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Temporary Floor Protection - A Product Manual





Your floors need special protection when undergoing remodeling, during new construction, moving heavy furniture or equipment, as well as other events beyond day-to-day use. Protecting flooring makes sense and saves money. A spill of paint, the drop of an hammer, a scratch from heavy furniture could cost thousands of dollars in replacement and repairs. This short article describes surface protection products for floors to enable you to make informed alternatives on the best product to use for the needs you have. Types of Protection Packaging:

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Floor protection products are commonly packaged as either:

(1) Products through the roll: Included in this are common adhesive films, rolled paper products and rolled textile protection. Protective materials purchased from the roll are normally measured in thickness by mils (e.g., 2.5 mils thick up to 48 mils thick).

(2) Products from the sheet: Included in this are corrugated plastic, masonite, as well as other rigid protection. Protective materials purchased with the sheet can be measured in depth with the inch (e.g., 1/4-inch thick) and normally come as 4 feet by 8 feet.

Paper protection is acceptable for many hard surfaces and resilient surfaces but can not work well to guard carpets as it can certainly tear when flexing under footsteps. Paper goods are breathable so that glue fumes and cement curing vapors can escape. One disadvantage in paper products since they require tapes to secure them to flooring and tapes could leave adhesive residue when removed. Common paper protection products include:

Polyethylene (PE) films are sold as self adhesive rolled films varying from 2.0 around 3.5 mils thick. They trap any moisture from escaping so they really should not be utilized on any floors which might be curing. Two of the wonderful benefits of polyethylene films are that films will flex and contour for them to be used on carpets as well as hard surfaces. These films don't offer any impact protection and are normally rated for brief term usage of 30 to 3 months only. Polyethylene films are prepared for one-time use and do not use recycled materials which makes them a poor choice in sustainable protection. Protection films are available in a number of adhesion "tack". Hard surface protection films have a lower tack and color than carpet protection which wants a more aggressive glue to support onto carpet successfully.


Plywood and Masonite are normally utilized as protection on commercial projects with many different traffic. Masonite is a wood product produced from wood fibers unlike plywood which is a real sheet of thin wood. Both plywood and Masonite can be bought in the standard sized 4 feet by 8 feet and they are higher priced per square feet than paper or polyethylene products. Masonite is often 1/8 or 1/4 inch thick. Plywood is often 1/4 inch to 3/4 inch thick. Both products provide impact protection on a various floor types and still provide adequate protection against heavy equipment use or furniture moving. Both plywood and Masonite are breathable and reusable but you're bulky to transport and store. These wood sheets ought to be utilized on surface of a softer protection say for example a rolled textile since they easily scratch flooring. These sheets work nicely to guard carpet since they prevent wrinkles when rolling heavy loads on the carpet. Plywood and Masonite tend not to offer moisture protection and is harder to slice to size than other protection types.

Textile items are commonly produced from recycled cloth. Additionally, these rolled protection products frequently have advantages such as skid resistant backings or breathable plastic liners. For wooden flooring, these specialty textile rolls are strongly suggested since they are breathable, skid resistant, reusable, often leakproof and simple to reduce to size.
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