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Momentary Floor Protection - A Product Guide

Momentary Floor Protection - A Product Guide

Your flooring need special protection when undergoing transforming, throughout new construction, moving heavy furniture or equipment, and for other events beyond day-to-day use. Protecting flooring is sensible and saves money. A spill of paint, the drop of a hammer, a scratch from heavy furniture can cost 1000's of dollars in replacement and repair costs. This article describes surface protection products for flooring in an effort to make knowledgeable choices on the very best product to make use of to your needs.

Types of Protection Packaging:

Flooring protection products are commonly packaged as either:

(1) Products by the roll: These embody widespread adhesive films, rolled paper products and rolled textile protection. Protective supplies purchased by the roll are commonly measured in thickness by mils (e.g., 2.5 mils thick as much as forty eight mils thick).

(2) Products by the sheet: These embody corrugated plastic, masonite, and different inflexible protection. Protective materials purchased by the sheet are commonly measured in thickness by the inch (e.g., 1/four-inch thick) and normally come as 4 toes by eight feet.

Type of Flooring Protection:

Paper

Paper protection is suitable for all hard surfaces and resilient surfaces but does not work well to protect carpets as it can tear when flexing under footsteps. Paper products are breathable in order that glue fumes and cement curing vapors can escape. One disadvantage to paper products as they require tapes to secure them to flooring and tapes can often leave adhesive residue when removed. Frequent paper protection products embody:

· Ramboard™ A coated compressed paper board 38 mils thick that is breathable, water resistant and made from recycled paper.

· Kraft paper is a lightweight brown paper that's inexpensive however does not afford any impact protection and can easily tear

· Scrim paper may incorporate coatings or reinforcements to make them water resistant as well as scrim threads to strengthen the paper and stop tearing. These improved papers are longer lasting than regular Kraft paper or rosin paper nonetheless they are also too thin to offer much impact protection.

· Rosin paper is thicker than Kraft paper and could be very low cost. Rosin paper is recycled, felt paper that ranges from 9.0 to 11.5 mils thick. The huge drawback of using Rosin paper is that it could cause a everlasting stain if the paper gets wet. Rosin paper also can rip simply so it not usually advisable to be used

· Corrugated cardboard rolls or sheets will also be used to protect flooring. Corrugate provides impact protection nonetheless it just isn't coated with a water-resistant end and ought to be stored dry always in order that it does not disintegrate. Cardboard products are additionally available as single-, double-, and triple-walled corrugated cardboard sheets or as a fan-folded stack.

Polyethylene Film

Polyethylene (PE) films are sold as self adhesive rolled films varying from 2.0 up to 3.5 mils in thickness. They trap any moisture from escaping so that they should not be used on any flooring which might be curing. Two of the great benefits of polyethylene films are that films will flex and contour to allow them to be used on carpets as well as hard surfaces. These films do not offer any impact protection and are normally rated for short time period use of 30 to 90 days only. Polyethylene films are designed for one-time use and don't use recycled supplies making them a poor choice in sustainable protection. Protection films are available in a variety of adhesion "tack". Hard surface protection films will have a lower tack and color than carpet protection which wants a more aggressive glue to hold onto carpet fibers successfully.

Wood Products

Plywood and Masonite are commonly used as protection on commercial projects with lots of foot traffic. Masonite is a wood product made from wood fibers unlike plywood which is an precise sheet of thin wood. Both plywood and Masonite are sold in the usual dimension of four feet by 8 ft and are more costly per square foot than paper or polyethylene products. Masonite is commonly 1/eight or 1/4 inch thick. Plywood is commonly 1/4 inch to 3/four inch thick. Each products provide impact protection on a variety of flooring types and provide adequate protection in opposition to heavy equipment use or furniture moving. Each plywood and Masonite are breathable and reusable nevertheless they're cumbersome to hold and store. These wood sheets needs to be used on high of a softer protection akin to a rolled textile as they easily scratch flooring. These sheets work well to protect carpet as they prevent wrinkles when rolling heavy loads over the carpet. Plywood and Masonite do not supply moisture protection and will be harder to cut to size than other protection types.