Cold-resistant electrical tape is an insulating tape used to wrap pipes and wires. The two main types of cold weather electrical tape are PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and vinyl. Although the two types of tapes have similar uses, the differences between them may help you choose between the two types of tapes.
Resistant to cold weather
In terms of cold resistance, there is a significant difference between PVC and vinyl electrical tape. Vinyl cold-resistant electrical tape has the best performance at temperatures between 15 and 175 degrees Fahrenheit. This makes vinyl electrical tape unsuitable for certain outdoor applications where the temperature is below the freezing point. PVC electrical tape has the same heat resistance as vinyl tape, but can withstand temperatures as low as -50 degrees Fahrenheit, making it more suitable for use in cold weather.
PVC cold-resistant electrical tape is usually more suitable for outdoor use. The tough outer layer of PVC is very suitable for resisting various external influences, including abrasion, metal corrosion and various weather conditions. This durability makes PVC cold-resistant electrical tape very suitable for wrapping outdoor and underground pipes. Vinyl cold-resistant electrical tape is waterproof, durable and suitable for outdoor use. However, for the best protection in areas with the most external impacts, PVC cold-day electrical tape may be the ideal choice.
Vinyl cold-resistant electrical tape is most commonly used for indoor or enclosed electrical and mechanical maintenance. It can well resist metal corrosion and chemical leakage of alkali and acid. Vinyl cold-resistant tape can also withstand different voltage intensities, making it suitable for long-term insulation and even high-voltage wires. In this case, PVC cold-resistant electrical tape can provide some protection, but before using it to insulate movable wires, you should carefully read its introduction to determine its insulation strength.
You don’t always have to choose between vinyl and PVC cold-resistant electrical tape. Many companies produce hybrid tapes that combine the advantages of the two types of electrical tapes. This tape is often referred to simply as vinyl or PVC tape. To determine if you are using hybrid tape, read the introduction. Certain vinyl or PVC tapes are actually vinyl electrical tapes coated with a durable PVC backing. This hybrid tape combines the weather resistance of PVC tape with the chemical resistance and high dielectric strength of vinyl tape. For exact specifications, please read the tape introduction carefully.