Last week, we talked about the different types of finishes for your various lamination needs. This week, we want to continue providing you with helpful lamination information by giving you a run down on the different lamination weights that are available.
Just like choosing the type of laminations for your printed material, you should choose the right type of weight for the intended purpose and feel. How much handling and exposure will the collateral receive? How thick do you want the piece to feel if it will be handled frequently? The weight of the film has a direct effect on the rigidity of the lamination and the amount of protection that the coating procedure provides.
1.5 mil lamination is the lightest, cheapest and the most flexible of the three main weights for print lamination. This method provides a light covering and minimal rigidity making it appropriate for protecting frequently handled documents, such as brochures, from every day wear and tear. As you can see in the picture below, the 1.5 laminated document is almost just as flexible as the original document before lamination.
The 3 mil lamination is quite popular because it provides better protection compared to the 1.5 mil thickness and a little more rigidity. This method is very popular for larger documents such as posters and is a great middle ground between 1.5 mil and 5 mil lamination thickness. As you can see in the picture below, it is noticeably more rigid than the 1.5, bust still quite flexible.
5 mil lamination provides extended protection from the elements and is rigid enough to prevent the material from creasing or tearing. There is still some flexibility but if you need to fold the finished product, we’d recommend going with a smaller weight. The 5 mil thickness is great for most sizes and use cases. As shown below, there is quite a bit of rigidity to the finished product.
If you are still unsure of what lamination weight will work best for you and want to consult a lamination professional, feel free to reach out to us at Kinetica Print and we will provide you with the information you need to make the right choice for all your lamination needs.