Industrial painting projects routinely require some form of dust containment, ground cover, wind screens, temporary enclosures, or vapor barriers. The common denominator for all these requirements is the need for containment tarps or poly sheeting. Various types of material are used for this, some of which are as follows:
● Drum-tight heat-shrink film. Can be used for containment or as boat film.
● Reusable tarps with grommets for cable installation
● Economical poly sheeting, either reinforced or not
● Scaffold wrap
● Mesh screen / aka wind screen
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Size / Thickness Options
Non-Reinforced Plastic / Poly sheeting
Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE). Available in standard and FR.
Typically stocked in clear 20 x 100, 4 & 6 mil thickness. Can be ordered in widths from 1′ to 50′ and in thicknesses from .3 to 10 mils.
Scaffold enclosures and any containment application where dust or water migration is highly restricted. Also used as boat wrap.
Building or structure containment. Construction enclosures.
Scaffold or building enclosures where dust and debris need contained, but where shade and some air-flow is desirable.
Economical and highly versatile.
Highly versatile and tear-resistant.
Easy to install on scaffolding, very resistant to tearing.
Most effective for total containment, shrinkable to fit irregular shapes.
The only containment product that is designed to be reused.
Reusable and breathable.
How long does the containment need to last?
Plastic films come in various thicknesses and the expected duration of the project will have an impact on which version should be used. In addition, projects with a long duration which are using poly sheeting will want to consider UV resistance when selecting the film.
Is 100% containment or water resistance required?
The nature of shrink film, with the heat-sealed seams, often provides the best solution when maximum resistance or containment is required.
Does your project site require flame retardant sheeting?
Almost all containment or sheeting products offer a FR option – be sure to understand your project requirements when placing your order.
How large/tall is the enclosure?
Projects with large enclosure requirements should consider the cost of repair to the sheeting vs. the original sheeting cost. Choosing a heavier gauge material (or non-disposable material) may cost more up front, but could save much more in reduced enclosure maintenance costs in a long project.