Heskins Non-Abrasive Tapes Used in Swimming Pools

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Heskins non-abrasive anti slip tapes are used in many applications throughout our environment to increase safety. With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to prepare your swimming areas and keep those using it safe. We have received several inquiries about the need to eliminate slip and fall accidents in and around swimming pool areas. It is very important to keep yourself, employees and customers safe, especially in slippery locations that could lead to potentially serious injuries. That is why Heskins has manufactured and tested several non-slip materials suited for applications subject to water.

Pools, Jacuzzis and other water filled swimming areas can often get very slippery. This can be caused by algae build up, water mold, over-use of sunscreen, smoothness of the steps/siding, and so much more! Fortunately, Heskins took the initiative to create a few products that could help to reduce slip and fall accidents caused by those. There are several areas of a pool where our materials can be applied. The most popular area where slips occur is on the steps of a pool. Our non-slip products are constructed with a strong adhesive, conditioned to adhere to applications that will be subject to water. Please keep in mind thought that these materials cannot be applied underwater. They must be applied to a clean, dry surface. Other areas of application may include pool ledges, handrails leading into the pool or even surfaces surrounding swimming areas.


Tapes Explained:  

Aqua Safe:
Aqua Safe was one of our first waterproof products. It is constructed in a way that is kind to bare skin, as its embossed, rubber-like texture allows for slip prevention even when subject to moisture. One great benefit of Aqua Safe is that its lack of peaks and valley (which abrasive material possess) makes this material extremely easy to clean if necessary. When wet or dry, Aqua Safe meets all standards. It is available in 60ft rolls up to 60ft in length and can be cut anywhere from 1” up to 47” wide. Due to high demand for this tape in specific applications, we decided to produce an off the shelf range of die cut strips and disks in white and transparent – perfect for an easy application without the hassle of measuring and cutting.

Coarse Resilient:
Coarse Resilient anti slip tape is suitable for potentially high-risk locations. Often at times, this material is placed on pool steps, however it can also double as a waterproof handrail grip for getting in and out of the pool. It is manufactured from a textured, embossed plastic creating high levels of Coefficiency of Friction (CoF). This material is comparable to a 60grit abrasive material, however its non-abrasive construction makes it bare skin friendly. We manufacture Coarse resilient in roll widths up to 52”, and up to 60ft in length. We also offer a less coarse non-abrasive known simply as Resilient. This product has a bit more of a smooth finish, while still holding non-slip properties. We can supply both of these materials in various colors and sizes.

Marine Grade anti slip tape is actually considered a semi-abrasive product. This material is created by using rounded granules known as S2. This allows the material to be kind to bare skin and is very easy to clean! One thing that makes this product stand out among others is that it has been tested and guaranteed 100% resistant to salt. This is good as many pool owners are starting to lean towards salt water pools. This product range is available in sizes ¾” wide up to 42” wide, and up to 60ft in length.


The process of applying our non-abrasive range of materials is very simple, however each step is very important as it will give your material its longest life when applied correctly. Each of our materials must be applied to a clean and dry surface. This means the water must be drained, making now the perfect time to get your pool ready! After applying, you should allow at least a 12 to 24 hour cure time to achieve maximum bond. Our water resistant anti slip materials mentioned above have been tested at half-tide for 6 months in water and 6 months out of water. We cannot guarantee the life/warranty of the materials if fully submerged for extended periods of time beyond this. However, we do offer several application accessories to prolong the life of the tape. Our most popular is known as Edge Fix Sealer, which applied along the substrate and the tape. After 10-15 minutes, the solution then will shrink into place effectively pressing the material into place and holding it firm.

Make sure to keep yourself, friends, family and customers safe this swimming season by applying one of Heskins non-abrasive anti slip solutions. For more information, or if you are interested in receiving samples, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the contact form, live chat or phone.

Heskins DOTC2 Reflective Tape Range Explained

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Our main goal is to provide our customers with products of the highest quality. To do this, we also have to be certain they meet the required federal guidelines during production to ensure that our customers can follow suit during usage.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, any truck trailer that weighs beyond 10,000lbs and is greater than 80” in width must place 2” red/white retroreflective DOTC2 tape on at least 50% of the length of the trailer as well as the entire width of it. The intent of the rule is so that when other motorists are driving in under-lit conditions or have reduced visibility, the reflective properties will help to prevent any accidents that could occur.

Heskins DOT Tape Variants

We have 3 different variations of conspicuity tape that all meet federal requirements and are marked so with the small “DOT-C2” stamps amongst the roll.

The Heskins DOTC2 reflective tapes range includes:

Glass Bead

Our glass bead DOT tape is constructed, as the name states, with tiny glass beads that are embedded within the surface of the material inside the honeycomb pattern to which the light bends to and reflects. Some may see thisheskins dotc2 reflective tape material as an “economy grade” material as it is the cheapest to produce, however, it still possesses an incredible retroreflective performance and meets FMVSS (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards) regulations.

With duty of care and maintenance, our glass bead DOT can have a retroreflective performance anywhere from 5 to 7 years! This material is available in red/white, red, white and yellow… all of which include the DOT-C2 stamps. We off two variations of our red/white reflective tape and that is 6” red/6” white and 7” white/11” red.


