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Shrink wrap walls for temporary exterior protection
Tarps falling apart due to wind damage

Tarp Failure Leads to Production Setbacks


Winter poses significant challenges for the construction industry, with high winds, snow, sleet, and ice impeding the progress of projects. Conventional tarps often prove inadequate in such harsh conditions, susceptible to tearing apart and posing safety risks as they flap uncontrollably or pull down scaffolding. Recognizing these issues, Global Wrap took a pioneering step in 1982 by introducing the concept of shrink wrap exterior weather protection enclosures to address these challenges effectively.

Research indicates that severe weather conditions can lead to a notable 7 percent reduction in productivity on construction sites. For construction companies, this substantial decline in productivity during a single project can result in substantial cost overruns and undesirable delays.

What is Building Shrink Wrap?

Building shrink wrap is the process of installing a specialized plastic material to create a protective enclosure around construction buildings or structures.  This method effectively shields the building from external elements, contaminants, dust, and debris, ensuring a controlled environment for work to proceed efficiently.  The tightly sealed barrier formed by building shrink wrap safeguards the interior from the influence of outside factors, contributing to enhanced project quality and progress.

Consider The Bank Interest On The Construction Loan 

Take into account the bank interest on the construction loan when traditional tarps fail. Heat loss and reduced productivity contribute to ongoing interest costs, leading to significant cost overruns. On average, traditional tarps fail three times during winter, resulting in hidden expenses that add up quickly. This is why Global Wrap's reliable solutions pay for themselves, safeguarding your construction projects from unnecessary financial burdens.

Global Wrap® is the original shrink wrap company. We invented the shrink wrapping process for building enclosure, which provides a drum-tight, seamless, fire retardant weather protection containment for steel and concrete structures. Global Wrap®’s shrink wrap building enclosures can be installed over the entire structure, or level by level. 


Shrink wrapping buildings for weather protection is an economical method to keep the heat in and the rain, snow and wind out, which will allow the trades to keep working. The temporary enclosure also keeps debris inside protecting the exterior environment. Our services help keep your project on the critical path to completion. 

Temporary Building Enclosures

Temporary Curtain Walls - FleX Walls©

Global Wrap installs FleX-Walls floor by floor, which enables the glaziers to cut away a section at a time to install the permanent curtain walls by sections each day and to seal off by night. The Global Wrap FleX-Walls can withstand high winds and are installed once, unlike tarps that fail many times during high winds and add to the hidden cost of the project.

Temporary containment wall installed with shrink wrap
Floor by floor weather containment walls
Exterior protection wall installed by shrink wrap contractor Global Wrap



  • The best in weather protection
  • No more tarps blowing in the wind
  • Saves money on the hidden costs of tarp failures, labor, materials and schedule delays
  • Saves the heat loss costs
  • Allows natural light in
  • Fast to install
  • Add your company logo to the film
  • Withstand high winds
  • Welded seams, no leakage
  • Attractive appearance
  • Professional crews
  • Recyclable film

When an international research center moved it's headquarters to the state of New York, the architect called on Global Wrap to inquire about our special FleX-Wall shrink wrap system for weather protection, which is able to resist high winds and sleet; he had seen  failed tarps and shrink wrap installations, but wanted to talk to the inventors of the shrink system for temporary curtain walls. After speaking with our estimators and understanding how Global Wrap installs the film, he recommended us to the GC and Global Wrap was granted the largest project in it's 43 years of business. 

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