How To / How to Protect Hardwood Floors

June 20, 2018

Disasters for hardwood floors

Are you protecting your flooring against these 3 things?
Nothing matches the warmth and feel of hardwood floors. Even with all the other flooring options on the market today, consumers want wood.

In its 2018 Industry Outlook survey, the National Wood Flooring Association reported nearly 40 percent of contractors said they expect to see hardwood sales increase by 8 percent or more.

You’re in charge with protecting floors at the jobsite—whether brand-new or decades old. Here are the three culprits that will cause the most damage and which flooring products you can use to prevent damage.

Dents: Some hardwood flooring options are softer than others. Your best bet is to invest in impact-resistant floor protection like Trimaco’s FloorShell® Heavy Duty Temporary Protection. Featuring Spill Block™ technology, this heavy duty construction board is also breathable, allowing floors to cure. Up to 45 millimeters thick, FloorShell® can withstand the impact of forklifts and other heavy machinery. Made of 100 percent recycled fibers, you can earn up to two LEED points in USGBC certification using FloorShell®. This is best used with FloorShell® Seam Tape to seam pieces together.

Water: It’s the kiss of death for all hardwood floors. Dealing with moisture damage requires replacing the subfloor and planks—who has time for that? Wood planks are also combustible, and Aqua Shield® Flame Retardant Surface Protector does triple duty protecting hardwoods from impact, water and fire (tested and certified to NFPA-701 Method 2). Sold in rolls up to 40 millimeters thick, Aqua Shield® is a great substitute for bulky Masonite. Trimaco’s 6-foot wide 25-millimeter product is equivalent to 33 sheets of Masonite or other 4’ x 8’ products.

Dirt: It’s inevitable at every worksite and often hard to control. Mud, debris, sand, salt and other grainy substances can scratch floors and even embed in the surface—or get stuck in finishes. Consider Trimaco’s X•Board Paint + Remodel. It’s breathable for curing and features Spill Block™ technology, ensuring no paint, mud or water gets through. This lightweight surface protector gets the job done and is more than 2.5 times thicker than builder’s paper to prevent scratches. This is best used with FloorShell® Seam Tape to seam pieces together.

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  • A few weeks ago we posted about the differences between X-Board and FloorShell. To get a better idea of the thicknesses of our heavy duty board/paper protectors, @toolaholic and @limebackmedia took this photo. Ask any other questions in the comments! ⬇️
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FloorShell: 45 mils
X-Board: 22 mils
X-Paper: 1.5x thicker than builder’s/rosin paper

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