Hardboard Sheets Versus Proplex

Hardboard is a high-density engineered wood material traditionally popular for temporary protection in the construction industry and is also popular with trades. Hardboard was initially viewed as an alternative to plywood as it had the benefit of being more cost effective. There is no denying that hardboard is a cheap way to cover floors. However, there is a better floor protection alternative to both hardboard and plywood…

Proplex Sheets - The Super Protectors
Proplex: the Super Plastic Protector

As far back as 1993 when Protec was founded, customers were contacting us as they were fed up with using hardboard sheets to protect flooring; they found hardboard sheets were heavy, difficult to cut and would warp before the end of the project.

Protec sought to provide customers with a lightweight, easy to cut alternative to hardboard which would not warp, even when the product was used on large scale commercial projects.

Proplex is now one of Protec’s best-selling products. Proplex is a heavy duty corrugated plastic sheet manufactured from polypropylene.  Protec has now provided millions of meters squared of Proplex to the construction, trades and domestic markets.

Why are Proplex Protection Sheets and Rolls so popular? The main benefits of using Proplex as your Temporary Floor Protection:

1)      Quick to Apply: Proplex floor protection sheets are extremely lightweight which means that Proplex is easy to apply, move around and remove after you have finished. It also means that Proplex is easier to transport and store both before and after usage.

2)      Cost effective: On Protec’s online site, Proplex 2mm plastic sheets cost from £1.20 per metre squared which is better value per squared metre than Wickes General Purpose Hardboard. However, for the best temporary construction rates create your very own corporate / trade account.

3)      Reusable and Recyclable: With procurement in the construction industry becoming increasingly more focused on sustainability, the Proplex range can assist you with reducing your projects environmental impact and help you to achieve BREEAM targets.

4)      Flame Retardant: The introduction of the Joint Code of Practice on the protection from fire on construction sites states that failure to use flame retardant temporary protection materials on contracts exceeding the value of £2.5 million may lead to uninsured losses. Unlike hardboard and other timber board products, Proplex is fully certified to the Loss Prevention Standard, LPS 1207, the logo can be found printed on our Proplex Sheets shown here.

5)      Waterproof Floor Protection: Proplex sheets, unlike Hardboard sheets, can be used outdoors as it is completely waterproof. Proplex will also prevent indoor flooring from becoming damaged if there is a leak.

Proplex is available in a range of grades, from 2m to 5mm extra heavy duty sheets. Proplex is also available in both black and white. The black Proplex sheets are manufactured using high grade recycled polypropylene.

Still not convinced that you would ever stop using hardboard sheets for your building and construction projects? Why not call us to request a sample of Proplex. Or, if you have used Proplex before, why not leave us a review on our Proplex product pages.

If you are convinced you will start using Proplex sheets, why not help us spread the word about the amazing benefits of using Proplex instead of hardboard sheets by sharing this article with your colleagues.


Forget Steel Sheets, Try Proplex Instead.

When it comes to moving heavy machinery, protecting delicate flooring becomes a real issue. Traditionally strong products such as steel sheets were required to take the weight of the machinery whilst protecting the floor adequately. However, one drawback to steel sheeting is that it can damage the floor after repeated use.

A large engineering machinery installer which works in various industries has started using our 3mm Proplex floor protection as a replacement to steel sheeting. It performs brilliantly and doesn’t mark the floors like the steel does.

To find out more about the 3mm Proplex and it’s other uses, click here.

Proplex has been used to protect ceramic tiles around an airport baggage carousel during construction.

Airport contractors love Proplex corrugated plastic sheets as it provides heavy duty, flexible and durable protection.

Protec have recieved 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.

Propeller Powered Proplex!

We recently donated some of our Proplex material, which is used often in various arts and crafts activities due to its durability and flexibility, to a local Scout Group looking for something to make some propeller powered cars.

The proplex plastic sheeting was perfect for the job as it was sturdier than carboard while also being easily cut and shaped.

We received some pictures of the end product and they look great!

Protec were glad to help and hope everyone has great fun racing their cars!

Proplex Corrugated Plastic Sheeting used for protecting film set floors.

We have supplied a number of  production companies with Proplex corrugated plastic sheeting (similar to and often reffered to in the industry as ‘Correx’) for protecting floors while on set or location. The material is perfect as it is robust and lightweight and solves the big problem of protecting various surfaces from large production teams and their equipment.

