The different applications and environments where measuring tapes are needed will play a role in determining the best choice of tool. There are many types and designs suitable for different applications, from surveying and carpentry to DIY. Textile tapes are also essential for sewing and for body measurement, for medical and well-being reasons.
When choosing the correct tape measure, you should take various factors into account. These include:
- Available types
- Your budget
- The environment where the tape will be used
- The level of accuracy required
Tapes come in different types to suit every need and profession. As a result, they can be found in different materials, measuring systems, lengths, and output formats.
The material a tape measure is made from is typically defined by its intended application.
Dressmaker’s tape measures, haberdashery and sewing tape measures are normally made of cloth, soft fabric, or plastic fibreglass. This provides the best combination of accuracy and flexibility while measuring. Fabric tape measures can come as either retractable tape measures, encased in a protective container, or as standard rolling tape measures.
On the other hand, surveyor’s tape measures are typically made of rigid materials, such as fibreglass and steel. This ensures durability, impermeable properties, and resistance to damage. These are key features in the choice of the best tape measures for surveying and construction.
Most surveyor’s tapes feature a hook that folds around an object or anchors on the ground. This provides an easier way to keep track of the starting point and is especially useful when measuring longer distances.