Laminating and encapsulating

Think of laminating as meaning in layers and you will not go far wrong. Encapsulating means fully enclosing. The words are frequently treated as interchangeable. This page concentrates on the differences.

There is more to these topics than many people realize. Here are some thoughts that may help you from entering into a minefield. We pose some questions, with notes that help with your thoughts before answering.

Laminate and laminating means layers or layering. Plywood is a laminate of thin sheets of wood glued together. We recently had some carpet replaced, and the fitter explained that the previos carpet had de-laminated. The rubberised backing had separated from the woolly surface layers, and causing uneven wear.

Laminating paper or thin card usually refers to coating it with a clear, thin or thick, flexible or rigid, plastic film.

Do you want to laminate or encapsulate?

Most office laminating machines are used as encapsulating machines. The laminating film extends beyond the paper surface and sticks to itself. This seals the contents very effectively. There is not necessarily any protection for the edges of laminated materials.

Hot or cold laminate112256

Pouches or sheets? 112253

What size is really required? 112131

What thickness is required? 112113

Small and large machines 112040

If you order A4

Can you wrap around edges?

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