Dust Barrier Kits vs. Professionally Installed Interior Protection
It is common practice in commercial build outs and renovations, such as in an office space, for kit-based dust barrier systems to be installed by the project owners or building management. In many cases, using these kits is a practical and straightforward solution both financially and functionality.
However, when the project is more complex, using kit-based dust barriers can become problematic. While kit-based walls can be effective in simple and non-critical circumstances, complex projects require deeper consideration on how to properly contain dust and debris.
Here’s a quick rundown of project conditions that can make the difference between using a kit and using professionally installed dust containment.
What’s in the way? What does the dust barrier need to go around, particularly near the ceiling in order to create a complete seal? Is the ceiling flat? Are there non-movable items such as support structure, conduit or HVAC in the way?
The complexity of the work area has a significant impact on the choice of solution. If there are a lot of penetrations or obstacles in the way of the path the containment needs to take, then a dust kit may not be able to provide the seal that is required. Professionally installed temporary walls require very little space and can be custom fit and adapted to the area. Penetrations can be taped around in great detail, ensuring the required seal.
How big of an area is it? What is the ceiling height of the area you are protecting? How long does the dust barrier have to be?
Dust kits have pole heights of up to 20 feet while interior protection temporary walls can reach a wide range of heights up to 60 feet or more. For small commercial jobs with relatively short ceiling heights, dust kits may be a cost effective solution. In facilities that are larger or have long runs to protect, the number of dust kits required can quickly add up. The physical size of the containment needed will help determine the best course of action.
Are there environmental elements involved? Will there be a need to manage air pressure or allow for negative air flow? Will there be wind or some type of exterior exposure?
If the project environment is controlled with limited air pressure concerns, then a dust kit may be enough to get by. Any environment with increased/decreased air pressure or regular air pressure changes will require a more specialized solution. Professionally installed Interior protection often includes HEPA filters, a higher mil poly and/or other accommodations for situations involving environmental changes.
It is a more than likely a combination of answers to the above that will determine what the best type of containment will be for your project. If you have questions, we are happy to help! Contact us here, and we will be happy to discuss our professionally installed interior protection solutions.