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      What is Foamcore

      What is foam core?

      Foam core is a display and printing material that consists of a dense foam core sandwiched between two sheets of matte paper. The foam core is typically made from polystyrene, one of the world’s most common types of plastic that is also used to make styrofoam. Because the polystyrene core of foam board is 95-98% air, foam core boards are incredibly lightweight.

      What is the difference between foam core and foam board?

      There is no difference between foam core and foam board; they both refer to a printing and display board made from a foam core between two sheets of paper. You may also see this material referred to as foamcore, foamboard, paper-face foam, or kappa depending on the manufacturer and region.

      One source of confusion about this terminology could be that gator board, a different printing and signage material, also has a foam center. The difference between gator board and foam core boards, however, is that gator board has a face made from wood-fiber veneer. You can learn more about the differences between gator board vs. foam core along with other materials in our blog post comparing common signage materials.

      What are the advantages of foam core boards?

      Foam core has many useful traits that make it one of the most versatile materials for signs and displays. Here are a few of the material’s notable characteristics:

          • A heavy duty poster board – In comparison to other types of poster board, which are typically malleable and have no solid core, foam core is very sturdy. Foam core is rigid, lies flat on its own, stays straight when propped up or hung, and resists bending and curling. This is the material you should use if you need a hard poster board.
          • Super lightweight – While foam boards may be slightly thicker than other types of poster board, the foam core contributes to virtually no difference in its weight. Foam core boards are incredibly light which means they can easily be transported, displayed and stored.
          • Easy to print and cut – Foam core boards make for a great material for printing and cutting. Photos and designs can be printed directly onto foam core, and the boards can be neatly trimmed to just about any shape.
          • Many finishing options – You can easily opt to laminate or frame your foam core board. You can also find foam core boards with a variety of finishes from glossy to textured to matte.
          • Low cost – Foam core boards are some of the least expensive printing and display materials on the market. Their low cost makes foam boards ideal for short-term or large-scale projects.

       

      What are the disadvantages of foam core boards?

      While we love foam core for its versatility and ease of use, it’s not the right material for every project. Here are some disadvantages of foam core to consider:

          • Foam core should not be exposed to the elements – Foam boards will warp, discolor, and disintegrate if exposed to prolonged sunlight or moisture. You should not use foam boards for permanent outdoor displays. Furthermore, you should avoid displaying them in damp indoor environments like a kitchen or bathroom.
          • Foam core is slightly acidic –  You should not mount archival materials on foam board, as the chemical composition of the plastic will degrade the artifact over time.
          • Foam core is hard to recycle – Foam boards have a polystyrene core, which is the same plastic composite that makes styrofoam. Polystyrene is among the hardest plastics to recycle. Even if you put it in the recycling bin, chances are it will end up in a landfill. Furthermore, foam core is not biodegradable. If you are looking for a 100% recyclable printing material with a similar price point, check out Coroplast. Another 100% recyclable, more durable option is Ultra Board.
          • Foam core does not resist wear and tear – Foam core cannot take a beating. It could easily be snapped over your knee, dented by a slight fall, or punctured with a fingernail. So handle your foam core boards with care!

       

      Can you display foam core boards outside?

      Foam core boards are not meant for permanent outdoor display, as they will quickly degrade when exposed to moisture or prolonged sunlight. However, if the weather is nice and dry, temporarily displaying your foam core boards outside won’t do them any harm. Just make sure to fasten them to something heavy so the wind doesn’t blow them away! And be sure to take the foam core boards in for the night – even a slight morning dew could damage the paper faces of the boards.

      outdoor foam core display

      Temporary outdoor display is just fine for foam core prints.

      Foam board sizes

      There are no strict or enforced standards for poster sizing, but many companies have come around to using the same standard foam core sizes. The standard sizes for foam core boards are as follows:

          • Standard poster board size is 22″ x 28″ – This is the standard foam poster board size you will generally find in the aisle of your neighborhood craft supplier or supermarket.
          • Foam core thickness generally ranges between 3mm to 5mm (1/8th to 3/16ths of an inch). Some heavy-duty foam core for special purposes can have a thickness of 10mm or 20mm. We at Coastal Creative carry foam board in 3/16″ and 1/2″ thicknesses.
          • Large poster board size is 36″ x 48″ –  Large foam boards may not be available in many supply stores, but most large format printing businesses will have some in stock.
          • Oversized foam core boards can be as large as 8′ x 4′ – Only specialized printers (like us!) will have foam core boards this size in stock; if you require a foam core board of this size, it may need to be special-ordered. However, even massive foam core projects can be assembled from many smaller pieces of foam core, which will make the product much easier to print and transport.
          • Standard movie poster size is 27″ x 40″ – Foam boards are a common choice for movie poster prints.

