Packaging Materials for Construction

black polythene sheeting material

With spring just around the corner and bringing better weather with it, the construction trade is about to pick up! Customers will be looking to do up their gardens and build extensions, while new housing projects will be full steam ahead.

Our products will help you on-site, whether that’s to protect carpets and windows from paint and plaster, to help with getting rid of debris or for extra privacy, or to help get your products to get to their end goal safely and securely, whether they’re for use in building, plumbing, flooring or even yachting.

Polythene Sheeting Builders’ Roll

Polythene sheeting is such a versatile product due to its lightweight and impermeable nature, making it an ideal solution for protection against dust, dirt and dampness. It’s often used on a temporary basis, e.g. to stop paint splatters while redecorating, but can also be used more long term, such as a weed suppressant in horticultural applications.

Polythene sheeting comes in a variety of thicknesses, sizes and colours. It’s suitable for use on building sites and in homes and gardens.

We stock polythene sheeting in 3 thicknesses: 250 gauge, 500 gauge and 1,000 gauge, and are designed to be used for different applications.

We wil be introducing “30% recycled plastic” polythene sheeting before April, in line with the UK Plastic Tax requirements.

Our polythene sheeting comes to you centre-folded & rolled, i.e. a 4-foot wide sheet is folded in half down the centre into a 2-foot wide sheet and then rolled. This is done to save space and for easier delivery.

Carpets and Flooring

Polythene sheeting builders’ roll is often used to protect all sorts of flooring while building or decorating. If you’re doing dusty work, such as sanding or plastering, a 250g sheet will be adequate. For wet work, such as if you are painting a ceiling, you’d want to lay a 500g or 1,000g sheet over the floor to ensure nothing seeps through.

Where a 1,000g sheet is heavier, it is less likely to bunch up underfoot, which can pose a safety risk. Be careful though, as it is a slippery material, so it may be wise to lay some planks across for heavier footfall areas.

Painting

The waterproof quality of the polythene sheet means you don’t have to worry about paint splatters seeping through to furniture or other items about the house when painting. It’s ideal for laying over surfaces that are near to a spray paint job being carried out.

To cover areas that will be walked on, 1,000g is best however if you are protecting furniture from paint spills, 500g will do the job.

Plastering

Plastering is a dusty job and any good tradesperson knows not to leave a mess in the client’s house after they leave, so to make the clean-up easier, polythene sheeting builders’ roll is perfect.

250g builders’ roll is ideal for protecting surfaces against dust.

Building

Because of its weatherproofing characteristics, polythene sheeting can also be used to seal off windows that haven’t yet been installed, either on new home builds or extensions. You can also use it to seal off doorways that haven’t had doors fitted, to keep them free of dust and debris.

In the Garden

Black 250g polythene sheeting is perfect for use as a membrane to suppress weeds from growing in unwanted areas, or to seal plant boxes.

Marine Applications

The 500g sheet is perfect for skirting or covering yachts and boats that are exposed to the elements, whether that be because they are dry-docked or for other reasons. The sheeting keeps the vessel protected from adverse weather. The sheeting can also be used while spray painting, as overspray protection.

It’s important to note that the builders’ roll is not UV stable and continued exposure to sunlight will degrade it. Where most polythene sheeting comprises recycled materials, it is not suitable for contact with food.

Polythene Sheeting Builders’ Roll FAQs

What does polythene sheeting builders’ roll protect from?

Builders’ roll protects against dust, dirt and dampness.

What are your builders’ rolls made from?

It’s made from polyethene plastic which is naturally lightweight and impermeable.

Does polythene sheeting builders’ roll come in different colours?

Yes, we supply builders’ rolls in black, white, blue, green, red and clear.

How thick is the polythene sheeting in your builders’ rolls?

250g is 2.5mm thick, 500g is 5mm thick and 1,000g is 10mm thick. All our coloured sheets are 500g.

What can I use builders’ roll for?

  • Protecting floors and surfaces from paint, dust and dirt
  • Keeping building materials dry outside
  • Making temporary shelters
  • Protecting exposed boats from the elements
  • Stopping unwanted weeds
  • Creating moisture barriers
  • Wrapping/protection during transit.

Is builders’ roll waterproof?

Yes.

How do the polythene sheeting builders’ rolls arrive?

All our rolls are centre-folded and rolled for easy storage, so a 6-foot wide sheet for example will come folded in half and rolled, making a 3-foot wide roll.

