Benefits Of Lamination Services

Benefits of​ Lamination​ Services
Lamination​ services are available in​ many office supply stores or​ print shops .​
Laminating is​ an​ art and​ if​ you​ don’t know how to​ do it, you​ can easily ruin​ your​ project .​
The price you​ will pay is​ relatively small, considering the damage that can be done by improper lamination​ .​
a​ professional will know which type of​ lamination​ is​ right for​ your​ particular project.
Applying laminate to​ objects increases and​ extends the life of​ the document .​
this​ is​ typically done on​ maps, art, news articles, posters, photographs, reports and​ a​ wide range of​ other documents .​
The process covers the document with a​ thin​ plastic covering that protects it​ from moisture, tears and​ wear.
The equipment used in​ laminating documents can be quite expensive, particularly for​ wide format projects .​
Unless you​ have a​ need for​ extensive laminating, the equipment will be cost prohibitive .​
It is​ much cheaper to​ hire a​ service for​ less frequent lamination​ needs .​
Another option​ is​ to​ purchase a​ machine for​ small jobs and​ send larger projects out to​ be professionally laminated.
Often, printed materials will need to​ be protected .​
this​ is​ especially true for​ water based inks .​
These images will be destroyed if​ they come in​ contact with water .​
Moisture and​ excessive humidity in​ the air can cause the same problem .​
a​ laminate film over the project will prevent these problems and​ your​ document will last for​ years.

Options in​ Lamination​ Services

When you​ contact a​ professional, you​ will find that you​ have several choices in​ laminating your​ project .​
The first decision​ you​ will need to​ make is​ in​ the finish you​ want on​ the project .​
The most common​ finishes available are high gloss, semi gloss, satin​ or​ crystal finishes .​
The higher the gloss, the stronger and​ more durable the finish .​
However, the project will also have a​ shiny look .​
if​ you​ don’t want the high shine, consider a​ satin​ or​ crystal finish for​ your​ document .​
The professional performing the service can make suggestions that will help you​ make a​ decision.
you​ have two choices for​ the edges of​ your​ document .​
Many finished products have a​ small laminated edge on​ all four sides of​ the document .​
this​ edge is​ usually about 1/8 on​ all sides .​
if​ you​ don’t want this​ clear edge, you​ can request edge to​ edge lamination​ .​
this​ method leaves no overhand​ .​
The laminate ends at​ the edge of​ the document.
Another choice is​ in​ the mounting of​ the document .​
you​ may decide to​ have the image mounted prior to​ being laminated .​
this​ is​ a​ great choice for​ posters, photographs or​ art work .​
Projects of​ any size can be mounted, from small photographs, to​ large poster sized art work.

Cost of​ Lamination​ Services

The cost of​ the service can vary widely .​
Some shops charge by the piece and​ others by the foot .​
in​ general, smaller jobs are charged by the sheet .​
Larger items, such as​ wide format laminating, are charged by the finished linear foot.
The thickness of​ the item being laminated also affects the price .​
in​ most shops, the thickness can vary from three to​ seven ml .​
The thickness of​ the document, the mounting or​ both will affect the total thickness of​ the project .​
in​ general, the thicker the item, the more expensive the lamination.
Extra services, such as​ mounting or​ binding will add to​ the total cost of​ the project .​
Many shops offer binding the pages of​ your​ project into books .​
this​ is​ often done for​ business reports or​ booklets for​ business meetings or​ conferences .​
Binding gives your​ project a​ more professional look that will give people a​ good impression​ of​ you​ and​ your​ business.

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