Pressboard Folder kind – What Does This average?

You have decided you need a really strong folder and you want to use pressboard folders for your files. This is the easy step. Now you have to decide what kind of pressboard folder to choose.

Pressboard paper stock is the kind of paper that these folders are made out of and is obtainable in an range of colors and styles. FiberMark is one of the premier manufacturers of pressboard paper. Basically they take recycled pulp board and press it together (multi-ply construction) to form pressboard paper. You can tell a folder is made out of pressboard when it kind of resembles thick cardboard. A lesser weight folder is usually made out of Manila or Kraft paper.

Pressboard paper uses two measurements to help determine the durability and thickness of the paper. The first measurement is the kind of paper. The highest quality has the lowest kind number. The second measurement is the weight which is called “point”. The thickest paper measures the highest point. (Paper you use in a copier, printer, etc. is measured in “pound”.)

The kind of the folder is determined by the quality of the elements along with the manufacturing course of action. Pressboard manufactured to be used for folders is obtainable in kind III, kind II, or kind I. I have explained the different Types below.

A) kind III (25 point)

-kind III pressboard is the least expensive of the pressboard Types. It is considered low density and has a slightly rough turn up. This is the most commonly used kind of pressboard folder because you get the advantages of superior durability over Manila or Kraft folders along a lower cost than kind II and I. Another advantage is that kind III is obtainable in over 9 colors. If you are trying to have the color of the folder designate something the additional color choices would be helpful.

-A disadvantage of kind III over Manila or Kraft is because the folders are thicker they do take up additional filing inches.

B) kind II (25 point)

-kind II pressboard is more expensive than kind III. It is considered medium density and has a smoother turn up than kind III. It is difficult to tell the difference between the two types by just looking at the folder. I personally have not seen much difference with durability when comparing kind II and III.

-Another disadvantage of kind II other than the cost is that it only is obtainable in 4 colors (Pearl, Red, Grey, and Green). To add to the confusion the grey is really a shade of green and the pearl also has a greenish tinge and the red is really brownish (since this has been a standard with the manufacturers for years no one seems to want to change what they call the colors). You have to be really careful when choosing a color.

C) kind I (20 point)

-kind I pressboard is more expensive than kind II and III. It is considered high density and has a very smooth, mottled turn up in addition to being stiffer than the other Types. It is very easy to tell when a folder is kind I by looking at the folder. The folder has a finished look and is extremely lasting. So kind I is a good choice if the folders will be stored and handled for a long time. These folders will take up less filing inches than kind II and III because the folder is denser (thinner). kind I paper is obtainable in 18 colors so they can be used to designate all kinds of things.

-The biggest disadvantage of kind I over kind II and II is that they cost more.

– kind I PressGuard is already more expensive than kind I pressboard. In addition to the characteristics of kind I pressboard, PressGuard has an embossed leather look and a high gloss acrylic coating for resistance to staining and moisture. This kind of folder presents a very specialized look if files will be viewed by prospect, customers, board members, etc. The additional cost may be justified if image is very important or the folders need to be able to resist excessive use and tear. These folders are also obtainable in 18 colors.

So now you know the differences between the Types of pressboard folders. If you are trying to decide which kind of folder would work best for your needs, you can weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each kind and make a decision.

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