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Why Aluminum Tape Works Better

2016-10-02

Combine the versatility of aluminum and the gripping aspect of tape and you’ve got a handy product. Aluminum tape doesn't just look shiny and cool, it's actually extremely useful. So much so, in fact, that it's even used in the aerospace industry. Aluminum tapes are pressure-sensitive and hold strong even in sub-zero temperatures. They're also flame retardant and resistant to cracking.

Aluminum tape was first available in 1888. It was first commercially used for identification bands for racing pigeons. But it was soon prized for its protective qualities and attractive appearance in containers and packaging. It was used in World War II to protect packages, electrical capacitors and insulation. After the war, it became available for commercial use.

Aluminum tape has all the qualities of aluminum but also has an adhesive that is aggressive and long lasting. It is aesthetically pleasing due to the shiny surface and is used for thermal conductivity, moisture and chemical resistance, heat and light reflectance, flame resistance and weather resistance.

We may not be using aluminum tape for racing pigeons today, but it does have several practical and industry specific applications.

Packing: Just as aluminum was used for packing during World War II, aluminum tape is used to prevent damages to package contents caused by moisture, vermin or heat. If you are sending packages this holiday season, outfit them with aluminum tape to ensure contents arrive unscathed.

Electrical: Because aluminum tape is polymer coated, it is used to coat electrical cables. Its resistance to weather shields communication cables from the environment. Aluminum glass tape can be used to wrap insulation cables, instruments and other temperature sensitive electrical materials.

HVAC: When it comes to sealing ducts, duct tape has often been touted as the best performer. While it may be a great quick fix, it isn’t permanent. Aluminum tape, however, far outweighs duct tape in heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. Its high tack cold weather acrylic adhesive allows it to adhere well in low temperatures and high humidity.

Construction: Besides working well with HVAC systems, aluminum tape also used to reinforce fiberglass and mineral-wood thermal insulation. It can also help with roof and metal gutter repair.

Aerospace: Since it can protect against harsh chemicals, the Navy uses aluminum tape to mask windows, seams, wheels and more on an aircraft before paint stripping. Due to the chemical resistance, it can also be used in electroplating and anodizing places.