There are different types of slip resistant tapes in the market. You have to consider the application you have when selecting the appropriate tape. You can also find this tape under different names such as grip tape, sandpaper tape, tread tape etc.
When selecting an anti slip tape, you have to consider where you will be using this tape. Some applications can be indoors while others will be outdoors. You also have to consider the texture of the surface you are applying this tape to. Depending on the environment you are using this tape, it will be exposed to different conditions whether it is high humidity, water, high or low temperatures etc. These tapes are generally used as a protective measure to show level differences in the floor and they are also used in combination with safety signs, handrails etc.
Because of its protective function, you have to consider the nature of lighting in the location you are applying this tape. Slip resistant tapes can be used in residences, commercial spaces, factories etc. So you will also have to consider the nature of the surface this tape will be applied on; whether it is a high foot traffic area or if the surface is oily. You may need to find slip resistant tapes that can withstand dirt or chemicals especially in factory and warehouse settings.
The material properties of the surface you are applying the slip resistant tape have to be considered. If the surface you are applying the tape to, has some loose particles such as a wooden or concrete surface, you will have to use a sealant on the surface before application. This ensures that the tape adheres well to the surface without just adhering to the loose particles which will cause it to become loose. A common problem with slip resistant tape is that it can easily lift up from the corners over time and you will see the ends getting scuffed quickly. But you can avoid this happening by cutting rounded corners. There will be a little material wastage but it will ensure that the tape lasts for longer.
Another way you can secure the ends of the slip resistant tape is by using an edge sealing compound. This will seal the perimeter of the tape so that water and dust don’t get inside. In areas that are very dusty or when the tape is applied in an area that has contact with water, you will notice that the edges start to lift more quicker. There are different types of slip resistant tapes as well.
There are general purpose tapes that can be used to prevent falls that come in a variety of colours such as black, white and yellow. There are also slip resistant tapes suited for wet areas such as changing rooms, swimming pools etc. Conformable slip resistant tape can stretch and conform to surfaces that are not uniform such as checker plates, ladder rungs etc. You can also find outdoor slip resistant tape that is resistant to UV and can withstand oil and mud.
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