Synthetic and Hybrid Tear Resistant Paper Products

                                                                        

Tear Resistant Paper products are manufactured using a variety of raw materials such as polyolefin, polyester or silica compounds.  Two general categories of these tear resistant papers exist:

          1) Totally Synthetic Compositions (homogeneous material, or solid throughout)
          2) Hybrid Configurations (laminated or "layered") 

Inkjet, laser, and color laser and copier compatible papers are in the tables below.  All of these products provide enhanced tear resistance.  These are either synthetic papers or laminated hybrids designed not only for their tear-resistant properties, but also for their water-resistant or waterproof properties.

Listing of tear resistant papers for inkjet printers:

 Product Name

8.5x11

11x17

More Sizes

 Properties 
 (in addition to tear-resistance)

8.5x11 Retail 
Comparison

 Power Paper

 waterproof paper

$1.40 / sheet

 Power Paper/Adh

 waterproof; adhesive-back

$0.98 / sheet

 Ruff N Tuff

 water/grease-resistant paper

$0.49 / sheet


Table listing of tear resistant paper for laser printers

 Product Name

8.5x11

11x17

More Sizes

 Properties 
 (including tear-resistance)

8.5x11 Retail 
Comparison

 Power Paper

 waterproof paper

$0.98 / sheet

 Power Paper Label

 waterproof, self-adhesive

$1.18 / sheet

 Ruff N Tuff

 water/grease-resistant

$0.49 / sheet

 DigiTuff Gloss

 glossy, card stock paper

$0.68 / sheet


Power Paper vs. Ruff N Tuff
Differences in performance explained...

Power Paper for laser printers is a tear resistant paper, but in addition, is totally waterproof.  The advanced synthetic composition provides a unique bonding strength to provide tear resistance, but which is flexible to accommodate other operations such as stapling, folding, and grommeting.  It has a soft, flexible feel, without rigidity, despite its relative thickness at 10 mil.  For a stiffer cover stock or card stock option, refer to DigiTuff Gloss.

If you are looking for a strictly tear resistant paper, then Ruff N Tuff is a more economical option.  Although it is described as merely "tear resistant," most of our first time users consider it to be tearproof as it is remarkably difficult to tear. Reasonably priced compared to most synthetics, this paper is a natural for such uses as shop manuals, or Fire & Rescue street maps, and a host of other applications. One of our military armed services uses Ruff-n-Tuff in airplane cockpits for pilot checklists.

Power Paper, on the other hand, is quite different. Under an extreme pulling test for tear resistance, laser Power Paper will stretch before failing. However, in addition to its tear resistant qualities, Power Paper is completely waterproof, even if totally submerged in water. It lends itself best to dry toner machines, meaning laser printers and copiers, since toners bond extremely well to this paper. Laminating this product for items such as ID cards is another one of its strengths. It outperforms laminated paper because its exposed edges are imperious to moisture due to its waterproof composition. For superior waterproof performance in a tear resistant paper refer to the Laser Power Paper product page for more information.

Ruff N Tuff is our ideal recommendation for a tear resistant paper.  It is the least expensive option, but also, the most effective for most applications.  Ruff N Tuff feels much more like regular copy paper than Power Paper or HP LaserJet Tough.  At only 4½ mil thick, a manual of  fifty or a hundred pages does not become unwieldy compared to mostly thicker synthetics. In addition, it is grease resistant, and water resistant, suitable for dirty environments or outdoor applications. For projects where frequent paper-handling, outdoor handling, rough handling, etc., are in play, Ruff N Tuff superbly proves itself.

DigiTuff Gloss is a two-sided cover stock (card stock comparable thickness).  It offers considerable tear resistance along with water and grease resistance. It becomes particularly useful in applications where a thicker, stiffer sheet is beneficial. For example, certain display configurations work well with this paper. Children's books will survive fingerprints, spills, and rough handling. The list goes on...

 

 

Whether you're buying paper products as an individual or as the representative of an organization, chances are you have physical documents that must remain in storage or be in use for many years. Unfortunately, normal copy paper is known to be incredibly fragile. Not only can copy paper succumb to moisture and heat, but normal copy paper is incredibly easy to tear. As a result, it is rare for documents printed on regular copy paper to last for more than a few years. If you want your printed documents to be long-lasting, you should consider getting tear-proof paper or non-tear paper.

 

What is Tear Proof Paper Made From?

Many raw materials are use to synthesize and manufacture tear proof paper and non-tear paper. Some of these raw materials include silica compounds, polyolefin, and polyester. There are two types of tear resistant papers and these are totally synthetic composition paper and hybrid configuration paper. These two types of tear proof paper differ in terms of their composition. The composition of tear resistant paper is homogenous material and the composition is solid throughout. On the other hand, the composition of hybrid configuration paper is not homogenous and is layered rather than solid.

Advantages of Tear Proof Paper

No matter what you intend to use the paper products for, there are many advantages of using tear proof paper for your purposes. While some of these advantages are fairly obvious, others are not as apparent. Here are some of the many advantages of tear proof paper.

Great Durability

The main advantage of tear proof paper is its durability. Essentially with tear proof paper, you don't have to worry about needing to replace your documents on a regular basis. Even if a printed document is used on a regular basis, the document will remain in good shape for many months or even years. Best of all, you don't need to treat the documents as if they are fragile because they are truly not. Out tear proof paper is strong enough to resist tearing in both directions instead of just one direction.

Not only is tear proof paper resistant against tears and rips, but it is also at least somewhat resistant against a number of other factors. For example, you can expect tear proof paper to hold up well against moisture, heat, grease, weather, and even chemicals. Of course, you shouldn't expect tear proof paper to be 100% resistant to these elements. Essentially, tear proof paper is more similar to plastic than regular copy paper in terms of resistance and overall strength.

Better Quality Printing

Another major advantage of tear proof paper is the better quality printing. Mainly due to the composition and method of synthesis of the tear proof paper, you can expect the print quality to be far superior. Therefore, if you want your documents to come out especially colorful and vivid, tear proof paper is definitely the best choice for you. 

Almost Indistinguishable from "Regular" Paper

Yet another advantage of tear proof paper is that it is almost indistinguishable from regular paper. If you want paper products that is both strong and resistant, chances are you don't want paper products that are more similar in appearance and texture to plastic or another material than paper. Fortunately, you don't have to worry about there being a major difference. Unless you tell others, chances are they won't even realize that they're using a special form of paper. However, they will quickly notice the durability of the paper products and the excellent print quality.

Eco-Friendly

The final advantage of tear-proof paper is that it is Eco-friendly in comparison to other types of paper, such as synthetic paper. Even though our tear proof paper is just as resistant to damage as synthetic paper, it can still decompose. If you or your organization is committed to preserving the environment, you will be happy to know that you can use these paper products without going against this dedication to such a noble cause.

As you can see, there are many reasons why you should consider getting tear proof or non-tear paper products provided by Graytex. No matter your specific needs for paper products, you can count on our tear proof paper products to meet and exceed your expectations. In fact, we offer different types of tear proof paper so that your needs will be met to a T. For more information about the many advantages of tear proof paper, don't hesitate to contact us. 

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We are passionate about supplying the best paper for you to complete your project successfully and on time. We know paper, so we sell only premium quality papers, all designed to make your projects look their best. Our knowledgeable customer service team is dedicated to fulfilling your paper needs in the best way possible, and we have only the highest quality products to accomplish this goal.

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