Interior Protection Costs – What Every Customer Should Know

Interior Protection Costs – What Every Customer Should Know

The first question we often receive when talking about a new project with building owners, roofing companies, and general contractors is around cost. This can be difficult to answer since each project is unique and the solutions provided are custom designed for the area being protected. The fastest way to get an estimate is to schedule a free assessment or speak to a sales rep over the phone.  

However, there are some common denominators that should be considered when getting an estimate for interior protection products and services.  

How Much Does Interior Protection Installation Cost?

If you are planning a construction project that may require temporary barriers, there are five components of cost that you should be aware of:

1. Project size
2. Level of difficulty
3. Materials
4. Accessibility
5. Labor and time

Here is how they are used to create an estimate.

1. Size of Project

This is where the estimate originates and where size matters. It is also probably the most straightforward aspect of pricing a project.
• You will need to know approximately how many square feet or linear feet of coverage is needed. These numbers will directly impact your material and labor costs.
• Don’t automatically assume that the bigger the project, the more costly it will be. Particularly when a project is extremely simple or highly complex, the costs are not dictated by size alone. This is when the level of difficulty comes into play.

2. Level of Difficulty

Level of difficulty is defined as: “What’s in the way?” or “How high is the ceiling?” or “Can we reach all the areas?” It is also defined by how many penetrations have to be cut around and sealed.
• The structural and functional aspects of the facility being protected can make it simpler or more difficult to install the containment.
• The complexity of the area also dictates the type of lift equipment that will be required.
• When combined with the size of the project, level of difficulty also impacts the install team size and the length of time it will take to install.

After the size of project, this is the most variable cost factor because it is different for every job.

3. Specialized Materials

All interior protection requires specialized materials for installation.

• Unlike the standard plastic or tarps found at a retailer, the materials used to create a fully sealed dust and debris containment are produced with specific qualities to meet the needs of facilities and with the appropriate strength to meet the project requirements. Examples of material qualities: Reinforced, Flame Resistant, Antimicrobial, Antistatic
• For suspended cover projects, the material should also meet NFPA 13 standards, like SmartSeam®.

The cost of these items will be based on the amount/type that is needed and will be a factor in your estimate.

4. Accessibility and Scheduling

Your schedule requirements can impact your overall project cost.

When will the installation team be able to work? What hours and what days of the week will they have access to the facility? Can we only work during production shutdown, or in certain areas?

• This helps to define the labor and time because it provides parameters for the time frame in which the project can be completed.
• Having flexibility in the work schedule can help to positively impact your estimate total. Can the work be completed on consecutive days? Will the interior protection company have to come back multiple times or can the work be done in one visit? Does the team have to work nights only?
• Most interior protection providers understand that nights, weekends and holidays are key to getting the job done so additional charges for these times are not necessarily standard.

It is important to understand these schedule when calculating the project cost.

5. Labor/Time Required

Ultimately, #1, #2 and #4 above will help to define your labor costs. Factors such as size of project, amount of penetrations and access to the facility will determine how many days it will take to complete the project and how many crew members will be required. This combined with materials will be the two largest identified components in your estimate.

If you have questions about your estimate, or do not feel that it is clear – make sure you ask your provider. They should be able to assist with your concerns and explain where the costs are coming from.

Comparing Estimates from Interior Protection Contractors

As with any product or service, if you have multiple quotes, make sure you are comparing apples to apples. Consider these questions:

1. If possible – did they look at the job in person or review drawings/pictures? Do they understand what the project is going to take to complete?
2. Are they providing the quality of material that fits your facilities’ needs?
3. Are they safety trained?
4. Are they able to meet your schedule requirements?
5. Do they understand working in critical facilities?

A professional interior protection provider will offer you peace of mind by also having a(n):

1. In-house Safety program and Safety Manager
2. Safety rating (EMR) that meets acceptable standards
3. OSHA Trained and Lift Certified Crew
4. Onsite Project Manager
5. Regionally located sales team

Should You Hire an Interior Protection Contractor or Do-It-Yourself?

It is tempting to hang plastic or put tarps over potentially affected items during construction. There are times this may be appropriate. However, it is not a comparison to a fully sealed solution that prevents dust and debris from migrating to the clean area. If you have a facility that holds products, property or people, the negative impacts from construction dust and debris can range from problematic to detrimental. These impacts can include:

1. Damage to sensitive or essential equipment
2. Damage to products, product recall
3. Unprofessional appearance
4. Employee distraction, lack of productivity
5. Inability to complete daily operations or maintain a schedule

All of the above can have cost impacts to your business and create potential long term issues.

Ultimately, while an interior protection estimate can seem confusing, with these questions in mind, you can be better equipped to gain an understanding and have an estimate that you can rely on.

TuffWrap can help. Contact us today to schedule a free assessment with a regional sales rep and have your interior protection cost questions answered.