Lamination refers to the process of overlaying a thin protective film onto a surface, typically paper or cardstock, to enhance its durability, appearance, or functionality. There are several types of lamination, each offering unique benefits. Here are the most common types:
This method involves the use of heat to bond the laminate film to the material. The laminate film has a heat-activated adhesive on one side. During lamination, the film is placed over the document, and heat is applied using a laminating machine. The heat activates the adhesive, which then binds the film to the paper. Thermal lamination provides a clear, glossy finish and is commonly used for items such as ID cards, posters, photographs, and menus.
Unlike thermal lamination, cold lamination does not require heat. It utilizes a pressure-sensitive adhesive on the laminate film, which bonds when pressure is applied. Cold lamination is often used for heat-sensitive materials, such as vinyl, delicate papers, or items that cannot withstand high temperatures.
Benefits of cold lamination:
Encapsulation involves enclosing an item between two sheets of laminate film, creating a sealed edge around the document. It provides protection from water, dirt, and other contaminants. Encapsulation is commonly used for large posters, maps, and outdoor signage.
Benefits of encapsulation:
These are the primary types of lamination commonly used to protect and enhance various printed materials. The choice of lamination depends on the specific requirements of the document, the desired finish, and the intended use.
Color Right Now has four basic laminate options to choose from:
A thick laminate with a dull, unpolished finish. Ideal for preventing reflection/glare from the sun.
A thick laminate with a shiny and reflective appearance is commonly used on magazines.
A somewhat thinner, but still highly durable laminate with a velvet finish. Literally soft-to-the-touch, and ideal for business cards, or other smaller print media.
have us laminate your product with dry-erase, and you’ll effectively turn in into a whiteboard. Draw all over it with a marker, and wipe it off just as easily.
The choice of lamination depends on the material you want to protect and it’s always consulted with our clients before making a decision. We guarantee that whichever method you choose, your materials will be thoroughly protected. Don’t hesitate and order lamination now so that you can enjoy your printed materials for a long time to come.
Prices vary based on size and laminate type. To receive an accurate price, use our Request an Estimate page.
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