Floor marking tape can serve numerous versatile uses in warehouses of all sizes. It is used to control traffic, identify aisles and pathways, create boundaries, mark off hazardous areas, designate storage areas, lead people to emergency exits, and more.
Learn more about how floor marking tape can improve organization and increase efficiency—and how PathFinder floor marking, wayfinding, and safety tape by Graphic Products can help.
Floor Marking Tape
There is no one floor tape that is perfect for all situations. In fact, different locations on the same floor may require different types of floor marking tape, depending on what needs to be accomplished. The following are the major types of floor tape.
Print (Preprinted or Printable)
Printable floor marking tapes give you the option of increasing communication by adding text, symbols, and graphics to your floor marking. This means you can include facility-specific information, such as workstation location designations, equipment identification, and specific hazard warnings.
Printable floor marking tapes are specifically designed to work with DuraLabel thermal transfer printers. They have the durability needed for floor marking, while still being light enough to travel through a printer.
Printable floor marking tapes are particularly useful when used as a part of a lean manufacturing system. Symbols, text, and even SKUs can be included on your floor markings to help organize and streamline both your warehouse and production areas. Printed floor markers ensure workers know exactly where inventory should be located, how machinery should be maintained, and where finished products should be placed. The flow of materials through your facility can easily be seen, QA points identified, and emergency equipment easily found. The result is both a more productive and safer workplace.
When traffic is a primary concern, Printable Prismatic is an ideal choice. Its highly reflective prismatic surface reflects the light from vehicle headlights to create an eye-catching standout message. The tape can be used as-is to designate areas or a custom message can be printed onto it using a DuraLabel PRO printer. Printable Prismatic is ideal for construction companies, DOT, freight companies, HAZMAT, and more. It is rigid, ASTM D-4956 compliant, and available in a variety of widths and colors.
Warehouse flooring undergoes the wear and tear of a rodeo stampede, thanks to stress from forklifts, heavy traffic, and spills. Heavy duty floor tape performs under pressure while improving safety and organization in your facility.
Heavy Duty is available in several types:
- Rigid is the toughest floor marking tape on the planet, made of rigid PVC that can withstand the harshest industrial environments. It's ideal for areas with heavy forklift traffic where painted lines or low-profile vinyl tapes don't hold up.
- Flex is made to conform and adhere to small floor ridges and over grade changes. Made of a tough vinyl, these tapes feature a rubber adhesive. Flex comes in several colors and is ideal for warehouses, facilities, and hospitals and is able to handle occasional forklift traffic.
- Lite is ideal for marking walls, aisles, workspaces, and around hazards such as machinery and ledges. It is intended for floors that experience light to moderate foot traffic such as those found in facilities, warehouses, and sports venues. It is available in a variety of solid colors or stripes.
- Lite Laminated is constructed with a PVC film with a protective clear lamination and an aggressive adhesive system that will adhere to almost any clean, dry surface. It is available in stripes or a checkerboard pattern in a variety of colors to draw attention to workplace hazards.
Prevent the most common workplace injury—slips and falls—with Tread tapes. Their gritty surface will help create traction on slippery surfaces. Tread tape is OSHA compliant and available in a variety of sizes and colors. They are ideal for general purpose indoor/outdoor applications, recreation areas such as playgrounds and pool areas, stairways, ledges, work areas with smooth or potentially wet surfaces, and disability ramps.
Tread is available in a variety of types:
- Bolt Down Tread Plates are a permanent solution to add traction to stairways.
- Standard Tread is designed to add traction to common work areas. It is available in a variety of solid colors and hazard stripes.
- Coarse Tread is similar to Standard Tread but provides better traction. It is available in black and yellow.
- Conformable Tread is designed for irregular surfaces. It is foil-backed, designed for diamond plate or other patterned or inconsistent surface heights.
- Extra Coarse Tread provides the highest friction of the Tread line. It also has the most aggressive adhesive. It is for use on the most difficult surfaces and the most slippery conditions such as wet or snowy entrances, ramps, or dock areas.
- Non-Abrasive Tread Standard has an embossed plastic surface with a texture that provides a waterproof non-slip surface. It is easily cleaned, doesn't shed any grit, and it is comfortable to the skin while still being tough and providing superb impact protection. Ideal for kitchens, food prep areas, baths/showers, boats, and areas with cleaning machines.
- Non-Abrasive Tread Coarse is an embossed PVC that has a surface texture possessing high levels of CoF (coefficient of friction). Both waterproof and non-abrasive, it is ideal for barefoot traffic and areas exposed to water, such as gym washrooms, swimming pools and boats.
