You spent hours poring over single detail on the design of your new marketing pieces. When the package finally arrives in the mail, you couldn’t be more pleased with the final result. The colours are perfect and the design beautifully reflects your brand from the logo to the imagery used.
The next decision is whether to laminate your printed products.
Lamination involves applying a clear plastic film to a piece of paper and bonding the layers together. The result is a highly durable and professional finish that lasts much longer than without it. Lamination does not just apply to wide format printing such as poster and signs.
Smaller products such as business cards and presentation folders may also benefit from a gloss or matt laminate to enhance the appearance of the product, offer protection, and contribute to its durability. Other types of printed pieces that can be laminated include:
- Marketing brochures
- Presentation materials
- Legal documents
- Office checklists
Here we look closely at the four main benefits of applying a laminate to your documents.
Laminating film is made of certain types of plastic, making it extremely durable. This makes it perfect for protecting a range of printed materials from marketing brochures to menus. Any spills or marks can easily be wiped away with a cloth or towel.
Using a laminate also offers protection from the harmful effects of UV rays, and can prolong the durability and colour intensity of the printed image. This is particularly beneficial outdoors where the laminate also offers additional protection. Laminating to protect the life of the ink is generally not necessary for indoor use.
It’s probably happened to you more than once. As you were working on some documents, you accidentally spilled your cup causing you to have a slight panic attack as you quickly grab some paper towels.
While you likely won’t laminate every piece of paper that comes your way, it makes sense to do so on materials such as brochures or presentation folders. Lamination makes prints easier to clean without affecting the print. It can also help provide a non-slip surface for floor graphics.
The added durability from lamination means your materials can better withstand frequent use. This translates to financial benefits as it saves money on reprinting.
Printed posters gradually fade and wear out over time. This is generally not a problem but certainly can be especially when important documents must be displayed in potentially dangerous areas such as workshops. In this case, you don’t want such documents applied on a wall without any protection.
Adding lamination to a print impacts the installation of a graphic or other document as it makes a print more rigid and durable. This makes it easier to apply to a flat surface where it will last for years without tearing apart.
Lamination does more than increase the durability of a print. A number of options are available that can actually enhance the appearance of your materials.
For example, applying gloss laminates helps to improve the colour and contrast of a print. A matt laminate is often used to increase the readability of text as it tends to soften the colour and the contrasts. The option you choose depends on how the print will be used.
Interested in having your materials laminated?
Greenlea Print provides professional solutions without any compromises on quality. Whether you need laminating for business cards or marketing brochures, we can help. We offer a range of options that can tailored to fit your needs.
Contact us today to request a free quote and we will be happy to provide more information.