It’s been estimated that most engineering and architectural offices use over 3,500 square feet of paper for printing every month. For industries that utilize this much printing, it’s important to also know what types of paper you need to stock up on to prevent any unnecessary hold-ups or misprints.
Banner rolls can be invaluable to architects and engineers alike, ensuring that plotter paper is always on hand and easily accessible. Likewise, bond paper rolls are used throughout countless businesses for receipt printing. Knowing the types of paper that you use most, and how much you typically go through each month, is the first (and most important part) of effective ordering.
The health of your printer is also another reason to take notice of the types of paper that you need. Ordering paper that is too large or thick can lead to increased paper jams and more frequent maintenance, while coating on paper -- glossy or matte -- can also affect overall performance. Before ordering your banner rolls, here are four different considerations to keep in mind.
Consider the size of the paper that your business utilizes most. Banner rolls of plotter paper can come in 11-, 17-, 18-, 22-, 24-, 30-, 34-, 36-, and 42-inch sizes. Take note of the sizes your printer is able to process, as well as what you’ve been using and if a different size would be better for your process. If you’re frequently running into issues with images or text being cut off, then it may be time to go up a couple of inches, but if your current prints are much smaller than the sheet, you should consider downsizing.
Investing in proper paper sizes can not only help eliminate waste if something is oversized, but it can also help your documents appear more professional and up to par with your industry standards.
When it comes to ordering banner rolls of plotter paper, weight doesn't just refer to the individual sheets. For instance, a roll of paper that has a weight of 13 to 25 pounds is usually based on a 250 sheet standard. For larger projects that require more paper, larger weights can be required to ensure you’re not running out frequently.
When using other types of paper, the weight can refer to the thickness of each sheet. Thin and flimsy sheets aren’t typically good for engineering or architectural fields, so err on the side of sturdier sheets when stocking up on printing supplies. Of course, if you’re printing throw away sheets or sheets that will otherwise be included in booklets or folders, you may want some thinner options to supplement.
Another key aspect to consider when choosing the correct paper type is the finish. This can include a bit of research on your part, depending on what you’re printing and how it will be used. A matte printout for a presentation can have a different effect than one with a satin or glossy finish.
As a rule of thumb, if the print out is primarily worded and is meant to be read, a matte finish is better, as it's easier in the eyes. Satin finishes are a solid choice for professional documents and won’t smear easily under fingertips, while a glossy finish is more for showing off artistic designs and bringing out colors.
The brighter the paper is, the more contrast you will have against darker text and images. However, duller papers can also complement specific types of documents, depending on what they will be used for. When evaluating available papers, take brightness into account to ensure the final look will be satisfactory and that everything will be legible.
There is more that goes into printing than you think. Ordering banner rolls in the right size, color, and weight can save you time and help to eliminate waste. Consider these tips above before placing your next order and don’t hesitate to reach out and ask questions if you’re curious about what the different types can do for you.