Scaffold shrink wrap has become quite prominent lately. Unwrapped scaffolds tend to be extraordinary eyesores as a result of the rudimentary metal pieces that are jointed together to create scaffolding.
Despite issues being rare, from time to time shrink wrapped scaffolds develop problems. This unfortunately may affect their effectiveness and appeal, putting some customers off entirely, pushing them abck to more conventional and understood alternatives. However these problems once identified, are easy to rectify.
Scaffold shrink wrap problems are often caused by a combination of adverse weather and poor techniques of those installing it. Some people expect the product to be indestructible which sadly, it is not. Every product has its limits even one as robust as shrink wrap.
Listed below are three of the most common problems faced by scaffolding companies when using shrink wrap.
Weather challenges and extremities
To execute a scaffold shrink wrapping project well there are things you need to do. First, you must consider the weather conditions. You must avoid shrink wrapping scaffolds in windy, wet and cold conditions. Going ahead despite these warnings, you will either end up with a faulty installation or one that does not look as good if it were installed in better weather. This is because ‘shrinking’ the product becomes very challenging when the wind grabs hold of it creating ‘bubbles’ Only the most skilled shrink wrappers can shrink in high winds and even then there is a high risk of the job not being 100% right.
How then does one go around the extremities of the weather to complete a successful shrink wrapping project?
Before commencing on the project, contractors need to ensure that the weather conditions are calm and warm. This will ensure that the wrap will stick to the scaffolds even before applying the hot air over it. We say generally that wind exceeding 19mph is not suitable for roof installations and anything above 21mph can make side sheeting difficult also.
Technical expertise for shrink wrapping scaffolds
This is another problem that arises in a scaffold shrink wrapping project. Usually, you will find that the people executing the shrink wrap project are construction workers. Some are without much experience in shrink wrapping. As a result, you will get a substandard shrink job which could lead to holes and patches in the wrapping, or even total failure requiring a full re wrap.
To ensure an excellent shrink wrap project, the people executing the project need to be well trained. They need to know how to install a wide variety of scaffold shrink wrapping projects.
Trained technicians will execute a shrink-wrapped scaffolding that will serve its purpose. Proper training is the key to a completed scaffold wrapping project.
Quality of the shrink wrapping material
Another problem in shrink wrapping projects is the use of substandard shrink wrapping materials. Sometimes, untrained technicians may begin the project with the poor quality materials. This leaves gaping holes in the scaffolding which is both uncomfortable and unsafe.
To solve this, technicians should ensure that they have the correct material for the job. They should ensure that they check on the quality of the shrink material to ensure that it is suitable for wrapping scaffolds.