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Working on any construction project, no matter how large or small, brings a responsibility to contractors to protect the environment around the where the work is taking place and the workforce carrying out the construction. As a result, a number of products have been developed that enable protection of surfaces in the working area that are durable, safe to work with and cost-effective.
A range of floor protection sheets are on offer that will allow contractors to do what they need to do while showing due care for all those for whom they owe a duty of care.
For as long as renovations and building works have been done, builders have recognised the need to protect the area surrounding where the work is to be carried out. This is particularly true in areas where work is taking place on only part of an existing structure and other parts of the building need to be preserved.
Where tiled floors in properties have required protection, the traditional solution has been to put down a layer of plaster of Paris in order to prevent impact damage and scratching of the tiles beneath. Once the work was complete, the layer is removed and the tiles carefully cleaned to bring them back to their previous condition.
This method has its drawbacks. It is really only suitable for tiled floors and where wooden surfaces require protection, plaster of Paris isn’t an option. It is also a skilled job in itself, requiring a specialist contractor, and due to this can be costly and time-consuming to arrange.
Thankfully, there are now more modern methods of protecting the floor surfaces where building work is being undertaken that are more cost effective and versatile than the traditional plaster of Paris method. Floor protection sheeting is available with a range of different properties that make it suitable for use in a variety of circumstances, click here for more information on this topic.
In addition to its drawbacks as a limited use medium, plaster of Paris has further disadvantages in terms of being a single-use floor covering that is costly for removal and disposal. One of the great benefits of floor covering sheets is that they are not only useable on almost all types of flooring, they are easy to self-install, easily removed and reusable time and time again. The only consumable cost involved in their use is the tape needed to secure the joints between sheets to prevent leakage and tripping. Other than that, purchase of sheeting is an investment for regular contracts and will retain a salvage value once used for those who won’t need to use it often.
Floor protection sheets have a number of benefits for the property in which contractors are working and the workers themselves. Immediately ready to use after it has been laid, the sheets allow contractors to get right on with the job at hand without needing to wait for the covering to be set.
In addition to protecting the floor from impact and dust going on above the surface, any dust below the sheets is also contained, making for a cleaner working environment for construction workers. In areas where there is likely to be wet work such as removal of ceiling paper, the sheeting will both protect the floor beneath and also provide a non-slip surface on which construction workers can operate safely.
Combined with reusability and robustness, sheeting provides a great solution for providing protection for floors and workers while construction is undertaken.
While protecting the floor while building work is carried out isn’t a new thing, the introduction of floor protection sheeting has allowed the job to be done more quickly and effectively than before. Combining protection for the property with safety for staff, they offer a great solution for building contractors.
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