Are You Ready for Patio Weather?

Koffler Sales’ headquarters is located an hour outside of Chicago in Lake Zurich, IL. Unlike the rest of the United States, we are some of the last to experience spring weather — but when it is here, we fully embrace it! We look forward to celebrating spring and summer by spending our time outside. Are you ready for patio weather?

Most of our blog posts are about ways you can improve the inside of your home or business, but we want to share tips to get your patio and backyard ready for summer activities.

Chemsol non slip coating for pools, side walks, work sitesPatios can get slick from a morning rain, so ensure your friends and family can enjoy outdoor time together without slips or falls by applying a non slip coating to your patio. Available in a variety of designer colors, Chemsol Non Slip Coating is easy to apply and will help beautiful your patio area. Choose a neutral color like beige or wow neighbors and guests with a bold designer look using red or blue stain.

Your family is likely going in and out more often during the warmer months. To keep grass clippings and other outdoor debris outdoors, consider an Entrance Mat to catch outside dirt and more. Our industrial mats won’t slip and slide.

Prevent night time accidents in the darkStairs can be hazardous any time of year, but they can especially be dangerous when children are running up and down them during the early evening. Make sure stairs are visible for your family and guests using Glow In The Dark Tape. You can also use the glow in the dark tape around the edge of your patio, to make sure no one trips and falls.

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Reflective Safety Tape

Reflective Safety Tape
reflective safety tape

Reflective safety tape is an important tool in many different businesses and professions. Often they form an indelible visual barrier between safe or unsafe work areas. This tape comes in a variety of textures and formats. Certain types are meant for certain applications, and it is important ensure they are used correctly. Misuse of this tape can lead to all sorts of accidents.

Often times you will find reflective safety tape in use as a warning to stay away from dangerous or hazardous chemicals. Their reflective attributes allow them to be seen in both daylight and at night time.

Many road signs employ the use of reflective safety tape or coating to ensure visibility in low light or at night time. In addition to road signs, many guardrails employ this as a means of helping cars avoid collision with them.

In the fire fighting industry this tape is crucial. It is in use on fire trucks and apparatus, as well as fire fighting attire. When fighting fires, the tape (which makes it possible for fire fighters to identify each other) can make all the difference.

Another industry using safety tape is the coastguard. Much of their equipment must remain visible, even in the worse oceanic conditions. When they are sent out to search for vessels in trouble it is important that they be able to keep track of their equipment as it is in use. Reflective tape makes it much easier for them to see what is going on. Much of their equipment have some type of safety tape on it; making it highly visible.

Road construction crews wear vests clad with reflective tape to make them more visible to those riding city streets. The reflective tape allows them to work in close proximity to fast moving vehicles. Their counterparts in the park and recreation areas of work also wear these vests. Not only do they protect against automobiles, they also alert pedestrians that work is being performed in a given area and to stay away.

Reflective tape is used on oil rigs and in bio-hazard complexes. It alerts staff and visitors alike to use caution when entering a certain area. Since there are many dangers in these environments reflective tape can save many lives.

When hazardous spills occur, reflective tape comes into play as a boundary. Like “Caution Tape,” reflective tape lets people such as rescuers and bystanders know where safe and non safe areas are.

On aircraft carriers this tape is in wide usage; letting sailors know where danger zones might be encountered. They are also used in and around munitions areas as a constant reminder of the dangers around them. On the flight deck various forms of reflective tape alert deckhands to areas they should and should not walk; such as launch and landing areas. There are many other dangerous places where reflective tape may be in use on a carrier.

School buses use reflective tape as well. To ensure that students may embark or disembark safely, many school buses employ reflective tale on their stop signs to help vehicles see them. Crossing guards also wear reflective vests.

Reflective Safety Tape

Reflective Tape

Reflective Tape

reflective tape

Reflective tape comes in many colors.

As is common with many other products, the naming convention for reflective tape seems to have a bit of a marketing spin to it. Specifically, unless you are familiar with the product, the designation “engineer grade reflective tape” may not seem to be particularly informative about the quality of the product. Basically, what you should know about engineer grade reflective tape is that it is the most reasonably priced variation among the high quality reflective tapes.

Engineer grade reflective tape is produced with enclosed glass beads. These glass spheres reflect light back at its source regardless of the angle of approach due the the geometry of the sphere shaped objects. In order to be classified as engineer grade tape, the tape must meet the standards specified in ASTM D4956 type I, which was developed by the American Society for Testing and Materials. ASTM develops internationally recognized standards for quality and safety.

This safety enhancing product is available in a variety of thicknesses, widths, and lengths. For general purpose use, a 5 mil thick engineer grade reflective tape is recommended by Koffler Sales. It is available in widths from 1″ through 4″ and in 30′ and 150′ roll lengths.

Engineer grade reflective tape is typically suitable for applications that do not require DOT compliance (Department of Transportation). For reference, the following types of reflective tape which offer higher levels of retroreflectivity than engineer grade tape are also available from Koffler Sales. These higher grades of reflective tape are most commonly utilized in transportation applications.

  • SUPERBRITE SOLID REFLECTIVEMeets or exceeds ASTM D-4956-99 Type III.
  • NEONBRITE SOLID REFLECTIVE – Meets or exceeds ASTM D-4956 Type VIII.
  • CONSPICUITY DOT-C2 – exceeds NHTSA (49 CFR 57) and carries the DOT – C2 legal certification for compliance.

A complete selection of reflective tape is available at Koffler Sales. Their customer service department is available to assist you with selecting the type of reflective tape that best fits your requirements. Contact Koffler Sales at (888) 355-6287.

Reflective Tape

Anti-Slip Tape and Anti-Skid Adhesives

Anti-Slip Tape and Anti-Skid Adhesives
anti-slip tape

Anti-slip tape comes in all different colors which you can use for marking a specific area. This certain tape can adhere to most clean, dry surface. The tape has a semi-matte surface. It is best used on doors, walls and pipes and other equipment.

It can be used for safety for those slippery areas in and around the home. The bathtub is a great example. You can place vinyl anti-slip tape in the bottom of your bathtub so that you or your little ones do not slip and fall. It is resistant to the water that it will come in contact with.

High visibility, or hazard warning anti-slip tape is great for the areas that may become wet and you want people to be cautious of the area, yet provide a non-slip area. It will bring a high attention to the hazardous area. These tapes offer superior durability and also contain a chemical resistance.

 

A cushion safety mat anti-slip pad is excellent for use in dry or wet areas. It will reduce the worker fatigue while resisting grease, oil and chemicals.

You will also come across the anti-slip abrasive tape. It is a non-skid abrasive film that is backed with a sensitive adhesive so that you will be able to use the tape in any area where slipping is a hazard. It is easily adhered to any smooth surface. It also has impeccable effects against grease, oil, water and most acids.

The reflective tape comes in a variety of colors. They will suit your need to apply to any surface. They can reflect light up close or far range distances. They are also available for daytime and night time use.

There are an array of different tapes to be used for whatever your need is.

Anti-Slip Tape and Anti-Skid Adhesives