Most business owners would agree that a professional print job makes their business look good, but after spending the money on print services the next step is to ensure the document will remain in good condition for a long period of time. A printed page will last only so long before it begins looking weathered and worn. Laminating your documents will protect them and make them last.
Adding a degree of professionalism
A print project on paper can look great, but taking into account the work you did to prepare and print it, having it tear, fold or crease would be a shame. Laminating protects your documents, certificates and reports, and keeps them safe from everyday wear and tear. A laminate coating can make your printed piece stiff or flexible, depending on the type of film used. Here is a quick overview of various film types:
- Standard laminating film gives you a choice between matte and gloss finishes, and it works well with most thermal roll laminators.
- Low-melt laminating film is used by many professionals. It adheres quickly, resists yellowing and peeling , and comes in a variety of widths and thicknesses.
- Pressure-sensitive/cold laminate film doesn’t require heat to protect your printed projects. This type of film protects from ultraviolet rays, smudges, dust, fading and moisture. It comes in lustre, gloss, matte and satin finishes.
- Mounting adhesive sticks to foam core, gatorboard and polystyrene, making it great for outdoor and indoor signs. You can choose either clear or white opaque. The PVC layer on the white opaque gives you 100 percent opacity.
Some laminating tips
To reduce finishing costs, you can combine thicker paper stock with a thin laminate to make your finished product rigid. Unless you specifically need your project to have a completely sealed edge, a flush-cut edge reduces production costs. To save money on laminated business cards, consult with a professional printing company and they will give you some options and help determine the best route for your work.
Getting as much mileage as you can from your print projects is as simple as choosing a laminate coating. Not only does it give a polished and professional look, it keeps your work perfectly preserved.
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Brittany Giles is the Social Media Specialist at The Printing House.