What are the difference between Utility and Prestige Linen Thermal Binding Covers?

posted this on Jul 16, 2015

When using a thermal binding machine, you have many choices for covers. A commonly asked question from our customers is what is the difference between standard thermal binding utility covers and the higher-priced Prestige Linen Thermal Binding Covers. Each option features linen weave backs and spines and look very similar. However, there are a few things that set the Prestige Linen Thermal Binding Covers apart from the regular Utility Covers. Here is a short list of the differences.

  • Available Sizes: Thermal Binding Utility Covers only come in spines of ½” thick or smaller. For the majority of users, this size will be just fine. However, if you’re looking for a larger cover, the Prestige Linen Thermal Covers come a wide as two inches.
  • Lead Time: Generally, MyBinding.com keeps Thermal Binding Utility Covers in stock, making them able to ship at any time. Prestige Covers offer a variety of customizable options that Utility Covers do not. Therefore, they are made to order and can take up to two weeks to ship.
  • Front Cover Options: Utility covers come in a single style. They feature a linen weave back cover and spine with a 6mil clear front cover. By contrast, Prestige linen covers offer a variety of front cover options. You can choose from a clear 10mil cover, frosted 10mil cover, plain linen weave cover, and a plain linen cover with a window. 
  • Color Options: Both cover choices offer a decent selection of color options. Prestige Covers do have the edge in this category, offering extra colors that aren’t available in the Utility style. This point alone may tip your decision one way or the other if you are looking for a very specific color.
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