The Skudo System was originally developed in Australia to fill the need for a high quality, temporary coating system to protect finished surfaces from damages and stains during construction and remodel. Brendon Smith brought this innovative and unique technology to the United States in 2010 and this early Skudo System was recognized by the Construction industry at the 2011 World of Concrete expo as a Most Innovative Product. While establishing distributor relationships and selling direct to contractors around the US, Smith spent the next year testing, modifying and improving Skudo’s design and application methods. By working hand in hand with North American construction professionals, Skudo products have evolved to address their unique needs.
In 2013, Smith relocated the business to Dallas, TX, greatly expanding its manufacturing and distribution capacity and to be more centrally located for efficient order fulfillment. Skudo has sales offices in Northern and Southern California and Georgia, as well as relationships with stocking distributors across the US, Canada and Hawaii. In addition, Skudo is proud to be a member of leading industry groups such as ACI, NTMA, ABC, and AIA.
Today, Skudo Temporary Surface Protection solutions include Skudo Commercial System, Tack Mat, Glass Advanced, All-Terrain Mat, Skudoboard HT, and Marine Deck Defend. Skudo protects surfaces in the Construction, Flooring, Manufacturing and Marine industries, providing advanced products that offer superior performance compared to more common or traditional systems. The Skudo leadership team believes strongly in ongoing research, constantly improving and developing new products that offer unprecedented performance. Recently, Tack-Mat was named as one of the most Innovative Products by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and won a Most Innovative Product Award at 2015’s World of Concrete Expo.
The Skudo team is committed to offering industry leading, innovative solutions for tough protection challenges.
Protect it right.
If you’re in construction, you’re familiar with contractors and tradespeople attempting to complete their work within a tight time frame, compounding to:
- Damage – Installed surfaces such as Concrete, Marble, Stone, Hardwood and Tile and Glass are in constant contact with machinery, foot traffic and construction materials that can crack, dent, scratch or stain the surface.
- Accidents – Injuries can occur from hurried contractors competing for space over inferior temporary floor coverings such as plastic sheeting and paper – both of which are slip and trip hazards.
Skudo’s mission is to avoid surface damage and, in the case of the floor surface protection, worker accidents as well. Its family of products are mats or films that temporarily adhere to the surface during construction or renovation, and peel up to remove.
- Protection of Surfaces: Skudo’s products form a barrier over the surface and protect it from the varied construction site related damages and spills, reducing or eliminating the time and cost to repair and clean the surface when the job is complete.
- Protection of Workers: Skudo Mat products (Commercial System and Tack-Mats) provide a non-slip and seamless surface on which to work, creating a safer environment for all who step foot onto your site. In addition, all products adhere to the surface they are protecting, and they won’t move with weather or other forces.
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Why Skudo – why not something else?
Skudo provides the only surface protection solutions that temporarily adhere to the surface being protected. This temporary bond doesn’t move with worker activity or weather, and prevents damage to the surface. Other products, such as cardboard, plastic sheeting or plywood, slide and allow dirt and debris to get underneath. They also don’t prevent staining and are simply not as durable. Skudo Mats create a safer work site since they are slip resistant in both wet and dry conditions, without trip hazards.
How much does Skudo cost? Where can I purchase Skudo products?
Skudo has several distributors located through the United States and Canada. Visit our Where to Buy section for specific locations and contact information.
What selection criteria should I use to choose the right Skudo product for my job?
Your Skudo representative is your best resource to guide you in product selection. There are four main criteria:
- Surface Type
- Indoor or outdoor project
- Level of traffic expected (foot, machinery, material handling, potential for spills/stains
- The expected project duration
What’s the difference between the Commercial System and Tack-Mats?
Commercial System is a two part system. A liquid base coat is applied by notched squeegee (recommended) or paint roller, and the protective mat is rolled into this base coat. The Commercial Mat System is a breathable system that is suitable for new, curing concrete (14+ days after initial pour), as well as other surfaces such as polished concrete, decorative concrete, and terrazzo. Additionally, the Heavy Traffic (HT) version can be used for exterior protection and has a class A fire rating.
The commercial mat is 6.5’ in width, and is currently available in three grades of protection: Heavy Traffic (HT), Medium Traffic (MT), and Light Traffic (LT). For further comparison between the different grades, click HERE.
