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Frequently Asked Questions


Explore some of our most frequently asked questions below, or contact our team!


What is surface protection?

Surface Protection is the prevention of damage to floors, countertops, doors, windows and other delicate surfaces on the jobsite. Surface Shields provides a full line of products that can protect almost any surface type. From heavy duty floor protectors, to surface films and tapes, we’ve got your surfaces shielded.

How do I protect my floor during construction?

Properly protecting your floors during a job prevents damage, saving you time and money. when choosing the right surface protector is important to consider what what level of protection you’ll need, the length and duration of your job, what types of floors you’ll be protecting and any necessary qualities needed such as slip, leak or impact resistance. Contact our team today to assist in picking out the best product for your job.

Where can I buy Surface Shield Products?

Surface Shield products are available through various professional distributors, or can be found at various home stores. Contact our team today, and we’ll help you find the nearest store with Surface Shields products.


How to install Carpet Shield?

With the help of Surface Shields’ Multi Applicator, installing carpet film and hard surface film has never been easier. Check out this article that provides step by step instructions for easily installation.

How to install Builder Board?

Builder Board is a heavy duty, dependable surface protector. It’s easy to install, long lasting and can stand up to heavy machinery and high foot traffic. To install, first calculate how many rolls you’ll need. Next, use the beloved bend back method for a flat installation. Roll out your board and cut with a utility knife. Kick out another strip and over lap seams and tape together with Surface Shields’ Builder Board Seam Tape. Lastly, secure the edges with a lower adhesive tape to prevent damage to floors.

How to bend back Board products?

By following “The Bend Back Method,” you’ll want to roll your floor protection out, logo side up. Then grab the end of the paperboard on both sides and step back about three logos from the end. After that, hold the board straight up and curl it away from you until it comes in contact with itself. Then slide the cut end of the board up, keeping in contact with the non-logo side until it returns to the original vertical position. This will help crush the paper fibers horizontally. Pull the end upwards with your foot in the middle of the board. Tension lines run through the board between your foot and your hands. This tension will help break the vertical memory. Your foot must create a single pressure point to help form strong and defined tension lines. Now your board should lay flat.

Who owns Surface Shields, and where do you buy their products?

Surface Shields, Inc. is a family-owned business founded in Illinois. They are the original creators of surface protection products and have been selling their products for over 25 years. Surface Shields is now part of the Icon Protection family, and their products can be purchased through distributors or retailers.

How to protect hardwood and laminate floors during construction?

When protecting wooden and laminate floors during construction, it is important to use the right type of floor protection. The most effective way to protect floors is by using a combination of heavy duty surface protection products and adhesive mats. Floor protection products should be placed on the floor beneath any furniture that will be moved during the project. Adhesive mats can also be used in high-traffic areas to clean the floors and protect them from dirt and debris.

 What do movers use to protect floors?

Movers use various materials to protect floors, such as protective mats, plastic sheeting, and adhesive mats. Protective mats are typically placed under furniture to prevent scratching and indentations caused by heavy items. Plastic sheeting should be laid down over surfaces that will not be moved, such as floors and walls. Adhesive mats can also be used in high-traffic areas to help trap dirt and grime. Finally, felt pads or carpet tiles should be used beneath the legs of furniture to reduce scuffing and scratching.

How to protect vinyl plank flooring from heavy furniture and scratches during construction?

When protecting vinyl plank flooring from heavy furniture and scratches during construction, the best way is to use protective floor covering materials under furniture. Protective mats or board products protect floors from scratching or indentations caused by heavy items. Additionally, using felt pads or surface sleds underneath the legs of chairs and tables will help reduce scuffing and scratching on the floors.



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