There are many different industrial floor marking tape vendors offering many different types of floor tape.  Our goal in this article is to highlight a few of the key features that buyers should be looking for to ensure that they make the best floor tape purchase for their needs.

To be clear, the focus of the article will be industrial floor tape, not vinyl tape that is most prevalent in non-industrial environments such as personal residences.  The industrial floor tape we discuss below is tape used to organize warehouse floors to make them 5S compliant as well as make the overall workflow safer and more efficient.

Below are some of the key features of industrial floor tape and their descriptions:

Tape Thickness

  • This is one of the first items that should be reviewed when looking to purchase floor tape.  The thickness of the tape is directly correlated to its targeted use.  Tape that is 5 mils thickness is a very thin tape and should be mainly used in settings such as the home or other areas that have very little foot or vehicle traffic.  Tape which has a thickness starting at about 35 mils can be used for industrial settings such as warehouses, distribution centers and manufacturing plants which there is constant foot, pallet and other heavy machinery traffic.  If a pallet jack or other heavy machinery has a payload of 500 pounds or more, it will easily rip up thinner tape, while the thicker tape will be able to take repeated “hits” and not get ripped off the ground.
  • Floor tape thickness, while important is not the only characteristic you should be reviewing when looking to buy floor tape.

Beveled Edges

  • Nearly all floor tapes are manufactured in large quantities in sheet form. These sheets are cut down later into strips which are rolled.
  • When the sheets of tape are cut, the adhesive layer comes to the edge of the tape. When the tape is applied to a floor in this manner, the adhesive layer goes all the way to the edges. As a result, the vinyl layer is higher than the adhesive layer.
  • When there is warehouse traffic such as pallet jacks or other wheeled machines, the tape is likely to start tearing from the edges because these edges get caught on wheels. When the edges of the tape start to rip, the rest of the floor tape begins getting damaged and very soon the tape needs to be replaced.

In order to avoid this, always opt for tape with beveled edges, sometimes called dual tapered edges. Beveled edges prevent the adhesive layer from coming out. These tapered edges protect the tape from heavy traffic by guiding wheeled traffic to go over the “meat” of the tape rather than the corners.  As a result, the edges will not get ripped and the floor marking tape will last far longer.

Adhesive Quality

  • A high quality floor tape willalways have a superior adhesive layer. Adhesive layers are important not only to ensure that the tape sticks to the floor, but ensures that there will be little to no residue when you decide to remove the tape from the floor.

During the tape removal process, cheap floor tapes that have an inferior adhesive often times leave sticky and hard to remove residue on the floor.  It can take significant labor effort to remove the residue – it may take hours of scraping for removal.

To avoid this, opt for a floor tape that keeps the adhesive layer intact when removing from a floor. High quality floor tapes will always have a reinforced adhesive system that will prevent it from leaving sticky residue on floor.