Protect Your Building Supplies From the Weather in an Open Truck

Do you transport building supplies in an open pickup truck, a flatbed truck, or even a flatbed tractor trailer? Much of the time the weather is either damp and rainy, or snowing (in the winter areas of North America). With the price of building supplies these days, contractors and renovation people need to protect their shipments.

You can put that expensive sheet of oak or birch plywood in your truck as is, and take your chances that it will stay sunny until you get to the job site, or on a rainy day, wrap that sheet in plastic or with a tarp. But a few miles down the road, the wind catches it and tears it off. It’s raining now and your wood is getting wet.

There is a least one product on the market that can prevent this, is reusable, made partly with recycled plastic and is easy to load. It is made of woven polyethylene and is like an envelope, or “pouch”. The open end is covered with Velcro, so that when you slide in your building materials, you seal the open end with the Velcro. It is now watertight.

The plywood pouch is just over 4 feet wide x 8 feet and can hold about 8-10 sheets of ¾” plywood or other sheet goods. This pouch is also ideal for shipping sheets of drywall. Building supply companies often ship 10-20 sheets of ½” drywall on a flatbed truck and many delivery people say it seems most people order it like this on a rainy day. The previous method has been to wrap it with a tarp (if they can find one and lots of rope or straps in the building supply yard, or wrap it in thin, flimsy plastic, holding it down with staples.

The plastic easily rips in the wind (and that’s what you get at 50 miles per hour down the road) or a few staples get left behind and are found the hard way (“ouch!”) by the drywall hanger. All this plastic ends up in the landfill. These reusable pouches eliminate that problem and help protect our fragile environment.

Other sizes are also available: you can get a 3 feet x 17 feet pouch for transporting baseboard moulding and other long boards. There are covers available for a full 32-sheet lift of drywall usually delivered by boom truck from the building supply.

There’s a pallet cover for feed companies to cover a pallet of feed, seed or other material usually shipped in paper bags. Corn seed is very expensive and makes the cost of the reusable pouch a great investment.

Almost any size pouch can be made to order. You need a mattress cover? No problem. Kayak cover? Sure. Cover for your grain drill? Absolutely. Contact the right people and you can order whatever size you need.