Combine the versatility of aluminum and the gripping aspect of tape and you’ve got a handy product. Foil 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. Foil tapes are pressure-sensitive and hold strong even in sub-zero temperatures. They're also flame retardant and resistant to cracking.
What is Foil Tape?
Aluminum foil was first available in 1888, and commercial production in the US started in 1913. 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.
Foil 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 foil 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, foil 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 foil 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. Foil tape 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, foil tape is 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.
Marine – According to Scientific American, a boat that can carry cargo can be built out of aluminum foil. Due to its resistance to moisture, foil tape is perfect for the marine industry. It can be used to patch holes in boats or provide water resistance in other areas of marine.
Whether you work in the construction industry or simply need a strong packing material for your holiday items, foil tape is a great choice. If you have any foil tape related questions or are ready to put it into action, contact us at Tapes & Technical Solutions in store or online. Our expert staff can help you decide if foil tape is right for you.