When it comes to shipping supplies, few things are more important than the tape you’re using for storage. There are several tape options out there, and choosing the wrong one can have significant consequences for whatever kind of project you’re taking part in.
At Nash Packaging, our experts can help you with all your tape concerns for your next move or big packaging project. Here are some of the qualities you should be looking for when it comes to packaging tape.
The first step for choosing good tape is to determine your needs for packaging. Are you looking for a short-term moving storage solution, or do you need a long-term storage option?
It’s important to note that the difference here is subtle, and may not be visible to the naked eye. High-quality shipping tape uses a “hot-melt” adhesive, which is meant to keep packages secure through numerous touch points and even rough handling. Storage tape, on the other hand, uses a heavier acrylic adhesive that’s meant to last up to a decade without cracking even in extreme temperatures.
You’ll notice this difference in the sound of the tape. Shipping tape tends to crack loudly, while acrylic tape has a smoother, quieter release. Your choice between the two should depend on whether you’re looking for a single move or longer-term storage.
In general, thinner packaging tapes will be around 1.9 mil, while thicker ones will be up to 3.1 mil. You want a thicker tape for heavier items in general, though this might vary based on the specific contents of a package.
Ease of Use
You don’t want to be wasting your valuable packing time re-taping areas or trying to keep tape from splitting or re-bonding with the role. Make sure you have a second roll available and a tape gun, and ask our professionals if you’re unsure about an exact brand or type of tape that you’re using.
For more on packaging tape, or to find out about any of our other packaging services, speak to the pros at Nash Packaging today.