- Tread Attention Danger tape is ideal for cordoning off dangerous areas with its hazard colors and "Attention Danger" message in an eye-catching 3" size.
- Tread Caution Steps is self-adhesive anti-slip mat coated with our excellent aluminum oxide grit. Choose from "Watch Your Step" or "Caution" with durable print.
Glow tape guides employees to safety during emergency evacuations or low-light situations (such as power outages).
The Glow category offers three product types:
- Glow Tape should be used to label exit routes or to highlight areas that, when dark, are necessary (such as handrails) or could be hazardous (such as stairwells). These tapes will glow for 6+ hours. It has an aggressive permanent pressure sensitive adhesive that will adhere to most any clean, dry surface.
- Tread Glow is ideal for highlighting critical areas, especially those prone to power failure. It possesses two separate levels of photoluminescent coatings to ensure its extreme visibility when it counts. The level of grip is far in excess of any existing or proposed anti-slip legislation and requirement; this includes UK, EU, America or Australia. Tread Glow is an indoor or outdoor tape.
- Glow Exit Markers directional emergency exit tape is intended to be installed close to ground level, where a person would be crawling under smoke. The direction to the nearest exit is graphically shown to be easily understood in the chaos of an evacuation.
Reflect rebounds light to focus attention where needed. These high-quality reflective tapes increase visibility during night and day. It's available in a range of types, from reflective for general use to high-powered SOLAS tape for maritime applications. The types of Reflect tapes include:
- Conspicuity Red/White 10 Year tape exceeds requirements of the NHTSA (49 CFR 571), and every strip carries the DOT-C2 legal certification for compliance. It maintains effectiveness in wet or dry weather conditions, with full reflective strength from distances of 1,000 feet or more. The easy-to-apply tape sticks to a variety of surfaces including fiberglass, aluminum and painted steel. Also available in 5 Year life.
- Engineer Grade Reflective tapes offer vibrant daytime visibility with reflective properties for nighttime use. All solid color tape is rated for use outdoors for a 7-year life span. It features an aggressive adhesive that will adhere to almost any clean, dry, smooth surface and meets ASTM D-4956-99 type 1.
- High Intensity Reflective is an excellent choice for marking anything that requires a high level of nighttime visibility, with a long life. It has a high intensity micro-prismatic surface for optimum reflection, and its aggressive adhesive system will adhere to almost any clean, dry surface.
- Reflective Stick-ons are designed with highly prismatic lenses secured to a durable transparent resin base. Produced on a clear poly liner, the rolls are easy to work with and the reflectors peel cleanly for application. Each reflector is marked with the SAE A DOT certification. These reflectors are easy to install and are a cost effective alternative to plastic models. Meets or exceeds SAE J592 A.
- SOLAS stands for "Safety Of Life At Sea". This complies with the International Maritime Organization and US Coast Guard standards for reflective materials. Common applications include life jackets, inflatable rafts, survival suits, or anything that requires a high level of reflectivity.
Floor Marking Tape - Overlaminates
Floor Marking Overlaminate is used to provide extra protection for floor tape and floor signs. It is a clear, durable floor tape that provides a sealed barrier that prevents dirt, debris, and abrasion from directly impacting the floor tape or sign.
The overlaminate width should exceed the tape width by at least a half inch on either side, so it must be a total of 1" wider than the floor marking tape width. This allows the overlaminate to provide a good seal along both sides of the floor tape.
Always select an overlaminate that has been tested and has a demonstrated ability to stand up to heavy foot-traffic and equipment movement. Floor overlaminates are typically used in warehouses and other busy facilities where there is heavy floor traffic and additional protection is needed.
Which type of hazard striping is appropriate?
At times floor tape with hazard striping is needed to identify the type of hazard, and emphasize that a hazard exists. The striping draws attention and is readily recognizable as signaling the presence of a hazard.
Use hazard striped floor marking tape to identify areas in which there is a physical hazard, for OSHA compliance, to provide traffic warnings, and to identify the location of fire protection equipment. Typical color combinations are:
- Black/Yellow signals that caution should be used. Used to warn about physical hazards, stairs, obstacles such as poles and beams, and areas in which there are potential tripping hazards.
- Red/White warms about physical dangers, and identifies the location of fire control and protection equipment.
- Black/White used for non-safety related warnings. For example, it may be used for traffic control or to mark off areas for housekeeping purposes.