There are a number of bindery options available for businesses looking to add a finishing touch to their printed documents. Bindery methods can vary greatly according to durability, cost and appearance. Included below are descriptions of the different types of binding options available to help you make an informed decision.

Spiral Binding

Spiral binding is the perfect option to use for printed documents that need to lie flat but still have some play between the pages. The spiral material is typically made of either plastic or wire. Notebooks, technical manuals and calendars are the types of documents that will benefit from these physical attributes offered by this binding method. You can bind books up to 24 inches in length. The spiral wire coils can range from 1/4 to 2 inches in diameter.

Plastic Comb Binding

Plastic comb binding also allow pages to lie flat when opened, however, they can not be doubled back, and they hold pages more tightly with each other. The plastic material used is not as sturdy as spiral binding, so they are easily damaged. It is also expensive to use this method for large orders because inserting them is done by hand. This binding method has some great perks. They come in several colors, and you can get screen printing on the document’s spine. Anything up to 3 inches in thickness can bound using this method.

Thermal Binding

If you’re looking for binding that provides you with a clean sleek look, then thermal binding should be your method of choice. This method works great for proposals, reports and presentations. While these pre-glued spines are more expensive than the other binding methods, it is a simple concept. Your documents are inserted into the pre-glued spine. The spine is then placed into the preheated machine’s holding tray. This will heat up the glue and bind the document once it cools.

One of the most important aspects of the printing process is binding and what method will add that special finishing touch to your documents. There are many choices. The best method to use will depend upon the size and type of documents you are binding.