Read Part 1: New Home Part 1 – Redecorating

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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Read Part 2: New Home Part 2 – Plastic Floor Protection versus Conventional Fabric Protection

RedecorationFollowing on from Matt’s move earlier this month a need arose to protect his new home whilst redecorating works get underway. The works involve wall paper stripping, plastering three rooms, some drilling and ultimately repainting and decorating. Whilst much of the house doesn’t require decorating the work in the rooms that do is likely to generate debris that could spread through the whole house, the use of protection will reduce this and protect existing floors, walls, doors and furnishings.
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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.

ZipWall used for protection by professional and commercial painters.

As each week goes by we’re almost always amazed by new and inventive uses that our customers find for our famous ZipWall product.

This week we were told by one of our customers (a shop front paint sprayer) that they had been using their ZipWall as portable, lightweight screens to protect adjacent walls from wayward paint.

Keeping the paint isolated means they can avoid costly cleaning bills, and Zipwall’s size means it can fit into the smallest of vans – and even the boot of a car – and can be easily transported to and from site.

To learn more about ZipWall and how it can help you while on various contract work, contact our enquiries team on 0800 834 704.

Protec Rigid Stair Tread Protectors are much cheaper than OSB Board

We have a number of clients asking us about OSB Board (Orientated Strand Board) for a solution to protecting stairs while on site. The material is fairly similar to chipboard and often comes in 1.2m x 2.4m sheets. For the application on stairs the material needs to be cut taking up valuable time and labour which can be costly particuarly as there are specific solutions to stairs at a much lower price. A good example of this is Protec’s Rigid Stair Tread Protectors which are pre-cut to size and are easily fitted.

If the larger sheet is appropriate and you are after a material that is strong and very lightweight to use as impact protection then take a look at our 4mm or 5mm Proplex Sheets which are great alternatives and again a lot more economical.

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.

How to quickly create a temporary screen whether working on a site or in a client’s home with our  ZipWall Video Guide

Working in the Construction, Refurbishment and DIY markets Protec international understand the need for temporary screening of building work. Whether it is a 50m linear screen on a commercial site, safeguarding a small work area in a sensitive environment such as a food factory or simply screening off a fireplace in a living room, a quick and efficient way of erecting a temporary screen can be an invaluable tool for any contractor.

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Protecting your peaches from ‘Peach leaf Curl Disease’ with polythene sheeting.

From the Months Dec-End of May Peach trees can suffer with what’s known as ‘Peach Leaf Curl Disease’ which can be very damaging to the Tree. It is a fungal disease which severely affects the leaves and causes the fruit to drop prematurely. The disease can dis-colour the fruit, weaken the tree and reduce the ability to grow.

Here is some advice on how to shelter your peach trees with plastic polythene sheeting from the Royal Horticultural Society:

  ’Where peaches are grown trained against a fence or wall, a rain shelter (see below for photo) of plastic sheeting is very effective at preventing infection. It should cover the top of the tree and the front to within 30cm (1ft) of the ground, but with the ends open to allow access for pollinating insects. It should be erected after leaf fall in November and kept in place until mid-May. Keeping the emerging shoots dry in this way prevents infection and also gives useful frost protection…’


Protection with our 500 gauge polythene has proven very effective for this sort of use and if you give our enquiries team a call on 0800 834 704 they will be more than happy to provide you with details on our range of screening materials. Alternatively you can visit our product page for 500 Gauge polythene and order directly from there for delivery on 2 day and next day services, just click here.

November 2012 is seeing an exclusive opportunity for the general public to take a look inside some of the UK’s most exciting construction sites

On the 9th and 10th November, across England, Scotland and Wales, 91 sites will be opening their doors for tours as part of a pilot project – ‘Open Doors’  - on behalf of the construction industry

The aim of Open Doors is to help show Construction in an exciting and engaging way while presenting some of the opportunities of working in such a dynamic industry. The project will also demonstrate the economical importance of the construction industry on a national and regional scale.

The UK Contractors Group (UKCG), CITB-ConstructionSkills, The Considerate Constructors Scheme and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) have all partnered together to trial this scheme.

Some of the sites included in the project are the Olympics Aquatic Centre by Balfour Beatty, Tate Modern extension by Mace, Skanska’s Brent Civic Centre in North London, Leeds Arena by BAM and Carillion’s Southmead Hospital in Bristol. These represent just some of the 23 major construction employers that are taking part in this year’s pilot.

Stephen Ratcliffe, Director, UK Contractors Group who was speaking on behalf of the Open Doors Partnership, commented: “Construction is undergoing rapid change and needs to develop a skilled workforce to meet the challenges it faces. Nowadays construction is more about careers than jobs and the expected increase in demand for specialist and management roles in the next few years means that we need quality talent entering the industry now to fill these future positions.

“‘Open Doors’ is a unique opportunity for the industry collectively to display the complexity and scope of modern construction projects and give people a taste of what it’s really like to work in the industry today. It’s an exciting initiative which we hope will encourage more people to consider construction as a prospective career with good opportunities.

“The scheme will also allow the industry to engage with local communities and strengthen relationships at a local level. What the public will see is a skilled, sophisticated and progressive industry – the Open Doors weekend will is certain to challenge perceptions.”

Protec International are doing their part in trying to help with the project by offering their clients who are taking part branded temporary protection materials to help keep the sites protected and safe throughout the duration of the project.

If you want more information on the contractors and sites taking part or want to register then visit

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.