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What's the Best Tape to Use?

Posted by The Plastic Sheeting Gurus! on Mon, Sep 12, 2016 @ 12:56

There are so many different types of tapes on the market. No wonder customers ask us all the time- 



  • What is the best tape for sealing plastic sheeting?
  • What's the best over-all tape?
  • What's the best tape if the plastic will be outside in the sun?
  • What tape should be used on a vapor retarder?
  • What's the best tape to seal plastic sheeting that is put in a crawl space?
  • What's the best waterproof tape?
  • Is there a fish safe tape?
  • Is there a tape that adheres to steel?

What is the best tape for sealing plastic sheeting?

When looking to seal plastic sheeting, the environment that it is being used in is what will dictate the best tape to select. Is there moisture, high humidity, sunshine, or water? Is the tape sealing two over-lapping sheet's of a crawl space liner in a moist basement? Or are we talking about sealing a tear in a slip and slide tarp. Is the tape going to be in the sun? For this post, we are going to introduce the films that Global Plastic Sheeting favors.

The best Over-All Tape:

Our most versatile tape, that is water-proof, fish safe, and has UV to protect from the sun's rays, Ultra Perm is the best selection. This tape is EXCEPTIONALLY STICKY. When it is put down, it's not coming up.  If you have a tug of war with two sheets of plastic, the plastic will break before the tape let's go (in most cases).

The Best Tape for a Crawl Space Liner or Vapor Barrier:

If you are sealing a crawl space liner or vapor barrier, Vapor Seaming Tape is a great choice. it is chemical resistant- not that you have chemicals in your basement- and has a nice strong hold. It will resist the moisture coming up from the ground.  If you want a double sided (two-sided) tape for this application, the Butyl Seal Tape is a great choice. It is waterproof, aggressive, flexible and non-hardening.

The Best Tape That is Fire Retardant:

There are two choices when it comes to the tape being flame retardant. Polyken 225 FR  meets FAR 25.853 (a)  and is used in the aerospace industry. It is used in areas where flame retardancy is required.  225 FR seals duct work, fiberglass insulation and more.

Global CFRP Tape is also fire retardant, and virtually leaves no adhesive residue on applications lasting up to 60 days.

The Best Waterproof and/or Fish Safe Tape?

Ultra Perm is the clear cut choice here. It can be used in your pond, slip and slide tarp, and anywhere there is water.  This beast of a tape grabs on, and doesn't let go!

If you really want to be sure and select the best most cost effective tape for your project, just give up a call. If we can't help you, we will attempt to direct you to someone who can. We want to help, and don't want you to get stuck!

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Synthetic Turf Fields Drainage Systems

Posted by The Plastic Sheeting Gurus! on Wed, Sep 07, 2016 @ 04:40

Synthetic tur drainage becomes a big deal with rain hits the field. The volume of rainfall plays a factor in how much water must be removed. How well and quickly the water drains from the turf will determine how quickly the game can go on.  When it comes to subsurface synthetic turf drainage there are 3 products that significantly stand out. Below is a brief description of each product with links to the full specification pages.

  • Enkaturf Drain 9320
  • Enkamat Plus 7420
  • Enkadrain Shockpad


Enkaturf Drain 9320

Enkaturf Drain 9320 is a subsurface drainage system that is used beneath natural and synthetic turf fields. It  is a 6 inch wide strip drain product consisting of a 1 inch thick nylon core of fused, entangled filaments completely encased in a nonwoven heat-bonded geotextile fabric.

What Sets Enkaturf Drain 9320 Apart?

Enkaturf Drain strips eliminate the need for perforated drainage pipe and the associated ordeal of installing a larger diameter drain with surrounding aggregate.

The flexible, lightweight characteristics of Enkaturf Drain make it much easier to install than hard, plastic drainage pipes.

  • Multiple contact points between core and fabric eliminate fabric stretching into the core
  • Core is resilient and will not crack – even under construction vehicles
  • Crushed stone can be placed directly on top
  • No special couplings or fittings needed at junctions
  • Can be installed vertically or horizontally for complete design flexibility

Why Use This Synthetic Turf Drainage Product?

  •  Excellent durability
  • Thin profile significantly reduces turf trauma during installation
  • Conforms to irregular surfaces and corners with complete and effective coverage
  • Geometric structure creates safe flow path even during backfill
  • Continuous flow even under high loads
  • Long rolls reduce installation costs by eliminating interlocking and excessive seams

Enkamat Plus 7420

EnkamatPlus 7420 is a 3-dimensional heavy duty Enkamat core heatbonded to an eight ounce polyester geotextile fabric. The Enkamat core is produced from nylon monofilaments fused together at their intersections.

What Sets Enkamat Plus 7420 Apart?

The 95% open structure of the nylon core allows water and other liquids to drain through to the turf below while providing a tough, walkable surface for players and coaches. Enkamat Plus has a Class A Flame Spread rating per ASTM E84.

Why Select This Synthetic Turf Drainage Product?

  •  Rolls out and rolls up in no time flat
  • Reusable time and again
  • Protects natural turf from being destroyed during games
  • Water flows through and does not build up on the surface
  • Provides air space between the turf and foot traffic
  • Easy to store

Enkadrain ShockPad

Just like the name describes, Enkadrain ShockPad is a full-field drain designed for synthetic turf playing fields and playgrounds that also offers a shockpad layer for player safety. Player safety guidelines for shock absorption has increased over the years. Enkadrain ShockPad comes in full-length rolls for easy installation and quick coverage of the entire field. Other subsurface drain materials, such as aggregate, are reduced because of Enkadrain's characteristic open, entangled filament design and flow rate.

Enkadrain® ShockPad is made of a proprietary polypropylene blend that gives the product exceptional resiliency properties. This drainage composite consists of a polypropylene drainage core of fused, entangled filaments and a geocomposite fabric bonded to each side. The entangled filaments are molded into a pyramid pattern that maintains the flexible design of other Enkadrain products. The second fabric eliminates the need for a filter fabric and stops penetration and migration of soil fines.

Why Select Enkadrain ShockPad?

  • It double as the drainage layer and shock absorbing layerProprietary polymer formulation significantly improves energy restitution and shock absorption (Gmax) 
  • Reduces infill amounts
  • Excellent durability
  • Second fabric eliminates need for filter fabric
  • Continuous flow even under high loads
  • Increased flow rates over same thickness nylon and HDPE drains
  • 3” fabric overlap flap on both sides

When synthetic turf drainage is your priority, please consider looking into these established products.

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