Railing Protection: How Railing Protection Saves Builders Time and Money
In two-story residential construction, railings and handrails are one of the most frequently damaged elements. Bumps, scratches, and splashes can occur from installing drywall, moving furniture, tool belts, building materials, and more. The following is an analysis of surface protection products used to protect railings and balustrades during construction projects.
A common method of protection is simply to use plastic sheeting taped to the railing. This does not provide any impact protection and leaves the railing vulnerable to damage. This is the method drywall installers use only to protect railings; not a good choice for protection throughout the project.
Another way to protect the railing is to use bubble wrap and masking tape. This is somewhat effective for impact protection, but can be very time-consuming if the project has many railings to protect, such as a large apartment complex.
Molded Styrofoam is a molded railing protection product that looks like a swimming pool noodle. It can be wrapped around the top rail but leaves the balustrades unprotected. Styrofoam is great for impact protection on the top rail; however, as the balustrades are left unprotected, it does not work to protect the entire balustrade system. This is the most expensive railing protection per square foot.
Another option is adhesive, impact resistant bubble wrap. This effectively protects the railing while preventing the risk of glue transfer. This option is minimally labor intensive and looks professional. Adhesive bubble railing protection can protect metal railings or stained/unstained wood. Adhesive bubble works equally well in commercial and residential construction projects.
What will happen after construction is complete? Railings can also be damaged by homeowners moving furniture up and down stairs. A great way for builders to emphasize their commitment to customer service is to leave railing protection on while homeowners move in. Since the homeowner will need to sign off on the condition of the railing and other fixtures, it’s best to use a railing protection product that can be easily removed and reinstalled for the homeowner’s move. This helps them prevent damage to their home and increases customer satisfaction.
These are just a few ways to prevent railing damage during construction and renovation projects. Using surface protection is a great way for builders to save time and money by preventing the need to replace or repair expensive railings and balustrades.
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