How To Weather-Proof A Stable – The Packaging Doctor
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Dear The Packaging Doctor,
I own a large stable, out in the country, and need to find a way to weather-proof them at the back as currently they are open to the elements. My horses get very cold in the winter so I need good insulating material that can be put up fairly easily, and will be tough enough to withstand and snow, rain and harsh winds. Can you help?
I've had a look at pallet wrap, the thickest we do is 23 micron, which is black security pallet wrap - good if you are concerned about people seeing inside the stable. It offers excellent tear resistance and is waterproof, I would recommend the extended core pallet wrap which makes applying by hand much easier, and wrapping it around the building or securing with a strong tape such as PVC packaging tape which offers premium adhesion or a specialist tape such as cross-weave tape which is made with glass fibres for a stiff fixture.
Alternatively, if you require something that is much tougher I would recommend extra heavy duty polythene sheeting, which is 250 micron thick and most commonly used on building sites. As well as puncture and burst resistance, it is weather-proof and comes centre-folded on the roll so it doesn't take up a lot of space. For securing this in to place I would recommend either nailing or using a tool such as a hammer tacker which has been specifically designed to apply heavy duty staples to waterproof linings such as polythene sheeting, particularly effective if your stable is a wooden structure.
Best Wishes, The Packaging Doctor
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