ULTRABOARD: Rigid Foam Core
Our answer to foam core is Ultraboard — a rigid foam core with PVC faces that doesn’t warp! This is a lightweight substrate that direct prints beautifully. It is perfect for trade-shows, conferences and hanging restaurant menus. It’s only downside is if handled repeatedly or roughly, the corners can break when dropped. This is a favorite of our clients, especially for framing.
PVC is a fast-turnaround, economical substrate, recommended for indoor application out of direct sunlight. (PVC can warp in extreme sunlight or uneven heat.)
Corrugated plastic (also known by the brand name Coroplast®)
Corrugated plastic is lightweight (hollow structure), waterproof and long-lasting and one of the most economical substrates we offer. We chuckle, but many client’s ask for the “plastic cardboard” and we know this is what they want. Coroplast prints beautifully, for the price. The downside is the ridged texture and visible corrugation on the edges. For this reason, we tend to recommend it when clients are looking for a quick-turnaround, low-priced, short-term option.
Our poster paper is the most economical product we sell and yet, it prints beautifully. We print posters on weather-proof paper with solvent ink, which means the face is waterproof, which adds to the overall durability. The backside is exposed paper, so we don’t recommend it for outdoor use on windy or rainy days. Otherwise, it is a great option for one-time use banners, posters for special events and advertisements, or economical photography displays.
Thin PVC is great for simple door or directional signs, while the thicker versions can be printed with beautiful art and photography.