How to choose sheet protectors

Posted on January 12, 2010 by Frankye Robinson

Archiving important documents? Putting together a presentation? Sheet protectors provide excellent protection for your archival documents, and a polished look for presentations. However, not all sheet protectors are equally suited to every task. There are three factors to consider when choosing the right sheet protectors.

Style: there are a range of sizes & styles are suited to different purposes.
Material: poly and vinyl sheet protectors provide different levels of protection.
Thickness: sheet protectors are available in a range of gauges that offer different looks and levels of durability.

Use this guide to determine which sheet protectors best suit your office needs.

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Sheet Protector Styles

Sheet protectors are available in a range of styles that suit different needs and preferences. The most popular sheet protector styles:

Clear Protectorscompletely see-through. Non-Glare: Matte finish; less transparent.

Recommended Clear Sheet Protectors 

Avery® Heavyweight and Super Heavyweight Easy Load Sheet Protector

Recommended Matte Sheet Protectors 

Non-Glare Sheet Protectors

Top LoadingEasiest to load. Multi-Page Capacity: Accommodates multiple pages.

Recommended Top Load Sheet Protectors 

Top Loading Sheet Protectors

Recommended Multi-Page Protectors

Multiple Page Sheet Protectors

Sheet Protector Material

Polypropylene, or plastic page protectors are acid-free and archival safe. That means they won't yellow and crack over time. Plastic sheet protectors also won't smear or pick up the ink from your important business & personal documents.  Vinyl page protectors are thicker and more durable, than most poly options. However, they are not archival safe. Choose vinyl sheet protectors for materials that don't require that level of protection.

Recommended Plastic Sheet Protectors

C-Line® Traditional Sheet Protector

Recommended Vinyl Sheet Protectors

Avery® Heavyweight Clear Vinyl Envelope

Sheet Protector Thickness

Sheet protectors are available in a range of gauges, or thickness. The higher the gauge, the thicker and more durable the sheet protector. Thicker sheet protectors also give presentation a professional finish.  

Economy Gauge
Less than 2 mil

Best for: transporting documents.

Standard Gauge
2-3 mil

Best for: lightly referenced documents.

Recommended Economy Sheet Protectors

Economy Gauge Sheet Protectors

Recommended Standard Sheet Protectors

Standard Gauge Sheet Protectors

Heavy Gauge
3-4 mil

Best for: reference materials.

Super Heavy Gauge
Over 4 mil

Best for: presentations and heavily referenced materials.

Recommended Heavy Gauge Sheet Protectors

Heavy Duty Sheet Protectors

Recommended Super Heavy Sheet Protectors

C-Line® Super Heavyweight Sheet Protector

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