Layflat Tubing

Layflat Tubing is a roll of continuous tubing, so you can make protective sleeves or bags to the length you require for the job at hand.

We have a range of layflat tubing available in polythene and polypropylene. For building and construction purposes, our range of polythene layflat tubing is more suited as it is heavy-duty and comes in many more sizes.

Polythene Layflat Tubing

Polythene layflat tubing can be sealed in many ways, including stapling, taping or with cable ties, and even via heat-sealing. We stock a range of sizes of polythene layflat tubing, from a width of 2 inches up to 60 inches. It’s also available in a range of film thicknesses and colours (including clear).

Our polythene layflat tubing comes in three thicknesses: medium (220 gauge), heavy-duty (440 gauge) and ultra heavy-duty (1,000 gauge). We recommend ultra heavy-duty for something like steel angle iron, particularly when in transit. For something like curtains, medium would be fine, but if they’re to be transported, we’d recommend heavy-duty.

Debris Chutes

For building projects that expand upwards, having a safe and convenient way of disposing of waste materials is important. Our ultra heavy-duty layflat tubing can be used to quickly get waste from the top of a building to a skip or bin on the ground floor, and with its 250-micron composition, it is intended to give maximum protection for heavy objects or anything with jagged edges.

Protecting Goods in Transit

Certain goods, powder-coated metals, for instance, need extra protection when in transit. Our layflat tubing gives suitable protection to stop the finish from being damaged and can be cut to suit the length of the metal.

Width Does Not Equal Diameter

It’s important to note that the width isn’t the same as the diameter because the width will decrease as the tube opens. Tubing with a width of 2 inches will have a diameter of 1.27 inches. To calculate the diameter, simply multiply the width by 2 and then divide by 3.142 (or check the product description of the size you are considering). We are happy to send you a sample to check the width/diameter is suited to your needs.

Layflat Tubing FAQs

How long is the tubing?

Our tubing comes on rolls of 77m / 250ft and can be easily cut, so it will always be the length you need.

Are all the tubes the same strength?

No, our layflat tubing comes in three different thicknesses which means there are three different strengths: medium, heavy-duty and ultra heavy-duty.

Will a 4-inch wide roll of tubing fit a 4-inch wide pole?

No, the width refers to the circumference of the tube, not the diameter. If you had a pole with a diameter of 4 inches, you’d need to multiply by 3.142 (known mathematically as Pi) to get the circumference, and then halve it to get the layflat width. So, 4 inches multiplied by 3.142 equals 12.568 inches, divided by 2 equals 6.248 inches. The smallest size of layflat tubing that can accommodate 6.248 inches is 7 inches, which will leave a little extra space.

I only want one end to be open, how can I seal the other end?

Polythene layflat tubing can be heat sealed, stapled, taped or tied with cable ties.

What size do I need?

You can multiply the circumference of what you intend to wrap or package by 3.142, and then divide by 2. That is the minimum width of tubing you’ll need. If you are still unsure, you can contact us to ask for our advice or for a small sample to test.

Corrugated cardboard

Corrugated cardboard is a fantastic material for packaging and protecting, particularly in transit. Corrugated cardboard can also be used to fill voids, to prevent items from moving around while being transported.

We sell single-faced corrugated cardboard in a range of widths to fit your needs, all on rolls of 75m in length: 650mm wide, 900mm wide, 1200mm wide and 1500mm wide.

Please note, corrugated cardboard is only available for collection or local delivery (approximate 20-mile radius of Southampton).

Plumbing

The plumbing industry has long used rolls of corrugated cardboard to protect fragile items, such as baths and basins, from damage while being delivered to the site. Corrugated cardboard has one smooth side and one uneven side; the extra space and give that this creates is what keeps the contents cushioned from damage.

Building

Those in the building industry can use corrugated cardboard to protect newly-lain wooden floors from scuff marks while the interior is still being finished, e.g. the installation of dishwashers and washing machines.

Corrugated cardboard FAQs

What can I use corrugated cardboard for?

To protect fragile items such as bathtubs and tiles in transit, or to protect new floors from damage.

What size are your rolls of corrugated cardboard?

All our rolls are 75m in length and come in widths of 650mm, 900mm, 1200mm and 1500mm.

What are the benefits of corrugated cardboard?

It’s flexible, strong and fully recyclable.

