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.

 

Proplex 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.

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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BreatherShield FRBreathable floor coverings for expensive flooring

BreatherShield FR offers breathable and effective temporary coverings 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.

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New Home Redecorating Plastic FlooringDuring 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.
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When it comes to moving heavy machinery, protecing delicate flooring becomes a real issue. Traditionally strong products such as steel sheeting 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.

Protec Lead by Example When it Comes to RecyclingAt Protec we try to care for the environment as much as we do for our customers.

For some time we haven taken matters of environmental protection, consideration to sustainable sources, and overall impact of our company quite seriously.

One of the simplest ways we – and any company – can take the same considerations is by recycling unneeded or unwanted materials. All kinds of common materials can be recycled, from paper, card, food, foil, plastics can all be professionally recycled.
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Proplex Corrugated Sheeting used for protecting tv/film sets and filming locations.

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