Custom-Printed Binders: An Overview of the Most Popular Types of Ringed Binders
The primary benefit of a ringed binder is that pages and inserts can be added or removed very easily, which makes it an excellent choice for information that might need periodic updates. Also, because binders are constructed with a durable cover, the contents of the binder stay well-protected.
Most businesses and organizations use ringed binders for information that changes frequently, such as operation manuals, technical manuals, procedural manuals, and pricing manuals.
Also, binders can easily be created with printed and tabbed inserts that allow quick indexing to a specific page. This feature makes binders a great choice for sales presentations, training classes, seminars and business meetings.
made from a variety of different materials. Which type of binder to choose
depends on its intended usage as well as the budget of the custom binder
project. Below is a rundown of the most popular types of ringed binders available…
Vinyl Binders -
Vinyl binders are constructed of rigid chipboard that has been sealed within a durable vinyl covering. If desired, padding can be added between the chipboard and the vinyl covering to give the binder a more supple and plush feel.
binders are available in an assortment of standard colors and can be imprinted
or foil stamped for customization. A vinyl binder is primarily intended for
light to medium handling, making it well-suited for most office applications. Being
reliable and cost-effective, vinyl binders are a proven choice.
Clearview Binders -
A Clearview binder is a type of vinyl binder that has one or more clear pockets bonded onto the exterior of the binder. These clear pockets are added to the binder during the manufacturing process and become permanently affixed. Some Clearview binders have a pocket applied to the front only, while others also have pockets applied to the spine and back.
printing directly on the binder, printed sheets of paper or cardstock are
inserted into the pockets. This allows a practical and economical way to add
custom printing to an otherwise generic binder. Also, because Clearview binders
are a stock item into which a custom-printed cover is inserted, the lead time
is generally short compared to other types of customized binders.
Encapsulated Binders -
Clearview binder, an Encapsulated binder is also a type of vinyl binder.
In fact, it is very similar in appearance to a Clearview binder. However, instead
of a clear pocket that is left open at the top, an Encapsulated binder seals
the clear pocket after the printed paper sheet or cardstock has been placed
inside. Thus, the printed inserts are totally encased within the clear overlay
and remain inside permanently. Because Encapsulated binders are custom-made,
the lead time is generally longer than that of a Clearview binder.
Polypropylene Binders -
binders, commonly referred to as Poly binders, are created from a single sheet of plastic that has been creased and formed into the binder shape. Depending
on the application, the plastic may be flexible or rigid. Poly binders are available in multiple colors
and can be custom-printed to your specifications. Because Poly binders are very
durable, these binders are well-suited for heavy use, such as outdoor or
Cardstock Binders -
Cardstock binders are made from a single sheet of heavy cardstock that has been creased and folded into the binder shape. Because cardstock can be printed with just about any color scheme or finishing option, this type of binder offers great flexibility in the design.
binders are best for light duty applications. Also, because cardstock binders
are custom-fabricated, they are not the most economical choice for shorter
production runs. However, these binders are one of the more economical binder options
when purchased in larger quantities.
Turned-Edge Binders -
A turned-edge binder is similar in construction to the cover of a hardbound book. Like a hardbound book, a turned-edge binder is created by adhering an outer cover over rigid chipboard. In most cases, the outer cover is a custom-printed sheet that has a gloss, matte, or soft-touch laminate applied to the exterior side.
The outer cover is designed so that it
overlaps the chipboard substrate and bends around its edges, hence the name
"turned-edge." After the outer cover is secured in place, a paper liner is
adhered to the binder's inner side to add a finished look to the binder. Turned-edge
binders generally sell at a higher price point, but have a very professional
and impressive appearance.
If you have any questions about custom-printed binders, or have other questions about binding options or print-related topics, give Formax a call at 866-367-6221. If you already know your specs and would like a quote for an upcoming project, click here to access our easy quote request form. As always, we look forward to assisting with your next custom print project!