Bubble wrap

Like corrugated cardboard, bubble wrap is brilliant for protecting construction materials, particularly when shipping them out to customers. Bubble wrap has the added advantage of recovering its shape after being squashed, which corrugated materials typically don’t do. For the level of protection that bubble wrap offers, it uses a very small amount of material.

We sell both large and small bubble wrap, however, for construction purposes, small bubble wrap is more suited as they can carry more weight. The pressure is spread out more amongst a greater number of smaller-sized bubbles, so there’s less chance of any of them popping. Larger bubbles are more suited to delicate shapes, such as wine glasses. If you were wrapping a large door, or some kitchen countertops, small bubbles are much more appropriate.

Bubble wrap is great for transporting and storing heavy, non-polished items such as basins, baths, countertops and some doors.

It’s important to note that bubble wrap shouldn’t be used on polished furniture as the pattern of the bubbles gets printed onto the furniture’s surface – PE foam is much better for furniture. Bubble wrap, being made of polythene, is not UV stable, so it will rot away with continued sunlight exposure, so it is more suited for the transportation and storage of delicate items.

Bubble Wrap FAQs

What kind of bubble wrap do I need?

If you’re transporting or storing large items, bubble wrap with small bubbles is best suited. Larger bubbles will pop more easily and leave parts of the item exposed to potential damage.

What are the benefits of bubble wrap?

It’s a light and very cheap packaging material that will recover its shape even after compression.

When shouldn’t I use bubble wrap?

You shouldn’t use bubble wrap on polished surfaces as the bubble design can imprint onto the surface, and you shouldn’t use bubble wrap in outdoor environments for an extended period as it is made from polythene which is not UV stable and will eventually rot in the sunlight.

What kinds of bubble wrap do you sell?

We sell anti-static bubble wrapmini bubble wrap rollssmall bubble and large bubble wrap rolls.

Brown Kraft paper

This brown paper might initially strike you as an eco-alternative to wrapping paper, but it’s so much more than that.

This machine-glazed kraft paper is eco-friendly, biodegradable and recyclable, and comes in a range of sizes: 600mm x 285m, 600mm x 225m, 750mm x 225m and 900mm x 225m.

Masking and Concealing

This 88gsm paper is ideal for masking off an area to protect it from spray paint or creosoting, such as a spare bedroom or garden shed. It will also help protect car and yacht bodywork from overspray.

You can also use this kraft paper to mask and protect windows from plastering splatter, and to hide construction progress (and any errant tools) from nosey passers-by.

Brown Kraft paper FAQs

How long are your rolls of kraft paper?

Our 600mm, 750mm and 900mm wide rolls are all 225 metres long, and we also do a 285-metre roll which is 600mm wide.

What does machine-glazed mean?

Machine glazed paper has a slight sheen on one side and is produced by allowing the wet paper to dry against a highly-polished metal cylinder. Machine-glazed paper is still recyclable, provided the paper isn’t soiled with food, grease or other contaminants.

Can I use an 88gsm Kraft Paper as masking paper for spraying cars and boats?

Yes, you can. Our 88gsm Kraft paper makes the perfect masking paper to prevent overspray or to mask off an area on a boat or car that needs to be protected from spraying. Marinas use our Kraft paper to mask off areas like the antifouling area during hull respraying, and vice versa.

What else can I use it for?

You can use this kraft paper to protect windows, doors and other areas from the unwanted mess caused by painting and plastering, and use it to cover up windows so people can’t look into the construction site.

Foam edge protectors

Foam edge protectors do exactly what they say – they protect edges. Door edges, mirror edges, countertop edges, sheet metal edges, picture frame edges, furniture edges, you name it. If it’s got an edge, they’ll protect it!

Made from dense, high-quality foam, these edge protectors come in an L-shape and a U-shape, to best suit whatever it is that needs protecting.

Both the L and U shapes are 75x75mm, in lengths of 2 metres, and come 105 to a box. They can be easily cut to size to suit whatever needs protection.

Please contact us to arrange the purchase of the foam edge protectors

Foam edge protectors

What do these protect?

These foam edge protectors will help protect anything with an edge – mostly used for doors, mirrors and countertops, they can also be used to protect the edges of other furniture, picture frames and glass.

How long is each protector?

They are 2 metres in length but can easily be cut to size with a sharp knife.

Find out more

Here at Transpack, we are proud to support the construction industry and supply protective products to help you on the construction site and to help you get your products to your customers safely. If you have any queries about how our products can help you, please get in touch.