Why should I use Plastic Covers?

posted this on Jul 20, 2015

There are certain things you need to bind your documents properly. For one thing, you’ll need a binding machine and the right supplies for your chosen bookbinding method (plastic combs, color coils, etc.). You’ll also need good paper to print your document on. And you’ll need covers. When it comes to covers, you really can’t go wrong with the plastic ones, especially if you need to protect the pages of your document. Here are a few reasons why you should use these covers:

1.) They protect against moisture. Chances are good that you spent a lot of time preparing your document. Writing and editing can take up a lot of time and then you have to punch the pages, etc. The last thing you want is for your work to be ruined by spilled coffee or another type of liquid. Plastic covers are waterproof so they will prevent your work from getting soaked and ruined.

2.) There are different varieties available. Plastic covers are available in a variety of colors and they can either be transparent, translucent, or opaque. The clear and translucent ones are good to use when you want to see the title page of your work without having to open it. As far as colors go, you can choose from traditional hues (black, blue, etc.) or more whimsical ones (aqua, purple, etc). You can even get covers that are striped or have a holographic finish to them. The choices are just about endless.

3.) They can’t be torn. Paper covers have one major disadvantage: they can be easily ripped. This can make your documents look bad and it definitely won’t impress your readers. However, their plastic counterparts are extremely durable and can’t be torn at all. They’re perfect for those documents you want to last a long time, especially if they’re going to be used a lot.

4.) They’re thicker than paper ones. Plastic covers are known for being on the thick side – more so than paper ones. The most durable ones are 16 and 19 mil thick so they’re ideal for documents that will be used over a long period of time. They’re very rigid and can’t really be folded so they’ll keep your work looking great.

5.) They probably won’t melt. Finally, plastic binding covers are more or less heat-resistant so if doesn’t matter if you accidentally leave your documents in the car on a hot summer day. You don’t need to worry about the covers becoming warped so your work will look great. This also makes them ideal for thermal binding which is one of the most popular bookbinding methods around.

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