Unlike the glass bead material, Heskins metalized DOT tape is constructed by man-made 3-point prisms rather than beads. This material is produced with a silver appearance and is slightly thinner (0.3mm-0.34mm) and more pliable than our other DOT tapes.

How do we get the silver appearance? Well first, the prisms are created and a clear or colored coating of polymer is heskins dotc2 metalized tapeapplied. The back of the prisms are then “metalized” which created the mirror light source. We value this product’s high intensity and long distance light reflection. When the light bends and reflects inside of the tape, 80% of the reflected light mirrors directly back to the source!

Our metalized DOT tape, when taken care of (cleaning, storage, etc) can have a retroreflective perform between 7-10 years. Metalized DOT tape is available in 2”x150ft rolls with the same two variations as the glass bead, 6”x6” red/white and 7”white/11”red.

This material is most successful with dynamic applications such as tankers, trailers, large flat beds, etc., although still a great reflective source on still objects.


Sealed DOT tape is very similar to our metalized DOT tape, however there are a few slight differences that could help in your decision-making. Our sealed DOT conspicuity tape is also built with 3-point prisms, however the main difference is that this material has more of a white appearance rather than a silver like the metalized.heskins dotc2 sealed tape

The word “sealed”, when it comes to DOT tape, is another word for “air backed prismatic”. This just means that it is constructed by taking the man-made prisms and laminating them to another layer of prisms creating an air pocket between the two layers. The white appears because of the lack of the metallizing step which gives metalized DOT its silver appearance.

This, along with being slightly more rigid, allows the tape to possess slightly higher reflective values. If our sealed DOT material is taken care of properly, it can also have a retroreflective performance of 7 to 10 years! This material is available in 2”x150ft to meet FMVSS regulations. Heskins sealed DOT tape comes in two variations: 6”x6” red/white and 7”white/11”red. One other minor difference is that this material is a tad thicker, 0.405mm-0.445mm thick, and a bit less flexible, thus making this material ideal for static applications such as guard rails, signs, parking stops, etc.

Application Temperature

Our DOT C2 tapes should be applied above 60°F (15°C). This is to ensure that you are getting the longest lifespan for your material. If applied under those temperatures, the tape is at risk on not adhering to its fullest potential.

For more information on any of the mentioned DOT Conspicuity tapes or to obtain samples, please contact us via phone, live chat or by filling out our contact form and one of our friendly team members would be happy to lead you in the direction that best suits your needs!

Heskins Provides Safety Tapes for the Trailer Industry

Friday, January 26th, 2018

As suppliers of the trailer industry, we at Heskins are constantly striving to increase safety in the market. Heskins is a proud member of NATM (National Association of Trailer Manufactures) and the NATDA (North American Trailer Dealers Association). We produce several materials for trailer manufactures and sellers to increase safety in a variety of ways.

Safety Grip

Recently, we had an inquiry about our non-slip Coarse Safety Grip as a grip aid on a horse trailer. “Can it be applied to the ramps of horse trailers?” The answer is yes! We were able to supply a customer a large sheet of Coarse Safety Grip to apply to the ramp access of the trailer. This allows not only the horses to walk in and out of the trailer safely, but increases the safety of the horse owners who will walk up and down the ramp as well.

Along with applying Safety grip to the ramp access, there are several other areas on trailers that our material can be applied to in order to prevent potential accidents and/or damage to the trailer. As you read above, our abrasive materials are used to prevent slip and fall incidents. However, we also offer non-abrasive materials that can be used as gravel guard or even paint protection. This will help to keep your trailer at its best for an extended amount of time.

DOTC2 Conspicuity

As seen on the rear ends and sides of almost all variety of trailers, red/white reflective tape is used as a safety precaution to other surrounding vehicles. Heskins offers DOTC2 Conspicuity tapes that not only meet federal requirements but, more importantly, provide top-notch reflective values. Heskins offers a few different variations of our DOT tapes. Our Microprismatic DOT tapes are available in a metalized version and a sealed version. These tapes, when maintained well, can have retro-reflective properties that can last up to 10 years! We also have a range of glass bead DOT tapes that is a bit more a more cost-effective, however it still meets federal regulations and can hold retro-reflective properties for up to 7 years.

As many trailers can rust overtime, we understand that applying DOT tape to an irregular surface can be difficult. That is why we have constructed our DOTC2 Aluminum Reflective Plates. These plates make for a quick and suitable replacement when necessary. Our reflective plates can be applied by using rivets, screws or our UHB bonding tape!

UHB Bonding Tape

Trailers quite often take a beating in transit from several variants such as pot holes and rocks. Over time, the corruption will shorten the lifespan of your trailer as the vibrations cause rivets and screws to loosen and need replacing. We have produced a heavy duty bonding tape that acts as the perfect alternative or companion to fixing mechanical issues. Vibrations are dulled and due to its nature, our UHB tape also dampens sound. In addition, our UHB tape can even improve the aerodynamics of a trailer as it acts as the perfect seal.



For more information about how our materials can be used for your trailers, please contact us via phone, email, live chat or through our contact form and a member of our team will help you as soon as possible!