What You Should Know About Protective Films

Your jobsite is a place to create something new. You always want to leave it better than you found it. That’s why you should always take proactive measures to protect your client’s assets. Just how can you do that? It’s much easier than you think, and it all starts with one simple product: temporary protection film.

Understanding Protective Film Acronyms

If you’re not familiar with the jargon, you might find yourself a bit intimidated by all the acronyms. The sales listings for our different types of protective films might as well be written in Greek. But don’t worry—we’ll break it down for you. 

LDPE (low-density polyethylene)

Counter Top Film
Counter Top Film


LDPE stands for low-density polyethylene. This product is one of the most common protective films out there. It’s made from polyethylene, a kind of light, flexible plastic with enough elasticity to cover almost any surface without a problem.



HDPE (high-density polyethylene)

Carpet Film & Adjustable Applicator
Carpet Film & Adjustable Applicator


Polyethylene also comes in a high-density formulation, also called HDPE. HDPE products are much thicker, sturdier, and less flexible, which can be both a pro and a con. On the one hand, they’re much more durable and damage-resistant than their low-density counterparts. But on the other, those same traits make them less effective as a ‘film’ – which is, by its nature, relatively thin and malleable.



PP (polypropylene)

Blue Sticky Mats
Blue Sticky Mats

PP is short for polypropylene, a plastic that’s ideal for application on high-heat areas. Unlike thinner, more elastic films, polypropylene holds its shape and size after it’s applied, so you don’t have to worry about it stretching or becoming deformed.



Alpha Site Tape
Alpha Site Tape and Tub Liner

COEX (co-extruded low-density polyethylene)

COEX, or Co-Ex LDPE, stands for co-extruded low-density polyethylene. This means the product is made of two or more plastic layers that are seamlessly blended into a single sheet of film. COEX products can give you twice the protection without added bulk or weight, making it an excellent choice for a surface with multiple protective needs.




PVC (polyvinyl chloride)



You’re probably already familiar with this one. PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride, a popular and frequently used type of plastic. Highly elastic and slick to the touch, this is an excellent choice for a variety of surface films.




Each type of film serves its own purpose, and there’s a different protective film product for every need. The films come in a variety of thicknesses, adhesive types, and tack levels. Certain combinations of these factors work better on some surfaces than others. For example, you’ll likely need a different film for application on hardwood than you would on carpet, and a different one still for windows, versus the HVAC unit, versus shower tiles. 

But you can rest assured that no matter which film product you choose, it will protect your surfaces from stains, splatters, dust, debris, and foot traffic. In addition, depending on which film you select, your product may also be able to protect from dents, drops, and moisture.

If you’re still unsure which product might be right for you, the experts at Alpha Protects can help. We are the proud Canadian distributor of some of the best protective products in the industry. Let us fill you in on films so you can get on with what’s important.

Alpha Protects is a proud Canadian distributor of some of the best protective products in the business. For more information about these products and how to purchase them, visit AlphaProtects.ca today

At Alpha Protects, we go above and beyond to equip your job site with the very best in surface protection. When it comes to top-of-the-line, surface protection products, Alpha Protects always takes the lead. 

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