Floor protection film, plastic protection boards, and Ram Boards are all great ways to keep the floors in the construction area from sustaining permanent damage. Even laying cardboard down can be helpful, especially if you’re in the last stage of the work and just need something cheap and temporary.
What’s the Best Option for Floor Surface Protection?
Ram Board is usually one of the top rated floor surface protection products out there. It’s temporary, but heavy duty while it’s down and specifically designed for contractors. It can be installed quickly and can also be re-used, cutting down on costs and how much time contractors need to spend putting it down. It also lays out flat when it’s rolled out — none of that annoying curling at the edges that need to be tamped down.
It can also be great if new floors need to be cured — Ram Board can do that too, thanks to the Flex-Fiber technology. Let your Ram Board do double duty while you handle other parts of the job! Plus, you can use it to protect any type of floors — from hardwood to laminate to VCT to terrazo and so many other types.
What Can Ram Board and Other Temporary Surface Protection Guard Against?
Ram Board and other temporary surface protections should be non-staining, so nothing will transfer from their surfaces to the floor underneath, even if it gets wet. Ram Board, in particular, is imbued with exclusive Spill Guard technology, so the floors are extra protected from water, paint, mud, or other substances that could mar the floor.
Ideally, everything that falls on floor surface protection should be easily swept or vacuumed away, preventing contaminants or other air pollutants from sticking around after the job is done. These can be sucked into HVAC systems and moved around the house or building five to seven times a day. Over time, they can build up in the duct work and have an adverse effect on residents’ health. So leaving any of that behind from the job site is a big no-no. Floor surface protection can help ensure that those are captured and done away with beforehand.
These surface protectants also ensure that you don’t have to put down additional dropcloths for any painting that needs to be done. The floors are already covered with a protective layer — just add painter’s tape for any trim or areas that shouldn’t be painted, and you’re good to go!
What Shouldn’t Be Used?
You should absolutely never use carpet remnants as floor surface protectors. Even when carpet looks clean, it can hold as much as a pound of dirt in a single square yard. Dust, debris, and other pollutants can easily get trapped in the fibers and never come out.
If you use film or cardboard, make sure that nothing will stain or go through the material that you’re using. Any rips or tears in the film can make the entire endeavor go awry. And cardboard can easily get wet and might leave residue or staining behind. Use two types of protection if you opt for these.
With plastic protection boards, make sure that nothing will scratch the flooring and that it isn’t moving around too much. This is especially important if you’re laying them down over softer hardwood floors that haven’t been treated for whatever reason.
Keep the floors of the building you’re working on pristine with the help of Ram Boards or other types of temporary floor protection. It’ll make your job easier in the long run and save you time on clean-up later.