Plastic Sheeting Rolls/ Plastic Sheets -Thickness In Mils- Shop by Thickness

Plastic Sheeting comes in a wide range of thicknesses.  It is rated with the term, "mil". A mil is a measurement that equals one-thousandth of an inch, or 0.001 inch. Most human hair is  One-thousandth of inch, or 0.001 inch.  The most common size in the thickness rating for plastic sheeting is 6 mil. This is 6-thousandths of an inch, or 0.006 inch. Generally, the thicker the plastic, the stronger it is.  If it has string/scrim reinforcement, then the string within the plastic will give it added strength. Depending on the application, the composition of the plastic can play a big role regardless of the thickness.  For example, additives added to the plastic such as the fire retardant additive may play a more significant role than the thickness of the plastic if the job requires FR/ flame retardant plastic.

Note that the term " heavy gauge" plastic is not to be confused with "heavy mil" referring to heavy plastic sheeting. The term "gauge" refers to the thickness of metal. It really doesn't apply to plastic sheeting/ plastic sheets.

Learn more about the differences between Mil, mm, and inches here.

Learn the differences between micron and mil

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Thickness of common items in mils:

  • Dime:  53 mils
  • Credit Card:  30 mils
  • 10 pieces of paper:  10 mils
  • Plastic grocery bag:  2.25-3 mils
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Plastic Sheeting Thickness   Application Chart 

Aerospace options

3 Mil Plastic Sheeting

6 Mil Plastic Sheeting

8 Mil Plastic Sheeting

12 Mil Plastic Sheeting

14 Mil Heavy Duty Liner

15 Mil Plastic Sheeting

20 Mil Plastic Sheeting

30 Mil Heavy Duty Plastic Sheeting

36,45. 60 Potable Polypropylene Geomembranes

40 Mil HDPE

60 - 100 Mil Thick Heavy Duty Liners/Heavy Plastic Sheeting for big jobs.

XR-5 Heaviest of Duty Geomembrane liners

Common roll sizes include: 4' x 100', 6' x 100', 6.75' x 100',  8' x 100', 12' x 100', 20' x 100'

GPS Corrugated Plastic- Plastic sheets/ boards Regular and Fire Retardant- 4mm

Not sure which thickness you should use for which application?  Click here to see a plastic sheeting thickness application chart.

What constitutes "heavy duty plastic"? 


Thickness of Plastic Sheeting

75 mil

60 mil

50 mil

10 mil

6 mil

4 mil

 

Common item for comparison

Nickel

Penny

Dime

Business card

white trash bag used in kitchens

standard piece of paper

 

Plastic Sheeting Conversions Thickness Table: Mil to Inches

1 Mil to Inches = 0.001

70 Mil to Inches = 0.07

2 Mil to Inches = 0.002

80 Mil to Inches = 0.08

3 Mil to Inches = 0.003

90 Mil to Inches = 0.09

4 Mil to Inches = 0.004

100 Mil to Inches = 0.1

5 Mil to Inches = 0.005

200 Mil to Inches = 0.2

6 Mil to Inches = 0.006

300 Mil to Inches = 0.3

7 Mil to Inches = 0.007

400 Mil to Inches = 0.4

8 Mil to Inches = 0.008

500 Mil to Inches = 0.5

9 Mil to Inches = 0.009

600 Mil to Inches = 0.6

10 Mil to Inches = 0.01

800 Mil to Inches = 0.8

20 Mil to Inches = 0.02

900 Mil to Inches = 0.9

30 Mil to Inches = 0.03

1,000 Mil to Inches = 1

40 Mil to Inches = 0.04

10,000 Mil to Inches = 10

50 Mil to Inches = 0.05

100,000 Mil to Inches = 100

60 Mil to Inches = 0.06

1,000,000 Mil to Inches = 1000

 

Common Uses For Different Thickness of Plastic Sheeting

Heavy Duty Plastic Sheeting:

Heavy Duty Plastic Sheeting- what is it? It first boils down to what job will the plastic sheeting be required to perform? A six mil reinforced film can be considered "heavy duty" when it is used to cover a desk to keep it clear of dust. That same "heavy duty sheet" would not be strong enough to line a landfill.  Understanding the strength and thickness of the film, its composition and additives and chemical make-up as well as the job it has to perform will help determine if a film is fit for the job at hand. It is critical that the film not only be assessed on its mil thickness.  For example, if the film is in the sun, it needs UV protection additives to maintain its strength.

Thickness

 Plastic Sheeting Mil Thickness Uses

1-2 mil

 Economical/ light duty protection for indoor painting • Covering equipment • pallets • furniture during painting

3 mil

 Self-Adhesive plastics for: Counters, Carpeting, Floors, Hardwood, Tile, Bath Tubs C&A Films:  Painting, Covers (thickness equivalent is a plastic shopping bag)

6 Mil

 Barge Liners/ Liners • Construction Enclosures • Temporary Erosion Control • Construction Enclosures • Remediation  Covers

Temporary liners or Covers • Shipping and Packaging•Insulation Membranes • Curtains•Job Site Covers • Vapor Retarders •  Lumber Covers • Cargo Wraps·Silage Covers • Greenhouse Plastic • Heat  Shrink Wrap • Anti-Static Equipment Covers

10 Mil

  Pond/Canal Linings • Outdoor Coverings • Remediation Liners • Cargo  Oil Field Pit Liners • Silage Covers•  Unexposed lining applications Construction Enclosures • Vapor Retarders • Asbestos Abatements • Fumigation  Covers•Insulation Membranes • Temporary Walls-Curtains • Job Site Coverings • Temporary Wall Remediation Covers• Temporary Erosion Control -Thickness equivalent would be 10 sheets of paper.

12 Mil

 Daily Landfill Covers • Cargo Covering • Interim Landfill Covers• Remediation Covers or Liners • Outdoor Covers  •Temporary Rainshed Covers

14 Mil

 Protective Coverings for decks on Navy ships, Coast Guard Fleet, Mega yachts, Commercial Flooring, Hospitals,  Laboratories, Government Facilities, and Power plants.

15 Mil

 Under-slab Vapor Barrier • Foundation Wall Vapor Barrier

20 Mil

 Aquaponics liners • Vapor Retarders • Daily Landfill Covers • Interim Landfill Caps • Erosion Control Cover • Under-slab Vapor  Retarders • Earthen Liners • Grain Storage

24 Mil

 Hay Covers

30 Mil

40 Mil

 Containment Liners • Oilfield Pit Liners • Fish Hatchery Liners • Canal Liners • Interim Landfill Covers • Outdoor Covers

 Root barrier, pit liners, soil remediation, canal liner

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Standard stock rolls are 100' long.