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I believe many people are familiar with PVC foam board and Foamboard. They are very common exhibition materials. The most obvious contrast is that PVC is harder than Foamboard. But which of the two kinds of printing boards will be easier to use? Next, Skyline Composites will analyze the two kinds of materials from various aspects, including characteristics, price, purpose, usage and application, so that you can use the two kinds of advertising material properly.

PVC Foam Board and Foamboard Material Introduction

Foamboard (also known as foam board) is made of polystyrene (PS) foam. The foamed core will be pressed into a sheet, and a thin layer of PVC film will be laminated on the foam core, and after that, it forms into our common Foamboard. Foamboard is light in weight and low in price. However, due to the soft substrate core, it is easy to be deformed due to pressure, so it is not suitable for making complex models, and it needs to be used with great care.
PVC board is made of PVC, but it foams in the heart, resulting in a density 3-4 times higher than that of Foamboard. Due to the increase of density, the hardness of the PVC board is also improved. The PVC board will not be deformed by squeezing.

Application examples of Foamboard and PVC

  1. Backdrop
    Use: 5mm Foamboard
    Since most of the activity backdrops are used indoors for a short time, and the Foamboard is light and easy to install, it is recommended to use the Foamboard.
    For example, you can use Foamboard to make the backdrop for short-term outdoor activities, but it is more suitable to use PVC board for long-term outdoor activities.
  2. Props (Props check, Facebook Like props)
    Use: 5mm Foamboard
    Props are disposable props, which are mainly used for taking photos in activities, such as the common props check for the charity dinner. After the end of the dinner, the mission is completed.
    In addition, you can print different shapes of die-cut props as required.
  3. Instagram / Facebook Frame
    Use: 5mm Foamboard / PVC board
    IG / FB frame is a popular photo prop of Foamboard in recent years. Two or three people take photos with the frame, such as in the post. Skyline composites suggest that you can make the frames with the fixed position so that you don’t have to hold the frame to take photos, and participants can put more posts. If it is made for the company, PVC board can be used so that it can be reused.
  4. Image Cutout
    Use: 5mm PVC board
    It is recommended to use the PVC board to make cutout cards because the Foamboard is too easy to deform, and it will be damaged if it is pressed down by hand. And as long time use, PVC board is absolutely reliable. Of course, it’s OK to use Foamboard, but the damage risk can be very high.
  5. Exhibition booth
    Use: 5mm Foamboard
    In an exhibition, the material used at the booth is the Foamboard, which is generally divided into H-shaped (three sides with Foamboard) and L-shaped (two sides with Foamboard). The reason why we use Foamboard is that it is short-term and low cost.
  6. Promotion desk
    Use: 5mm Paper Foamboard / PVC
    The best promotion combination is assembled with an aluminum frame and printed board. Whether it should use the paper board or PVC depends on if the design is disposable or long-term. The picture on the promotion desk can be changed by itself, but it is time-consuming.
  7. A-Frame / H-frame
    Use: 5mm Paper Foamboard / PVC
    Both A-frame and H-frame are indicator boards, which are usually used to display promotion information or the latest news. Two kinds of the printed board are replaceable. You can order the printed board according to the requirements of the frame, and the general thickness is 3-5mm. PVC can be used for a long time, but you can use paper foam board if you want to save money.
  8. Advertising stand
    Use: 5mm Paper Foamboard / PVC board
    The stand is made by adding a paper backboard on the non-printed side of the Foamboard / PVC board so that the drawing board can stand on the stage. Commonly used sizes are A4 and A5. You can also customize different sizes and shapes.

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Foam board is one of the most popular and versatile materials in today’s advertising industry. This material provides affordable and high-quality solutions for individuals and businesses in all sectors. It features a short application life of around 6-12 months, recyclable properties, and highly competitive costs. Foam Board is considered as an ideal material for temporary projects with tight budgets that don’t want to sacrifice quality. Foam Board has a variety of applications, including:

  • Informative Displays
  • Trade Show Advertising
  • Promotional Events
  • POP Signage
  • Display Systems

At Skyline Composites, We produce dozens of foam board product models that supply a wide range of creative and live events, trade shows, photo, stage applications. We always recommend foam board printing and photo mounting to our customers when guaranteeing them optimum results. Here, we would like to introduce some of the main projects which are the most suitable solutions to the foam board printing applications.

UV Flatbed Printing for Business

UV Flatbed printing is a form of digital printing that uses ultra-violet lights to dry or cure ink as it is printed. As the printer distributes ink on the surface of substrate material, specially designed UV lights follow close behind, curing or drying the ink instantly. Because of the outstanding smooth surface and versatility of this material, foam board is used for high-quality photo printing in photography, and in the office for meeting presentations. Another good example of this is indoor art projects, which demand high-quality output images and an extraordinary finish. Individuals and companies choose foam board UV printing when they want to create affordable yet vibrant artworks, mainly aimed to decorate interior spaces where they can be appreciated in detail.

