Polythene Sheeting.

Polythene, also known as polyethylene sheeting, is a plastic which can be used for many industrial building or home DIY projects. Whether you need a material for lining a pond, covering building joinery, lining a shed or screening off a specific area to protect others from dust, Protec’s Polythene Sheeting will satisfy the majority requirements of temporary screening and temporary covering applications. With a versatile range of polythene suited to many different projects, it can make it impossible to choose the best protective sheeting for your project.

What is more, before choosing which polythene sheet, you may want to consider whether you need it to be Flame Retardant. Protec supplies one of the largest ranges of LPCB approved materials. Flame Retardant polythene sheeting can be important if there is a potential fire hazard on your project. To help you to identify the approved Flame Retardant products, you will see the LPS 1207, LPS 1215 or Certifire approved logos which means that our Flame Retardant polythene sheeting is approved to industry recognised Loss Prevention Standards. For more information, please see our Flame Retardant information page.

The guide below has been created to help you to choose the best Polythene Sheeting for your project:

Which Polythene Sheet for My Project?

Light Duty Plastic Sheeting


Light duty plastic sheets are ideal for draping over objects as a dust cover, for wrapping items or for protecting items in transit. Light duty plastic sheets are a lightweight and flexible material which makes it perfect for draping over objects.

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Medium Duty Plastic Sheeting:


Medium duty plastic sheeting can be used for protecting furniture in transit, protecting floors, walls and carpets from spills and sprays. Medium duty plastic sheeting is ideal for home based or industrial applications.  Protec normally recommends using medium duty plastic sheeting for use with the ZipWall.

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Heavy Duty Plastic Sheeting:


Heavy duty plastic sheeting delivers outstanding strength. It can be used as a damp proof membrane, for mixing cement, temporary roofing and rain protection. If you are a gardener, Protec’s 1000 Gauage Polythene Sheeting can be used for lining ponds, hanging baskets or covering soil.

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ZipWall Temporary ScreeningGuide To Using Temporary Protection for DIY Projects

In 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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Barrier Sheet, a more durable protection material.

Sometimes regular screening/surface protection material, such as polythene, just don’t measure up. Barrier Sheet is a highly durable alternative made of reinforced polyethylene.

We regularly come across a number of applications from our clients that require a material for screening or protecting floors. The usual request is for a polythene like material that can be used to protect valuable surface from a range of foot traffic, whether a newly laid floor on a construction project or a school/leisure gym floor during events such as exams.

Regular polythene can often do the job but may degrade after use and certainly isn’t appropriate to store away once finished and re-use again at a later date. For a more durable material, that is hard-wearing and re-usable we recommend Barrier Sheet FR.

A strong tensile strength and flame retardant properties ensure enough durability to last prolonged and repeated use. A smooth surface also means reduced abrasion on the surface that the material would be protecting.

As well as strength and durability Barrier Sheet also offers outstanding resistance to vapour making it a great option as a screening material to protect from environmental stress such as wind and water.

For a stronger screening/polythene material that will last the duration of your construction project or event, look to Barrier Sheet.

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Barrier Sheet
Barrier Film
Barrier Sheet Screening Material
Reinforced Barrier Sheet
Barrier Sheet Floor Protection


Limit dust while sanding floors or walls during redecoration or refurbishment


Whether your redecorating your walls with a new lick of paint or sanding off your floors, the resultant dust can be an absolute mess. Take a look a how to stop the spread of dust.

When carrying out redecoration of a room and any plastering of walls and ceilings, sometimes they need to be filled and sanded to smoothen any rough patches. This often means that things are going to get dusty! There’s no way round dust being made but there are certainly steps that can be taken to limit the mess extending to other areas of the house. Protec have been working with DIY enthusiasts and contractors for years and trying to make their life easier with solutions to screening off either specific areas of a room or entire rooms themselves.

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Containing dust with ZipWall ZipPole Kit

If your only working within a specific area of a room your best bet is looking at something like our ZipWall ZipPole Kit.

The system enables you to erect a versatile temporary screen which will contain all the dust within that area minimising the spread of dust. Simply attach some polythene to the top of the telescopic, spring loaded props and extent to the ceiling and lock into place and repeat this at intervals of up to 3m to create your temporary screen. Building contractors love this product for situations such as replacing fireplaces where they can create a screen around the fireplace and immediate working area and then are able to take out the existing fireplace confident in the knowledge that the resulting dust will be contained. The client/homeowner will love this as it minimises the impact of your work and a number of builders have claimed that this piece of kit has won them jobs over potential competitors.

