Shrink Wrapping NJ: If you have decided to prep your outdoor furniture and other items for shrink wrapping this fall, you may wonder: should you do it yourself or hire a professional? Due to the high heat and precision involved, the answer is always: hire a professional. They’re trained professionals who know what they’re doing and will do a comprehensive, safe, and efficient job.
It’s not something you can get good at it just by watching a YouTube video. Let the experts handle it and sit back and relax. Here we will compare DIY shrink wrap and professional shrink wrap when it comes to cost and quality; then, you can decide for yourself which one is best for you.
Is it Worth it to Buy the Equipment?
If you’re doing the shrink wrapping yourself because you think you’ll save money, you may be interested to know that you may end up spending more on shrink wrap and all related equipment than just hiring someone to do it. For example, if you plan to wrap a boat, prices start between $25 and $60 per foot for boats under 30 feet. Translation: a 20-foot deck boat at $43 per foot would run you about $860.
You’ll need to buy yourself a propane-fired heat gun, which costs between $600 and $1200. You’ll spend a couple hundred dollars on the shrink wrap itself, plus you’ll need to pick up some tape, adhesive spray, stick-on vents, film knife, desiccant bags, and strapping.
Even if you don’t mind shelling out all that money to do it yourself, there’s always the issue of insurance. Professionals are licensed and insured, which means you’re not liable for any accidents that happen in your yard. If you DIY the project and you burn yourself and have to go to the hospital, you won’t be protected by that kind of insurance.
There are lots of things that can go wrong, such as failure to place supports high enough off the windshield that can lead to cracks and shatters. You could also make the mistake of holding the heat gun too close to the shrink wrap, which can result in a spark and ignition. Hiring a company with skilled workers and insurance will reduce your liability.
Is it Worth Your Time?
Hiring someone to handle a job for you is basically exchanging your money for their time. DIY shrink wrap is a time-consuming job. You have to shop for and buy all the items on the to-do list, then wait for them to arrive or pick them up with a truck. Then you have to factor in the time you spend reading online guides and watching video tutorials. Then you have to figure out which supports go where, where the vents go, and which parts should be wrapped. Then you have to clear your whole day or weekend to handle the actual project. If you screw it up in some way, you will end up having to pay a professional to come and fix what you did.
As you can imagine, this is a costly proposition. Just save money in the first place and have Clearview do it for you!
Contact Clearview Washing
Get a free quote on our timely and affordable shrink wrapping services when you contact us at 732-462-1187.