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A double-sided adhesive tape is effective on both sides and should be found in every household. It is versatile and easy to apply. The double-sided adhesive tape is available in different widths/lengths and made of different materials. There are also variants of this adhesive tape that adhere very strongly and are suitable for attaching heavy objects. In the home, for example, a mirror can be easily attached to the wall.

There are basically two types of double-sided adhesive tape which can be distinguished. Transfer adhesive tape consists of adhesive throughout. Other double-sided adhesive tape, on the other hand, has a non-adhesive core made of a carrier material and is covered by the adhesive layers. Depending on the surface, the appropriate type of double-sided adhesive tape should be selected. If required, an adhesive tape can also be selected that can be removed again without leaving any residue.




Summary

  • Double-sided tape is versatile in the home. Its use is simple and does not require any manual skills.
  • When buying this type of tape, pay attention to the adhesive strength. Good products are available from a medium price range.
  • Choose the right type of double-sided tape for the surface to be covered.
  • Depending on your needs, there are also double-sided adhesive tapes that can be removed without leaving any residue.

The Best Double-Sided Adhesive Tape: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for double-sided adhesive tape

To help you with your purchase of double-sided adhesive tape, we have picked out the most important buying and evaluation criteria. These are as follows:

Depending on the surface and area of application, you should make sure that the adhesive tape fulfils the corresponding properties. Here is a brief explanation of the above criteria.

Length/width

The most common length of tape you will find in the shops is 25 metres and a width of 50 mm. The longer the roll, the more material you have available. When it comes to the width of the double-sided tape, it makes sense to choose a variant that you can use for different purposes, such as 25 or 50 mm.

Adhesive strength

Not all double-sided tapes have good adhesion. When buying double-sided adhesive tape, you should always pay attention to the surface to which you want to apply the tape. This is because the adhesive strength usually depends on the surface and the size of the adhesive area.

For example, only professional products are suitable for all surfaces such as ceramic tiles and wood. There are also high-quality double-sided tapes and they are ideal for fixing carpets, linoleum, mats and floor mats.

Temperature resistance

This can vary from -30 to +80 degrees. This means that many double-sided adhesive tapes can be used indoors, outdoors and in damp areas.

Removability

Not all double-sided adhesive tapes can be removed without leaving any residue. However, if this is important to you, you should pay close attention to this when buying. Of course, there are many tips on the internet on how to remove the residue, many of which work. However, you should also be aware that some of these tips can sometimes be time-consuming and require special solvents and tools such as hairdryers etc.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about double-sided adhesive tape answered in detail

The following questions often arise when buying and using double-sided tape. We answer them so that you have a deeper insight into the subject.

What types of double-sided adhesive tape are there?

There are basically different types of double-sided adhesive tapes available for fastening. There are double-sided adhesive tapes without a backing material, which consist of a pure adhesive film.

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Many things can be fastened easily with adhesive tape or double-sided adhesive tape. Drilling is not entirely sensible in some cases! (Image source: kerttu / Pixabay)

Another type of these tapes are double-sided tapes, which have a non-adhesive backing material in the core. Acrylic foam tapes, which are thoroughly adhesive, have particularly good adhesive properties on a variety of surfaces.

How does double-sided adhesive tape hold in damp rooms?

When buying double-sided adhesive tape, you should make sure that the product is suitable for use in damp rooms. Often these types of double-sided adhesive tape are called mirror tapes. These are then also water-resistant.

How much does double-sided tape cost?

The price is mainly determined by the length and the quality. The price of a roll of double-sided tape can range from low to high. The following table should give you an overview.

Price range Available products
Low-priced (4 - 9 €) Mostly universal up to 25 m length
Medium-priced (11 - 20 €) Extra strong with high performance
High-priced (from 60 €) With fabric backing up to 50 m length with high performance

From the table it can be seen that double-sided tape can be bought from as little as €4, but it can also go up to over €60 in value.

How can double-sided tape be removed?

It can sometimes be removed without leaving any residue. If this is not the case, you can use solvent. If you don't have any at hand, you can heat the adhesive residue with a hairdryer and then carefully scrape it off with a knife or fingernail.

Conclusion

Our conclusion is that no household should be without double-sided adhesive tape. It is versatile and can be used for everything from handyman work around the house to craft glue for decorations. It is a very good alternative to drilling and can usually be removed without leaving any residue.

For special work outdoors or on rough surfaces, you should look out for suitable products when buying. Thanks to the easy handling, you don't need any manual skills to use double-sided tape. You also don't need any special tools to attach or stick objects with it.

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