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

ZipWall Temporary ScreeningIn 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.
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When it comes to moving heavy machinery, floor protection becomes a real issue. Traditionally strong products such as steel sheeting were required to take the weight of the machinery whilst protecting the floor adequtely. 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.

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

Our Proplex Plastic Sheeting is great material for all sorts of applications such as floor protection, wall protection and all sorts of fittings such as worktops, appliances, cupboards and doors.

Depending on the application there is a size and thickness perfect for the job and here is a quick guide.

General Protection (Floors, Walls and Worktops) –

2.4m x 1.2m Proplex Sheets              

Use: For standard protection against impact damage. Easily cut, creased and bent. Great for protecting floors with minimal foot traffic   or applying vertically to walls. As it is easily cut and creased these sheets are perfect for altering the size to fit worktops or various other surfaces

Use: Higher degree of impact resistance, ideal for protecting floors with occasional heavy traffic

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Temporary Carpet ProtectionProtec’s Temporary Carpet Protection film is a versatile and extremely effective low-tack self-adhesive carpet protection film, which can be used to protect your carpet from all kinds of damage, including dust and debris from refurbishment, drinks spillages and heavy foot traffic during refurbishment work or at parties.

This lightweight temporary carpet protection comes in four sizes:

  • Standard (600mm x 100m)
  • Standard (600mm x 25m)
  • Wide (800mm x 100m)
  • Extra Wide (1200mm x 100m)

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Promesh 1207 Floor ProtectionWhen it comes to protecting floors there can be a number of issues and these can be wide and varying and this is primarily because types of flooring can be equally as wide and varying. Trying to find a versatile and all round, effective floor protection that can be used equally for timber, vinyl or stone can be a struggle.
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Tekgard 100 Polythene Floor SheetingThe ever increasing dominance and expansion of Chinese commerce throughout the world is rarely out of the press in recent years with Chinese exports and funding integrating into everyday life in the UK and abroad. With this in mind it is unusual to encounter companies sourcing products from abroad to use in China but it is one such company that has chosen to procure Protec’s TK100 floor protection product to export over to China for a job they have won in Hong Kong.
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Floor ProtectionWhen you’re looking for Floor Protection, there are many things to take into consideration before choosing which product you will use. We get asked a lot which type of product is right for certain environments, so we thought it would be beneficial to show the below document: these are guidelines from the Contract Flooring Association, specifically Section Nineteen which covers the use of temporary floor protection products.

We have a range of Floor Protection products on our website, including a Self-Adhesive Carpet Protector and Carpetshield® Flame Retardant Carpet Protection. If you have any questions about getting the right product for your floor protection, please give us a call on 0800 834 704.
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Carpet Protection Film

Keeping paint and dirt off your carpets during redecoration is an important job. The last thing you want is to have to replace your carpets because some wayward paint or dirty boot prints got onto it. There are options available to you, like newspapers, or old dust sheets, but these aren’t particularly practical, and could easily be moved or tripped over.
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