When shopping for plastic sheeting, one term you see is thickness expressed in mils—one mil is one-thousandth of an inch. Or 0.001 inch.
The most common thickness for plastic sheeting is 6 mils. That’s 0.006 of an inch thick. To compare this to other objects, a dime is 53 mils. A plastic grocery bag is about 2-3 mils.
While the general rule is the thicker the plastic, the stronger it is, some makers use additives in their plastic to make it stronger (even if it is the same 6 mil thickness).
Plastic sheeting has all sorts of uses—waterproofing, construction, covering plants and (our favorite) outdoor water activities.
Along those lines, want to create a do-it-yourself slip and slide? We’d suggest this plastic sheeting: TRM Manufacturing 61025C plastic sheeting.
It is just the right thickness (6 miles) and strong enough for a slide. Add water and a touch of dishwashing soap and voila! Hours of kid entertainment, slipping and sliding in your backyard.
What We Liked
• No plastic smell.
• Holds up in the wind.
• Nice 6 mil thickness.
• Opaque (that is, you can’t see through it).
• Made of recycled materials.
What Needs Work
• Not transparent. We realize some folks want plastic sheeting that they can see through—this isn’t the best choice for that!