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Paper Tape

SBS Direct stocks two taping options – Paper Joint Tape and FibaFuse.

When you are securing drywall installations, paper tape is one of the most common ways to get a good finish on the job and can be used in a fast and efficient way that saves time and money on labour costs. There are a few speciality tapes which are used for expensive projects, but most construction teams will not need to buy these, and instead may choose to look at two types of tape: straightforward paper tape for drywall, and FibaFuse, which is a combination of fibreglass and paper. There are pros and cons to both of these options, and you may even need to use both varieties of tape in different situations.

Drywall paper tape

It is the most common type of tape, often used by professionals and DIY fans to complete the sealing of joints between drywall panels. Non-adhesive, the paper tape must be mixed with joint compound in order to create a sticky tape that can be applied to the wall. The tape has to be applied firmly to the wall and then squeezed evenly against the panels, in order to prevent bubbles being left under the tape.

In general, there are several advantages to using paper joint tape:

  • Easy to handle
  • Non-elastic, meaning it forms stronger joints
  • Safe to use with butt-joints

SBS Direct offers a number of different styles of paper joint tape which can be matched with your requirements.

Our tapes typically come with:

  • High strength capability
  • Ability to be used with a range of joint compounds
  • Ability to be used with either hand or automatic tools
  • Centre crease – easy-to-use corner applications
  • Perforations – better adhesion and easier to use


This is a variety of tape which is intended to make the fitting and installation of tape easier when completing large construction projects. A more modern invention than the traditional paper tape, Fibafuse is a joint tape for drywalls which was created with help from renovators and construction teams. It is a glass mat, a paperless, tape which is perfect for use alongside paperless and mould-resistant systems, ideal for use in areas vulnerable to moisture or high humidity. SBS Direct supply this product, and it has some significant advantages, such as:

  • Strengthening joints
  • Mould resistant
  • Lightweight
  • Creates flat joints, corners and square sets
  • Easy to use

With an open-fibre design, the material fuses with compounds in order to make strong joints when compared with drywall paper tape. This may be important in vulnerable areas. It is also pre-creased and has a smooth finish which ensures that there are fewer bubbles and blisters, unlike paper tape. It can be installed by hand, or with the use of automated systems, and it is easy to cut and install over joints or corners. If you want to find out more about FibaFuse, or drywall paper tape, contact SBS Direct and discuss your options with one of our staff members, or order through the online form.

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