Temporary flooring protection for your contract flooring project

Protection of interior floor finishes is often required on both new and refurbishment projects. Fast track programmes often include floor coverings installed prior to the completion of work by other trades and, to reduce the risk of damage, proper protection materials should be considered.

When you’re looking for Floor Protection, there are many things to take into consideration before choosing which product you will use. We are frequently asked by our customers for advice on which products will provide the best protection in certain working environments.

Choosing the correct floor protection for your needs
There are many forms of temporary protection; a product fit for purpose should be selected after considering the following points:

Surface requiring protection
Site conditions and site traffic
Length of time a surface requires protection prior to handover
It is important that the right form of temporary protection is used, depending on these factors, as an incorrect choice of floor protection may result in poor performance, a need to replace protection more frequently, resulting in higher overall costs as well as adding time to your build, not to mention the possibility of actually damaging the flooring it was originally supposed to protect.

Hard Floors
For smooth floors (vinyl, marble, cured timber, laminates, etc.) a certain degree of impact protection is sometimes needed to safeguard any heavy traffic going over it and particularly if tools or equipment are being used as a dropped hammer can easily cause a dent or chip the surface of your floor. There are a various forms of protection that perform well against impact damage and one of the most popular in the construction industry is Plastic corrugated sheet( also called correx, corflute,fluted sheet, coroplast). This is a twin wall/twin fluted polypropylene board that is usually supplied in sheet form, normally 1.2m x 2.4m or 1.2m x 1.8m. The board’s twin wall composition offers a high degree of durability and sturdiness while still being incredibly light in weight meaning it is very easy to handle. This means it is preferable to hardboard alternatives and can also come in recycled form and easily recycled itself therefore being much more environmentally friendly.

Although corrugated plastic protection is fine for use with hardwood floors it has been found on occasions that where high point loads are concerned, for example from access machinery, that timber may become indented with an imprint of the corrugated sheeting. It is advised that on some floor finishes additional protection may be needed to evenly distribute any point loads such as felt or fleece materials or builders cardboard.

Post time: Jan-12-2022