NOTE: In mathematics, an equation is a statement that asserts the equality of two expressions, which are connected by the equals sign “=”
EEPS: Early Effective Protection Specification is a commitment to allocating funds towards Purpose Designed Surface Protection Systems at the beginning, rather than discover during construction that generic systems often specified simply do not deliver.
PR: Profit Retention is everyone’s goal.
SO: Satisfied Owners, whose expectations are met or exceeded. Owners communicate their vision to the Architect, who in turn delivers the blueprint and specifications for fulfillment. The GC then must deliver, on time and on budget.
EEPS is like an insurance policy, costs more initially, however, delivers a financial benefit at the end. Expensive change orders, punch lists, delays in schedules, unhappy owners, are all bi products of ineffective protection specifications, and can be minimized.
Seems a simple enough equation, what could possibly go wrong?
Modern designs and finishes are constantly evolving. Desirable low maintenance surface finishes like Polished Concrete, Terrazzo, Porcelain Tile, Resilient and Epoxy are in demand.
Each surface finish delivers unique protection challenges which need to be identified and met at the specification stage. Too often we see comprehensive specifications that explain in minute detail the type of finish, the installation procedure to be followed and at the very end is a one sentence note.
Protection to be installed for the duration of construction.
Without any specific requirement sub-contractors bidding will fulfill the protection requirement by including in their bid a Generic Surface Protection product based solely on two things, price, and price.
Anytime a bidding GC or sub-contractor sees a broad-based specification like above they should contact the architect for more information. Installing sub-standard protection systems can lead to damage resulting in repair or replacement of installed finishes creating costly delays, and dissatisfied owners.
Like finishes, surface protection systems are constantly evolving and not all Architects and Specifiers are aware of them. This is not a criticism, simply a fact.
As well, finished surfaces are being installed earlier in the construction cycle which in turn exposes any surface protection system to a lengthy and often extreme construction environment.
An Effective Surface Protection check list can be used to help establish the minimum requirements for the protection system.
1. What type of finish is being protected?
2. Will the system be exposed to the elements during construction?
3. How long will it be exposed?
4. How long will the system need to be in place?
5. What type of construction traffic will the system be exposed to?
6. Will the system be exposed to welding / grinding sparks or any flame source?
7. Will the system minimize potential slip and fall hazards?
Once you have established the minimum performance criteria the selection process can begin with more certainty.
Check out our easy to navigate and informative website, www.skudousa.com for specific Skudo System information, or call Skudo at 972-993-0777 and we will arrange for a Skudo Surface Protection expert to contact you.
At SKUDO, Temporary Surface Protection is all we do.