Best Types Of Binding And Report Covers

Report and Binding Covers from ABC OfficeI have had people ask me which type of binding or report cover is the best. Most of these people simply want some advice or direction. To be honest, there really isn’t a best report cover, but there are situations that warrant one style over another.

There are a few questions you will want to ask yourself prior to purchasing a binding or report cover. Answers to these questions should help to point you in the right direction.

Which Covers Work Best With Binding Machines?

  • I have found that most binding machines can handle binding covers. You will, however, probably have to scale back the number you punch at a time as binding / report covers are typically heavier stock and thicker than standard copy paper.

Will You Be Printing On The Cover?

  • If you will be printing on the cover, you may want to go with a paper-based report cover versus a clear or poly cover.

Is The Document For Long-Term Or Short-Term Purposes?

  • If you expect the document to be thrown away within weeks or months of being bound, you may want to go with a paper-based cover that is more environmentally friendly. Many clear covers and poly covers, however, can be recycled.

Will The Bound Document Be Around Food?

  • If a bound document, such as a cookbook, will be around food, I recommend using a clear cover or poly cover. These covers are easy to clean and will not absorb food like paper-based covers will.

How Durable Does The Cover Need To Be?

  • If you are expecting your bound document to be banged around, stuffed in a bag or otherwise mishandled, you may want a poly cover. Polypropylene covers tend to maintain their form and have less a chance of bending than clear covers or paper-based covers.

Are You Trying To Match The Spine?

  • You shouldn’t have too much trouble matching your covers with the spine. Most of our report and binding covers are available in multiple colors. If you are unable to find a perfect match, you may want to consider using a clear cover for the front and a black cover for the back. This combination usually matches just about any binding spine (coil, wire, comb or Velobind) out there.

These are the different types of report and binding covers we offer:

  1. Clear Report Covers
  2. Polypropylene (Poly) Binding Covers
  3. Card Stock (Paper Based) Report Covers

These are just a few of the most common questions. Hopefully this has helped you determine which binding or report cover you should use. If you are still on the fence, or don’t know which cover to get, feel free to call one of our book binding specialists at 1-800-658-8788.

You can find our entire selection of book binding machines here.

Keith Barlow

Keith is a third generation office equipment expert. ABC Office was started by his grandfather back in 1980 and he is proud to be caring on the values that made ABC Office what it is today… unsurpassed selection, detailed information, low prices, and courteous support.

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