Using Shrink Wrap for Modular Building Protection


Using Shrink Wrap for Modular Building Protection

Shrink Wrap is becoming an increasingly popular product for modular building protection. Be it modular homes, modular bathroom pods or modular offices, shrink wrap is more and more being used to protect modules for transportation and storage. Thanks to its ruggedness and tight fit, shrink wrap will not detach or flap even at high wind speeds, allowing for peace of mind that your modules will be kept safe at all times. 

Conventionally, when modules are being transported from factory to site or being stored for a long period of time, tarpaulin or a reusable sheeting is used. These types of modular protection work to a certain extent; however, these can often require regular maintenance and can be damaged fairly easily meaning that they have to be replaced. Another common issue with reusable sheeting is when modules have been transported to site, the reusable sheeting has to be removed from the modules and then transported back to the factory which often never happens, resulting in wasted resources.

In comparison, shrink wrap has a smart and professional appearance and keeps modules hidden from view whilst also allowing for possible branding opportunities. Shrink wrap once fitted, also requires no maintenance and can be cut from the modules directly on site. Whilst shrink wrap is not reusable, it is recyclable meaning it is much more environmentally friendly than traditional protection methods.

There are two different ways in which shrink wrap can be fitted to modular buildings:

Total Encapsulation

Total encapsulation is where the shrink wrap film fully encompasses the module being wrapped. This is done by laying a ‘footprint’ of the film underneath the module and then lifting the module onto the shrink wrap. Shrink wrap sheeting is then unrolled over the roof of the module, cut and then unfolded down each side. The shrink wrap sheeting is then shrunk along each side and then welded at each end where the top sheet meets the bottom sheet. The shrink wrap sheeting then pulls drum tight.

Sides Only

Sides only is where only the open sides of a module requires sheeting. This is done by using timber battening in a ‘picture frame’ fashion around the module edge. Once the timber batten has been fitted, the shrink wrap is then hung using another run of timber batten to tightly trap the shrink wrap. The entire sheet can then be shrunk, which pulls the shrink wrap drum tight.

Whilst 300-micron flame retardant shrink wrap material is used more commonly on scaffolding projects, for modular protection Rhino’s 200-micron or a 250-micron thick industrial shrink wrap material tends to be better suited. Our industrial material comes in a variety of different widths, ranging from 8m wide up to a mammoth 16m wide! No matter what size modules you have, we have a wrap suitable for your needs. All of our industrial wraps come in 50m lengths, which means you can generally get a number of modules wrapped from just one roll! 

If you have any questions or comments regarding using shrink wrap for modular building protection, we are always happy to help so please feel free to get in touch. If you find this information useful, and think others might too, please share.

Want to find out more? Why not read our shrink wrap buying guide?

Charlie Brown
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