Name Tag Materials – Which is Best?

There are several decisions you’ll need to make when you are designing or ordering name badges. One of those decisions is what material will be used to make them. You’ll have a few choices like plastic, metal, and wood. The two most popular materials used for making name badges are plastic and metal. Each of them has distinct advantages and disadvantages. Knowing a little bit about each type of material will help you with your decision.

Engraved Plastic Name Tags

These types of name tags are used for a wide range of applications. They are versatile and offer you a lot of options. Here are a few advantages to choosing plastic name tags:

  • They are available in a variety of shapes and sizes.
  • Plastic name tags are not too thick.
  • You'll have a wide assortment of colors to choose from.
  • Great for both indoor and outdoor uses.
  • Economically priced.


Front Engraved Plastic Name Tags

Most plastic name badges are front engraved. The engraving is done on 2-ply material. The inner color is a different color than the top. When the name and other information are engraved onto a plastic name tag, it removes the top layer to reveal the contrasting inner core. The 2-color combination provides a nice contrast that makes them easy to read. 

Reversed Engraved Plastic Name Badges

Reversed engraved plastic name tags are versatile. The top layer is transparent and the back layer is engraved with all the information. Paint of your chosen color scheme is used to fill in the engraved portion. These are easy to clean, and the front is weather-resistant. If you will be using the name badges in a messy environment, these are a great choice. It’s also easy to incorporate multiple colors into your plastic name tag design.

Metal Name Badges

If you are looking for durability as your number one feature, metal name badges are the way to go. Here are some of the main advantages of choosing metal name tags.

  • Made of lightweight aluminum (gold, silver, or white).
  • Full-color printing.
  • Includes text and full-color logo.
  • Covered with heavy-duty epoxy.


Choosing the Best Name Tag Material

There can be many reasons for choosing either plastic or metal name badges. If you want durability and a little bit of class, you may prefer to go with metal varieties. If you are trying to stay inside a budget, but want a great-looking name tag, you might consider plastic. If you are not sure which one works best for your event, workplace, or other application, give us a call at Name Tag Pros. We’ll be happy to help you choose the best name tag material, style, and design for your needs.

Contact Name Tag Pros!

One of our goals at Name Tag Pros is to make the ordering process as easy and fast as possible for you. Call us today at 1-888-754-8337 and experience what hassle-free ordering is supposed to look like. We will work with you to make sure you get the name badge style, design, and material that works best for you. 

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