Construction projects need an immense volume of construction materials and generate wastes on a daily basis. Because of this, bulk bags have become an essential tool for storage and transport solutions.
Bulk bags are known for a multitude of names; builders’ bags, super sacks, jumbo bags. They’re also known as flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs). Whatever you prefer to call them, bulk bags are high-volume capacity containers that can be used in the construction industry apart from its traditional use as storage solutions for the food, chemical, mining and drug industries.
Super sacks’ innate characteristics make it highly beneficial for use in the construction sector. Below are the reasons why you should use FIBCs or jumbo bags in your building projects.
What Makes Bulk Bag Materials Ideal for Storage and Transport
According to projections, the FIBC market is projected to reach more than USD$6 billion by 2024. That’s in part because increasing demand for its use in the pharmaceutical industry, with countries like Germany, the United States, and Japan. Developing countries are dictating a huge demand for big sacks, too, with the demand driven by a spike in agriculture and food processing needs.
Super sacks were traditionally made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which made them durable and able to withstand heavy loads. PVC-made super sacks can protect materials from getting wet or moist. This variant is used mainly to store and protect materials being transported under severe conditions. They’re pricier and typically last longer than FIBCs.
Flexible intermediate bulk containers, food grade FIBC included, are made from a softer material called woven polypropylene (PP) fabric. They’re the preferred type of jumbo containers for storing and transporting diverse kinds of materials, including the chemical items.
FIBCs are highly resistant to mildew, heat, and shape changes—making them an ideal choice for transporting sensitive items. Besides being cheaper than PVC-type jumbo bags, these sacks made from polypropylene fabric can withstand heavy loads.
The Benefits of Using Bulk Bags in Your Construction Projects
Super bags can fit various types of items and materials. Construction companiesuse them for transporting building materials, such as cement. Additionally, in the absence of construction waste disposal bins, these bulk storage containers can also be used.
- Super Sacks Provide High-Capacity Storage
Bulk storage bags can carry and store from 500 kilograms (kgs) to 2 tons or 4,480 pounds of material. Considering that constructions projects require huge heaps of cement, sand and gravel, it’s highly convenient for building companies to use. As a result, you’ll only need a few of these bags instead of preparing hundreds of 50-kg sacks.
- Big Bags Are Perfect for Construction Materials
There are different types of bulk bags—duffle top, spout top, open top, ventilated, baffle bulk bags. They differ in shapes, dimensions; and thus, can have different means of handling, storage, discharge methods. As mentioned, because of the high-volume requirements of building projects companies are better off using them. These bags are resilient against machine-lifting and handling, too.
- Builders’ Bags Have High Resiliency
Bulk container bags are made from woven PP fabric, making them highly durable, thanks to the inter-lapping strands. Being resistant to heat and other extreme temperatures, these bags don’t expand or shrink. For more durability, construction companies may use bags made from PVC-coated fabric, as well. These types can be repaired.
- FIBCs Provide Best Protection from Water
FIBC sacks also protect cement powder from getting moist or wet, preventing it from solidifying. Cement should be stored and shipped promptly, without worrying about potential mold and mildew growth. As construction materials are transported via ships, it’s highly exposed to damp and harsh weather conditions. FIBC bags can protect your materials from potential damage, preserving its quality.
- Bulk Bags Are Reusable
Jumbo bags are durable. They can be repurposed and used many times to store and transport any type of materials or goods. But FIBCs do have safety ratings to determine whether they’re safe to repurpose or not.
Reusing your bags only entail cleaning them properly. If it’s too complicated for you, consider sending your big bags to cleaning companies, which actually do more than just clean your bags. These service providers offer collection and inspection activities as well.
- Super Sacks Are Eco-Friendly
Jumbo sacks that can no longer be repurposed can be sent to firms that recycle them. These companies make new totes put of these ‘unusable’ bags. Bags that are used to store and transport fertilizers, chemicals, construction materials, and grains are often recycled. They’re classified from Grades A to C, in order of usability.
Otherwise, PP materials can be used to make other plastic-based materials such as brooms and brushes.
If made from recycled materials, jumbo sacks don’t cost as much, being that they don’t have to manufacture and source raw materials, in the process skipping a few manufacturing procedures. This alone means less air pollution, and carbon footprint.
The fact that recycling these jumbo bags keep them out of the landfills, where they take centuries to decompose.
- FBICs Helps Reduce Potential Accidents
Improper lifting may cause workplace injuries. Because of their weight, FIBCs are best handled by machines and not carried by construction staff. That being said, there’s less likelihood of construction injuries. Using a lift truck or any similar construction machinery, you can easily fill, move, and place large amounts of building material
- Builders’ Bags Serve Have Dual Purpose
Builders’ bags can be used to either transport construction materials safely or to store them for later use. As placing materials in these bags also mean you can protect them from the harsh environment and pile them properly, your company will be saving money of extra storage space in the warehouse. Additionally, it can translate to continuous projects, being that you can buy in bulk.
- FIBCs Are Cost-Effective
Construction companies that use these big bags can save on purchases of disposable or single use sacks. One single big bag, for instance, can replace as many as 40 sacks. As such, you’ll have less expenses for storing and transporting them. In the construction industry, time is money. Companies can’t afford to suffer from logistical delays by transporting cement, sand and gravel from suppliers who can provide these items in bulk.
Using FIBCs in your construction company offers great storage and transport solutions. Their capacity to store and hold high-volume construction materials helps reduce fuel, saves storage space rentals fees, and cuts the purchase costs of new packaging containers. Cost-effective, durable, and eco-friendly, these super sacks can take on any tough job without burning the company’s coffers.