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[09/05/2010] Why do we need to laminate?

Why laminate? Laminating helps preserve and protect a print and ultimately extend its life; ID cards, posters, documents, maps, artwork, graphics, sings and posters get laminated and protected from stains, spills, abrasion, smudges, chemicals, creasing and wrinkles. Laminating also can give different and glossier look to the print.

Laminators are used almost everywhere: at home, in small offices, schools, libraries and in the printing industry, and they extend the life of a print for up to five times. Whether you are trying to protect family photos or expensive artwork, no matter how carefully you try to handle them, they will inevitably get damaged or the colors will fade away. Laminating them will preserve their original look and protect them for at least five years, but in most cases for much longer. The ID cards are another good example of a print that simply has to be laminated – people wear them in their wallets, they touch them often, the cards get dropped and if they haven’t been laminated, we would have to pay for an ID replacement every other month.

Libraries laminate the covers of the soft-cover books – these books are lent to thousands of readers and the only way to prolong their lifespan is by laminating the covers. Charts and documents that are used in a hostile working environment are also almost always laminated - otherwise they will be destroyed or smudged in no time, but once laminated these prints can be easily wiped clean.

The popularity of the inkjet printers led to the development of different type of laminators. Since the water-based inkjet prints are easier to damage, they require special handling; such documents are usually laminated with cold roll laminators, which have been created mainly to protect heat-sensitive prints. The method and the type of lamination depend on the ink of the print, its size, the material that it is made of and the intended usage. At times, only one side of the print is laminated – this is usually sufficient for indoor posters since it saves time and laminating film, but prints that are meant for outdoor use should be encapsulated.

Apart from protecting, laminating improves appearance and adds value to the prints - laminated items have more professional look, brighter and deeper colors, and enhanced contrast and choosing between gloss, satin or matte finish can make the document appear more vibrant or more professional.

Laminating is a low-cost process that helps extend the lifespan of a print drastically; it is also a process that, in most cases, doesn’t require any form of special training and most office laminator models are very reasonably priced as well.

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