The Most Common Types of Paper

Thinking about paper can be overwhelming when you think about all the options—so many different types, textures, and weights of paper to choose from that you have no idea where to start. Fortunately, we are here to help break down some popular types of paper. Some common types include bond paper, cardstock, newsprint, cover paper, and water-resistant paper, to name a few. And, of course, the standard copy paper fits into a home printer. Copy paper usually comes in various sizes, from standard (8.5″ by 11″) to legal (8.5″ x 14″) to tabloid (11″ x 17″). Cover paper is very similar to copy paper, only it’s heavier and typically used for book or brochure covers or anywhere that some extra protection is needed.

One of the most common types of paper is bond paper. It’s similar to copy paper, just thicker. It’s heavier and more durable than regular copy paper and comes in weights ranging from 16 to 32 lbs. Bond paper usually has a smoother, more refined finish, making it look and feel more professional, and comes in a variety of colors, including ivory, grey, and black. This paper type is excellent for law firms, financial institutions, and government offices. A bonus is that bond paper is made from sustainable sources or recycled paper to help prevent deforestation.

Cardstock is another highly common paper type. It’s on the thicker side and more durable than regular paper. The difference between bond paper and cardstock is that the use. Typically, cardstock is used for projects that require a sturdier material. Cardstock has varied weights ranging from 45 lbs to 200 lbs. The thicker the cardstock, the sturdier it is. However, that is not always the case for other types of paper. But it does come in a variety of colors and finishes. You can find cardstock in gloss, matte, or textured. Just like bond paper, cardstock is made from sustainable sources like certified forests, which help revive forests worldwide. Cardstock is a fantastic option for invitations, business cards, or other types of printed material to create customized projects.

Next on the list is newsprint, which is what is used for printing newspapers, but it does not mean that you can only print newspapers. Quite often, newsprint is used for things like magazines and brochures. This paper is the thinnest on the list yet still desirable because it is used as a low-cost option for high-volume printing. Made from low-quality, unbleached wood pulp, this gives it the grayish appearance of the paper. Typically, newsprint weight ranges from 35 to 55 gsm (grams per sq. meter), so it’s lightweight and cost-effective for printing large quantities on a web offset press. While this paper type has a relatively short life span compared to other paper types, it is naturally environmentally friendly and biodegradable to reduce waste.

You may not be familiar with water-resistant paper, but it is a thing. It’s most commonly used in restaurants for menus or anything subject to liquids, like a placemat. This paper is durable and resistant to water, grease, tearing, and fading. This versatile paper makes an excellent choice for tackling tough liquid challenges. They have a 2-year lifespan, but most will last way longer than that, which will save money by not having to replace them as often. Good news! It is entirely recyclable to help preserve the environment, so there is no need to worry about waste.

We could go on about all the different paper types we offer at Delta Print Group, but we don’t want to bore you with the details. Just give us a call, and our dedicated, knowledgeable sales team members can help you with your choices. But please remember that not all paper and thicknesses are compatible with each printer.


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