Does color matter?

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Yes! Color does make a difference when using shrink-wrap for different applications.

Blue is best used for winter storage, especially for boats, because blue shrink-wrap absorbs the sunlight and allows snow and ice to melt and slide off the cover easily.

White shrink-wrap reflects the sunlight and UV rays. It is best used for outside storage, scaffolding and enclosures because it allows sunlight into the enclosure and reduces the need for secondary lighting.

Clear shrink-wrap is often used for greenhouses, and can also be used for making windows or doors into white or blue shrink-wrap so you can see inside the cover if you need viewing access to whatever is covered.

What thickness should I use?

So you’ve figured out what color shrink-wrap to use, but what thickness do you need? Shrink-wrap comes in thickness from 6-mil to 12-mil, and almost every mil in between! Are you looking to cover something small that is being used for storage or to wrap your boat? 6 and 7-mil would be your best bet for something like this. 8, 8.5 and 9-mil is a better bet for larger containments and transportation needs, because this shrink wrap is a bit more durable that its thinner counterpart. 10-mil shrink-wrap is best suited for larger areas that need to be covered. Whether you’re looking to wrap something for long-term storage or transportation, or even a large enclosure or scaffolding, 10-mil can be a very versatile wrap. 12-mil is the thickest shrink-wrap you can buy. The thickest wrap is best suited for jobs that need the most durable cover.

Do I need flame retardant shrink-wrap?

This all depends on what you are using your wrap for. Depending on what you or your customers needs are, shrink-wrap can be suited to all requirements. Flame retardant shrink-wrap is mandatory on many construction job sites and scaffolding jobs. Depending on what and where your shrink-wrap is being used, flame retardant wrap comes in 7, 9 and 12-mil.

Can I repair holes?

YES! This is one the best parts about shrink-wrap! The ease of repairing wrap is one of the main reasons why shrink-wrap is so versatile. Depending on how large the hole is in your shrink wrap will differ in the ways in can be repaired. If you have a small hole, using shrink-wrap tape to cover it is the easiest and quickest fix. As the holes get larger, its as easy as taping a larger piece of shrink wrap over the hole and lightly shrinking it, or welding a new piece of wrap to the old piece and shrinking it! Viola! It’s easy as that!!

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Does it withstand high winds?

YES! Because shrink-wrap is tightly secured and shrunk tight as a drum shrink-wrap does not move and takes less of a beating than something like a tarp would. Because the wrap moves less and stays in place better, there is less chance for rips and tears, and also leads to less abrasion and chaffing to whatever the wrap is covering.

Does it crack when it’s cold?

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To be simply put, NO! Shrink-wrap will not crack when exposed to extreme temperatures. Because shrink-wrap is made from 100% virgin resin and UV blockers shrink-wrap is the perfect cover for both long and short-term outdoor use in the coldest of areas.

Can I put in doors or windows?

YES! Many customers will ask if you can provide a window or a door to shrink-wrap. Zipper doors are one of the easiest and quickest ways to make this happen. Doors come in all shapes and sizes and are made of clear shrink-wrap with double reinforced stitched zippers. It is as easy as taping the door wherever it is needed and cutting out the wrap behind it to give access. For larger viewing or access doors, a custom made zipper door can be made, or a larger piece of clear shrink-wrap can be used to meet any specification.

Can it be vented?

YES! All shrink-wrap covers can be properly vented with stick on vents. Some of the reasons this is necessary is for both long-term storage and transportation. Ventilation will eliminate moisture, mold and mildew, especially with the use of mildew bags and moisture inhibitors.