What is Foam Board Printing?
Our foam board printing projects are printed on ultra-lightweight PVC foam board material. This material is composed of a solid foam center with a significant lightness, but bendable rigidity. The surface is faced with a high quality coated paper for beautifully printed inks. This material is often used as visual aids for announcements, displays, or presentations for events, store promotions, and more.
Foam board is sturdy, durable, and able to be used both indoors and out. Its lightweight, rigid profile makes it easy to mount on a wall, lean against a wall or even hang with velcro or adhesive strips. Plus, we offer two popular thickness options: 3/16” foam board and ½” foam board. The thicker foam board offers increased durability, lifespan, and is less prone to bending or creasing.
We print using our high-quality printing machines in beautiful, full-color UV inks. We can take any artwork, design, or logo and print it exactly to your specifications. Plus, we are happy to cut your print into any custom shape.
We call it foam board printing, but you may also know it as foam core, foam-core, or “foamboard” printing. Any way you’d like to say or spell it, it’s all the same to us!
Top Benefits of Foam Board Printing
Foam board is the perfect blend of customizable, cost-effective, and durable.
It can be adapted to practically any custom size, from 4”x4” all the way up to 94”x46”. We are able to create large posters or small in-store sale displays and temporary directional signs. If you aren’t sure which size is right for your project, feel free to contact us for a free consultation and our expert recommendation.
Foam board comes in 2 primary thicknesses, 3/16″ and 1/2″ and can be printed on either one or two sides. With our high-quality printing machines, our foam board printing process is streamlined and customizable for all client projects. We also offer custom cut, to provide an extra level of customization. We’re happy to cut any kind of shape, from photo booth props and speech bubbles to 3-D buildable pop-up stands.
We offer foam board printing lamination to extend the life and quality of your print project. Plus, lamination adds a sleek, higher quality finish to your display. We also offer a matte lamination.
One of the most cost-effective signage options, foam board printing is highly popular with new businesses, for temporary or seasonal signage, and for special events.
Since we use fade-resistant inks, your print should last up to 2 years if handled with care and displayed or stored properly.
Plus, it’s incredibly easy to showcase your foam board printing projects! Their lightweight profile makes them a good fit for hanging directly on the wall, put in a frame, or propped up against a flat surface.
Winning Features of Foam Board Printing
- Fully customizable: size, design, and cut!
- Great material for indoor and outdoor
- Smooth, matte finish
- Double-sided print option
- Lightweight, portable
- Easy to install or mount
- Incredible full-color UV color
- 2 thickness options available
Foam Board vs Other Sign Materials
Confused by similar sounding products, and don't know which to use? Have no fear! We've put together this handy table which shows common sign materials compared, with links to our other product pages you can check them out!
|Gator Board||$$||Very Light||***||Wood Veneer||Glossy||No|
|Foam Board||$||Ultra Light||**||Paper||Matte||No|
|Ultra Board||$$||Very Light||***||Plastic||Glossy||No|
|Sintra Board||$$||Light||*****||PVC||Low Gloss||Yes|
|Coroplast||$||Ultra Light||****||Plastic Sheeting||Low Gloss||Yes|
Lifespan for Foam Board Prints
Foam Board prints are printed on our high-quality PVC foam board material that comes with a standard lifespan of 2+ years.
To get the most of your foam board, we recommend using them only indoors and caring for them properly. The material has certain pliability and can be easily dented or creased. So proper care is imperative.
While foam boards can be used both indoors and outdoors, this material is not weather resistant or moisture repelling. So, do not expose your foam board prints to inclement weather or extreme temperatures. If foam boards are left outdoors, they are likely to be damaged and unfit for use, thus limiting their lifespan.
When used primarily indoors, cared for properly, and in temperature and climate-controlled conditions, the boards can easily last 2+ years.
We recommend gatorboard for long term applications where the media may travel from one event to the next. Acrylic prints are another long-lasting option for photo displays. However, displayed somewhere out of reach where it won’t be touched often, foam board can last years. For an example of such a display, see how a bookstore client of ours (pictured in the above gallery) hangs foam board prints from the ceiling as aisle signs.
Caring for Your Foam Board Printing Project
Properly cleaning and caring for your foam board will improve the longevity of your prints.
Foam board can certainly be used both indoors and outdoors, however, storing indoors and using primarily inside will ensure a longer lifespan of your print. Plus, using it inside will protect it from inclement weather which can damage the print.
Carefully handle your foam board to prevent tears, scratches, and dents. Do not drop it or place objects on top of it.
Foam board is not water-resistant, so do not use water or expose it to moisture. Adding a laminate finish will provide increased resistance to moisture.
To clean your foam board, very gently wipe it using a dry, soft cloth
Our team is happy to deliver foam board printing projects anywhere in San Diego
For certain corporate and enterprise projects we are happy to discuss additional options with you. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Foam Core Prints Questions and Answers
Your top questions about custom foam core prints
What are the design options for foam board printing?
We have many design options for full customization of your foam board print.
You can use our design tool, upload your own design, or work with our design team to customize your project in a number of ways. We offer custom cut for any shape, two-sided prints, and lamination options as well. We are happy to color match as well!
See our recent post on 22 Foam Core Printing Ideas to get the juices flowing.
My design is really detailed and contains a number of colors. Will this increase my cost?
No, we print all of our signs in full color and the number of colors in your design will not affect the cost or increase the cost.
Sign costs are influenced by thickness, size, quantity, and additional features like lamination or custom cut.
Will the printed part of my foam board peel away?
No, the surface of your foam board should not peel away, even if it is scratched or bent.
Can I print on both sides of the foam board?
Yes, you can select double-sided if you would like to print on both sides of your foam board. You can also print two different designs, one unique design on each side. Feel free to contact us to ensure your print turns out exactly right!
Can I write on foam board prints?
The surface of the foam board is able to be written on with either pencil, pen, or marker. However, you will not be able to wipe it off or erase the marks you make. Also, be aware that pressing down too hard with your writing utensil might cause a slight indent.
If you are interested in designing a foam board to be written on, we advise using permanent markers for the best results.
How do I store my foam board sign(s)?
Careful storage is crucial to the life and appearance of your foam board:
- Store your foam board in a cool and dry place
- Do not set anything heavy on your board
- Do not store in a place that may experience extreme temperatures
- Be sure foam board is stored in a way that does not cause creases or bends