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Sealing off a room from dust with Zip Door Kit

If it is a whole room you’re working in then another option is to use a ZipDoor Kit

. This is a handy piece of polythene that is sized to cover all residential single doors with pre-installed zips for easy access. The kit uses double sided tape, which is included, to attach the polythene directly to the doorframe and create a dust seal over a whole door and containing any resultant dust in one room.

So when your next tendering for a job in a residence where you know there is going to be dust, or simply carrying out redecoration in your own home don’t let it get like this…

Dust from sanding down plastered walls

Visit our website for dust containment projects or give us a call on 0800 834 704 for advice on how to limit dust.

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 Temporary Factory Partitioning Solutions for Live Factory Environments

Protec have been helping various contractors with temporary protection for over 20 years. In that time, the situation where maintenance, repair or refurb contractors have requested solutions to screen off areas of a live warehouse or factory have come up numerous times.

Under CDM regulations 2007 (Construction Design and Management legislation, any project over either 30 days or 500 man hours has to be notified to the Health and Safety Executive and then these regulations adhered to), you have to create a barrier between a live factory floor and the project area.

The solution that is often turned to is heras fencing that can be locked together and divide the area of work and the rest of the factory. This fencing subsequently needs to be screened with a material that is up to the job and that is where Protec have the experience of offering a variety of great screening materials that adhere to various regulations such as LPCB 1207 Flame Retardant accreditation.

Heras fencing will give an effective access barrier however in a lot of cases, where there are particularly high ceilings, heras fencing won’t give the visual obstruction needed at height. A lot of our clients opt for a combination of both the heras fencing and then a screening material suspended from the ceiling and draped down in strips and then secured to each other with sheeting ties and at the floor by folding beneath the heras fence. Below is a picture of this method in practice.

Temporary screen in a live factory
Temporary screen in a live factory

The above product is Promesh FR LPS 1207 2m x 50m which, although often used as floor protection, was chosen because of its large format in length so it could be draped from ceiling to floor.

The client of this particular image had this to say about their use of temporary screening from ourselves…

The Promesh FR 1207 screen does a couple of things at once.


-Stops any debris that may be created, in particular dust, being passed towards the general staff of a building we maybe working in.

-Stops any sparks, that may be being generated from cutting at high level, leaving the project area.

-Some of our projects can be commercially sensitive and therefore gives us privacy.

-It looks far better having a crisp white screen to look at than a bunch of hairy arsed contractors milling round in a dirty project zone.

-If we get our logo put on it, it is a massive advert in some of the biggest blue chip companies in Europe.


All in all we look like a more professional outfit by taking a run down area of a factory, putting up this screen and then six months later revealing new technology and    equipment. It has a really good effect on our clients when there is an unveiling as it were.


Project Manager at a leading UK Maintenance Contractor


Some clients also opt to print their screen with either logos or custom messages such as warning or safety signs.


It is obvious that a solution for screening of an area within a sensitive environment will always be different depending on the specific situation but here at protect we have vast experience in the area and are confident we will be able to help with products, or simply advice, no matter the application.

To speak to one of our experts on temporary screening call us on 0800 834 704.

Effective Dust Barriers

One of the more understated uses of our ZipWall Temporary Dust Barriers products is to screen off “clean” manufacturing environments – that is environments which must be kept clear of contaminents, dust, dirt, and every day particles that are usually common in manufacturing areas.

Two specific examples we’ve worked with recently including Food Manufacturing and Pharmaceutical Plant work. In both instances, ZipWall was used to ensure delicate working environments were kept particle-free to ensure the hygiene and standard of goods produced.

If you’ve got any questions about ZipWall, or want to check if this versatile temporary screening can help protect your work area, please don’t hesitate to get in touch online or call us on 0800 834 704.

Create a temporary dust 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. Peach leaf curl is a fungal disease which severely affects the leaves and causes the fruit to drop prematurely. Peach leaf curl disease can discolour peaches, 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.

Temporary Screening for Factories Involving Food

Food Manufacturing Companies and their factories are often presented with tricky issues when maintenance work is required on various machinery or parts of the building and food is still present in the environment.

A quick easy and, most importantly, safe and effective form of temporary screening is needed to mask off any areas where work is being done to protect the rest of the working environment. Stringent regulations need to be met and because of this, companies such as Heinz, Ginsters, Kelloggs all benefit from Zipwall for temporary screening. An air tight seal can be created using ZipWall extendable poles and accessories to make sure no dust or dirt escapes the area being worked on. As well as this, floor protection is also regularly required when maintenance work needs to be done on the factory floors.

If you work in food sensitive environments and need dust control through temporary screening you can really rely on then give our enquiry teams a call on 0800 834 704 and ask for ZipWall or alternatively take a look at our ZipWall product page.