Laminating film is a broad category which includes plastic based films suitable for both hot and cold laminating machines, as well as some types of encapsulating machine. The process of laminating a document involves applying laminating film to either one or both surfaces in order to protect it from moisture, dirt or mechanical wear. Artwork, manuals, certificates, licences, menus and photographs are all commonly laminated to preserve them long term.
Because the uses to which these documents are put can vary, the type of laminating film needed also varies. Laminating Film can be produced from several different types of synthetic material, such as nylon and polypropylene to name a couple. Whether a document requires a rigid, shiny surface or a flexible surface or a matte surface, there is likely to be a laminating film available to suit it.
For heat sensitive documents, such as many photographs, or documents printed on thermal paper, cold laminating film is available. This uses self-adhesives and pressure rather than heat to form a bond with the surface of the document. There are also ‘low melt’ laminating films, that fall somewhere between hot lamination and cold lamination, giving the benefits of the former but being safe to use with a wider range of surfaces.
Lamination film has become popular both in industry and home use, precisely because it is a flexible and effective way of preserving documents.