Scaffold wrapping offers a range of benefits to construction projects. These include effective weather protection, enhancing productivity and supporting environmental compliance. In addition, scaffold wrap is easy to install and provides a professional appearance on any job site.
Traditional scaffold sheeting such as Monarflex or netting provides some basic weather protection but is often difficult to fit and is easily blown open in windy conditions. However, scaffold shrink wrap sheeting offers a better solution to these issues with a more robust material and an easier installation process. This specialised sheeting is made from a heavy duty, multi-purpose polyethylene enclosure that can be fitted to both system and traditional ‘tube and fitting’ scaffolding. It is then heat shrunk to a signature ‘drum tight’ finish using a gas heat gun. This creates a fully bonded skin with no gaps or holes and is resilient to wet and windy weather.
Once fitted, the wrap provides a protective enclosure for workers, materials scaffold wrapping and equipment. This protects against rain, snow, sleet and wind allowing works to continue on site regardless of the weather. This helps to ensure projects remain on schedule, avoiding costly delays.
It is also extremely versatile; elements such as windows, access doors and scaffolding sheds can be added to the wrap to provide a more secure work area or to provide additional weather protection. In addition, it can be used to form shot blasting enclosures or temporary roofs. For projects with an external façade, scaffolding wrap can be used to camouflage the structure to reduce the impact on local residents and businesses.
A key advantage of scaffolding wrap is that it is much more durable than conventional tarpaulin sheets and can be reused for many jobs. It is highly water-resistant and does not need re-taping in harsh environments such as coastal areas or the north of Scotland. It also has a higher tensile strength meaning it is less likely to tear or puncture.
When fitted correctly, the wrap can be used to encapsulate an entire scaffold structure and is then secured with clips. It can be heat welded at the joins to ensure a strong and reliable seal. It is important to make sure that the welds are properly done as small protrusions can develop over time and lead to leaks. This can be costly for the contractor and may need to be repaired.
Another key benefit of scaffolding wrap is that it is fire-resistant, offering a safer working environment. This is particularly important if you are working in a high-rise building. It is also highly reusable and recyclable, which means that you can reduce your waste footprint and have a clear conscience about the impact on the environment. This is especially relevant as more construction companies are seeking to minimise their carbon footprint. If you would like more information about the advantages of scaffolding wrap or would like to purchase some for your next project, contact us today. We would be happy to discuss your requirements and help you find the right product for your needs.