Surface Protection Films for Architectural Applications

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rolled surface protection filmsThere are many opportunities for accidental damage throughout the process of manufacturing, painting, shipping, and installing architectural products. Surface protection films are designed to protect manufactured products from harm prior to their installation. These films come in a variety of thicknesses, materials, and even colors, depending on their intended applications. These films can even be designed to protect manufactured products after the installation has been completed.

Different Types of Surface Protection Films

Surface protection films are available in polyethylene, polypropylene, PVC, polyurethane, and blended films.  Depending on the environment the surface protection film will encounter, the film  thickness will usually range from 2-5 mils These films are all designed to be removable and to not leave any adhesive residue behind once they have been removed; in this way, they are able to protect the manufactured product without adding any complexity to the installation process. These films have another advantage of not adding on significantly to either shipping size or shipping weight while still providing some level of protection.

Applications for Surface Protection Filmsmachine that installs surface protection films

Surface protection films can be used on virtually any type of surface, ranging from plastic to wood. In terms of electronic devices, they are often used on glass and keypads, designed to protect them until the consumer is able to use them. In construction, these films are often used on cabinets and natural stone. They are able to protect these vital construction materials before they are installed. They may be used to protect flooring against damage, especially hardwood planks. It may also be used on all types of polished metals, to reduce the possibility of scratching and marring.

Surface Protection Films in Architecture

As noted, these films are used very often in construction materials. In terms of architecture, they will often be seen on glass windows and metal extrusions. Metal building panels and painted extrusions will often be protected by these films. When properly selected, these films can resist UV light and the elements during shipment and installation which can take several months especially in high rise construction. These films can protect the building panel, window, curtain wall, and painted extrusions from damage while it is being shipped and then installed at the job site. This protection films are one of the easiest ways to protect surfaces from damage throughout the installation process. In essence, they are an inexpensive  insurance policy against claims and returns. With the benefit of avoiding scratches, scuffs, and UV damage, these films may be recommended for any manufactured product that could be potentially damaged during transit and handling. Contact Tom Brown Inc to learn more about the variety of these films offered.  
Rick Alexander

About the Author

Rick Alexander is the National Sales Manager for Tom Brown, Inc. His early experience was in R&D, product management, and sales management for both Main Tape and Adhesives Research, Inc. Rick brings over 40 years of pressure-sensitive tape experience and Tom Brown’s world class converting capabilities to help solve customer bonding, assembly, and sealing challenges.