There are a number of ways to bind a book. Each paper binding system has its own unique application and style. For this reason, it’s important to know when to use each of these types of binding.
When you use the proper binding technique, it increases the professionalism of the book or manual you are binding. This is good for both you and your clients.
So let’s get to it! Here are 7 types of binding and when to use them.
This paper binding system involves punching 11 small holes along the edge of an unbound book and placing two rigid pieces of plastic along the spine (on the front and back of the book). Small tines, or prongs, connect the pieces and hold the book together. Velo binding provides a sleek and professional look, are great for sensitive documents you don’t want copied and are easy to stack.
Thermal binding covers can be used with documents containing up to 500 pages, making this the perfect paper binding system for a highly polished look. This binding technique works by inserting a book into a cover which already has glue on the spine. From there, the glue heats up so it binds to the paper. This is a quick method and the covers can even be customized to put your name and logo on them.
Tape binding uses thermoplastic adhesive on a strip to bind books together. This method is a good choice for review books, office documents or presentations.
Comb binding has been around for over 40 and is arguably the most common binding styles in all of North America. This type of binding allows the book to open flat, making it easier to copy pages. Comb binding is economical and the teeth can be opened to insert or remove unwanted pages..
Coil or spiral binding is sturdier in comparison to comb binding and looks great on proposals and presentations. Because coil binding comes in a wide variety of colours, companies are often able to use one that matches their logo and colour of the front page. Plus with coil binding you are ableto wrap pages around to the back, allowing for easy reading and copying.
Saddle-stitching is a binding method that secures loose leaf papers down the middle using staples. This type of binding is cost effective and is a great way to bind booklets and smaller, less formal materials.
Wire binding or Wire-O allows documents to lay flat on a desk for easy reading or open a full 360 degrees. It also provides an elegant style to your reports, presentations or proposals. The wire makes the binding very sturdy and gives an elegant look.
Which one of these types of binding are you planning to use for your next project? Get in touch with Southwest Bindings today to see how we can help you.