Film Thicknesses

Laminating film is available in a variety of thicknesses, ranging from thin and flexible to thick and rigid. The term "mil" refers to total measurement of plastic and adhesive within one layer of laminating film.

Common thicknesses and their uses:

  • 1.5 mil: highly flexible and thin; commonly used in schools because it offers enough protection at an economical cost.
  • 3 mil: slightly flexible; extremely popular choice as it offers protection and enough stability for infrequently handled objects such as posters
  • 5 mil: slightly rigid; commonly used for moderately handled objects such as restaurant menus, but still flexible enough to be scored and folded
  • 10 mil: very rigid; similar in thickness to credit cards and cannot be easily bent or folded; commonly used on ID badges and luggage tags