The first step in proper project area isolation is to cover flooring. We take care to cover flooring from the home access point (the front door, for example) all the way to the project area. This ensures that the traffic moving back-and-forth from the work area to the vans, trucks, and trailers doesn’t ruin your existing floors.
There are a few different products we use depending on the situation. For hard surfaces such as wood, tile, or vinyl, RamBoard is the best choice. We run a 3′ wide path of this extra heavy-duty cardboard over your hard floors. The edges are taped down to keep all dust and debris from getting under the board and scuffing up the flooring.
For carpeting we’ll use a self-adhesive film called CarpetMask. This durable plastic sheeting is good for weeks at a time over your carpet.
On occasion, during a short visit or warranty call, we will use canvas “runners” or drop-cloths. These are a great choice for a one-day project, as they keep costs in labor and material down. They shouldn’t be used for multiple days though, as they can slide on hard surfaces. The canvas will also soak through to the flooring underneath if it gets very wet.