A roll laminator is a machine that protects and preserves documents between two sheets of laminating film. Laminating is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to protect and preserve important documents or photographs.

Laminators have a wide range of applications and prices anywhere from several hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. They also come in various sizes with maximum widths of 12", 18", 27", 40", 44" and 62" and sometimes narrower rolls of laminating film no larger than 12" can be used on many of these laminators. Factors to consider when you buy a roll laminator depends on what you're laminating, the volume, and the desired finished product.

Commercial quality laminating machines generally have wider format sizes and are often found in copy and print shops, business service centers and in-house graphic departments. Some laminators come with a built-in trimmer which eliminates the need for scissors. A reverse motor function which helps in the removal of film wrap can also be found on some of the larger laminator machines. They may also feature variable a heat setting automatic shut-off, 4 motor-driven rollers, and a ready-light indicator to let you know when it is ready for use. These heavier laminating machines are designed for convenience, quality and flexibility, and often also include adjustable tension, variable speed control and adjustable heat control.

Businesses or individuals in the printing, marketing, or a mass media distribution business will do best with a high-speed laminator to finish printed products no wider than 30".

Small businesses and professional businesses or agencies also invest in laminating machines. Many of the documents and papers laminated may contain important information or past successful strategies or campaigns which may be useful in future planning. Other documents may be laminated to preserve the history of the organization, its members and outreach.

Many schools buy laminators to protect and save student records, art work, and photographs for the school archives. Many laminated documents will have been printed by a laser or small ink-jet printer. Posters may be laminated to prevent vandalism and unauthorized notations.

Families, too, may find it helpful to laminate Baptism or Confirmation certificates, marriage licenses, or other important documents. Family portraits, wedding pictures, certificates and awards won or earned by family members can also be protected by a roll laminator.

In conclusion, a roll laminator can be used in many large commercial, small business, or personal endeavors.