What Makes Foam Boards Unique

Foam board, also known as foamcore or foam core, serves a variety of purposes in displaying, packaging, mounting, die cutting and craft and hobby.   When used in the arts, its usefulness as a backing material in framing art, mounting of prints and photographs, and as backing in picture frames is simply unparalleled. So what is it about foam boards that makes them such a sought after material? Let us find out.

Light Weight

Foam boards are typically made using a sturdy board that is covered on both sides with paper or plastic in a way that the foam is centered at the core. The uniqueness of foam boards lies in the material they are made up of as it is extremely lightweight as well as strong at the same time.  This unique quality makes them ideal for mounting pictures, as a packing material and in expansive works of art because they add so minimally to the existing weight of the piece of art.

Thickness and Sizes

Foam board are available in very large sizes, which has made it popular as the second-most prevalent material for display boards, advertising projects and various school projects and science fairs. Large pieces of boards can be attached close together by putting them together with white artists’ tape or available panel connectors to make a trifold display. Such types of displays are used widely in stage performances and for photographic purposes.  Many foam boards are even utilized to make a variety of a props and backdrops for theatrical use.  Foam boards are usually developed in white and black, although they are also available in a variety of colors, sizes and thicknesses with some manufacturers.

Soft yet Sturdy

A good feature of foam boards is that the surface can be pierced through with pushpins and thumbtacks. This usability makes foam boards a great choice for bulletin boards, which also proves to be less expensive as compared to the cost of other common substrates. The cost factor is so favorable in this case that one doesn’t mind disposing off the extensively used board and buying a new one. Another use of this material is made as wipe off boards on which, dry erase markers are used to arrange a makeshift whiteboard. They are great at working as a stabilizer for paper artwork and are promising as a backing material.

Easily Cut and Glued

For art and craft related projects, foam board work best as you can cut it into shapes using a razor-type knife, draw and erase as convenience and even glue it depending on your need. It allows paints to stay over and markers to be used without any hassles. Because of these attributes, foam board has even replaced certain types of wood that is used for specific purposes as a building material in the craft and hobby markets.
Professional Use

Foam boards appear clean and have straight edges even after cutting, which gives them a sophisticated and professional look. They offer a rigid yet light weight coat for presentation statistics, charts and graphs. Foam boards are more reliable and can therefore be used for semi-permanent presentation purposes. They are also popular for interior signage for retail or commercial businesses primarily because of their light weight, easy-to-transport and weather resistant calibers.
Easy-to-Handle by Children

Children often need reusable, soft and easy-to-handle materials for working on their school projects. Being sturdy and light weight at the same time, foam boards work well for a variety of craft projects. Their acid free version makes it possible to use them for scrapbook projects where pictures are used and need protection from spoilage due to adhesives. If a project requires thick, sturdy materials like cardboard or poster board, foam boards serve as a great alternative that will add some dimension along with grace to the project.

Being resistant to the detrimental effects of rain, wind, and sunlight, foam boards are perfect for everyday use in projects that are likely to be damaged without protection. They are cheap, easily available and convenient to use. In a nutshell, foam board, along with a knife, pencil, paint, and glue is all that you need for your framing, mounting, display advertising, office and school projects.

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