Blog / New FloorShell ProBoard | A Masonite Flooring Alternative

September 27, 2019

When it comes to surface protection, there are a wide range of products to choose from. How do you even begin to compare and decide which product is the best for your specific job type. From rolls of builder’s paper and sheets of corrugated plastic to carpet and hard surface protection films, it’s easy to become overwhelmed.

Our recommendation is to take a step back and think about what is important on your jobsite. Does the protection need to withstand heavy traffic and equipment? Will it need to repel water? What means of transportation of the surface protector will be the most efficient for your crew? These are all critical questions to ask yourself when deciding on which product to use.

A popular option that job sites around the world turn to is Masonite. This environmentally friendly product is well-received and used by builders, artists, theaters, moving companies and many more.

What is Masonite?

Masonite is a tough hardboard that consists of disintegrated and steamed wood chips. The wood chips are shaped into long fibers and then firmly pressed to create a smooth surface board.

The durability, thickness and high bending strength makes masonite sheets a popular choice to use for floor protection during construction. Builders line the floor with a moisture barrier (such as red rosin paper) and then simply lay sheets of masonite hardboard down to protect hardwood, tile, concrete, vinyl and other floor types.

Why Make A Masonite Flooring Alternative?

Masonite sounds like an ideal surface protector right? It’s tough, strong, reusable and leak resistant—all great qualities! However, because the sheets are so dense and strong, this makes for a very heavy product.

Because of Masonite’s substantial weight, it can be difficult for a crew to not only transport the boards to the job, but also to maneuver them around the site. At Trimaco, we agree that Masonite flooring products are great surface protectors, but wanted something less cumbersome. We decided to work on an alternative that was lightweight, yet didn’t skimp on all the great qualities that Masonite has. This inspired us to create our FloorShell ProBoard.

FloorShell ProBoard – The Ideal Masonite Flooring Alternitive

FloorShell ProBoard is 2X thicker than our popular FloorShell, but is available in easy-to-use sheets. Similar to Masonite, FloorShell ProBoard is:

  • Eco-friendly and made from 100% recycled fibers
  • Leak resistant and reusable
  • Highly impact resistant
  • Breathable to protect wood, concrete, stone, tile, vinyl and other flooring types

The difference? A sheet of ProBoard is much lighter and easier to re-position if needed. Our new floor protector is available in both 4′ x 4′ and 4′ x 8′ sheets, and can be secured on the job site with the help of our FloorShell Seam Tape.

How To Install FloorShell ProBoard

  1. First, calculate the square footage of the area you will be protecting and determine how many sheets of the masonite alternative you’ll need.
  2. Clear and clean the surface you’ll be protecting.
  3. Simply layout the FloorShell ProBoard sheets on the surface, and overlap the seams by roughly an inch.
  4. Tape the seams together using FloorShell Seam Tape (do not let seam tape stick to the floor)
  5. Secure the perimeter to your surface using a less aggressive painter’s tape.
  6. Once finished, remove the seam tape and reuse if there is minimal damage.

FloorShell ProBoard is a great masonite flooring alternative for any type of job. This tough temporary floor protector maintains the qualities of traditional masonite flooring products, yet is lighter and easier to work with. Explore all of Trimaco’s heavy duty surface protectors to ensure total jobsite confidence and protection.



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