Uptick in home remodeling drives need for protective packaging improvements

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Remodeling a home can improve the resale value, making the effort worthwhile. It can also make the home more functional, comfortable and safer for the current homeowners.

Bathrooms and kitchens get an upgrade

According to the National Association of Home Builders, the two most popular home renovation types are bathroom and kitchen remodels. They have increased 6 and 7 percent from 2013, respectively, and more than three-fourths of remodelers cited bathroom remodels as the most popular project. Windows and doors came in third, with whole home remodels and room additions trailing behind.

According to Robert Criner, the NAHB remodelers chairman, more people are opting for more luxurious options.

“An item that breaks during shipment can set a project back significantly.”

“As the country’s financial footing improves, clients are better able to realize their home design dreams,” said Criner. “While remodels prompted by repairs remain common, home owners have more discretionary funds available for upgrades, so better style, comfort and safety motivate more home improvement projects.”

Getting started on a home improvement project is an exciting time, but it can also be nerve wracking. It’s important that everything goes smoothly, and that all products arrive in pristine condition. An item that breaks during shipment can set a project back significantly, and can cause unnecessary stress to the homeowner, his or her family and to the contractor working on the project.

Safe shipping is important for remodeling projects

When consumers are in the middle of a home remodeling project, they typically require a wide variety of items to be shipped to the job site. Many of these products can be either delicate or easily scuffed. Mirrors and windows can break during bumpy transport, and objects with a metal finish, such as faucets, can become scratched if the right protective packaging material isn’t used.

According to UPS, foam is a great material to protect windows from road shock and vibration. Pregis’s Microfoam® low-density polypropylene sheet foam, offers manufacturers multiple benefits to help ensure their products arrive at distribution points and the consumer’s doorstep without the quality being compromised. It’s also ideal for items with a metal finish. The high coefficient of friction prevents materials to rub back and forth against the product, which can wear down, dull and scratch beautiful finishes.

Windows should be packaged properly.New windows should be properly packaged during shipment so they arrive unscratched and unbroken.

Microfoam’s high coefficient of friction (COF) means that it clings to the item it is protecting. (Low COF materials slide back and forth increasing the chance that sensitive product finishes will be subjected to abrasion.) This makes Microfoam a great protective material for metal, and other fragile surfaces, that make their way into homes. These include plumbing and lighting fixtures, appliances, window frames, furniture and electronics.

Another material system that can help in shipping larger remodeling components is foam-in-place, UPS explained. FIP works to create a custom protective packaging solution in real-time by combining two liquid foams in a pre-fabricated mold or a high density polyethylene bag or film in which the item is already placed. The mixture expands rapidly around the product being protected, creating a custom protective shell.

Beyond household fixtures, home remodelers tend to also upgrade items that will be going into the new spaces. This could include a new set of dishes, glassware, bathroom accessories, as well as decorative items. Pregis provides a broad variety of protective packaging solutions to protect small, but oftentimes, costly home accessories. Air pillows in configurations ranging from inflated bags to quilted hybrids can be used to easily wrap around dishes while also providing ample cushioning to absorb shock.