Polyester, Vinyl, and Polycarbonate: Which is Best for Your Labeling Needs?


When you need to make labels for your products, one of the first things you will be required to do is to choose a material for these. The options you will be presented with include a number of very popular label materials, and each one comes with a specific benefit for your labeling needs. The options that are often presented include vinyl, polyester, and polycarbonate.

Which of these three is the best material for the labels you need to have made? Are there other label materials that are better suited for your particular needs? Let us first tackle these three to see what they bring to the table and what these can do:

Polyester – yes, this label material is similar to the cloth with the same name, and is in fact, made out of the exact same materials. It is a very durable label material, particularly because of its many qualities, like being tear-resistant, water-resistant, and even shrink resistant. This is also a material that can survive exposure to a number of substances, such as oil, solvent, and a lot of other chemicals. This makes it ideal for use in a variety of environments, and these include indoor and outdoor ones.

Labels made using this material are often found being used in many different industries, particularly those that are exposed to the abovementioned conditions. These include the agriculture, manufacturing, and construction industries. Some of the uses of polyester labels include parking permits, warning and instructional labels, asset identification, and branding labels.

Vinyl – vinyl labels are also durable, but not as much as polyester ones. This is because vinyl is not as tear resistant as polyester. These are however, very flexible, can be used both indoors and outdoors, and can be used on a variety of surfaces. These are, as mentioned earlier, not tear resistant and not as chemical resistant as other label materials. This can be remedied with the use of an overlaminate though, which can protect the label from chemicals, grime, grease, and dirt.

Vinyl is often chosen by those who want a label that does not have a background, and is essentially one that can be attached to look like it is floating. The most common uses for such a label include company logos, decorative tags, and warning or instructional labels.

Polycarbonate – this is another durable material used for creating labels, and is one that companies choose when they need a substrate that is highly durable and versatile at the same time. This material is lightweight but very tough. It is scratch resistant, can be used for decorative purposes, and is also resistant to many different kinds of chemicals and harsh elements.

The most common use for this material include overlays, instructional labels, instrument panel labels, and other similar applications.

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