Why is temporary job-site surface protection needed?

Almost every construction, remodeling or repair project involves moving large and varied amounts of equipment and personnel into and out of a jobsite which can cause unnecessary damage to floors, walls, doors and other areas which the repair of even of minor dings and scratches creates unnecessary costs in money and time.

What are PROTEX® products made out of?

All PROTEX® products are made with either certified FSC Recycled materials, 100% recycled kraft paper, 100% recycled plastic, 100% natural fibers and use only 100% bio-degradable or water based adhesives.

What is the primary difference between PROTEX®, and PROBoard™, PROBoardMAX™?

PROTEX® is our “standard duty” temporary surface job-site protection sheet that was specifically designed for the “everyday” type of construction and DIY projects. Impact and puncture resistant, non-staining, vapor permeable and stackable / reusable sheets for fast and Tru-Lay Flat™ installation.

PROBoard™ is our “heavy duty” temporary surface job-site protection sheet that provides superior impact and puncture resistance for more demanding projects. Vapor permeable, non-staining and stackable / resusable flat sheets for Tru-Lay Flat™ installation.

PROBoardMAX™ is our “extreme duty” water proof temporary surface job-site protection sheet provide unsurpassed impact and puncture resistance for the harshest and most demanding construction projects. Water-proof, non-staining, stackable / reusable sheets for fast and Tru-Lay Flat™ installation.

We do not recommend installing PROBoardMAX™ over any surfaces that are still curing and need to breath.

How thick is PROTEX®, PROBoard™ and PROBoardMAX™?

PROTEX® is 48 mils thick, PROBoard™ is 80 mils thick and PROBoardMAX™ is 90 mils thick

To put that into perspective:

PROTEX® is ~15% thicker than the average floor protection “rolls”, 20% thicker than layout board and almost 5 TIMES thicker than average rosin paper.

PROBoard™ is almost 2 TIMES thicker than the average floor protection “rolls” and 8 TIMES thicker than average rosin paper.

PROBoardMAX™ is almost 3 TIMES thicker than the average floor protection “rolls” and 9 TIMES thicker than average rosin paper.

Do PROTEX® products lay flat?

Yes. Unlike other types of temporary floor protection “rolls”, PROTEX®, PROBoard™ and PROBoardMAX™ come in “flat” sheets that were specifically designed for Tru-Lay Flat™ installation.

Also, because they are much more rigid than the “rolls”, they are all easier to handle and much faster to install and remove.

How do I install PROTEX® products?

1) Clean (Sweep & Vacuum) all dirt and debris off flooring to be protected

2) Place onto floor in linear fashion from entrance and nearest wall

3) Trim (if needed) to fit around corners / walls

4) Tape seams between sheets together for more durable flooring protection.

To further eliminate waste consider overlapping the sheets rather than trimming to fit along walls.

Do PROTEX® products stain my floors or walls?

No, unlike other temporary surface protection products, PROTEX®, PROBoard™, PROBoardMAX™ and do NOT contain any inks or dyes which could leach into and stain floors or stairs and damage them. Furthermore, PROEdge™ has a non-abrasive white backing.

How do I cut PROTEX® products to fit?

We recommend using a high quality utility knife to “score and snap” for best results.

Hint: Do not trim sheets directly on the floor or wall to further help prevent floor and wall damage.

What tape should I use?

For short term installation / use of PROTEX®, PROBoard™ and PROBoardMAX™ we recommend using medium strength paper tape (i.e. painter’s tape).

For long term installation / use of PROTEX®, PROBoard™ and PROBoardMAX™ we recommend using heavy duty kraft paper tape.

For PROEdge™ we recommend using artists tape.

For areas that are still curing and need to breathe we recommend using vapor-permeable tape.

We do NOT recommend taping PROTEX® products directly to the floor (only to other PROTEX® products or to unfinished floors, walls or molding). If it is necessary to tape directly to the floor, we recommend that you first consult the flooring manufacturer for their recommended tape solutions.

How do I remove PROTEX® products?

Carefully pull up on tape and then remove PROTEX® products.

Hint: If using heavier adhesive tape, lifting up the PROTEX® product itself, rather than the tape itself, will decrease removal time.

Are PROTEX® products re-usable?

Yes. On average, depending on location and period of time PROTEX® products were in use, approximately 75% can be re-used for another project.

What do I do with PROTEX® products when my project is complete?

If you want to re-use PROTEX® on your next project, simply store on a pallet in a dry area otherwise just divert the used PROTEX® products to your recycling company.

Where can I find PROTEX® products?

You can find PROTEX® products via many different retailers and distributors. However, if there is not a retailer or distributor in your area, you can order directly from PROTEX®.

Where are PROTEX® products made?

All PROTEX® products are certified MADE IN USA.

What are the environmental benefits of using PROTEX® products made with 100% recycled paper materials?

100% Fewer Trees Used

42% Less Energy Used

37% Less Greenhouse Gas Emissions

46% Less water Used

What are the environmental benefits of recycling PROTEX® products?

Recycling paper saves over 20% of landfill space

Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space

Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 trees

Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 185 gallons of gas

Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 6,953 gallons of water

Recycling 1 ton of paper saves enough energy to power a television for 31 hours

Recycling 1 ton of plastic saves over 24,000,000 BTU of energy which is enough to provide a person with two years of energy

Recycling 1 ton of plastic saves two months of water use per person

Recycling 1 ton of plastic saves 1 ton of oil use

Recycling 1 ton of plastic saves over 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space

Recycling supports over 85,000 jobs in the US alone

Most paper can be recycled up to 8 different times to create new products

Reduces greenhouse emissions

Environmentally friendly source for making new products

What is LEED®?

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes and neighborhoods that has revolutionized building construction around the world.

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED helps building architects, contractors and owners to be more environmentally responsible and use our natural resources more efficiently.

Started in 1998, LEED standards have been applied to more than 50,000 projects around the world, covering more than 3 billion square feet.

Where can I find more information about LEED®?

Go to The US Green Building Council’s fantastic website at http://www.usgbc.org/LEED/

What is FSC®?

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international not for-profit organization that was established in 1993 that sets certain high standards to make sure that forestry is practiced in an environmentally responsible and socially beneficial manner.

Products that are “FSC Certified” means that those products were made from responsible sources — environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable – and have met all the environmental requirements of the Forest Stewardship Council.

Where can I find more information about Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®)?

Go to FSC’s fantastic website at https://us.fsc.org/

Why is using certified FSC® Recycled and LEED® compliant products important?

Besides the importance of protecting our environment and benefits of using sustainable products, more and more “green” building mandates are being required by all levels of government, especially for construction projects. Both FSC® and LEED® are the internationally recognized standard for measuring sustainability.