Laminating can be used to greatly extend the life of printed products. By enclosing printed matter in a sealed, plastic coating, paper and ink is protected from the elements, from repeated handling and general wear and tear. Laminating is commonly used in cafés and restaurants to prevent spills and stains from ruining menus, which would otherwise have to be regularly renewed. In an outdoor setting, a protective coating ensures that wind, rain and sun lose their power to degrade printed materials.
For information that needs to be located in an area subject to a lot of wear, lamination can offer a solution. With a durable covering, signs are less likely to get rubbed away, or to fade in UV light. Laminating materials are available in a variety of textures and finishes, which gives the option of choosing a matt effect or high gloss, according to the required look of a project.
Some printed materials are quite soft and flexible, such as vinyl banners, while others, such as card, would crease if they did not remain rigid. For this reason, various laminating products are on offer which have different degrees of flexibility. Without expert knowledge, it can be confusing trying to decide which is the best type of laminate for a particular project, but there is no need to worry. Our professional printing staff here at Minuteman Press are available to advise customers about which laminate is most appropriate.
The laminating process also has the advantage that it preserves and enhances colours. This means that photographs can be protected and appear more vibrant at the same time. Some people choose to have favourite prints laminated so that they will stand the test of time. Others might laminate precious items such as certificates, in order to avoid accidental damage.
At Minuteman Press, we offer competitively priced laminating services to all our customers.