Tape Strength: knowing what thickness to use

Whether shipping a retail product to your many customers, bundling your creative work off Etsy, or simply sending a loving gift to family — you need to pack well and pack securely or your items won’t arrive as promised.

It’s holiday package season and postal deadlines are ready to sneak up on you before you know it. In 2021, the postal and delivery systems are seeing added stress of supply chain shortages and missing workers, so its more important to get your packages ready in advance than ever before. 

Whether shipping a retail product to your many customers, bundling your creative work off Etsy, or simply sending a loving gift to family — you need to pack well and pack securely or your items won’t arrive as promised. To ensure the right packaging, it helps to start with the right tape.

Packages delivered during the holiday season.
Boxes and packages next to front door during holiday christmas season.

Polypropylene Tape

Polypropylene tape is a lengthy mouthful describing a popular style of packing tape that can be made in many different colors. Fantastic for businesses, polypropylene is strong and sturdy, but can also be printed to any design so you can add customer branding or messages with each box. When choosing your polypropylene tape you’ll want to select the right thickness for the job. 

  • 1.9 mil thick tapes are lighter weight and appropriate for sealing boxes up to 30 lbs.
  • 2.5 mil thick is a heavy-duty tape that can handle sturdier packages – appropriate for sealing boxes up to 50 lbs.
  • 2.9 mil thickness works as an extra heavy-duty sealer. Use this extra strength heavy-duty tape for packages 50 pounds or over.

PVC tape

If you’ve heard of PVC piping, you’re already familiar with the material used to create PVC tape. When thinking of packages, you can consider polypropylene similar to your clear or brown packing tape from Staples and PVC a bit more like Duct tape (although there are still many differences). This strong adhesive comes in a variety of colors and can be printed as well. Unlike traditional duct-tape, this sealant is consider the “silent tape” because it pulls off the roll very easily and quietly. When choosing your PVC tape consider the strength.

  • 2.2 mil thick is a middle-weight in strength, use this for sealing boxes up to 40 lbs.
  • 3.2 mil thick is the heavy-duty version, use this for all boxes 40 pounds and up.

Paper Tape

Paper tape may not have the flexibility of plastic or vinyl-style tapes, but it still has many benefits. Sometimes called KRAFT tape, paper tape is a paper roll strengthened with fiberglass threads. One of the main advantages of this tape is that it makes a more eco-friendly option than other synthetics, yet it can still be printed and colored to match your brand or message. Once it is on your packaging it adds an incredibly strong bond. Choose your paper tape from the following strengths:

  • Regular (240) – a lightweight tape good for sealing boxes up to 30 lbs.
  • Heavy Duty (260) – this heavy-duty tape can be used on larger items and is appropriate for sealing boxes to 55 lbs.

So choose your tape and get ready to start boxing. Beat the holiday rush with the right equipment including tape that keeps your items sealed no matter what packaging side trips your items get sent on. Create your custom look and remember too — don’t forget that tape dispenser. 

Packaged Taped and Ready to Ship

What is the Strongest Tape?

When it comes to choosing the right custom packing tape for your application, strength is often one of the first factors to consider. If your tape isn’t strong enough to seal your packages, it instantly loses its purpose and value. When our customers ask us which tape is the strongest, our response always depends on the end-use. For general use, polypropylene tape is an affordable and versatile solution that’s strong enough for most packages. However, if you’re sealing heavy or bulky boxes, you may want to go with a heavier duty PVC tape for a stronger alternative. 

In this article, we’ll break down everything you need to know about both types of custom printed tape to help you select the strongest option for your packaging needs.

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Custom Paper Tape or Plastic Tape: Which is Better for Your Packing Needs?

Paper vs Plastic tape

It’s a question you’ve heard countless times at the grocery store: paper or plastic?

It’s one that applies to the world of custom printed packing tape as well. And while custom printed plastic tape and paper tape – also known as “kraft tape” – both have their selling points, there are times when one tape is more appropriate than the other. Continue reading “Custom Paper Tape or Plastic Tape: Which is Better for Your Packing Needs?”

What to Consider When Designing Your Custom Tape Rolls

Tape being printed

You need tape to seal your packaging before you ship your project, but you’ve decided that you don’t want just any tape.

You’re interested in custom tape rolls designed with your messaging.  But how do you figure out what to put on the tape and the type of tape to use?

In this blog post, we’ll look at the best way to choose your tape and what to print so that your custom tape rolls make an impact and represent your business the way you want it represented.

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Why Polypropylene is the Most Popular Packing Tape

If you knew nothing about packing tape and walked into your local hardware or office supply store, you would most likely come away with a roll of polypropylene tape. You can confirm this by pulling the tape off the roll and listening for a loud crackling noise.

It’s the most popular form of packing tape, for a few important reasons.

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