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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Tape ApplicatorProtec  Tape Applicators save you a great deal of time when applying tape to your construction or building site.If you are buying adhesive tape we would strongly recommend using these tape applicator guns to aid you with joining temporary protection boards. Protec’s tape gun applicators will save both time and the frustration of finding the end of the tape!

The tape applicators are heavy duty and designed to last, they can be re-used again and again.

Use Protec Hard Floor Protector to secure tiles or mosaics during transport, storage and installation.

We have lots of customers who are involved in flooring whether it is supplies or installation and a large majority of them work with ceramic tiles or mosaics. One of these customers approached us to help find a solution to secure and hold together tiles and mosaic pieces for packaging, transit, and installation. The material needed to be easy to use, strong without leaving adhesive residue and clear in colour so as to see the mosaic or tile pattern through it.

Protec Hard Floor Film was supplied and worked perfectly, holding the individual tiles in place whilst it was being transported and then installed. This greatly reduced the installation time as well as looking very professional in front of the client.

For more information on Protec Hard Floor Film being used to secure tiles or mosaic in position during transport, storage and installation please contact our enquiries team on 0800 834 704


About Protec’s Adhesive Tape.

Protec supply a comprehensive range of fixing adhesive tape to suit all applications. Whether you need building tape or construction tape, Protec’s tapes are to be used for jointing or sticking to finished surfaces. Protec can even supply custom printed tape and can source tapes including Packaging tapes, cloth (gaffa /duct) tape, PVC electrical tapes, low tack tapes and many others.

Sometimes, with the vast array of different tapes available, it is not clear which one would be best for the job. Here is a short guide by application on which tape should suit your needs.

Joining Materials or sheeting together?

Sticking to finished surfaces?

Tape for Hazards

  • Barrier Tape: Red and white striped tape for high visibility to represent a barrier
  • Hazard Warning Tape: Yellow and black striped tape for high visibility to represent a hazardous area
  • Anti-Slip Tape: For situations with high foot traffic or risk of fall, great for applying to floor protection used on stairs

General Use

  • Masking Tape: Standard making tape for general adhesive requirements

With frosty April mornings coming up it is a timely point at which to write a blog about one the most useful extra strong construction tape a building site can have in its stores.  Protec Anti Slip tape is a 25mm x 18.2m roll of high tack tape with a rough “sand paper-esq” surface that provides slip resistance when it is secured to floor protection.

Anti Slip Tape is extremely useful t all times of the year and in many ways it’s use should be encouraged as standard best practice on sites as it is a means of reducing slip related accidents but it is especially significant at this time of the year when  wet and icy conditions are more prevalent.

Originally Anti Slip tape was developed for use primarily for the temporary tread protection that Protec supply in the Rigid Tread Protectors and the Flame Retardant Stair Protector. It was found that by applying a couple of strips along the step part of each tread protector, significant additional grip was added thus making them safer for site traffic up and down the stairs.

For the best results when using Anti Slip tape it is recommended that it is applied firmly to a clean and dry surface to give the adhesive the best chance of sticking and remaining stuck down.

Since Anti Slip tape was added to the Protec tape range it has been used on a wide variety of protection products to provide additional grip both internally and externally. A notable use is using it directly on top of the Self Adhesive Carpet Protection on stair ways and also on external steps.

Protec Anti Slip tape is a versatile option for extra grip where it’s needed.

White Low Tack TapeIn many respects having such a large selection of adhesive tapes within the Protec product range can be hugely advantageous in that there is literally a tape for any job. Over the many years that Protec have been trading the range of tapes stocked has increased to meet the changing needs of sites, the differing materials used in construction and the levels of adhesion required to adhere effectively.
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Sink ProtectorProtec are proud to offer an extensive range of temporary protection materials that can actually be branded with a bespoke company logo or message. The benefits of own branded protection material are extensive and focus greatly on both identification of who the protection materials belong to and also as a brilliant method of advertising your company and what it’s doing on site.

The range of products that can be branded encompass every aspect of protection on site from scaffold sheeting through to tape, floor protection to door sleeves and Stair Treads to Sanitary ware.
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Bubble WrapProtect building foundations from frost, snow and ice.

Previous Protec blogs have already covered winter weather and snow but only in general detail, in light of increasing snow risk and plunging temperatures it may be of value to consider some specific protection solutions against snow.

“Know your enemy” is perhaps a little strong when assessing the impact of snow on your construction site but is none the less a valid point. Snow, unlike rain, sleet or hail is an insidious type of weather that can sneak in over night and completely disrupt works on site through its depth and frequency, extra work is required to dig the site clear and man hours are consequently lost. Snow, aided by the wind, is also a nuisance in the way that it can be blown in through openings, melts through the subsequent thaw and then you potentially have the risk of water damage to finished floors.
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Proplex 2mm (Door Size)
Door Protection

Why Protec Door Sleeves?

Protec Door Sleeves and the Flame Retardant version, FR Door Sleeves, are large format polythene bags essentially which are sealed on three sides and can be slipped over the door and folded back on themselves to totally encapsulate the door. They are supplied on a roll and are peeled off one at a time when required thus allowing for easy storage of the remaining sleeves that are not used. The great advantage of using door sleeves is that they completely cover the door (whether the door is in transit, storage or hung) and protect from dirt, paint, mortar/plaster splashes and scratches throughout the time that they are in place.

Door Sleeves Flame RetardantWhilst the Protec Door Sleeves are a fantastic concept for door protection one query that customers often raise is impact resistance, a valid point when considering site traffic more often than not includes wheel barrows, tool belts and all manner of materials being carried through doorways. The Door Sleeves will protect against light scratching but in order to make the protection of the doors more effective we would suggest Proplex 2mm Door Size sheets (available in Standard and Flame Retardant) are stuck directly to the door sleeve on either side of the door. The 2mm thick Proplex provides impact resistance which will deflect and absorb any impact from strikes against the door consequently protecting the finished door underneath.

The main benefit of using the Proplex Door Sheet and Door Sleeve together is that the Proplex can be stuck directly to the door sleeve with a High Tack Cloth 75mm Tape which will hold it firmly in place. Proplex Door sheets can be used independently to protect doors but there is usually the issue of taping them to a finished door which can be problematical, even with low tack tapes to the extent that residue is left by tape or the protection falls off.

Protecting doors from damage can be a time consuming activity that often falls short of the total protection required to ensure that damage is prevented. Many different types of material have been suggested for use in protecting doors such as bubble wrap, corrugated card and cotton dust sheets which whilst effective to a point often obstruct work around the doors due to poor fitting of the protection. At Protec we have numerous protection materials designed specifically for use in door protection and by using them together a total door protection solution is provided. The next time you are protecting doors on site use Protec Door Sleeves, Proplex Door Size and High Tack Cloth Tape 75mm to ensure that your doors are protected throughout your project.

White Low Tack TapeThe use of wide width tapes when fitting temporary protection materials, specifically flooring, really can’t be stressed enough. Protec offer both 75mm and 100mm Cloth Tape for those applications that require a more substantial tape for both jointing protection together and adhering protection onto “hard to stick” surfaces such as concrete.

There are numerous benefits of using a wide width tape in 75mm or 100mm Cloth Tape but a selection of them are:
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