Surface protection is an important part of maintaining not only the appearance of a home or business during construction and remodeling, but also the longevity of those surfaces you’re protecting. Whether you need to protect concrete or hardwood floors, marble and granite countertops, doorways, or furniture, using the right surface protector can make all the difference. At Ram Board, we make it our job to help you protect your job.
Why is surface protection important?It doesn’t matter if it’s foot traffic, machinery, or equipment, high traffic areas are prone to damage. Imagine any typical jobsite—bare dirt and mud when it rains are pretty common sights to see, especially on a new build. It’s not always easy to avoid tracking that dirt and mud inside, especially when you and your crew are focused on getting the job done. Inside a residential or commercial jobsite, can you say with confidence that you won’t accidentally drop tools or splatter paint or swing a ladder too wide and hit a doorway? Chances are these things have all happened at some point in your career, and that is why surface protection is so important. Instead of tracking that mess inside or accidentally damaging new floors or surfaces that you or another crew just installed, putting down surface protectors ahead of time can save you the headache and potential cost of repairs later down the line.
How to Choose the Right Surface Protector for Your JobIt’s important to consider a few factors when choosing the right surface protector:
What kind of surface are you protecting?There are a lot of different types of temporary surface protection products out there. It really comes down to the type of surface you’re looking to protect.
- Hard Surfaces: Drop cloths and heavy-duty paperboard protection rolls are great for hard surfaces like hardwood floors, tile, linoleum, concrete, and more.
- Carpets: Carpeted surfaces can hold a lot of dirt. Use a heavy-duty carpet film or drop cloth to block dust and debris from filtering down into the carpet fibers.
- Countertops: Self-adhering surface protection films for countertops and windows protect them from paint spills and overspray.
- Stairs: Temporary stair protection is a convenient way to shield stairs from heavy foot traffic. There are also non-slip runners that can be placed on stairs that conform to the shape without slipping.
- Doors: Using door frame protectors and covering your door in plastic sheeting or cardboard is an easy way to protect your door.