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How to Choose Affordable Quality Duct Tape

2016-09-13

Duct tape is most often used in situations that require a strong and flexible adhesive.

The professional grade aluminum Tape is best for normal to heavy-duty applications. This tape retains the malleability of annealed aluminum foil, but it features a higher tensile strength that makes it great for industrial purposes. Foil is available in a variety of thicknesses and sizes and with three types of adhesive, including acrylic, premium acrylic, and rubber. The premium acrylic adhesive boasts all the features of regular acrylic adhesive plus extra sticking power. Rubber adhesive is an affordable alternative that is ideal for applications that require a high initial tack.

Duct tape is a pressure sensitive tape with a rubber based adhesive and backed with cloth or scrim materials. Its' adhesive is not designed to be cleanly removed, which is one of the characteristics that sets it apart from gaffer's tape. Despite its name, it is not recommended for repairing or sealing air ducts. A specialized tape with long-lasting adhesive and a foil backing is usually required by building codes. Common duct tape is not safety certified and becomes brittle and the adhesive has failed during safety testing.

In recent years duct tape has become available in a variety of colors. The colors broaden the spectrum of duct tape uses. Colors range from fluorescent to bold to pastel. There is even a foil color duct tape. Now, duct tape can not only be used to repair things, it has also become a great tool in home décor and to create a variety of gifts.

Duct tape, or Duct Foil Tape, is a popular choice for repairs or uses that call for a flexible tape that's very sticky, and very strong. The most common color available is gray, which is a neutral color that allows it to be a multipurpose tape that can be used in many situations. White duct tape is also available to give a more professional look, or blend in with white surfaces.