Laminating film serves a myriad of purposes but mainly to protect and preserve. Laminating is used to preserve legal documents such as drivers licenses, birth certificates and social security cards just to name a few.

Lamination is also use to protect things such as menus that are subject to spills, stain and excessive handling. A menu that has been laminated enables you to wipe clean any mishaps that may occur. You may also want to preserve things like your child's awards or even some of their special art work.

Lamination can also improve the appearance of documents by enhancing the color and contrast. It gives documents a clean, professional appearance.

Laminating film is available in varying thicknesses to meet any needs you may have. Thickness is measured in "mils", this measurement does not represent millimeters. The most common thicknesses of lamination are: 3 mil, 5 mil, 7 mil, and 10 mil. The higher the number the thicker the lamination is and the more protection it provides.

3 mil provides protection from moisture, dirt, dust and some handling.. 5 mil gives you a bit more protection and can help protect documents exposed to the elements: wind, rain and sunlight (UV rays). A 7 mil thickness or higher gives you the greatest protection and the most rigidity. A 7 mil or higher lamination protects from extensive handling such as menus or ID cards.

There are two type of lamination hot and cold. Hot lamination is used for documents that are not heat sensitive and relies on a heating source to seal. Cold lamination is used for heat sensitive documents and relies on adhesive and pressure to seal the item within.

Laminating pouches are also available. These are pouches made from laminating film in pre cut sizes. This is convenient if you are laminating multiple items of the same size. You insert the document between the two layers and insert it into a hot laminating machine to activate the adhesive or into a pressurized roller system if you are using cold pouches.

There is also several finishes to choose from when laminating. You can choose a gloss finish that gives the document a shiny appearance. A gloss finish is good fro bright colors and can add definition and radiance. There is also a matte finish. Matte finish is more granular and non-reflective. It also can help to make colors more vivid.

There is a laminating film available for any use you can think. You have varying thickness for the amount of protection you need or want. You also can find a finish that will meet your needs. You can laminate any thing from your kindergarteners art work to the menus in the restaurant you have always want to own.