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Before your start your home improvement project, ensure you protect the rest of your home from potential damage and costly delays.

How to Prepare Your Home for Improvements:

Although home improvement projects are exciting, they can be incredibly expensive. The best way to prevent going over your budget? Prepare, prepare, prepare.

Part of the preparation phase should involve protecting the rest of your home to ensure it does not get damaged. As a specialist in temporary protection materials, Protec International Ltd offers advice on ensuring all areas of the home are protected during projects:

Prepare your Floors

Paint stains on carpets. Dents in hardwood floors. Cracks in bathroom tiles. These common, disheartening damages lead to expensive repairs.  Investing in a quality floor protector is the best way to avoid damages happening during your home improvement project. We recommend considering the following when protecting a floor from damage:

Does it need it to be self adhesive?

Self adhesive floor protectors provide quick and hassle-free floor protection. Reverse wound rolls are easy to apply and will last throughout the duration of most home improvement projects and also save time taping boards down. However, if you are opting for a self adhesive floor protector, ensure it uses a low tack adhesive. Otherwise, you may find that you spend a lot longer cleaning the floor when you remove the floor protector as it is common for cheap, poor quality floor protection rolls to leave a layer of sticky adhesive residue.

Does it need to be flame retardant?

Probably the most devastating damage to homes during a project is a home which goes up in flames. Flame retardant floor protection materials are designed to prevent the spread of fire should it be exposed. If you require flame retardant protection make sure you opt for either a LPCB or Certifire approved roll, as this has actually been through stringent tests to assure you are buying a quality material.

Is the floor protector reusable?

Traditional floor protectors such as plywood and hardboard are not reusable and tend to not last the duration of a project. This results in a lot of wastage and high costs as you continually need to replace the floor protection material. Reusable floor protectors not only save money, they also help to reduce landfill wastage. Choosing an impact resistant floor protector will mean that it can normally be reused, such as RhinoTile, interlocking floor protection mats. Rhino Tile is also made 100% from recycled materials.

What floor needs to be protected?

Floors need very different types of protection. Newly laid wooden floors will need a breathable floor protector to ensure that the wood can continue to dry whilst curing, whereas semi-exposed floors will need a waterproof floor protector. Ensure that your floor protection material meets the demands of the floor.

View a wide range of Floor Protection Solutions.

Prepare Surfaces and Other Areas

Moving anything into or out of your house puts all areas of your home at risk from scratches and damage. Stocking up on multi-purpose, impact-resistant protection sheets such as Proplex can help to prevent damage to all of these areas. They can be easily cut to size and creased, so can be used as you go along. Proplex is also available in premade shapes for protecting appliances, bathroom areas and doors.

Prepare For The Dust

Anyone who has ever knocked down a wall will tell you of their frustrations with dust both during and after the project. Cleaning dust is an endless battle. In fact, it is common that eliminating dust from homes not only takes days, but weeks of continual cleaning. This is not only devastating to homes, but it can have a negative effect on health, in particular if members of your family suffer from asthma.

Dust barriers are a fantastic solution to containing dust to one area of your home. Opt from either dust containment tents such as ZipWall or contain dust to one room with a ZipDoor. ZipWall kits are also reusable, so investing in a kit means that you can either use it again or lend it to a friend once you are finished with it.

Need more information?

Remember to be well prepared before starting your renovation and home building projects to avoid project delays and costly damage.

For advice on choosing the best temporary protection solutions, please contact Protec International Ltd on 0800 834 704, visit www.protection.co.uk or tweet @protec_uk with your questions.

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