      Keep in mind that foam core board sizes vary depending on the manufacturer. Furthermore, don’t fret if the size you need wasn’t listed here. Foam core boards can always be cut to the exact dimensions you need.

      Uses of Foam Board

      Because it is so lightweight, rigid, and inexpensive, foam board is an incredibly versatile material. Here are some of great foam core board projects you may have a use for someday soon.

      Common uses for printed foam core boards

      Printed foam core signs and boards are ideal presentation pieces to get that message across in your business endeavors. These high quality boards are best suited for business or scholastic presentations, lectures, and trade shows. Businesses often create custom foam board signs for special events, or to advertise sales to their customers.

      foam core prints guide

      Here are some of the most common purposes for which our clients order custom printed foam core boards:

          • Companies & Offices
              • Meetings and reports
              • Employee celebrations
              • Displays of the company mission and goals
              • Lobby decor
          • Shops & Businesses
              • Aisle markers
              • To advertise sales
              • Menu boards
              • Notices
          • Education & Community
              • Science fair and research projects
              • Photo galleries
              • Event advertisements
              • Temporary wayfinding solutions
          • Trade Shows & Conventions
              • Branded imagery
              • Dynamic sets and backdrops
              • Overhead hangings
              • Portable signage

      Sometimes foam core is used on a much smaller scale the case of architecture or prototyping projects. The ability to cut the foam core along with it’s durability makes it an ideal material for these types of small scale project.

      What is Gatorfoam

      What is foam core?

      Foam core is a display and printing material that consists of a dense foam core sandwiched between two sheets of matte paper. The foam core is typically made from polystyrene, one of the world’s most common types of plastic that is also used to make styrofoam. Because the polystyrene core of foam board is 95-98% air, foam core boards are incredibly lightweight.

      What is the difference between foam core and foam board?

      There is no difference between foam core and foam board; they both refer to a printing and display board made from a foam core between two sheets of paper. You may also see this material referred to as foamcore, foamboard, paper-face foam, or kappa depending on the manufacturer and region.

      One source of confusion about this terminology could be that gator board, a different printing and signage material, also has a foam center. The difference between gator board and foam core boards, however, is that gator board has a face made from wood-fiber veneer. You can learn more about the differences between gator board vs. foam core along with other materials in our blog post comparing common signage materials.

      What are the advantages of foam core boards?

      Foam core has many useful traits that make it one of the most versatile materials for signs and displays. Here are a few of the material’s notable characteristics:

          • A heavy duty poster board – In comparison to other types of poster board, which are typically malleable and have no solid core, foam core is very sturdy. Foam core is rigid, lies flat on its own, stays straight when propped up or hung, and resists bending and curling. This is the material you should use if you need a hard poster board.
          • Super lightweight – While foam boards may be slightly thicker than other types of poster board, the foam core contributes to virtually no difference in its weight. Foam core boards are incredibly light which means they can easily be transported, displayed and stored.
          • Easy to print and cut – Foam core boards make for a great material for printing and cutting. Photos and designs can be printed directly onto foam core, and the boards can be neatly trimmed to just about any shape.
          • Many finishing options – You can easily opt to laminate or frame your foam core board. You can also find foam core boards with a variety of finishes from glossy to textured to matte.
          • Low cost – Foam core boards are some of the least expensive printing and display materials on the market. Their low cost makes foam boards ideal for short-term or large-scale projects.

       

      What are the disadvantages of foam core boards?

