Gatorboard vs Foam Core
Posted on 16, November, 2015
Last Modified on 19, November, 2015
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While gatorboard and foam core look very similar from the outside, there are some differences in their construction. To pick the best material for your sign, picture frame backing, or any other project, you’ll need to know the difference between the two, so read on!
What is Gatorboard?
Gatorboard (or gator board) is type of display board with a dense inner core made of foam and a rigid exterior made of wood-fiber veneer. This exterior is water resistant and will not easily break or warp.
What is Foam Board?
Foam board (or foam core) is a type of display board with a dense foam interior and outer facing made of thin, white cardboard. Foam board is significantly less expensive than gatorboard.
Pros & Cons
Neither board is better than the other - it all depends on what you’re looking for in a sign board. For example, while gatorboard has a tougher exterior than foam board, foam board is far less expensive than gatorboard! There are other things to consider when making a selection between the two. Will the board be used in inclement weather? In that case, the water-resistant coating on gatorboard may be helpful. Will the board be used to mount artwork? If so, both gatorboard and foam core are available with acid-free surfaces.
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What is Gatorplast?
Another type of display board, gatorplast, is very similar to gatorboard, only its outer facings are made of high impact polystyrene sheets, essentially plastic.