Making a School Fun

Printing on foam board allows small companies and schools to make fantastic visual impact on viewers. Pop-up displays are an excellent example of this, often used by businesses in point-of-sale advertising to increase results and in school projects and exhibitions. Besides the high-quality images that can be printed on foam board, we must also consider its lightweight, allowing easy manipulation and installation. For this same reason, school activities or exhibitions always use it, letting kids join the games and create their artwork via using this material while keeping them safe at all times. In the meantime, foam board may be the lightest advertising material, allowing its printing to be installed on ceilings by using strings, ropes, or 3M tape. Foam board is paramount for schools or small businesses with limited space.

Trade Show Displays

Big or small companies cut costs by strategically planning to cater to the expected turnout of a given show, the size of your booth, and your primary sales objectives. For some events, they will want to take up as much visual real estate as possible and pull out all the stops to attract the most attention. They need to look for cost-effective, efficient, good-looking advertising materials when they showcase at trade fairs under a tight budget. Product durability isn’t truly a key factor since people will likely use them once or twice during a short period of their trade show displays. Foam board is one kind of easy-process advertising material. It can be sculpted by CNC cutter, framed on easels and also be hung with 3M double-sided Velcro tape. It’s a fact that foam core board doesn’t last for a long time, but its affordability allows wide ranges of applications, and it’s lightweight enough to save the work on transportation and installation process. The assembling and disassembling work will also save more manual labor. Foam board is exciting stuff.

Restaurant Business Promotion

What is today’s best recommendation? Do you have any hot new products that have been just landed? At least, you need to display your information to your customers or passersby. Some custom printed advertisements will get folks interested in your products. Visual signage with some message is the voice of your restaurant or brand. One modern use of foam board is at restaurants. Besides point-of-sale advertising, restaurants use foam core printing for their menu boards and POP-Up displays. Poster board printing’s cost efficiency and versatile is the reason we see this rising trend.

Selecting the correct foam core based substrate for your projects is the beginning of the whole work.

Dozens of factors can impact your material selection, and we have listed several of the basic items to consider when making your choice. When selecting a substrate, We should consider the following key factors :

Application Environment

Where will your signs be installed? Foam core board products, for the most part, are intended for indoor signage, including:

  • Commercial & Retail Store Signage
  • Interior ADA Signage
  • Routed Lettering and Logos for Indoor Signage
  • Interior POP Signs & Displays

Service Life

How long will the signage need to last? Durability generally has a direct relationship to cost. Clients tend to steer towards the most cost-effective solution for the projects while ensuring the durability of the signage for the established time it will be implemented.

Printing Methods

What material do you use to print? Are your print resources digital, screen printing, painting? Your method of application and print results are directly influenced by the type of foam core sheet you select. For the most part, your selection will be based upon the features of the facer or liner surrounding the foam core. Facers consist of various materials, each with their unique qualities for the type of application you desire.

Foam Core Board Composition

Foam core boards primarily consist of two parts:

  1. Foam Core Board Sheet– the foam core is made of extruded polystyrene and is available in various thicknesses. Primarily available in black and white.
  2. Facer or Liner Sheet– foam core board facers or liners consist of a variety of materials depending upon the type of application and printing method.

Skylines Composites provides a wide array of foam board styles to meet different demands for your every project. Give us a call today then we can provide the best product solution.

People would be more likely to choose a harmonious atmosphere and spend a wonderful time with their family, friends, colleagues during some seasonal festivals. Organizers need to work together with the advertising company to make the design and convey their idea into a visual image. Making the project budget and selecting the suitable material for the job is one of the most important parts.

Foam board is one of the most cost-effective foam core substrates available to the signage industry. Rigid, durable, and economical; foamboards are ideal sign blanks and are easily cut and routed to create highly customized signs. It is universal and versatile advertising material for marketing promotion, mood creation, and environment decoration.

Advantage: Good for printing and laminating, simple processing, easy to cut, Lightweight, Cost-effective.

Application: Digital Imaging, Exhibits, Framing, laminating, Painting, Litho Mounting, POP displays, Signs, Vinyl Lettering, Models.

Product Recommendation:

  1. 3/16″ thick extruded polystyrene foam core board that is laminated on both sides with white clay coated papers
  2. Ideal for a wide variety of short-term
  3. Graphic arts applications including point-of-purchase displays, exhibits, temporary signs, models, presentation boards, photo mounting, and picture framing