tape that are suitable for specific applications. In this article, we’ll discuss the three most popular types of tape, and what their main purpose is, so that we can help the uninformed make an informed decision.

Most industrial grade tapes are incredibly durable. When you tape something up with them, it can hold up for quite some time. Tapes are considered a staple item in many industries and homes and their uses are infinite. Moreover, most tapes are very strong, and if they aren’t, they aren’t for a reason. For instance, duct tape is incredibly strong, while sticky (masking) tape isn’t, because it’s used for paint jobs mainly and you’ll want to remove the tape after you’re done, without leaving any residue.

Masking Tape

Also known as sticky tape, the masking tape is a pressure-sensitive tape made of a easy-to-tear paper. It’s available in many different widths and is mainly used in painting to mask off the areas you don’t want painted. The sticky tape is commonly used in both residential and commercial settings, like the automotive industry. The main key to its usefulness is it’s superb adhesiveness, as it always the tape to easily be removed without damaging the surface. Quality masking tape can be used for any application, while household-grade masking tape is significantly weaker and features lower-grade adhesive properties.

Duct Tape

Duct tape can be the right type of tape for most type of DIY projects, craft projects or repairs. As aforementioned, duct tape is incredibly strong, and after taping something with it, you’ll have a hard time taking the tape off. They’re typically used for seaming, sealing, holding both heavy-duty outdoor and indoor projects that need a waterproof and strong seal. Original-strength or basic duct tape is great to have by your side all-year round for quick fixes. Moreover, duct tape is very flexible and can hold tightly around bends, curves and corners.

Packaging Tape

Also known as carton-sealing tape is the most reliable type of tape by far when it comes to protecting packages. It’s an affordable solution for all your lightweight and heavy-duty shipping, storage and moving needs. It’s durable, long-lasting and fast-sticking adhesive makes it incredibly easy to use and seal up boxes. Whether you’re a business that ships boxes, or are simply moving – your belongings will be safe and sound at all times.