Applications / Tile is timeless—choosing the right surface protection

October 15, 2018

Imagine working on a renovation project for your client and their floors are covered with beautiful Spanish tile that they carefully picked for their master bathroom. One accidental drop of a hammer and your stomach drops with it. You look down to assess the damage and see their beautiful Spanish tile is cracked.

Situations like this are inevitable, yet easily avoidable. Yes, tile can be fragile and can crack easily when something heavy strikes the floor, but simply prepping your jobsite beforehand can allow room for mistakes and give you peace of mind throughout your job.

Whether you’re a homeowner or a contractor, the easiest way to protect your floors during any project is with a surface protector. You’ll save yourself time and money in the long run by simply choosing the right protection for your job. Due to the fragility of tile, we suggest a heavy duty floor protector, such as the options below:

  1. Stay Put® Slip Resistant Padded Surface Protector: A padded covering to project tile from impact as well as a tacky backing to prevent falls and slippage. It’s also breathable so you can cover up new grout that needs to finish curing. You can even reposition this in your work area or roll up and reuse for another job. The tacky backing will even stick to walls vertically and won’t leave behind a sticky residue. Adding to that it’s waterproof. Once you try the Stay Put Surface Protector you’ll be an immediate fan!
  2. SuperTuff® Absorbent Surface Protector: Also reusable and highly slip-resistant, this heavy duty floor covering is super absorbent. Use it on tile countertops as well. Made in the USA from 100 percent post-consumer recycled PET bottles, so you’re doing your part for the environment; that appeals to homeowners too. Impact resistant, long-lasting and easy to clean. Plus, this product doesn’t need tape, simply overlap the edges and you’re good to go. This product would be best for existing tile, since it’s not breathable.
  3. FloorShell® Heavy Duty Temporary Surface Protection: Got a really tough job? Go all out with FloorShell; this contractor-strength construction board is made from 100 percent recycled fibers, so it’s eco-friendly and reusable and also provides some cushioning when you’re standing all day. This board is 45 mil thick to protect against cracking. FloorShell has the added bonus of Spill Block® technology for your toughest jobs. It’s also breathable so you can cover up new grout that needs to finish curing.

These Top 3 picks can be used on all other types of floors; invest in all three for the best variety. Check out Trimaco’s whole line of Heavy Duty Surface Protectors.



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