Ensuring your floor does not get damaged during a construction or renovation project is essential. Effective use of Temporary Floor Protection is the best way to ensure that the end result is flawless. However, choosing the wrong floor protector can be worse than not using one at all.
At Protec, we can advise the best floor protectors based on your project’s specific demands. These five considerations are aimed at helping you to get the best Temporary Floor Protection:
1) Floor Type:
Every floor has different properties and therefore may require a different type of protection. For example, it is highly recommended to use breathable floor protection on newly laid wooden floors as they require permeable membranes for curing. Breathershield was designed specifically for wooden floors to allow them to breathe whilst protecting from scratches, scuffs and stains.
The duration your floor protection will be required, any elements it may be exposed to and the overall footfall/volume of traffic will determine how durable you need the floor protector to be. For example, it is not recommended to use a protection film for projects when light/medium wheeled traffic (cherry pickers, scissor lifts etc) will be in operation. Coverguard is one of our most durable floor protectors which makes it perfect for more demanding, long-running projects.
3) Flame Retardant:
Every year there are numerous major fires on construction sites and in buildings undergoing refurbishment. The Fire Protection Association’s Joint Code of Practice requires that all Temporary Protection Materials used in construction and refurbishment projects must be Flame Retardant and conform to the requirements of the Loss Prevention Standard LPS 1207, LPS 1215 or Certifire. They must also have the relevant LPCB or Certifire marking and certificate number printed on the material.
4) Ease of Application & Removal:
Make sure you read the product reviews. Cheap carpet protectors can be difficult to apply or leave a tacky residue when removed, which can mean you end up spending more time cleaning up afterwards, or even damage the floor.
5) Prevent Slips and Trips:
Using a good quality self-adhesive floor protector is the safest way to prevent from slips and trips which you may get by using dust sheets. Using the correct floor protection can protect your staff, customers and the flooring from any damage and injuries.
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Proplex Floor Protection used for protecting school hall floors during exams
A High School in London has used Proplex 5mm Black Recycled Sheets (1.2m x 2.4m) to protect the schools hall during various functions. The Rigid 5mm sheets provide great impact resistance to chairs and foot traffic while staying lightweight and easy to carry.
The sheets were originally bought in 2011 and due to their strength and durability are still being re-used today. Typically, in a full school year they are used for Christmas Mock Exams, Key Stage 3 exams, GCSE’s but also Open Evenings and Parents Evenings. The sheets are used to cover whole floor areas but also for specific walkways too.
From the Customer
“Proplex is much better to use than say dust sheets or a product on a Large Roll as it’s light weight and easy to carry through doors which is important. It can be Re-used and is still in good condition from 3 years ago. If I need to do some painting work in the school I also use them to cover the floor”
If you need help protection your school hall floor during exams or other functions please call 0800 834 704 for advise on our various floor protection products.
In recent years the scale of DIY projects has increased on every level from small projects in the home to larger self build initiatives and whilst the complexity of projects has changed with more advanced tools, materials and working practices many house holders are now following the example of contractors by also investing in temporary protection.
Traditionally Protec have catered specifically to trade contractors and the range of products supplied has reflected this with large format protection rolls, own branding and an extensive range of protection products for a multitude of applications. From these origins products have been created to cater for various bespoke site requirements and it is through this that many house holders have found their way to Protec whether through seeing the Protec branding on protection materials used in their home by contractors or through a visit to the Protec website.
Breathable floor protection for expensive flooring
BreatherShield FR offers breathable and effective temporary protection to floor surfaces such as newly laid wood, marble and stone.
Our experience of temporary protection and wide client base has taught us a lot on how to protect floors and a very common requirement is protecting very expensive flooring. High end timber, marble and stone flooring is unique in regards to that it requires protection whilst also needing to breathe. Any protection material also needs to be of a non-abrasive nature so it won’t leave any marks. Breathershield FR is an ideal choice for expensive floor protection as it offers these features and, when compared against the potential repair costs to a damaged marble floor, very cost effective.
Don’t suffocate newly laid floors or leave them vulnerable to damage in fit-out environments - let them breathe easy with BreatherShield FR.
Barrier Sheet, a more durable protection material.
Sometimes regular screening/surface protection material, such as polythene, just don’t measure up. Barrier Sheet is a highly durable alternative made of reinforced polyethylene.
We regularly come across a number of applications from our clients that require a material for screening or protecting floors. The usual request is for a polythene like material that can be used to protect valuable surface from a range of foot traffic, whether a newly laid floor on a construction project or a school/leisure gym floor during events such as exams.
Regular polythene can often do the job but may degrade after use and certainly isn’t appropriate to store away once finished and re-use again at a later date. For a more durable material, that is hard-wearing and re-usable we recommend Barrier Sheet FR.
A strong tensile strength and flame retardant properties ensure enough durability to last prolonged and repeated use. A smooth surface also means reduced abrasion on the surface that the material would be protecting.
As well as strength and durability Barrier Sheet also offers outstanding resistance to vapour making it a great option as a screening material to protect from environmental stress such as wind and water.
For a stronger screening/polythene material that will last the duration of your construction project or event, look to Barrier Sheet.
A great little product, our Tape Applicators save you a great deal of time when applying tape to your work site.
If you are buying Tape we would strongly recommend using these guns to aid you with taping the protection, they will save both time and the frustration of finding the end of the tape!
The tape applicators are heavy duty and designed to last, they can be re-used again and again.
Providing Safe Walkways Around Sites
Adverse weather conditions can be problematic for foot traffic around construction sites, particularly in the winter months.
TrackTile is a brilliant solution for external ground protection such as safeguarding grass areas from churning up from heavy foot or vehicle traffic. It is also great for providing a safe pedestrian walkway on various ground surfaces particularly when wet or icy.
TrackTile is strong, portable and durable meaning it can be easily moved and re-purposed around site for particular areas that require extra ground traction such as access routes and walkways.
For more information on TrackTile you can learn more here or call us on 0800 834 704.
We’ve got yet more great reviews of ZipWall to share with you. These testimonials just go to show how versatile and effective ZipWall is at combatting dust and dirt.
This has to be one of the most ingenious products we have ever seen. When our bed/bath remodel was done our contractor used this Zip Wall system to control the dust and keep the work zone seperate from the rest of the house. It save us (and him) a lot of extra cleaning at the end of each day and at the end of the job. It also kept our pets and kids safely out of his way, and my son could still watch the workers through the clear plastic “walls”.
Donna M. Vose. Source: Amazon.com – http://www.amazon.com/ZipWall-4PL-Plus-Carry-4-Pack/product-reviews/B0022NHLDC/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1
Read Part 1: New Home Part 1 – Redecorating
During the redecorating process it has become apparent that plastic protection in the form of Protec Proplex, Promesh, Barrier sheeting and Carpetshield are all highly superior to cotton Dust Sheets or bits of old curtain and carpets.
In one room in the house the existing carpet has been left down unprotected (as it is ultimately going to be removed to expose the wooden flooring underneath). This has so far offered protection against wall paper paste and dust and debris but unlike the Proplex in the next room (which is protecting an exposed wooden floor) it has quickly become dirty and is very difficult to clean.