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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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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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.

One of the more understated uses of our ZipWall Temporary Screening 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.

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.

Temporary Floor Protection for Carpets – Flame Retardant LPS 1207

Protec International Stock a wide range of floor protection materials for use on site (commercial, industrial or residential) or at home. We have all forms of floor covered whether its hard wood, vinyl, ceramic, carpets etc.

Whith large commercial, industrial or housing builds, for insurance purposes, fire retardancy is often a big factor when it comes to the need of temporary floor protection. Protec International  have the largest range of FR materials which meet the accreditation of LPS 1207, the UK’s standard in flame retardnacy for temporaray protection materials. We will be conducting a series of blog posts on the ideal products for protecting floors during builds which also meet flame retardant requirements and our first will be on the application of carpets.

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Flame Retardant Floor Protection for Carpets

Carpetshield®FR is a floor protection film specifically for carpets, used to protect newly laid surfaces from spillages, debris and heavy foot traffic in areas where building work is still in progress. It has a low tack adhesive backing that sticks to the carpet pile without the need for taping and prevents any shifting, slipping or leakage. Its non-slip surface is ideal for quick and effective floor protection of carpeted walkways, corridors, and stairways.

The lightweight rolls are reverse wound and quickly applied by kicking the roll across the floor. After use, the carpet protection film peels away without leaving any residue.

Here are some reviews of the product which have been left on our website which you can also find on the product page, here.

Guaranteed First Class Protection



5 stars

by Peter Williams, 15 Dec 2011

Usage: Protecting domestic carpets during decorating operations. Providing a medium term (max 4 weeks) covering for walked areas (hallways and adjacent to external entry doors) against dirty footwear during interior building work.

Opinion: A very easy to use product that provided comprehensive protection to domestic carpets during decorating and building operations. Significally, tradesmen who had not encountered such a product on other building jobs were very impressed by the convenience and efficiency

A walk in the park



5 stars

by Bryan D, 31 Oct 2011

Carpet Protectors
Flame Retardant Floor Protection for Carpets

Usage: To protect office carpets during redecorations

Opinion: Having used many types of carpet protectors over the years, we were keen to try this one. So easy to use, rolls out better than other brands, a walk in the park compared to some. Being Flame Retardant too was another big plus. Removed very easily with no residue left. A must if you need to protect carpets.

If you are interested in Carpetshield as a form of temporary floor protection then visit the product page here, or call our enquiries team on 0800 834 705.

The amount of materials wasted on site and its cost can add up!

On average 5-10% of building materials are wasted on construction sites during builds.

This is down to a number of reasons but some of the key issues are:

  • Damage when subsequent work is carried out on site
  • Damage to materials while in transit
  • Incorrect or unsafe storage while waiting to be used/fitted

Depending on what material this is it could become rather costly. Imagine a small bathroom refurbishment on a residential home. The new bespoke bath has been fitted and then an accident occurs and it has been chipped or damaged, subsequently needing to be replaced which means a new lead time on a replacement causing delays in the original schedule and not to mention the cost, which on a small project could mean the difference in making a profit or not.

Alternatively there could be a large commercial build in a school or somewhere similar. Large amounts of equipment being carried throughout the building and being manoeuvred through doorways could mean maybe 15% of the door frames in the entire building need replacing after being dented or knocked. Maybe there is a large sheet of curtain walling that has been chipped resulting in the whole piece needing a replacement. On a large scale project these overheads can add up and suddenly your wastage has become a real cost.

Temporary protection for construction is now so comprehensive that near enough any material or application has a solution where it can be protected while on the site, being stored, during construction and while other works are ongoing after it has been fitted.

So the bottom line is no matter how big or small a project, damage to materials and its subsequent waste can mean costly replacements and also delays, not to mention the recycling of waste which is more difficult with some materials than others. Temporary protection materials are clearly marked with their recycling methods and the majority can be re-used where something like a broken bath or handrail cannot.

So on your next project take a look and see whether you can afford to not protect your site and its materials.

Protecting building work in the rain

We are now moving into May and the April showers seem to have followed. Living in Britain brings its own unique relationship with our unpredictable weather and the effect it has on industries such as building and construction can be rather annoying. One day of glorious sun only to be followed by a day with torrential rain can cause interruptions to build schedules and even damage to things such as masonry and brickwork. A large amount of rain collecting on a roof and then pouring off onto the foundations or other areas can cause excessive amounts of damage and the best way to get around this is to install temporary downpipes onto the roof and guttering and then direct the water to a location on the ground away from vulnerable areas.

The Temporary Downpipe is supplied on a 200m and has a 254mm opening which makes it suitable for almost any downpipe opening. Furthermore the Temporary Downpipe is supplied with 25 350mm Cable Ties to secure the Downpipe to the opening of the guttering down to the size required.

For further information please contact the Protec Customer Services team on 0800 834 704 or why not order your Downpipe online today.

Here is our latest video on how to use ZipWall to create a temporary screen to protect from dust during DIY, decorating or rennovation.

It is often said that “your home is your castle”. Every homeowner can attest to this belief, but when your castle is being remodeled, it can feel like your beloved kingdom is under attack. Walls suddenly disappear, strange people making loud noises and your sacred room becomes unrecognizable as it just disappeared. A plumber calls for the fourth time to say he can’t make it and your contractor casually informs you that you’re £2,000 over budget.

Ensuring your home is protected during builds is vital and can prevent missed deadlines and over-spend on budgets

  • Outside Matters
    Catch dirt and debris before it even enters the home. Trapmats are tacky mats that provide cost effective dust and dirt containment for fit-out and refurbishment work. The high-tack adhesive mat surface will trap and remove dust and debris from foot and wheeled traffic. Each tacky mat contains 30 numbered peel-away sheets coated with a pressure sensitive adhesive. The sheets capture work dust and debris in doorways to reduce the need for cleaning in non-working areas. The non-slip trapmats can be laid directly onto any clean floor surface and removed without damaging the floor below.


  • Clean Feet = Clean Floors
    Say good-bye to scuffs, footprints and heel marks with overshoes. Designed to slip on easily, they’re extremely affordable and convenient. Made from a heavy duty disposable elasticated polyethylene, to one universal size, Protec Overshoes fit all types of footwear, pulling easily over working boots. They’re also highly visible, making it easy to identify and educate non-users. Continue reading