Scaffolding wraps provide a temporary enclosure to protect your scaffold from adverse weather conditions and help contain environmental contamination during construction. They prevent debris, dust and dirt from spreading across the site to adjacent areas and also create a safer working environment for workers by reducing distractions from passing traffic. In addition, they can be customised with relative information about the project and are a great marketing opportunity.
In many cities, it is essential to use a full scaffolding wraps when erecting a building or renovation. This ensures that no material or dust is released to pedestrians and nearby buildings, maintaining safety on the construction site and ensuring compliance with regulations. However, the process of using a scaffolding wrap can be time-consuming and costly if not done correctly. Fortunately, there are a few methods you can employ to make the process more efficient and save money while still complying with the laws of your city.
The main issue with traditional scaffold sheeting is that it often blows open in high winds, leaving the structure exposed to damage and preventing work from progressing. By contrast, shrink wrap sheeting has the ability to tightly seal to scaffolding and form a drum-like protective skin, helping to mitigate the risks of weather and structural damage.
Moreover, it can be used to cover large or awkwardly shaped structures which would not be feasible to wrap with conventional sheets. This versatility makes it an ideal solution for construction projects involving unusual structures, whether it be a new office block or a multi-story apartment complex.
A good quality scaffold wrap will be made of thick, LDPE plastic cladding with reinforced bands to prevent rips and tears. It will also feature openings pre-punched for fastener attachment. This helps reduce installation time and also ensures the product meets City of Boston specifications for a scaffold enclosure. Ultimately, the best way to guarantee quality scaffolding wrap is to buy certified sheeting.
When you are installing a scaffold wrap, it is important to make sure that the welds are properly heat-welded together and are not loosening over time. The last thing you want is for the welds to come apart while you are working on the scaffolding or even during transportation.
One way to ensure that the welds are sealed correctly is to overlap the two sheets of wrap by about 30-40cm. Then, clip them together and use a heat-welder to weld them to each other. This method of installation is quick and simple to do and it is very effective at securing the sheets against high winds.
Another effective method of securing the wrap is to wrap it around a double tube. This is commonly done on a double handrail and works well. The top sheet is wrapped over the lowest of the two tubes (making a vertical cut at each standard) and the bottom sheet is wrapped around the highest tube, clipped and heat-welded into position. Once the wrap is installed, you should not be able to pull the welds apart.