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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How to hold Tiles or Skirting Boards in place while drying with ZipWall props

Our ZipWall props are the perfect solution for temporary screening applications however the telescopic nature of the props makes them very versatile and great for a range of other applications.

One customer who we supply temporary protection material to uses ZipWall for a very different application when doing refurbishments in residential settings particularly when tiling or fixing new skirting boards. The problem he had was making sure the skirting boards or tiles were held in place while drying and discovered simply extending a ZipWall prop across the length of the room and butting each end against either side of the room’s walls and skirting board or tile the prop will hold them in position.

Here is a great photo taken demonstrating the method.securing tiles or skirting boards in place while drying

Our Zipwall props are available in 3m, 3.6m and 6m sizes so will extend across most residential rooms.

IF you want to learn more information about ZipWall for temporary screening or its many other convenient uses then please give our enquiries team a call on 0800 834 704

 

 

Last week Protec attended the Toolfair exhibition at Coventry Ricoh Arena.

We were showing off our new door-way dust seal, ZipDoor. With lots of tradesman varying from builders and electricians to joiners everyone was pleased to see a very quick and cost effective solution to limiting dust travelling around a house when carrying out any messy work. Usually this is a problem point that is resolved by using dust sheets and tapes however this is never as simple as it sounds with dust sheets often being heavy and falling down and not to mention getting very dirty with continual use. All of this is a clear indication of the benefits of ZipDoor but the overiding factor that brought people to purchase the product was its professional look when using it in a residential/domestic setting. Whereas a dust sheet can look unprofessional and messy people loved how ZipDoor looked when used and clearly saw how their clients would appreciate it being brought along to a job. Within an industry when so much business is based upon reputation and referrals ZipDoor is a perfect addition to any tradesmans arsenal of tools.

Visit the product page here and give one a try, we know you won’t be dissapointed.

How to keep your clients happy by being a considerate builder

It is often said that “your home is your castle”. Whenever a homeowner decides to carry out any work on their home, whether it is an extension, a new conservatory, or more simple refurbishments like a new fireplace the impact of that work on the home is a big factor, particularly as the residents plan on living in the while the work is being done.

There are a number of ways that the contractors carrying out the work can ensure their customers have peace of mind whilst on the job and this is where Protec like to help. Two of the main issues are dirt and dust being carried through the home and there are two very easy solutions. One is sealing off any room work is being carried out in using ZipWall ZipDoor kits. They are easy to install and not only stop dust travelling from areas that are being worked in to areas being lived in. There was recently a brilliant review written attesting to this application specifically on the product page and was particularly important due to the clients suffering from asthma.

Perfect Solution for a dust free zone

by Claire Rumble, 08 Aug 2012

Usage: We are having an extension but trying to live in our house throughout the build. I therefore wanted to be able to avoid the rooms we are living in becoming dusty. Particularly as my husband and I both suffer from Asthma.

Opinion: I am so impressed with this product. It was very easy to assemble and is exceeding all expectations I had of its capability in stopping dust getting into the rooms we wish to protect. It is also easy to get in and out of. Most people complain about dust getting everywhere in the house when having an extension – this is definately the answer to avoid that happening. I would not hesitate to recommend this product to others.

 The ZipDoor is also great for the builder in terms of limiting the clean-up to specific rooms and also ensuring the residents know work is being done and for them to not enter that room. The second solution is using Trapmats at any main doorway entrance that will help prevent dirt being trampled over any unsuspecting carpets in rooms that aren’t being worked on. They are sticky mats which pick off any dirt from work boots and then can be peeled away to reveal another sticky matt beneath.

These are two safeguards that our consumer clients love and often stress their builders use and we have also had great feedback from our clients who are tradesman themselves who can now show an extra degree of consideration when working in a residential home and are benefiting from the subsequent recommendations. It doesn’t have to stop just there either as overshoes, carpet protection and full temporary screening systems have all had similar feedback and can be found on our site.

Are you a builder/contractor and use these sorts of products? If so then let us know and if not then give it a try and it may just even secure you that next refurbishment job!

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

Funny ways people protect the home while refurbishing, decorating or doing DIY

We have specialised in temporary protection for construction sites for decades now and have also turned a dab hand at protecting the home while building, refurbishment work is ongoing or even just protecting carpets while doing some DIY or decorating.

While talking to homeowners or house builders about protecting homes during work we have come across some pretty funny homemade (and expensive!!!) solutions to protecting certain items around the house. A particularly good one was buying brand new sport socks to go over door knobs to protect them while painting the doors themselves plus another customer wanted to protect the standalone stone island in her kitchen so cut out the bottom of a tent and placed it over it!!

If you have used any amusing solutions to protect your home or site from ongoing work then let us know and we will always be happy to suggest a much better, cheaper (and for tradesman a lot more professional) way to protect your home’s fixings!

Top Tips for Decorators

Decorating your house? Here are some top tips for protecting the working environment when decorating a room

Protect carpets from paint!carpet protection

Whether it’s a kitchen wood floor or a living room carpet, if you are painting, applying wallpaper etc then your floors are subject to probably spills and accidents. Dust sheets or newspaper can sometimes suffice but the former can often be a trip hazard while the latter can actually end up making more mess than if not used! Protec stock various floor protection whether it’s for wood or carpets that is easy to apply, quick, efficient and leaves your floors free from paint spills and worse!

Low-Tack Tape For Taping Off Fixtures

tape for finished surfacesTape is great for covering specific areas or fixings such as skirting boards so you don’t have to worry about painting right to the edge. This is a great tip but often people don’t pick their tape correctly and when removing could even pull up some of the finish on your covered fixing. Low-tack tape is perfect for use on finished surfaces and means you can get busy covering your skirting boards without need to worry about ruining the finish when removing

Protecting Doors While Painting Framesdoor protection

A common issue is when wanting to re-paint a doorframe but while trying to avoid getting paint onto the door itself. Other smaller items can just be taped over, like mentioned above, but taping a whole door is probably a waste of tape. Door Sleeves slide over doors and protects from various damage such as paint but we’ve found it is also great for protecting from scratches when moving furniture through doorways

Stay Clean!

shoe coveringsWhile working with paint or other potentially messy substances then it is easy for the mess to spread. You can safeguard your working area and surrounding house from this by using overshoes and trapmats when leaving a room. This means any dirt accumulated won’t be spread from room to room and contains the mess!

A member of our team at Protec recently decided to move home. While making the move and carrying furniture through the house a disaster occurred and a sofa put a huge dent into a door frame.

Now moving home is stressful enough, the logistics can often be tedious and help is often needed meaning your soon-to-be ex-house will be subject to some heavy foot traffic with lots of people coming in and out. An accident like above is waiting to happen. This can equally apply to the new home your moving into and the last thing you want to do is damage any fittings or floors on the first day you’re moving in!

It is always a good idea to take preventative measures to ensure things like this don’t happen and this is where Protec can help.

Carpets

To ensure carpets aren’t damaged while moving or even simply decorating your new home people often use things like dustsheets or old coverings to protect floor but they can cause some serious trip hazards particularly on stairs or when carrying some heavy furniture. Here is a great video of our carpet protection which is a lot more effective, efficient and safe than any traditional dustsheet! Continue reading