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Ring Binders

When it comes to ring binders, we typically have two choices. We may either go for a Poly ring binder or a vinyl ring binder. Both come with their own sets of benefits and whether you will use the one or the other will depend on the uses and functions you have planned for the binder. So, let us get down to it and see the benefits of these two different kinds of ring binders in greater details.

Vinyl Binders

Vinyl binders are suited for archiving documents in a high-office environment. Which is to say, that they are more visually pleasing and offer greater flexibility in terms of design and decoration than the poly binders. One can foil stamp a vinyl cover, can directly screen print onto the cover using 1-4 colors. If you want to de-boss an image onto the cover, this can be easily done with vinyl covers, too (although if you are looking to de-boss a cover, it is best to use Castilian vinyl, in place of the standard French Calf or Suedenne-Matte vinyls. The former is thicker than the others and will therefore give more depth to the de-bossed image).
Vinyl binders are made from a rigid chipboard sealed around with two high quality Vinyl pieces, and this gives the binders a sturdy cover which will normally last a long time and would be ideal if your moving from place to place doing lots of freelance work for example. Another benefit with the Vinyl binders are that you can use the entrapment method with these ring binders, which means that printed sheets can be permanently sealed over clear Vinyl. This gives you great flexibility for custom-designing your Vinyl cover and make it look visually attractive and insert the information that you want to insert there.

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There are also many other add-on options available with the Vinyl binders. You can include business card holders into the binder insert horizontal inside pockets as well as include CD holders and label holders. However, for all these benefits, there is one drawback that you may experience with these binders. Which is that they are not as durable as the poly binders and cannot withstand extremes of hot and cold and dust and water damage as well as the poly binders will do. For example, the cover may receive some crack if exposed to very cold conditions. On the other hand, under hot conditions, the cover may sag as it gets softened by the heat.

Poly Binders

Poly binders, on the other hand, are made from poly plastic. There is no rigid chipboard and the flexibility of the cover will depend on the thickness of the plastic that is being used to make the cover. The common gauges used for ploy binders include .075, .055, .035, and .023 gauge. Poly binders, however, do not look as visually attractive as the vinyl binders. They are made from plastic and look like plastic. Therefore, they may not be appropriate for use at a high-office environment or in a personal bookshelf. However, they are ideal for places like hospital, school, shop environment, on the road, bakery, etc.– places where they are likely to be exposed to various elements like water damage.

Clear Overlay Binders

White vinyl with clear three sides and white pockets inside the front and back covers. We stock them in sizes from 3/4″ through 3″. No holes on the spine and a better level of quality than average. Ever had the print from your insert sheet stick to the inside of the clear vinyl? Contact us to receive a tip sheet and get more information about this and other binder issues.

One Piece Plastic “flexible” Binders

We called them Poly Binders and there’s no other type that is as strong. These will still be around when we are all are gone. They’re great for catalog binders which get a lot of usage because they hold up for years and years and don’t get dirty. Put your telephone number on the spine for the buyers who want you to do the walking through the pages. They’ll call you first.