How do I link my file? What binding should I use for my document? Where do I link my documents?
If you’ve ever asked yourself these questions, then you’ve come to the right article. These are typically the questions we ask ourselves when we find ourselves faced with a pile of impressions that need to be bound neatly and quickly. In this article, we will analyze the different existing methods for binding a document and explain why you should choose one type of binding rather than another, depending on the number of pages to bind and in relation to the desired rendering.
We will pass in detail four types ofe bindings for four different renderings:
Spiral binding, the great classic of bound documents
This binding method is the best known and therefore the most widely used. We regularly see this binding method on notepads, calendars, notebooks but also on certain reports and balance sheets. Indeed, being adaptable on several formats such as A3, A4 or A5, and allowing to have the pages side by side, well flat and easily leafed, the spiral binding is the great classic of the binding. To obtain this type of bound document, all you have to do is perforate your prints in order to affix a metal or plastic spiral binding, the latter also being called “coil binding”.
Note that unlike wire binding, plastic binding can reopen, making it easier to insert new sheets into the document.
Economical and customizable thanks to numerous choices of formats, colors and finishes, these binders are ideal for documents containing few sheets (minimum 3 pages). This binding innovates again and may surprise you: it is now possible to create documents containing hidden spiral bindings, for a more qualitative rendering.
If you decide to do this yourself, use a punch binder but keep in mind that you will need to make some adjustments and then try a few tries before you embark on punching your final prints because an error can happen quickly. If you do not feel comfortable or are in a hurry, do not hesitate to call your nearest printer. Experts will be able to advise you, add a protective transparency, a hard cover spine, or even add personalized dividers before making your spiral bindings. All this within express deadlines.
The stapled binding
Another binding suitable for documents containing few pages: stapled binding, also called “metal point binding”, is suitable for commercial brochures, magazines, menus, mass booklets, etc.
It is carried out by superimposing the documents and then affixing staples at the fold. It is a quick and inexpensive solution that will allow you to obtain solid and aesthetic cases in a short time. It also makes it possible to obtain an extra flat support and therefore practical to transport for your customers.
This binding is adaptable to several formats such as A4, A5 or A6, to name the most common. It also allows you, depending on the format, to choose a portrait or landscape orientation and is customizable with several types of finishes such as matt or gloss lamination.
To be able to benefit from this type of binding, however, you must stay within a range of 8 to 40 pages maximum.
The thermo-glued binding offers a more qualitative and refined result than the bindings that we mentioned in our two previous points.
With the thermo-glued binding, your prints are not perforated but glued together by the edge which is covered with colored cardboard paper. A4 and A5 formats are the most commonly used. This binding method can include a transparent cover depending on demand to protect the first page of your document. Note that you will need a minimum of 20 pages printed on one side or two sides to use this type of binding.
Be careful, however: if you use this method, your document will not be able to open completely flat and it will be impossible to integrate new pages once the binding has been completed. If you decide to choose this technique to bind your memory or record, do not hesitate to seek advice from a printer.
The binding with “glued square back”
Glue binding is mainly used for printing books, novels and catalogs. It consists of covering the slice with a fixed glue which, once heated, fixes the paper and binds the sheets after cooling.
This method requires a longer production time (72 hours) but gives your work an elegant and very professional final rendering as “out of a bookstore”. It also provides rigidity to your support thanks to the “PUR” adhesive process which makes the inside pages undetachable.
You can definitely turn to this glued binding if you want to print documents longer than 40 pages. If you have less than 40 pages, we advise you to turn to our 3rd option: thermo-glued binding.
As you will probably have already understood, each type of binding adapts to very specific needs. If you do not yet know which one will be the most suitable for your project, do not hesitate to contact your printer!
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