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Do Your Construction Bags Make the Cut?

Posted by Sonoco Conitex Team on January 05,2022

Construction bag filled with sand

No matter what you do in the construction industry, we know one thing for certain: You’re going to need a lot of bags. From hauling materials such as sand, cement, metal, and asphalt for building to moving gravel, cleaning up debris, and helping your business commit to more eco-friendly building practices, a good-quality bag can go a long way for your construction company.

To accomplish these diverse tasks, it may be helpful to have an array of different construction bags on hand. For example, on your construction site, you may require woven polypropylene valve bags, multiwall paper valve bags, sandbag totes, erosion control bags, and more. Each of these types of bags are made in specific ways so they can best perform for you in particular given circumstances. 

They’re also designed to help you avoid common construction worst-case scenarios. Hoping to avoid torn bags; worn-out seams; and transit issues and the associated delays, fines, and safety issues? At Conitex Sonoco, we completely understand that! By equipping you with reliable information about high-quality construction bulk bags, we give you the confidence you need to be sure that none of these adverse events happen on your next construction project. 

What are 5 essential features of a quality construction bulk bag?

Let’s start by discussing what you want to see in your construction bags. In order to know that your bags are going to support your team and your projects well, you’ll likely want to use bags that are: 

  1. Durable. Your construction bags need to be able to withstand rough handling without tearing. Why? Consider their real-life use on your site: Some construction bags are used for metal pieces or sharp items. The integrity of your bags will be crucial.
  2. Strong. Often, construction bags are heavier-weight bags, so they’re able to take on heavier weights themselves. You should always be mindful of how much of a load your construction bags can carry. Conitex Sonoco tests our bags to a 5:1 safe working load (SWL) capacity or higher.
  3. Easy to move. You’ll be transporting your bags all over the place, so this should be a simple procedure. If you would like to use special loops or stevedores to make sure bags can be moved easily with your existing handling equipment, you need to work with a manufacturer who can make that happen. 
  4. UV protected. If your bags are being used outside, you will need to make sure that your bags have higher levels of UV protection to forestall degradation. Black fabric provides a higher level of UV protection so be sure to ask for it next time you have a bulk bag order for outdoor storage.
  5. Up to spec. You’ll want to see a bulk shipment of bags that are precisely the same as the sample bags your manufacturer shows you. Pro tip: Making sure that you work with a manufacturer you trust is key! While you’re discussing your project, if you don’t feel that you have good communication with a prospective manufacturer, it may be best to look elsewhere for the service you need.  

What are some features specific to bad bags?

Now that we’ve discussed the qualities of reliable construction bags, let’s paint a quick picture of the alternatives: A low-cost, poorly made bag may feature poor quality fabric, sewn together haphazardly, resulting in weak seams. This bag may fail to have helpful features such as UV coatings, which could result in degradation after exposure to the sun. What’s more, an order of poor-quality bags might not even be made according to the specifications shared with the manufacturer. You could receive the wrong sizes or bags that don’t have the features you requested—and paid for. 

Could multiwall paper bags meet your project’s needs? 

Paper bags can constitute a sustainable, environmentally friendly option for your company’s packaging requirements. Paper bags can be customized specifically for your products and processes. Depending on your needs, paper bags can be optimized to hold specific volumes, provide resistance, stack well, and protect your packaged goods from environmental stressors. 

What’s more, paper bags may be able to do so while costing you less than your other options, making paper bags a potential win-win for you and your company. You can also source your bags from companies that have programs in place to protect our forests, making your bag selection a win for the world as well.

Rely on Conitex Sonoco for construction bags you can count on.

Whether you need sandbags to help control erosion or durable bulk bags for debris removal, you’ll need high-quality bags to get much done on your construction site. The alternatives just aren’t sustainable: You can’t afford to have bags breaching, safety hazards, or scope-affecting issues that are traced back to bad bags.

At Conitex Sonoco, we’re here to help. We can help you source the specific bags you need for your construction projects, such as our highly customizable, recyclable, and low-cost multiwall paper bags. Give our friendly team a call today for more information about how we can help support your team’s projects with our line of safe FIBCs!

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Sonoco Conitex Team

Sonoco Conitex Team