When people are looking for construction and packaging supplies in Ontario, the adhesive tape isn't always the first thing they think of. However, the tape is a critical component in just about any packaging, and there are definitely pros and cons to the various types of adhesive tape on the market. Choosing the right tape for the right job will almost always make that job go more smoothly.
So, we wanted to quickly look at some common types of adhesive tape you can find when buying and what situations they're best suited for.
Picking the Right Tape for the Right Job
- Paper Tape
For basic packaging needs, paper tape is one of the traditional go-tos. It's inexpensive and easy to work with, while still being quite strong. Different strengths are available, some reinforced with fibers that give the tape even more heft. This is one of the most common types of tape you'll find in packaging for a reason.
- Vinyl Tape
Tape made of vinyl is generally used in electrical work, such as this 3M electrical tape. Vinyl tape is generally not well-suited for shipping purposes or for holding things together for long. Its glue is too weak to hold up to too much strain and is best suited for wrapping around itself. Basically, the main thing vinyl tape is good for is as a non-conductive wrap for wiring - and it's great at that.
- Plastic Tape
Plastic tapes include Scotch Tape, and it's fantastic as a general-purpose tape for holding papers together or repairing small rips. The lack of strength can be something of a benefit since it's often possible to remove plastic tapes from sensitive objects without damaging them. However, it's a poor fit for most other applications, including packaging or any situation where long-term durability is needed.
- Duct Tape
Duct tape comes in many flavors, including 3M Heavy Duty varieties, and is well-loved by hobbyists and MacGyver’s. The benefit of duct tape is its versatility. While it’s primary usage is for containment - actually repairing ducts - it is both strong and sticky enough to be used in a huge variety of applications.
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