Get the Type of Foamboard as Your Project Demands

Foamboard is a user-friendly and multipurpose material known for its robust, long-lasting, and lightweight properties. It has a hard covering, whereas the inner surface is soft. Foamboard is feasible for cutting and sticking together; thus, it has effectively made its way into packaging, displaying, and mounting works applications. People use it frequently for commercial and personal work. It comes in various types, serving diverse needs. Below are a few of them:   

1. Foamcore: It is a basic, resourceful foamboard, that features a multifaceted graphic and display core. It has a strong extruded polystyrene core sandwiched between two layers of blanched white clay coated paper. You can use this foamboard for screen printing, mounting, framing, die cutting, and models. 

Foamcore is available in diverse thicknesses; the most common is 3/16". However, you can get it in 1/8", 3/8", and 1/2" thicknesses as well. It is cost-effective and light in weight, but be careful of its edges as this material requires a bit of care in handling.

2. PVC Foamboard: It is generally known as Sintra, and is a substrate made of thin plastic. It is durable, and you can get PVC foam in a range of thicknesses. It is moderately heavier than gatorboard and can bend slightly although it is resistant to denting. PVC foamboard is an extremely durable sheet that can be used for photo mounting, display construction, and many other purposes. It comes with or without self-adhesive. In the case of self-adhesive PVC, you just have to peel off and stick on firmly to make display posters and other items.

3. Gatorboard: This type of foamboard is an extruded polystyrene covered between two layers of Luxcell wood-fiber veneer. Gatorfoam has exceptional features; it is sturdy, long-lasting, etc. You can use this substrate for diverse work applications. You can easily find the material in different thicknesses, like 3/16, ½, ¾” 1", 1 1/2", and 2". Gatorfoam is similar to foamcore, but with an exception that it has thin sheets of plastic on each side. Also, it is resistant to denting and, thus, does not require a lot of maintenance.    

This substrate is the best choice if you are inclined to tack on something for a longer time. It is original, has extensive advantages, and is known for its high performance. It is ideal for digital and screen printing. 

These are some of the common foamboards used for all-encompassing purposes. Keep in mind to use the right cutting tools to get even edges and desired shapes. 

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