Using Black Reflective Tape on Automatic Gates and Fences

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Manual and automatic gates whether they are ornamental or commercial are very expensive and when hit by an automobile can be very costly to repair. Reflective tape can dramatically increase the night time visibility of gates and fences. Black reflective tape is very popular with gate owners because it blends in with the gate in the daytime but is clearly visible at night when exposed to a cars headlights. The picture above clearly demonstates this.

Black Reflective Tape

We carry black reflective tape in a flexible engineer grade type I material. Glass bead tapes are the oldest and most common retro reflective tape. These tapes reflect light via thousands upon thousands of small glass beads embedded into the film. Each glass bead reflects light back to the source. Hence the name retro reflective tape.

For gates, most people will use either a 1" or 2" black reflective tape. In the picture above we used a one inch roll. The wider the tape the better so if you have room for 2" tape that is recommended. The material will bend around rounded or sharp angles making it very easy to work with. To apply it you simply peel off the backing and apply. If it is cold the tape can become a little less flexible so many people will use a hair dryer in cold weather to help the tape stay flexible during application. The warmer it is the more it will stretch. This is the same material that is used on Fire Engines.

Engineer grade reflective tape has no pattern on top and is simply a solid color to the naked eye. When light strikes the tape it is reflected back to the source and the tape appears to light up. For day and night time visibility we offer other colors. Our colors for the engineer grade reflective tapes are red, white, blue, green, orange, yellow, gold and black.

If you would like an even brighter tape we carry a high intensity reflective tape . It is characterized by a honeycomb pattern. Within each honeycomb are concentrations of glass beads. There are more glass beads per square centimeter in high intensity than in engineer grade tape. This concentration of glass beads creates a much brighter tape. High Intensity tapes give off around 250 candlepower for the white and less for the other colors. Traffic cones and road barrels use this material as well as many brighter street signs. We do not have black in the high intensity but we do have brown, red, yellow, white, green, blue and orange.

Click here for 1" & 2" Black Engineer Grade Type I Reflective Tape

Click here for High Intensity Reflective Type III Tape

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Steve Cole - Owner

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