The weather in New Zealand is unpredictable, but builders’ project schedules don’t have to be if a reputable shrink wrap is used which will protect the worksite from the elements.
The importance of shrink wrap in the construction industry is undeniable, saving builders precious time and money.
Shrink wrap is a tough and tight plastic which seamlessly provides weather protection for building structures, for either long or short term, new, renovation and re-cladding construction projects.
When shrink wrap is installed correctly on a properly engineered scaffold system, the results ensure increased productivity for construction company staff and, importantly, subcontractors.
Think about it — guess which site subcontractors would rather be working on in poor weather. That’s right — the one with no weather or other distractions to stop them and company employees from getting their job done successfully.
A huge bonus is that an enclosed work area can also be environmentally controlled, allowing work to proceed irrespective of the temperature or humidity outside.
This also means that using shrink wrap is a real money-saver. Users can enjoy an increased work-rate, and be confident in the team’s ability to complete a project on time with no delays due to bad weather.
The shrink-wrapping process is efficient. After the scaffolding framework is built, the low-density polyethylene (LDPE) wrap material is draped, snipped, seamed and sealed, and then shrunk by up to 30%, forming a tight, weather and pollution-proof barrier.
Wind isn’t always a shrink wrapper’s friend, but by using hi-tensile strapping, the wrap is further secured in the event of high winds. Guttering, windows and access doors can all be added as required. This means the wrap can work for any scale or size of construction. Shrink wrap provides a safety blanket for workers and the project, protecting them from the external environment and maintaining a sharp-looking worksite.
In addition to keeping weather out of a project, shrink wrap is also an ideal solution for encapsulation of contaminants within a structure or just specific affected areas. One example is for asbestos removal, allowing work to safely continue in non-affected areas on the building site.
Charles Baxter, general manager of leading Tauranga-based shrink wrap specialist company A1 Wrap Ltd, has been working in the company for six years.
He has seen shrink wrap become an essential component of a well-managed construction project.
“It’s because of shrink wrap that there are no weather delays in building,” Mr Baxter says.
“During the year, and especially over winter, adverse weather can shut down your site for days, so when it comes down to financial gain, you pay up front and reap real savings at the back end of the project when you complete on time,” he says.
“And it certainly gives you an edge when quoting.”
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The company prides itself on the durability and safety of its wrap, and the assurance that clients won’t be left hanging.
“The expertise and the design that we put into the job means we don’t just show up and be like, ‘she’ll be right mate’.
We take a lot more care and responsibility, and our after-wrap service is second to none.”
A1 Wrap is also environmentally-conscious, guaranteeing its shrink wrap is 100% recyclable.
The specialists dismantle the wrap on project completion for the dramatic big “reveal”, and carts the discarded wrap to recyclers for use in innovative new products.
Mr Baxter respects that things can go wrong though.
“We don’t just put it on, walk away and then hope it lasts the distance. We are constantly monitoring it, and will quickly respond to maintenance requirements to ensure the project is protected for the duration of the construction period. Like most things in life, you pay for what you get.”
When it comes to ensuring a reputable industrial quality shrink wrap, A1 Wrap does not cut corners. As its customer base grows, it gets more repeat business rather than one-off wonders.
“Once clients have used us, they keep using us because they have found it makes them money. It’s good to know that we are doing the right thing by them — we are long-term partners.”
A reputable business like A1 Wrap surrounds itself with quality clients. So contact them to discuss any upcoming construction project, and learn about the impact a relationship with a quality shrink wrapper can have on meeting the needs of customers, meeting deadlines and on the bottom line.
Contact 0800 4 A1 WRAP for more information.