How do I choose between Paper or Plastic Covers?

posted this on Jul 9, 2015

Paper or Plastic? This is a question that you might expect at the checkout at the grocery store. However, it is also a questions you should ask yourself if you are searching for the right presentation cover for your needs. Nearly all presentation binding covers fall into one of two categories; paper and plastic. This article is designed to help you better understand the strengths and weaknesses of paper and plastic binding covers along with the different options that are available for your presentations and proposals.

Binding covers made from paper are some of the most popular covers available on the market. Paper presentation covers are a popular choice for companies that are looking for an elegant and professional appearance. They are available in a huge variety of colors and textures to fit almost any need and can often be matched to a company’s logo or color scheme. Some of the most popular varieties of paper covers include; linen weave (with an embossed linen pattern), grain (with a leather grain pattern), regency (with a vinyl coating for a leather like look and feel), twill (with a fine ribbed pattern) and metallic covers (with a sparkling metallic look). Some of these varieties are available in dozens of colors while others are available in just a few. Some of these paper stocks are available in multiple sizes while others are available in a limited selection of sizes. Depending on the sizes and colors that you need, this may help to make your decision a little bit simpler.

While many users prefer the look and feel of paper stocks, others opt for the durability offered by plastic binding covers. These companies prefer the protection from moisture, heat and tearing that plastic covers offer. Plastic presentation report covers are available in two primary styles:

  1. Many companies choose to use a clear plastic coversheet on the front of their documents or reports to protect the contents and allow their clients to see the printing on their title page. Clear cover sheets are available in thicknesses ranging from 4mil economy grade to ultra heavy duty 15mil sheets. Clear covers are somewhat prone to scratching and are often packaged with tissue in between each cover to prevent scratching. They also tend to generate lots of static and can be difficult to separate.
  2. As an alternative to clear view covers, other companies choose polycovers. These are made out of poly plastic and are available in thicknesses between 12mil and 19mil. These covers often have an embossed pattern such as leather grain, crystal, sand or stripe. They are available in transparent, translucent and opaque colors. This makes them perfect for either the front or the back of documents and reports.
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