What is Shrink Wrap?

Shrink wrap is a polyethylene plastic that is formulated to shrink when heat is applied to it. Shrink wrap is used in many different applications throughout the world from sealing bags and products, to food services to construction applications.

When Shrink wrap plastic is exposed to heat, it shrinks, forming a tight seal to whatever it is wrapped around and or secured to. The shrinking process makes the plastic stronger, when installed properly, allowing it to withstand weather and other elements.

Shrink wrapping may be used to:

  • Cover or conceal items
  • Provide protection from dirt or debris
  • Protect against weather including rain, hail, storm, sun and wind
  • Protect for short or long term storage
  • Cover items while being transported

Shrink Wrap Frequently Asked Questions

Why use Shrink Wrap instead of a plastic tarp?
Shrink wrap comes in many different sizes and thickness depending on the application. When installed properly, shrink wrap can be tougher than tarps and much tighter around the product than a tarp. This helps to eliminate stretching and tearing from wind. This also keeps the plastic from scratching the product it is on. Most shrink wrap materials have UV inhibitors made into them to fight the damage the sun causes to many kinds of tarps.

What can shrink wrap cover?
Anything!!!! Bridges, high rise buildings, airplanes, ships, houses, boats, bicycles, and the list is endless. Shrink wrap can be heat welded together to make a single piece of plastic as big as may be necessary for the job.

Can I recycle my used shrink wrap?
In most cases, the answer is yes. Many county and state recycling facilities will take shrink wrap. There are recycling programs in place to ship your old shrink wrap to manufactures that will recycle it.

Can shrink wrap damage a product?
Yes it can, if not properly installed. Shrink wrap requires a lot of heat to make it shrink and the person applying the heat must be very skilled to know exactly how much to use. A qualified installer will take extra precautions when prepping a product to ensure heat won’t be a problem.

Are their things that shouldn’t be shrink wrapped?
Yes. Different considerations have to be used on special products such as wooden or painted boats. Shrink wrap can hold certain amounts of moisture between it and the product (if not properly vented) and cause problems. If you have a product that you’re not sure about, contact a qualified shrink wrap company and ask more questions.