How to Make Your Restaurant Menus Last
Patio season is here, which means that your menus will be subjected to the elements as well as potential spills or stains.
You’ve invested time and energy into perfecting your restaurant menu. Don’t let it be ruined by a spilled glass of water or sudden rain shower!
Lamination, a protective plastic coating, can be used to protect your menu through patio season and for months to come. By adding lamination to your menu, you’re adding protection, water resistance and resistance to stains and smudges. Lamination can also make your menu less prone to tears, creasing and other damage that comes with regular handling.
Reasons to Laminate Your Menu
Here are a few reasons why laminating your restaurant menu is an excellent choice:
Your menu will last longer and hold up to regular handling better with a protective laminated coating. In addition to water and stain resistance, lamination also adds stiffness that prevents tears or other damage. And, if you’re using your menus outside lamination will protect them against the elements.
2. Make an Impression
The effort that went into choosing your menu, the layout and images will be even more impressive with lamination. Lamination makes colors brighter and makes images pop so your menu and the food you’re offering will be even more impressive to your patrons.
3. Easy to Clean
Because restaurant menus are around food, drinks and kitchen messes, it’s helpful and cost-saving to have menus that are easy to clean. With lamination, you can wipe down a menu after a spill and it will be good as new! Lamination makes your menu stain and water resistant and impossible to smudge.
4. Cost Effective
Even though lamination may add to your initial printing costs, it will save you money over time by protecting your menus and extending their life. Laminated menus will hold up to regular handling far longer than paper or cardstock. Even coated papers can’t compete with the longevity of lamination!
Once you’ve made the decision to laminate your restaurant menus, there are several options you can choose from:
Laminate Color: Most of the time a clear laminate will provide the best clarity, but for specials or other promotions a colored laminate can create an eye-catching effect.
Laminate Thickness: Depending on your needs and the level of durability desired you can select different thicknesses of the laminate coating. A thinner laminate will work better for a folded menu, for example, while a thicker laminate will offer more protection and stiffness, such as for a drinks menu to stand on the tables.
Flush Edge or Edge Sealed: You can choose between having the laminate end at the edge of your paper, or having the paper completely sealed by the laminate to make a waterproof barrier around the edges.
Rounded or Squared Corners: The corners of the menu pages can be left square or rounded. You may prefer one or the other depending on how they will be handled.
Folded: Choosing a bi- or tri-fold menu format are classic menu styles. Laminated bi- and tri-fold menus can be made stiff enough that they can stand on the tables by themselves or can be folded and stored. Laminate for folded menus cannot be too thick, or the menu will not be able to fold correctly.
Spiral Bound: With lamination, it’s easy to create a book style menu using spiral binding. The extra edge required for this method must be factored into the design of the menu and the lamination edging. Spiral bound menus are great options for large menus, drinks menus or other multi-page menus.
Get Year-Round Protection with Lamination
No matter what kind of restaurant you have or how large your menu is, lamination can protect your menus from the elements this patio season, or spills and stains all year round. Learn more about the lamination process or other ways you can use lamination or contact us for a quote.