      While we love foam core for its versatility and ease of use, it’s not the right material for every project. Here are some disadvantages of foam core to consider:

          • Foam core should not be exposed to the elements – Foam boards will warp, discolor, and disintegrate if exposed to prolonged sunlight or moisture. You should not use foam boards for permanent outdoor displays. Furthermore, you should avoid displaying them in damp indoor environments like a kitchen or bathroom.
          • Foam core is slightly acidic – You should not mount archival materials on foam board, as the chemical composition of the plastic will degrade the artifact over time.
          • Foam core is hard to recycle – Foam boards have a polystyrene core, which is the same plastic composite that makes styrofoam. Polystyrene is among the hardest plastics to recycle. Even if you put it in the recycling bin, chances are it will end up in a landfill. Furthermore, foam core is not biodegradable. If you are looking for a 100% recyclable printing material with a similar price point, check out Coroplast. Another 100% recyclable, more durable option is Ultra Board.
          • Foam core does not resist wear and tear – Foam core cannot take a beating. It could easily be snapped over your knee, dented by a slight fall, or punctured with a fingernail. So handle your foam core boards with care!

       

      Can you display foam core boards outside?

      Foam core boards are not meant for permanent outdoor display, as they will quickly degrade when exposed to moisture or prolonged sunlight. However, if the weather is nice and dry, temporarily displaying your foam core boards outside won’t do them any harm. Just make sure to fasten them to something heavy so the wind doesn’t blow them away! And be sure to take the foam core boards in for the night – even a slight morning dew could damage the paper faces of the boards.

      outdoor foam core display

      Temporary outdoor display is just fine for foam core prints.

      Foam board sizes

      There are no strict or enforced standards for poster sizing, but many companies have come around to using the same standard foam core sizes. The standard sizes for foam core boards are as follows:

          • Standard poster board size is 22″ x 28″ – This is the standard foam poster board size you will generally find in the aisle of your neighborhood craft supplier or supermarket.
          • Foam core thickness generally ranges between 3mm to 5mm (1/8th to 3/16ths of an inch). Some heavy-duty foam core for special purposes can have a thickness of 10mm or 20mm. We at Coastal Creative carry foam board in 3/16″ and 1/2″ thicknesses.
          • Large poster board size is 36″ x 48″ – Large foam boards may not be available in many supply stores, but most large format printing businesses will have some in stock.
          • Oversized foam core boards can be as large as 8′ x 4′ – Only specialized printers (like us!) will have foam core boards this size in stock; if you require a foam core board of this size, it may need to be special-ordered. However, even massive foam core projects can be assembled from many smaller pieces of foam core, which will make the product much easier to print and transport.
          • Standard movie poster size is 27″ x 40″ – Foam boards are a common choice for movie poster prints.

      Keep in mind that foam core board sizes vary depending on the manufacturer. Furthermore, don’t fret if the size you need wasn’t listed here. Foam core boards can always be cut to the exact dimensions you need.

      Uses of Foam Board

      Because it is so lightweight, rigid, and inexpensive, foam board is an incredibly versatile material. Here are some of great foam core board projects you may have a use for someday soon.

      Common uses for printed foam core boards

      Printed foam core signs and boards are ideal presentation pieces to get that message across in your business endeavors. These high quality boards are best suited for business or scholastic presentations, lectures, and trade shows. Businesses often create custom foam board signs for special events, or to advertise sales to their customers.

      foam core prints guide

      Here are some of the most common purposes for which our clients order custom printed foam core boards:

          • Companies & Offices
              • Meetings and reports
              • Employee celebrations
              • Displays of the company mission and goals
              • Lobby decor
          • Shops & Businesses
              • Aisle markers
              • To advertise sales
              • Menu boards
              • Notices
          • Education & Community
              • Science fair and research projects
              • Photo galleries
              • Event advertisements
              • Temporary wayfinding solutions
          • Trade Shows & Conventions
              • Branded imagery
              • Dynamic sets and backdrops
              • Overhead hangings
              • Portable signage

      Sometimes foam core is used on a much smaller scale the case of architecture or prototyping projects. The ability to cut the foam core along with it’s durability makes it an ideal material for these types of small scale project.

       

       

      Standout from the Competition with Durable Foamcore Poster Printing

      Shasta Print is here to take care of all of your foamcore poster printing needs. When you are looking to get your message out to your clients in a big way, print your posters on our high quality 3/16″ and 3/8″ Foamcore, and have full control of the size of your posters. You can print your posters anywhere from 18″ x 18″ all the way up to 48″ x 96″ for a really big impression. Foamcore posters are a perfect way to make a big impression at that next sales presentation or business meeting. Get started today with our high quality posters, and make a big impression with your clients.