Cloth tape is an adhesive tape made with a cloth backing to make it durable and flexible. The tape is useful for various purposes such as bandages, sealing walls, electrical and plumbing tasks and more. Cloth tapes are easily available in specialty and hardware stores. While most cloth tapes come with adhesives, pressure-sensitive cloth tapes are also available which are used for special purposes without leaving a trace of any glue residue while holding the things together.
We market 4 distinct varieties of Cloth Tape:
Cloth tape earns its high-strength reputation from the use of industrial fabrics as the backing for the adhesive. This increases the tensile strength of the product and enhances the geometric adaptability of the product during application.
Other common benefits of utilizing cloth and fabric as the carrier include heat resistance, insulation, abrasion resistance, and breathability. Similar to other types of tape, cloth tape’s usage is largely determined by compatibility with the bonding substrate, most notably the capabilities of the adhesive.
Cloth tapes are most often pressure-sensitive activated, and some cloth tapes may feature double-sided adhesives.
The most common form of cloth tape would be the iconic duct tape. Duct tape has performed well-enough in universal applications that it has supplanted its original construction and abilities as a seam-sealer for HVAC operations. The threads of duct tape tend to be polyester, nylon, rayon, or fiberglass. Specialized foil and metal-backed tapes are now recommended for ductwork.
For tapes, there are two important geometrical aspects to consider: width and thickness. Length is unimportant because this is determined by the user at the point of application.
- Width is the measurement across predetermined edges of the tape. Tapes can be cut by the customer to smaller widths.
- Thickness is the distance between the two, flattened surfaces of the tape (carrier and adhesive). It is usually expressed in mils or thousandths of an inch and is measured under pressure with a gauge.
- Tensile strength is the maximum load the tape can withstand. Cloth tapes exhibit some of the highest strength ranges available.
- Peel strength is the amount of force needed to separate two bonded surfaces. This is commonly rated in ounces per square inch to stainless steel. This is separate from the peel strength for the tape liner, which is considerably less.
- Temperature resistance is the amount of heat the tape can be subjected to without compromising the tape’s performance. Cloth tapes such as glass, fiberglass, and nuclear-grade tapes remain uncompromised at temperatures over 200 ºF.
- Abrasion resistance is the level of scratch resistance and ruggedness of the tape.
- Transparent products allow the transmission of light. A tape is rated as transparent if 10-point type can be read easily when the tape is applied directly over it.
- Once applied, products become permanently bonded to the substrate.
- Weather resistant products are suitable for outdoor use and resistant to ultraviolet (UV) light, cold, heat, water, or other weather conditions.