Duct tape (also known as cloth tape) is a product designed for sealing joints. It is multipurpose and can be used for a variety of general repairs. Duct tape is flexible, durable and waterproof, making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
Duct tape is composed of three layers. The top layer is made from a plastic material called polythene. Polythene is resistant to moisture and erosion. The second layer is made of fabric. This layer gives duct tape strength while still allowing it to be torn by hand. The bottom layer is a coating of rubber adhesive.
ConRo Electronics offers a wide choice of duct tape from major manufacturers such as Loctite (Teroson brand).
Conro Electronics is an authorized distributor for Henkel Loctite.
The main advantages of duct tape are its versatility and strength. Duct tape can be used for a wide variety of tasks. Its strong adhesive properties, even under stress, make it ideal for repairs and other heavy-duty projects. Another advantage of duct tape is provided by its moisture-resistant backing. This makes the tape suitable for outdoor use.
Duct tape is extremely versatile, but it has its limitations. Temperature extremes (high and low) and exposure to UV light will reduce its adhesive properties. Duct tape has trouble sticking to rough surfaces and materials with low surface energy. Also, despite its resistance to moisture, duct tape will not resist prolonged submersion in water.
Duct tape can have different grades, each one suited to different applications. The grade refers to how the tape is made: the type of polythene, fabric and adhesive.
- General purpose.
- Industrial grade. The fabric and backing are stronger, and the adhesive coating is thicker.
- Professional grade. An upgrade of industrial grade tape, providing increased strength, adhesion and durability.
- Gaffer’s tape. Black, for minimal light reflection. Easily peeled away, leaves no residue.
- Stucco tape. Designed for outdoor use, it resists UV light.
- True duct tape. Permanent tape designed for the sealing of air ducts. Resistant to air and heat pressure.