Printability is an important consideration to HVAC tape manufacturers because it allows information to be printed on the tape itself in addition to being on the core of the roll and on the packaging. In HVAC system inspections, inspectors need to be able to quickly determine if the materials used to seal the system meet the proper codes and standards that are required, and printed tapes make quick work of it.
For example, most UL listed tapes will have the UL code and manufacturer’s file number printed on the backing to let inspectors know that it meets UL performance requirements. This is crucial not only for inspectors, but for homeowners, contractors, and HVAC repair workers. As a homeowner having an HVAC system installed or repaired, failing to see the UL listing on a tape can be an indication that the wrong type of tape was used and that your system may be at risk for air leaks and other issues. Printable tapes make it easy to identify UL listed tapes from others so that you always know how the system will fare in inspection and how the tape will perform in the long run.