There are many different types of specialist adhesive tapes, which together have hundreds – if not, thousands – of different uses. It can therefore be difficult to understand, which is the best type to order for your requirements. Some of the main tapes which hold special properties are:
These tapes have two tacked sides, which make them ideal for sticking two surfaces together if they are not going to be attached by the edge, or if you do not want tape to be visible. Double sided tape is a hugely versatile tape which is available in various widths, colors, thicknesses, and with various adhesives and withstand various ranges of temperature, with peaks of up to 160ºC. The more common double sided tapes are suitable for lightweight application, but much stronger varieties are available for specialized use.
Foam adhesive tapes
These often offer water tightness and are therefore found in seals on doors or windows. Foam tapes used in this way will also help to keep the heat inside and are therefore sometimes used to make homes more energy efficient. Their cushioning properties make foam adhesive tapes ideal for areas with movement such as doors, where they may be required to expand and flatten. Foam tapes can be bought with single or double sided adhesive.
High temperature tapes
High temperature tapes have a very specialized target use. Generally working from temperatures from -70ºc up to 180ºc, high temperature tapes are used on circuit boards, for insulation and in the aerospace industry.
Anti slips tapes
These types of adhesive tape are generally used for health and safety purposes. Their most common use is on the edge of steps or stairs, because their main property is their strong friction surface which works to prevent slipping. For extra visibility, and therefore extra hazard awareness, they are available in yellow and black, and glow in the dark colorings.
Glass/surface protection tapes
These are often bought in wider rolls than other tapes, as they are designed to cover larger surface areas. Glass, wood or carpet can be protected with the appropriate protective adhesive tapes, and they are commonly used for keeping windows, floorings, work surfaces or kitchen units clean and undamaged during redecoration, construction or DIY projects.