Paper comes in different types, with different sizes, weights, thickness and finishes. Getting the right types of paper for your office printing needs may be a little complicated. However, grasping the basics of paper types will help you make the right choices while stocking up on your office supplies. Office documents serve different purposes and as such, there are different types of paper suitable for each need. Read on to find out the common types of paper and a brief description of each. Many catalogues and brochures are made from paper.
This paper is more durable and is commonly used in electronic printing. The basic size is 17 inches by 22 inches and weight range is between 16 and 36 pounds. The size may also vary slightly. It is commonly used to make letterheads, envelops, invoices or most documents printed using laser and inkjet printers.
Also known as Bristol board, this paper is a heavyweight, thick and uncoated paper. The basic size is 22.5 inches by 28.5 inches with a 0.006 inch thickness. Its strength makes it perfect for use in making book covers, tickets, brochures, file folders, among others.
If you are looking to reduce your environmental impact, then using recycled paper may be one step in fulfilling this goal. It is important to note that recycled paper may be slightly expensive than the standard “virgin paper.” This is because it is generally produced in low quantities and hence, per unit production cost may be high. That said, the paper can be used for printing most office documents such as memos and reports.
Index card comes in three sizes, 3 inches by 5 inches, 4 inches by 6 inches and 5 inches by 8 inches; and three weights: 90, 110, and 140 pounds. The paper is usually thin and stiff, and is perfect for making magazine inserts, postcards, and index cards. It is budget-friendly and holds ink well, making it ideal for most print projects that require durable paper.
This type of paper is tough and durable, making it ideal for frequent handling. It is commonly used in making print hand-tags that can be found on consumer goods.
These are uncoated and can be used to satisfy a variety of office requirements such as printing office stationery, letterheads or envelops. They are economical, and with their multiple uses in the office, they make a good choice for normal office use.
These types of paper usually come with a clay coating to create a gloss on the paper surface. The coating gives a shining effect and is better in holding ink as compare to uncoated paper. There are two major types of coated papers: gloss coated paper and matt-coated paper. Gloss coated paper is more shiny and hence, can be used in making brochures and flyers. On the other hand, matt-coated paper is not shiny as it is coated with matt instead of gloss. This eliminates the glare that comes from shiny paper, making it ideal for making reports or leaflets. In between gloss and matt, there is silk coated paper with a silky and smooth coating. It has multiple uses, including making magazines and books.