Although lamination has existed for decades, it is still being commonly used for both personal and industrial needs. However, there are some considerations to keep in mind if you are planning on using lamination yourself. For instance, do you know if you should be using laminating pouches instead of laminating sheets?
Laminating Pouches or Self-Adhesive Laminating Sheets?
A self-adhesive laminating sheet is a thin sheet of laminate coated with pressure sensitive adhesive that is protected by a removable backing. When using the self-adhesive laminating sheets, you need to carefully remove the backing, and carefully apply it to the object you are laminating since the self-adhesive sheets cannot be pulled off and smoothed out.
Laminating pouches, on the other hand, differ from sheets in that they act more like a pocket that you place your object into. You can smooth the film down over your item you are laminating since the adhesive does not activate until exposed to the heat of the pouch laminator. This provides superior waterproofing to both the front and back. Although there are cold lamination pouches, most are sealed with heat, and heat sealing can offer the most protection.
When You Should Use Lamination Pouches
Lamination pouches are perfect for sealing documents and ID cards. Anything that needs front and back protection can benefit from lamination pouches. This can be particularly useful for sealing important documents that you need to keep for a long period of time. Lamination pouches can help prevent damage during storage and prevent them from getting damp or from tearing.
When You Should Use Lamination Sheets
Lamination sheets are good for documents, stickers, or decals that only require one side of protection. Although you can apply a second sheet to the back side to both and trim any excess away. They are also a good choice for objects that are irregular in shape. These sheets can also be good for printing signs which can be adhered to a wall or interior door, only requiring one side to be protected from damage.
Where to Purchase Lamination Pouches and How to Store Them
Lamination pouches — and sheets — can often be found at office supply stores. However, if you need a lot of them, you may want to order them in bulk from a distributor. This can ensure that you always have some on hand when you need them, without worrying about needing to run out and get more.
Additionally, when storing your lamination pouches and sheets, you should store them at room temperature in the original packaging, never in direct sunlight or in a cold location to preservce their quality.
The Best Choice for Your Project
While both sheets and pouches have their advantages, the one you use will depend on how much protection you need and how many items you need to protect. The self-adhesive laminating sheets can be more expensive but allow you to laminate without leaving your home or office and without the need for equipment. If you have the need to laminate often and more quickly thermal lamination pouches may be the best option. Filmsource Inc is available to discuss the options for all your laminating needs.