Coverguard - Heavy Duty, Flame Retardant Floor Protection

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.

2)     Exposure: 

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.Choose a Flame Retardant floor protector which is Certifire approved.

4)    Ease of Application & Removal: 

Make sure you read the product reviews. Cheap floor 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.

Have you tried using a floor protector before? Anything we’ve not mentioned? Tweet @protec_uk your advice and experience #protec. We would love to hear from you.

Need a bit more advice? Call us on 0800 834 704. Our phone lines are open 7.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday or you can e-mail us enquiries@protection.co.uk

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.

School Gym Floor Protector

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.

BreatherShield FRBreathable 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.

Barrier Sheet
Barrier Sheet
Barrier Film
Barrier Sheet Screening Material
Reinforced Barrier Sheet
Barrier Sheet Floor Protection

 

Tape ApplicatorA 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.

Breathable Floor Protection For Varying Surfaces

A lot of customers are familiar with our temporary floor protection but aren’t necessarily aware of the breadth of our range and the varying solutions to specific floor types. A common issue is temporary floor protection for floors such as timber/wood that require impact protection but also the ability to breathe and allow any moisture to escape. The perfect fit for the job is Protec Breathershield. Not only is it applied very easily by rolling out and taping together but it provides brilliant protection while also allowing the surface to breathe. One customer, Stewart Nesbit, who regularly lays tiles of varying material such as stone and wood loves the product and sent us in these pictures of him using it on the job. Take a look at our product pbreathable floor protectionage or call our enquiry team for more information on 0800 834 704.

Protecting Ceramic Tiles Around Airport Baggae Carousels

We have had a number of requests over the years for contractors working in airports and notably one area that comes up where there is a great need for floor protection materials is maintenance and repair of baggage collection carousels in airports. The machines and their parts are large and heavy and as they’re normally surrounded by finished ceramic tiles, of the sort that are often found in airports, accidental damage to the surrounding floors can be common when ‘Dead-Banding’ . When it comes to ceramic hard floor tiles and heavy equipment your best bet is always to use a material with some sort of impact protection. We would normally advise a thick, either 4mm-5mm Proplex corrugated plastic sheeting.

Most jobs and their environments vary, so there is never one solution fits all with temporary protection. If you are ever in doubt of what to use to protect the surrounding environment when conducting maintenance, repair, refurbishment or construction work then give our customer service team a call on 0800 834 704 and they will be able to offer their expert advice.

How to Choose the Best floor protector for bars and beer festivals

It is a common enquiry at Protec to supply suitable temporary floor protection for a lot of events and one in particular…beer festivals! It isn’t the simplest solution as there can often be spillages and subsequent wet floors, particularly behind the bar where staff are working and pulling pints. Due to this it is vital that a degree of anti-slip is present on the material. A common product we provide is Tekgard TK200 Polythene Sheeting which is embossed for anti-slip protection and comes on a 1.6m x 62.5m roll for easily covering large areas. This should prove suitable in the majority of cases, however if you are aware that there is going to be a considerable amount of foot traffic then sometimes a heavier duty material is needed. For these cases then we would recommend Promesh which is an interwoven fabric on a 2m x 50m roll and is sufficiently heavy duty for even the busiest of foot traffic.

It is often the case that these materials are subsequently thrown away after an event due to the heavy beating they receive however there is an alternative option that can be re-used if you are either hosting a lot of events or don’t mind storing the protection till next year. These are gridded tiles that are often used as a base for temporary outdoor parking in fields at music festivals or even permanent fixtures behind modern bars. They are perfect for the job as they will allow water to pass through them (note it is probably the case you will need one of the above products to lay beneath it) but provide unrivalled grip for the busy bartender!

Protec also supplies Carpet Protectors which are the ultimate Party Floor Coverings!

 

For any enquiries on the best temporary protection for your event please give us a call on 0800 834 704 and our team can give you some tailor-made advice.

How to choose the correct type of flooring protection for your contract flooring job

Protection of interior floor finishes is often required on both new and refurbishment projects. Fast track programmes often include floor coverings installed prior to the completion of work by other trades and, to reduce the risk of damage, proper protection materials should be considered.

When you’re looking for Floor Protection, there are many things to take into consideration before choosing which product you will use. We are frequently asked by our customers for advice on which products will provide the best protection in certain working environments.

Choosing the correct floor protection for your needs

There are many forms of temporary protection; a product fit for purpose should be selected after considering the following points:

  • Surface requiring protection
  • Site conditions and site traffic
  • Length of time a surface requires protection prior to handover

It is important that the right form of temporary protection is used, depending on these factors, as an incorrect choice of floor protection may result in poor performance, a need to replace protection more frequently, resulting in higher overall costs as well as adding time to your build, not to mention the possibility of actually damaging the flooring it was originally supposed to protect. Continue reading

Snow can cause a mess when coming indoors from outside, use heavy duty trapmats and save on cleaning time and effort.

With the weather as it is, it isn’t just building sites that are affected but pavements and paths can soon turn into a sludgy mess. When walking into your house the last thing you need is a mess on your floor, especially carpets and buildings such as hotels can suffer with lobbies and entrances taking the brunt of the damage . A great way po combat this and save a lot of cleaning time are our heavy duty dirt trapper mats. Unlike standard trapmats, which don’t stand up against water and particualry wet, muddy or snowy boots, due to their vinyl type surface, Protec’s heavy duty trapmats are made of a fabric material and a reinforced banding around the edges. This means they are far better at absorbing moisture and are a much better option in particularly wet weather.

In areas that there is particularly high foot traffic it may be worth looking at some additional floor protection to safeguard against wet, muddy and dirty shoes. We supply a range of materials that work brilliantly in this application including self adhesive carpet protector which is specifically for protecting carpets.

If your floors are suffering in the winter months, or at any point in the year for that matter, then contact Protec for advice on temporary protection materials for your floors on 0800 834 704.