Is Waterproof Laser Paper Worth the Investment? A Cost/Benefit Analysis

Waterproof Laser Paper Worth It?

Synthetic laser paper is waterproof, tear-resistant and durable. It’s impervious to grease and chemicals, and also designed to withstand high and low temperature fluctuations. With all those features, it’s no wonder waterproof laser paper becomes a larger initial investment than traditional printing substrates. But, is waterproof paper worth the cost?

In addition its ability to withstand extreme physical and environmental conditions, one of the major cost benefits of REVLAR® waterproof laser paper is that its durability is not dependent on lamination.

Waterproof Paper vs. Lamination

Traditional paper products are often laminated in an attempt to achieve the characteristics inherent in REVLAR, yet lamination requires an additional time-consuming step after laser printing is complete. Plus, lamination can peel, bubble or crease, compromising the material’s clean, professional appearance and allowing moisture to penetrate and damage the finished piece.

REVLAR is clearly an extremely durable, waterproof and tear-resistant product. The time required to complete a piece with REVLAR is much less than the time needed to laminate. But for many users, particularly those concerned more with look and feel than with durability, the final decision often comes down to the cost of REVLAR vs. the cost of lamination.

Waterproof Paper Cost Comparison

This cost comparison illustrates that REVLAR is a highly cost-effective solution. This example calculates the cost to laser print on REVLAR or to laminate 1000 8 1/2” x 11” signs for outdoor use.

REVLAR Synthetic
Waterproof Paper

Pouch
Laminating

Laser Printing Cost (est.)

$0.11

$0.11

Polyester or Paper Cost

$0.38
(4.7 mil polyester)

$0.01
(standard paper)

Lamination Material Cost

N/A

$0.55  1

Lamination Labor Cost per sheet 2

N/A

$0.33  3

Estimated Cost per Piece

$0.49

$1.00

 1 Cost per pouch of lamination film from leading office supplier
Most laminators from leading office supplier process one sheet per minute
Assuming labor is $20 per hour

Other Factors

  • This comparison does not take into account the cost of purchasing and maintaining lamination equipment.
  • Customer will have to wait several hours to allow fuser oil to evaporate before laminating.
  • The amount of time required to heat up lamination equipment.

To Learn More

To learn more about waterproof laser paper cost benefits from Relyco, call 1-800-777-7359 or email info@relyco.com.

Waterproof Paper Consultation

*This blog post was originally published on Jan 9, 2015, it was updated on December 9, 2016

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