Why should I Use Pre-Punched Paper?

posted this on May 30, 2016

One of the more time-consuming parts of the binding process is punching the pages of your document, especially if your punch can only handle a few sheets at a time. However, did you know you can save a lot of time – and a bit of money – by using pre-punched paper? You can and chances are, there’s paper that’s perfect for your particular binding device. Here are five reasons to use this type of binding supply.

1.) To save time. Saving time is a priority for most people especially if you have a heavy workload. If your workday is already busy, taking the time to punch a lot of pages for a bound document can be a nuisance. Using pre-punched sheets can solve that problem for you. You can run it through your inkjet or laser printer as well as your photocopier, so your pages will be ready to bind much more quickly. That way you can move on to other projects and not get hung up in the binding process.

2.) To save money. It’s totally possible to save some cash by using pre-punched paper. For one thing, if you own a standalone binding device such as a plastic comb opener or a GBC ZipBind spine closer, you won’t need to purchase a hole punch, let alone an entire binding machine. That can save you hundreds of dollars right there. Also, these supplies are perfectly punched so you won’t have to throw out any pages that weren’t punched properly.

3.) There’s paper for just about every binding method. There are a lot of pre-punched supplies available, so there’s probably some to use with your machine whether it utilizesplastic combstwin-loop wirecolor coils, or ZipBind spines. If you’re using a wire binding device, there are sheets that can be used with both 2:1 and 3:1 pitch machines. There are also supplies that have been pre-punched for use with VeloBind devices and three-ring binders.

4.) Choose the best size and color for your document. Another great thing about pre-punched paper is that it comes in a variety of sizes and colors. Available sizes include standard letter-size (8.5″ x 11″), half-letter (8.5″ x 5.5″), and legal-size (8.5 x 14″), as well as 11 x 17″ and A4. As for colors, just about every shade in the rainbow is represented. Whether you like blue, purple, pink, yellow, green, or gray, you’ll find just the right color for your document.

5.) Get the right weight. Finally, this type of paper comes in numerous weights. The most common is 20 lb. bond, which is the weight usually used for everyday printing and copying. Heavier weights such as 28 lb. and 32 lb. are also available, and are great for when you want your pages to be a bit more durable. You could also use the thicker weight sheets as covers for your documents, although there are pre-punched covers you can also purchase. (And, honestly, they’ll make your document look a lot better.)

Now that you have five reasons for using pre-punched paper, can you imagine going back to punching your pages yourself? We didn’t think so. Get some pre-punched paper now and get ready to save time and money while also producing beautiful books!

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