Tack Mat is a one-step, peel and stick system. A release paper is removed as the mat is applied directly onto the surface. Tack Mat is ideal for many different surface types including tile, laminate, and hardwood. It can be applied to horizontal as well as vertical surface surfaces such as cabinets, doors, curtain walls, etc. It is also highly suitable for use on stairs.
Tack-Mat is currently available in three product types: Construction Tack-Mat, Flooring Tack-Mat, and Marine Tack-Mat. Construction Tack-Mat is also available in three grades of protection: Heavy Traffic (HT), Light Traffic (LT), and High Impact (HI).
Can I try Skudo?
Yes, we can send you a sample. Just call or email us. It’s always a good idea to do a spot test with any Skudo product before full application.
How fast can Skudo Mats be applied on my surfaces?
This will depend upon the product selected, application method, and if there are any obstructions in the protected area.
Commercial System Application: Base Coat can be applied using either a notched squeegee or paint roller with mil gauges. While both methods are acceptable, Skudo recommends the notched squeegee method for faster and more accurate application.
- Notched Squeegee (Recommended): 10,000-12,000 sf / day – 3 man crew
- Gauged Roller: 3,500-5,000 sf / day – 2 man crew
Click HERE to see a detailed comparison of the above application methods.
Tack-Mat: Skudo Tack-Mat has a much faster application process – about a quarter of the time – as the application process is peeling back the release paper as fast as you can walk backward.
With the Commercial System, how thick should I apply the Base Coat and is it the same over all surfaces?
On a flat, smooth surface you would apply the Base Coat at a thickness of 10 mils wet (160 SF/gallon). Insufficient Base Coat coverage will result in the mat not bonding with the Base Coat, and separation upon removal. The more textured the surface, the thicker the application in order to cover all the undulations in the profile of the surface. For example, in application over surfaces such as tile or stamped concrete, the Base Coat needs to be thicker so lower areas will properly bond to the Skudo Mat.
Will there be any Base Coat residue when the Commercial System is removed?
If the application of the Base Coat is done properly, then no. However, if the Base Coat application is not consistent, then there may be thin spots where there was not enough body in the coating to fuse into the back of the mat. If this happens, the residue can be easily rubbed off.
Can the Commercial System’s Base Coat be applied to all surfaces?
No. The base coat should not be applied to the following surfaces:
- Acid Washed Concrete
- Transparent substrates where the UV can effect the Base Coat*
- Linoleum, Laminate, and Vinyl**
- High Alkaline (pH 11.0 or above) substrates not neutralized
- Fibrous materials, i.e. carpet, fabric, or felt
- Rubber surfaces**
- Painted substrates**
- Unfilled travertine
- Unsealed hardwood
- Substrates that have had other coatings applied that are not yet fully cured to their manufacturer’s specifications (such as densifiers, grouts, sealers, guards, epoxies, etc). Touch dry is not sufficient.
- Weak or latex based grout on polished concrete
- Areas where liquid ponding will occur for an extended period of time
- High solvent spillage areas
*Recommended: Skudo Glass Advanced
How does the Base Coat come up with the Mat when the Commercial System is removed?
The base coat is removed with the mat because it has been in contact with the underside of the Skudo Mat when it dried – effectively fusing together with the mat.
What can cause the Commercial System to fail?
If the system fails, three issues may have arisen:
- Applying the LT or MT Mat in an exterior application as they do not provide the base coat with enough protection from damage from UV, and are interior only products.
- Applying the Commercial System (with Base Coat) to fresh concrete before the pH of the surface has dropped to the recommended level of 11 or below. Long term exposure to a high alkalinity surface can cause the base coat to stick more aggressively than it should.
- Applying the base coat too thin. A correct coating of thickness of the base coat is crucial to ensure a proper, trouble-free removal of the Skudo Commercial System. We recommend using the Skudo Squeegee Kit for the most accurate results when applying the base coat.
How is the Commercial System removed?
Recommended: Use the Skudo Mat Puller to give more leverage and make the removal process easier.
- Over concrete or terrazzo:
- Nick the mat with a blade two feet from the edge.
- Peel in narrower strips – This puts less force on the base coat and ensures it stays with the mat. This is easier as you are peeling up a smaller surface area.
- You can also use lifts or forklifts to remove larger/longer sections of the mat. Simply peel back a section (5 feet) so you have enough mat to tie or pin/clamp to the lift, and simply drive backwards slowly over the mat, pulling it up against itself.
- Over tile, peel the mat back at a 45 degree angle to the grout lines between the tile.