Using Adhesive Tape for the Building Trade

Adhesive tape is an incredibly versatile thing that has a lot of uses in everything from school projects to maker-space projects, and more industrial jobs such as in the building trade.

Double-sided tape is often used in the construction industry. The type of double-sided tape used in construction is rather different than the stuff that would stick your bits of paper together in school, but it’s still, essentially, the same thing.

Double-sided adhesive tape is great for situations where you want to join materials at a single point, while spreading the stress load and while creating a neat and smooth appearance.

Yes, screws and rivets can be stronger but they can also be unsightly. If you can find the right adhesive for the job then you can get a great finish for your building project.

Finding the Right Adhesive

That’s the challenge. Adhesive tape needs to be able to cope with the environment that it is being used in. Tape that works well in warmer climates might not work in cold or wet climates.

Tape that can handle cold might not cope with changing temperatures, humidity, or exposure to UV light. The adhesive that you would use for grippy surfaces might not work if you need to bind something to smooth concrete.

Thankfully, adhesive technology has come a very long way. This means that there are more tapes that can be used in construction and building scenarios, and we can expect to see that trend continue over the next few years.

What Can You Use Tape For?

In the building trade, there are a few options for using adhesive tape. One area where it is being used a lot these days is to overlap vapour barrier seams, and to attach them to the walls. Vapour barriers are important in crawlspaces, as builders need to seam the building envelope and prevent air leakage. Being able to seal it with barrier tape is better than doing it using screws.

Another area where it gets used a lot is to overlap and seal housewrap seams. If you use single-sided tape, then it could allow water to penetrate and migrate behind the tape, then reach into the structure. Double-sided tape is more efficient at making sure that no water gets through.

Adhesive tape can also be used to secure flooring underlay, to help improve sound attenuation. This is something that is particularly important in modern buildings. As buildings become more and more airtight, sound transmission is becoming an issue.

In smaller building jobs, adhesive tape is often used as a temporary mounting, so that you can line something up and hold it in place while you work with more permanent mountings. Examples of temporary placement include light switch junction boxes, crown moldings, electronic thermostats, electric panels, and even basics such as light switches.

Tape can be used for floor protection, to install building materials, and for many other reasons. The fact that you can use tape to make installing small mountings and other parts easier is important, and will become increasingly important over the coming months and years in many parts of the building sector as we are starting to experience a labor shortage.

Skilled tradespeople are in short supply, and having the option to use tape – in areas where it is safe to do so – to serve as an extra pair of hands is a hugely useful thing.

Know Your Job

It’s important that you understand your job. The tape that you use for seaming is not the same as the tape that you would use for flashing. Seaming needs high performance tape for a tight building envelope, while flashing needs a different tape that is still high performance, but that is more aimed at preventing water penetration.

The construction materials that are being used matters too. With walls, you’re likely to be dealing with weather-resistant barriers, rigid insulation, and OBS or plywood.

Meanwhile, flooring is likely to have you using tape with underlay or vapour barriers, and roofing tape would need to work with underlay, and again plywood or OBS.

The tape that you choose will need to match the conditions that you are working in. Pay attention to temperature variability (which can often have more impact than overall temperature), UV light, wind, water, moisture, and the presence of dirt.

An ideal environment would be dry, clean, and have a predictable ambient temperature, but that’s a scenario that you are unlikely to encounter often.

There are numerous different kinds of tape on the market, and matching the tape you use to the performance required can sometimes be tricky, but it is worth the effort to save you from expensive repairs in the long term. Tape is more convenient, and often more reliable, than glue, but you need to choose the right type.

What’s New in Technology in 2018

Technology is constantly moving at a fast pace. There is so much innovation in the space. As companies try to compete with one another to gain consumer and enterprise market share, more and more products and services are being released than ever before.

Below, we will discuss some of the new things that you can expect to see in 2018.

Whats New In Technology:

1. Foldable Smartphones.

A lot of different manufacturers are expected to unveil their first iterations of foldable smartphone screens in 2018. Whether or not they actually hit the market in 2018 is anyone’s guess.

However, they are expected to unveil these smartphones at the technology conferences. This is a huge hurdle that a lot of manufacturers have had to cross. As smartphone displays become increasingly large, smartphones have become less pocketable than ever before. Because of this, it has become commonplace for smartphones to be unable to fit comfortably within pockets of trousers.

As a result, a lot of people are forced to carry their smartphones or carry them in bags. Manufacturers know that consumers would flock to larger displays if the displays could somehow offer more traditional pocket-ability.

Therefore, one of the ways to solve it is by making the displays foldable which they have finally managed to do successfully.

2. More Hybrid Devices.

Another thing that you can expect to see in 2018 and beyond is more devices that were built as hybrids.

Whether you are looking at gaming platforms that have power yet portability to take on the go or you are looking at portable pocket PCs, you are going to begin to see a lot of devices display a good amount of hybrid functionality and features that allow them to transcend beyond a single market.

Microsoft really started this industry with their Surface line which bridged tablets with laptops. Nowadays, you can find hybrids being manufactured everywhere from the gaming industry to the smartphone industry.

3. In-Screen Fingerprint.

Another innovation that can be found in 2018 is in-screen fingerprint sensor technology.

Manufacturers have been trying to get this technology/feature implemented into their displays for years now. Because of this technology, it is going to eliminate the need for a larger bezel and it can make it so that fingerprint sensors can be avoided having to be placed on the back of the device.

4. Virtual Reality.

As virtual reality hits its stride and as manufacturers begin to figure out ways to create even higher-end screens at affordable price points, you can expect virtual reality to play a key role in a lot of tech industries whether its gaming related or not.

Virtual reality is going to continue to be integrated into the entertainment industry as the next step.

Overall, there are a lot of things that are going to happen in 2018 and beyond. These are only some of the innovations and things that you should expect to see this year and in the near future. Newer technology is constantly evolving and being innovated.