About 15 years ago I bought some of ZipWall’s spring-loaded poles so I could quickly and easily isolate areas where messy work such as demo and drywall sanding were going on. Since that time the company has updated their poles and added a number of accessories, the most recent being reusable nylon panels that take the place of the plastic sheeting normally used with the system. ZipFast Barrier Panels are installed the same way as plastic but with a few significant differences:
- The panels come in standard widths (10, 5, and 2.5 feet) and do not have to be cut.
- Sewn-in zippers allow them to be joined edge-to-edge to fit to within 2.5’ of the width of any opening.
- The maximum height of the barrier is 12 feet tall.
- The zippers allow any panel to be rolled up and used as an access door—the most likely choice being the narrowest panel.
Panels can be stuffed into a small bag (included with kit version), taken to different jobsites, and be used over and over again. According to the manufacturer they will pay for themselves in saved material and labor within seven uses. The panels look more professional than plastic and can be washed if they get dirty. And they’re opaque, so customers don’t have to see the mess that is hidden behind them.
I haven’t used this particular product but like the idea behind it. It’s a pain to measure and cut plastic to fit the opening, and at the end of the job you end up throwing it out. If for some reason you can’t install a single run of plastic you’re stuck taping edges; with ZipFast you can zip on another panel. A number of companies make accessory zippers that tape onto the plastic sheeting typically used for dust barriers. The ones I’ve used were okay when new but wore out or came loose after a period of time.
ZipFast panels are sold individually and in kits. The Multipack Kit goes for $260 and contains three 5’ panels, one 2.5’ panel, and a carry bag. A 10’ panel goes for $130, 5’ for $69, and 2.5’ for $53. A Class A flame-retardant version is available for use on commercial jobsites—or where a higher degree of safety is desired.