Double-sided tape: how to use it in 4 quick and easy ways
In recent years, double-sided tape has been slowly but surely replacing glue, when it comes to fastening and mounting, both temporarily and permanently, in building and construction works of all sorts. Why? Because it’s faster to apply, holds to perfection, doesn’t make a mess and it’s easier to remove.
Double-sided tape has one main great advantage: it’s specifically designed to stick two surfaces together, in a way that is not visible in the final product. The tape perfectly “hides” between the objects, which allows for neater looking projects and well-finished craftsmanship. Compared to glue, for example, it’s definitely easier and cleaner to apply.
Double-sided tape: how to use it
Another great advantage of double-sided tape is that it’s extremely versatile and can be used in many different ways, for many different reasons. And unlike other forms of fastening, it’s less “invasive” and aggressive on surfaces.
Let’s look at 4 quick and easy ways to employ double-sided tape:
- It can be used instead of screws: screws fix only in certain points, while tape can fix the whole perimeter of the surface, and so provide greater adhesion. Not to mention the fact that screws obviously end up damaging your wall, while double-sided tape doesn’t.
- If you want to test something, see how it looks on the wall in a certain position, you can apply double-sided tape prior to permanently fastening. If you like it, you can then fasten it with a stronger tape; if not, you can remove the previous tape without leaving any residue.
- It’s perfect to protect floors: if you’re painting walls or having constructions in your house, you can apply felt carpets on the floors with double-sided tape and make sure to protect them from every potential damage, like paint’s splashes and dust.
- Specifically in cities, sound is becoming a big issue. Double-sided tape can be used to attach foam to wall panels or flooring underlayment to floors, as a permanent soundproof solution.
Seems incredible, but double-sided tape does all that and even more! Just make sure to choose the right one for you.
In doing so, there are a few things you should consider: such as materials, temperature and weight. Here is some additional advice you might need:
- Think about the surfaces you are bonding: depending on the different surfaces, you’ll have to pick a different double-sided tape. For example, the flatter and smoother the surface is (glass, aluminum, pvc) the thinner the tape can be. On the other hand, the rougher the surface is (wood, cement, brick, stucco) the thicker the adhesive tape needs to be to provide efficient adhesion.
- Consider the degree of attraction or repulsion force of the materials you want to attach: glass, glazed tile, and bare metals, for example, constitute very good surfaces for bonding; while plastics can vary from reasonably easy to very poor.
- In using double-sided tape, you should take your environment into consideration and choose a temperature-resistant tape. If you have to work at low temperatures, then use a double-sided tape specifically designed for colder climates. The same applies for extremely hot or wet conditions.
Once this is settled, you can be assured that double-sided tape will stick through thick and thin.
PPM knows all this very well, which is why it provides a full range of double-sided tapes, specifically designed to answer different adhesion needs, from generic to very specific, for both professional and home use.
If you’re interested in our selection of double sided tapes, don’t hesitate to contact us! We will help you find the double-sided tape right for you.