Choosing the right laminating pouches to fit your project depends on several factors, such as the project size, the durability required for your project and if extra protection, like UV protection, is necessary for your document. Here are some basic tips for selecting laminating pouches when preparing for a project.
Choosing the right laminating pouches to fit your project depends on several factors, such as the project size, the durability required for your project and if extra protection, like UV protection is necessary for your document. Here are some basic tips for selecting laminating pouches when preparing for a project.
If laminating business cards or recipes cards, the durability requirements are the same--strong, 5 mil pouches are necessary for both. The difference is that the right pouch size will make your laminating task easier. Select file card pouches specifically designed for protecting index card size documents. Also choose a glossy business card pouch size for shining and lasting representations of your business.
Creating your own ID tags or luggage tags can be easily accomplished with a laminator and the right pouches. Five mil ID tag pouches are ideal for durable identification cards and can also come equipped with a clip or punched for adding a lanyard. More demanding conditions such as construction sites or heavy duty work sites may require 10 mil ID tag pouches for even greater durability. For travelers, five mil pouches specifically designed for luggage tags are simple to make a hold up under heavy contact from baggage handlers.
You may think the thicker the pouch the better for durability, but sometimes a thick pouch compromises flexibility. When you need a document to stay protected while also being fairly flexible, use laminating pouches with only a 3mil thickness. They come in both letter or legal size.
For the most protection, 7-10 mil laminating pouches are essential. With maximum thickness and rigidity they are ideal for signs and other documents that are either handled with great frequency or have to hold up under humidity or heat.
When laminating photos a 5 mil laminating pouch will do for protection. However for added endurance, choose laminating pouches with UV protection to prevent the laminated photo from fading. This special feature for photo laminating is extremely helpful for not only preserving photos from spills and tears, but also the long-term damage of UV radiation.
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