The Complete Technical Guide for Adhesive Tape

In this comprehensive guide to all things adhesive tape, we’re sharing 45 years of experience with you including:

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Building A Storm Proof Roof

Your roof.  Excluding rafters, this two-inch layer is meant to protect the entire structure from the elements.  That includes high and low temperatures, rain, ultraviolet radiation, snow, ice, and hailstones. It’s also required to stand up to hurricanes, tornadoes, microbursts, and blizzards.

Which means, your roof is the most important element of your home in a high wind event. What are you doing to protect it?

In this post, we explore why roofs fail, the best building practices for a high-performance roof, and how seaming tape can help.

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10 Simple Tips to Remove Adhesive Tape Residue

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What’s the No. 1 reason why contractors love to use adhesive tape on the job site? Because it sticks in almost any condition. That, of course, is the same reason why we loathe it when it won’t come off.  Heavy duty construction adhesives and their sticky, gooey tape residue can be a real challenge to remove from surfaces.

Why does this happen, and what can you do about it? Our site did a great job explaining why residue occurs, but what you really want to know is… how can you remove tape residue without damaging the underlying material, right?!  

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Why Doesn’t Adhesive Tape Stick in the Cold?

Why doesn’t your adhesive tape stick in the cold weather? Why does it becomes dry, brittle, and offers little-to-no tack? Why does it lift and peel within days?

To fully understand the reason why adhesive tape doesn’t stick in the cold requires consideration of the variety of different types of adhesives available and the way they are created. Some are applied as a liquid and then they transform into a solid. Depending on their function, they are engineered accordingly.
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Why Adhesive Tape Doesn’t Stick (And How To Make Tape Stick Better)

No matter the situation, “it won’t stick” is the single most common complaint we hear about any adhesive. And the tape gets all the blame.

But after four decades of investigating tape complaints and perfecting sticky formulas for many applications, we’ve found that the problem is rarely the tape alone. Here’s why your tape doesn’t stick, and a checklist to help you troubleshoot your sticky issues

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Tape’s Essential Role in the Fight Against COVID-19

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From packaging and shipping to PPE and field hospitals, adhesive tape is the invisible partner playing an integral role in this ongoing crisis event. We sat down with Risa Edelstein, Vice President of Marketing, and Steve Underhill, Senior Marketing Coordinator, to explain how tape is helping those on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19.

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Butyl Tapes vs Acrylic Tapes: Know the Difference

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Not all adhesives are created equal. Sometimes you want an adhesive that’s modestly sticky and easily reversed—like a sticky note.  Other times, it needs to be darn near irreversible.  High-performance building contractors also need to consider adhesive tapes capable of withstanding temperature extremes and volatile moisture conditions; adhere to a wide variety of substrates; and tolerate the dust and dirt found on the surfaces of the building materials or the job site.  Is that acrylic or butyl? Silicon or rubber? Choosing the right adhesive polymer is often the difference between success and failure. Here’s what you need to know.

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4 Quick Tests for Tape in the Field

We get this question a lot:  How do we actually know that it’s the right tape for the application and that it’s going to last? And that’s totally fair.  Almost everyone we know has a tape failure story, but pressure sensitive tape isn’t the same as what you grew up with, or even what you used five years ago.   BUT… you don’t have to take our word for it. When a customer comes to us with a challenge, we actually test the tape for them and with them.
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How to Store Adhesive Tape

When it comes to food, refrigeration protects the items from spoilage and “use by” dates help guarantee freshness.  If only all products came with such clear guidelines, right?  While your metal tools or hammers might be impervious to the elements, building materials like latex paint and adhesive tape can, and will, degrade over time.  Tape storage is a key element in longevity. Why? Well… it all comes down to how tape is made. (more…)

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Common Adhesive Tape Winding Problems

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In our world, we use tape-slitting machines that allow us to convert tape widths according to specification and the material itself.  After the application of various coatings – which the backing material receives during the processing – the final coated product is delivered to the slitting machine in widths of 60 inches or more. In order to process these widths on a slitter, some tension must be applied to the material in order to keep it under control, and this tends to put a slight stretch in the tape. The tension and stretch will remain in the tape in the roll form. Or to think of it another way, the roll of tape has the same energy in it as a clock spring, but to a very minor extent.

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6 Reasons Why Contractors Should Choose Tape Over Glue

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For more than 40 years we have been solving tape challenges around the world by engineering tapes for specific applications,  matching the right product for the job at hand. And after all this time our tape is still on a roll; literally and figuratively.  In fact, the right adhesive tapes can go further than it’s liquid cousins, glue and sealants.

Don’t believe us? Consider this: Adhesive technology has improved significantly over the past 10 years.  Thanks to science and engineering, 21st Century tapes are so strong, providing such high-performance bonding in such extreme conditions that tape is now the premier fastener used in everything from space vehicles to hurricane-proof roofing.

The automotive industry was, perhaps, the first to embrace the tape trend. Manufacturers have now replaced a large percent of fasteners in cars with tape. The result? Lighter weight cars with less punctures and holes resulting in higher energy (gas!) efficiency.
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