Here are some of the recent questions that we have been getting asked in respect to Tufcoat shrink wrap scaffold sheeting, which is being increasingly used as an alternative to traditional sheeting and tin sheets.
How easy is it to apply? Is it easy to burn a hole in the shrink wrap using the hot air gun?
It is very easy to apply! When shrinking the scaffold wrap, a continuous motion is applied using the heat gun, a little like spray painting. The film will go through a number of stages before a hole appears. Initially, once the heat is applied, the film starts to shrink and under the operator then moves the gun to a new section of film. If the operator does not move the gun then the film will start to discolour. If the operator moves the gun away from this point then no damage will occur. However, if the operator keeps the gun in that position then eventually the film will rapidly thin and eventually a hole will be created. The main point here is that a hole is created gradually and by training the operatives to hold the gun at the correct distance from the film then holes can be avoided.
Is shrinkable scaffold wrap designed to blow off the structure at a certain windspeed? Is additional strengthening / ties required for the scaffold structure?
No, unlike traditional sheeting which is tied on to the structure with bungee cords, Tufcoat scaffold wrap will not let go at a pre-designed wind speed. Scaffold design engineers, who specify shrinkable scaffold sheeting, say that they make no design changes to accompany different types of sheeting. In fact, Tufcoat scaffold wrap was designed to address the problem of scaffolding contractors having to frequently return to sites to repair damaged or detached sheeting.
Do you do installations?
Tufcoat specialise in the supply of shrink wrap materials and equipment. Additionally, we also provide a ‘fully installed’ service and our installation teams have a wealth of experience and knowledge which enables them to carry out any project safely and efficiently, night or day. Our teams are experienced in working ‘trackside’, power stations, on bridges and other critical locations.
All our installation team members hold CSCS cards and work to method statements and risk assessments. If the use of MEWPS is required, we can supply personnel with the necessary IPAF qualifications.