Why choose Lamination?

Lamination may be a finish that you’re most familiar with. It has been around for a very long time and is applied to a lot of promotional and business print materials.

When a piece of card or paper is covered with a thin layer of plastic, this is known as lamination; not to be confused with encapsulation. Encapsulation seals the paper/card all the way around, leaving a lip of plastic around the perimeter. Here at Metro Repro, we offer both gloss and matt lamination, so we are sure to achieve the look that you want.

Lamination adds an element of durability to your work, protecting it from marks, stains, grease and damage. For this reason, lamination is the perfect choice for printing that is handled regularly. Think about business cards; they float around in your bag, purse, wallet or briefcase until you hand them to someone who will keep it on their desk. After all that, you still want your business card to look new and professional, and lamination can help with that. If you use, (and re-use) training manuals and staff handbooks lamination allows you to keep using them for longer without damage.

So why do we offer two types of lamination? Well, it’s so you can choose the most suitable design for your needs. A gloss finish is exactly that, glossy, shiny and light reflective. It gives your printing a more appealing look, and the colours appear brighter and richer. Matt lamination may appear duller than gloss and colours may appear paler, but it is considered to be a more sophisticated choice. If first impressions mean everything to your business, then matt is the perfect choice for producing high-quality printing. The major drawback with matt is that it doesn’t provide the same level of protection as gloss lamination. It is more likely to scratch and show fingerprints so this should be taken into account when making a final decision.

At Metro Repro, we will help you to make a final decision when it comes to print finishes. We can print and laminate most sizes up to and including 1600mm wide by virtually unlimited length, so no job is too big! To speak to our team about any of your printing needs then contact us on 0191 261 1320, use our online contact form or email print@metrorepro.co.uk.

How to: Choose the best paper for your project

Picking the best paper to print your letterheads, brochures or your flyers on to can be a difficult task. There are so many choices and not enough guidance, that’s where we come in. At Metro Repro, we wanted to share our advice for choosing the perfect paper.

When selecting your paper, you may have seen the acronym “GSM” this is a measurement of weight and stands for “grams per square metre” the higher the GSM, the heavier the paper, a heavier paper usually means better quality too. Any GSM is available, but most suppliers will just stock the most common weights.

Understanding GSM’s can be tricky if you have no real life examples to relate them to:

35gsm – 55gsm: This weight is very light in the paper world, this type of paper is commonly used for newspapers. It is very thin and easily torn or damaged.

85gsm – 100gsm: This weight is usually the type of paper you buy for your printer. It is quite thin but fine for printing copy invoices or documents for your records.

120gsm -140gsm: This paper is used for the type of posters you see plastered around town, the low-cost flyers that fall out of your local magazine or the local takeaway menu. As it is slightly heavier, it can withstand a little more wear and tear.

210gsm – 300gsm: We’re getting into the higher quality paper now. The paper is used for premium flyers, found in high-end magazines or used to advertise events.This weight may feel like a piece of card but has some flexibility; you will see this type of paper used for magazine covers.

350gsm – 400gsm: It can stand up under its own weight and is commonly used for business cards or wedding invitations, there is a sense of quality.

We hope that this guide has given you more clarity when it comes to picking the perfect paper for your project, however, if you need a little more advice, then our team are on hand to advise you. If you are a student looking for help with a project or you’re a professional in need of some help on your business project then contact Metro Repro. Call us on 0191 261 1320, use our contact form or email print@metrorepro.co.uk. In a rush? Don’t worry; we offer a lightning quick service for some projects, ask us about it!