What do we mean when we say, "Heavy Duty Plastic Sheeting"? The dictionary defines "heavy duty" as, "made to withstand hard use or wear" and "made to withstand great strain or use". So when Global Plastic Sheeting refers to "heavy duty plastic sheeting", we are referring to a plastic sheeting product that is made to withstand hard use or great strain based on the application the plastic sheeting was designed for. Therein lies the difference. A plastic liner is not heavy duty in every application it is presented with. A liner/ film is heavy duty when the plastic was engineered specifically for an application and the film is capable of doing the job it was designed for. It will stay strong, and protect what it was employed to protect.
Let's take surface protection films. These are films that are engineered to cover a variety of surfaces in the most expeditious way possible. Carpet plastic is made to stick to carpeting without transferring the adhesive onto the carpet; hold up under the PSI pressure that a ladder could place on the plastic, have a tight enough cell structure that any fluids that land on the plastic won't permeate onto the carpeting; and continue to do its job protecting the surface of the carpet for the time period it was engineered for- usually 30 to 45 days. Can any type of plastic do this job? Absolutely not. Plastic known as "visqueen" that you find in big box stores won't hold up to the riggers like a virgin polyethylene will. Some products that have adhesive come from overseas where they don't have the quality control that we have over our plastic and our adhesives. What can happen is this foreign film can discolor you carpet due to a petroleum based adhesive. All the films that Global Plastic Sheeting offers we consider to be "heavy duty plastics" because this are rough and tough when used where directed.
It's tricky for consumers to really understand what goes into making these films. On the surface they look like, well- plastic. But just like cars for the most part all looks the same, there are a great degree of differences that explain why one may be better suited to be a race car versus a family car. What is under the hood came make a huge difference. We offer hundreds of different types of plastic sheeting that perform different duties.
What about Fire Retardant Films? Again, plastic looks like plastic. When you feel it you might notice one is thicker than the other. One is sticky on one side, or one is black and one is white. How is that important? Plastic is an amazing animal. In the lab, additives can be added to the films to make the perform double duty. Take fire retardant plastic (flame resistant plastic). A fire retardant additive is mixed in with the plastic so what when a flame comes in contact with the film, the plastic will not add to the fuel source. This heavy duty fire retardant film will not burn. It may melt due to the extreme heat, but it will not burn. This constitutes being heavy duty because the flame resistant plastic is doing what it was designed to do- withstand hard use- extreme conditions.
Another liner/ film that falls into the category of "heavy duty plastic" is a liner called, HDPE. HDPE stands for high density polyethylene. This plastic which is also called a "geomembrane" is engineered with a specially formulated polyethylene resin. It contains approximately 97.5% polyethylene, 2.5% carbon black and trace amounts of antioxidants and heat stabilizers; no other additives, fillers or extenders are used. What you get is a film that has excellent chemical resistance, very low permeability- high tensile strength and more. This liner stands up to UV radiation and can survive outside in harsh conditions. Now that is heavy duty!
Containment plastic must be heavy duty as well to do its job correctly. What is contaiment plastic? It is plastic that is used to cover the object that needs covering. Take scaffolding. You have seen where it is covered in plastic- that is a specialty plastic called heat shrink wrap. This engineered plastic is made to shrink when heat is applied to tightly cover the building, boat, or object it is protecting. Pictured below is the Mars Rover protected by our specialty heat shrink wrap called, GPS Anti-stiati Fire Retardant Heat Shrink Wrap.
Can greenhouse plastic be heavy duty? Absolutely. Take SolaWrap greenhouse covering film. This bubble wrap looking plastic will last 10 years in the hashest of environment. It is made to withstand heavy snow loads, high winds, sun, heat, rain- you name it...and it won't yellow or degrade. Other greenhouse covers made from 6 mil polyethylene will only last a few year. And while they will get the job done for a time period, they are not as heavy duty as Solawrap. Here you see SolaWrap on a commercial greenhouse for Proven Winner. SolaWrap goes the distance.
Hopefully now you have a better understanding of what we mean by, heavy duty plastic sheeting when we refer to our product line. Products that do what they say they will do make life a little easier.