What is Shrink Wrapping & how it works?

Locally owned and operated family business.

Wellington, New Zealand, with its stunning landscapes and vibrant city life, has witnessed a remarkable surge in construction projects over the years. From architectural marvels to infrastructural developments, the city has been continuously evolving. However, amidst all this progress, there is one essential yet often overlooked component: shrink wrapping. In this blog post, we’ll explore how shrink wrapping works and why it is crucial for the success of construction projects in Wellington.

Shrink wrapping is a versatile and cost-effective method used in construction to weatherproof a building project. It involves the use of specialised plastic films that, when heated, shrink tightly around an object or structure. This is where scaffolding comes in – as not only does scaffolding provide secure platforms for workers to use, the shrinkwrap can be installed upon it. With the unpredictable Wellington weather, having your site wrapped can prevent any disruptions caused by bad weather.

How Shrink Wrapping Scaffolding Works:

The process of shrink wrapping is relatively straightforward, yet highly effective:

Material Selection

High-quality shrink wrap material is chosen, typically made from polyethylene or polyolefin. This material is known for its durability and resistance to environmental factors. At Erect It, we ensure all the plastic we use in this process is recycled ethically.

Correctly Measured

The shrink wrap material is measured and cut to the required dimensions, ensuring it adequately covers the structure or equipment.

Securing the Shrink Wrap in place

The shrink wrap is carefully draped over the target area and secured in place using tapes, adhesives, or strapping.

Applying Heat

Heat is then applied to the shrink wrap using specialised equipment, such as a heat gun. As the material heats up, it begins to shrink, conforming tightly to the object it’s covering.

Trimming the edges

Once the shrink wrap has fully conformed, any excess material is trimmed away, leaving a secure, weather-resistant barrier.

Importance of Shrink Wrapping in Wellington Construction Projects

Weather Protection

Wellington is known for its unpredictable weather patterns, including heavy rain and strong winds. Shrink-wrapping acts as a protective shield, preventing moisture from seeping into construction sites, damaging equipment, and affecting the structural integrity of buildings.

Cost Effective

Investing in shrink wrapping can lead to significant cost savings. By protecting materials and equipment from damage and corrosion due to exposure to the elements, construction companies can avoid costly replacements and repairs while staying within the timeline.

Environmentally Friendly

Shrink wrap is an eco-friendly choice for construction projects. The material is recyclable, reducing the environmental footprint of construction sites and aligning with Wellington’s commitment to sustainability.

Project Timeline

Unforeseen weather disruptions can lead to construction delays, impacting project timelines and budgets. Shrink wrapping minimises weather delays by providing a consistent level of protection, enabling work to continue even in adverse conditions.

In the ever-evolving landscape of Wellington construction projects, shrink wrapping emerges as a vital tool for ensuring the success and longevity of these endeavours. By providing weather protection, enhancing safety and security, offering cost-efficiency, promoting environmental sustainability, and maintaining project timelines, shrink wrapping proves its worth time and again.

“Cannot recommend Dhillon and his team highly enough , amazing communication and prompt service , scaffolding erected exactly as we required to complete our works , Will definitely be using there services in future ”

Gerard Houlahan

“Thanks, Dhillon, for supplying the scaffold for my old man’s place. You are an absolute legend, Great team to get your scaffolding requirements done Highly Recommended.
Cheers Boys”

Harry Smith

Book a no-obligation quote today!