A high profile use of our material was exciting when used on the set for the Scorsese film Hugo. Despite a lot of our materials being made for construction a number of other materials have also been used for similar applications such as temporary screening to hide scretive sets from photographers. A perfect example of this was a lot of screening material being used to conceal the set of Snow White and the Huntsman released the past year.

If you work for a production company and require any of these materials or simply need some advice on the best products to protect floor on set or location or even conceal high profile filming then give our enquiries team a call on 0800 834 704.

Using Proplex Plastic sheeting for packaging or storage boxes

Recently Protec have had a request for our Proplex which is to be used in an interesting application.

A red-brick university had a requirement for a lightweight but durable and versatile material to make storage boxes from. These boxes were made by the students out of 2mm Proplex by easily bending the sheeting into a neat box shape and then used to store artefacts being borrowed from the local museum. The thickness of the Proplex was essential as 4mm had been used in the past but proved too rigid to shape easily by hand. An alternative of corrugated cardboard was also investigated however this proved to be considerably more expensive. Our Proplex sheeting is, more commonly than not, used for surface protection on floors however this proves it is also a great material for storage and packaging solutions. If you want any further advice on how to create plastic storage boxes with Proplex, then contact our enquiries team on 0800 834 704.

Our Proplex surface protection stole the show in Channel 5’s new programme ‘Half Built House’ last night (July 24).

Protec's Proplex surface protection sheets being used on Half Built HouseWhile interior designer, property renovator and presenter Sian Astley and the team tried to fix a DIY disaster in Eastbourne, our Proplex surface protection preserved the new wood flooring and tiles throughout the kitchen, dining and living room areas.

It meant that the ‘Half Built House’ team could get on with rebuilding the interior of the house – and meet the tough two-week deadline – without worrying about destroying the work they had already done on the floors.

Our temporary protection products are brilliant for these types of tight space and tight deadline projects. You can continue to work in-situ, different trades can follow each other quickly, there are no replacing damaged fixtures and fittings and less clean-up, which all saves time and money.

Proplex is a great material because it is economical, strong and very lightweight. It is tear, puncture and impact resistant and waterproof but easy to cut, crease and bend into shape. Proplex is available in 2mm, 3mm and 5mm thicknesses and it can be custom printed.

You can see the whole Half Built House episode on Demand 5 and check out Sian’s great blog, Moregeous.

Protec's Proplex surface protection sheets being used on Half Built House

Protec's Proplex surface protection sheets being used on Half Built House

Proplex for the Crafts Industry; a fantastic alternative to corrugated card

Our Proplex Plastic sheeting has recently been used by an arts and crafts supplier with great feedback. The customer supplies organisations such as schools, holiday clubs and Brownies and recommends using 2mm Proplex instead of corrugated card for any number of art and crafts activities. The material cuts really easy and doesnt leave a sharp edge when cut as well as being more durable, flexible and doesn’t go soggy when used with PVA glue!

So next time you are on your next art project, having fun with arts and crafts or run a kids club and need some material to work with, try Proplex!

Proplex plastic sheeting used as the basis of a screen for a quick drying area for timber products

Recently a timber mouldings company approached us for a solution to help build a quick drying room for their products including Handrails, Timber Columns, Skirtings among other items. The requirement was for plastic sheeting that was lightweight and durable to be used as a screen for the quick drying area. The frame work for the drying area was created using wood and then our Proplex plastic sheeting was used to make the screen by being stapled to the inside of the frame. Another important factor was the need for the material to meet LPS1207 which was met by our Proplex FR grade material. The Proplex was perfect for the job and the client was drying their timber materials in no time, job well done.

Proplex Plastic Sheeting Been Used For Mountain Bike Frame Protection While Being Transported

Protec’s Proplex is a great material for surface protection on construction sites against foot traffic, impact damage and general building environment but it can be extended to protection all manner of objects. We recently supplied a biking club with Proplex 5mm to help protect their bikes in a van while being transported to their biking destination.

For general protection of goods in transit, Proplex performs brilliantly and as it is easy to cut and re-shape can be prepared to fit nearly any application!

However, we would recommend contacting one of our team for the best protection materials for your need.

For more information on our materials please contact us on 0800 834 704.