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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.

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

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You have decided you need a really strong folder and you want to use pressboard folders for your files. This is the easy step. Now you have to decide what “type” of pressboard folder to choose.

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Pressboard Paper Explanation:

Pressboard paper stock is the kind of paper that these folders are made out of and is available in an array of colors and styles. FiberMark is one of the premier manufacturers of pressboard paper. Basically they take recycled pulp board and press it together (multi-ply construction) to form pressboard paper. You can tell a folder is made out of pressboard when it kind of resembles thick cardboard. A lesser weight folder is usually made out of Manila or Kraft paper.

Type and Point of Pressboard Paper:

Pressboard paper uses two measurements to help determine the durability and thickness of the paper. The first measurement is the Type of paper. The highest paper quality has the lowest “Type” number. Paper quality is determined by the the ingrediaents used for the paper along with how the paper is manufactured.  The second measurement is the weight which is called “point”. The thickest paper measures the highest “point”. (Paper you use in a copier, printer, etc. is measured in “pound”.)

-Pressboard manufactured to be used for folders is available in Type III, Type II, or Type I.

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