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manila folder When purchasing manila folders for your filing system a number of decisions must be made depending on how you intend to use these folders.  This article addresses the weight of the folder.

Definition of Weight:

The weight indicates the thickness of the paper used to construct the folder.  Manila folder weight is depicted in “points”. The higher the point the thicker the paper.

Available Points:

9 point folder- Used in very inexpensive folders that will not experience a lot of handling.  Top tab folders used in home filing systems are often 9 point.

11 point folder- This is the most common weight used for business and health care filing systems when the records undergo an average amount of use.  To increase the folder’s durability side and top tab reinforcement is available.  With reinforcement the stress points are actually 22 point.  If the entire folder was 22 point additional filing inches would be needed to accommodate the thicker folders.

14/15 point folder- Used for very active records and/or they contain a large amount of content.  These folders may also be reinforced along the side or top tab to further increase the durability.  Two disadvantages of a heavier weight folder is the cost and the fact that they use up more shelf space.

18 point folder- These folders often have an expansion gusset or inner dividers installed.  Although gussets and dividers can be installed in 14/15 point folders they are not as strong and durable.  This folder is great when the record is heavily used and sections need to be accessed quickly.  Reinforcement is not used on the top/side tab of 18 point manila. Of course, these folders take up more shelf space than lighter weight folders.

Idea! Mylar reinforcement is an economical way to reinforce stress points on any of the folders above.

Now you have the information to decide which point folder will work best for your application.

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