Sheets or Rolls; Choosing the Label That’s Right for You
Labeling is an essential aspect of any business, be it small or large. Labels can serve as an identification tool for products, packaging, and other items. With a wide variety of labeling options available, choosing the right method can be overwhelming. One of the most important considerations is whether to order labels on sheets or labels on rolls. Ultimately, the choice comes down to your needs and objectives. In this article, we’ll breakdown each offering and discuss the similarities and differences between sheet labels and roll labels, as well as the pros and cons of each.
Labels on Sheets
Labels on sheets are self-adhesive labels that come in a sheet format. Each sheet contains multiple labels of the same or varying sizes, and they are cut to your required shape and size. Labels on sheets can be printed in various colors, shapes, and sizes, making them suitable for a variety of different labeling applications.
Labels on Rolls
Labels on rolls are also self-adhesive labels that come on a roll. With roll label converting technology, they are suitable if you are looking to produce labels with multiple artworks and/or large volumes. Roll labels can also be printed in various colors, shapes, and sizes, and are laminated for extra protection.
Similarities Between Sheet Labels & Roll Labels
One of the main similarities between labels on sheets and labels on rolls is that they both serve the same purpose - labeling. Both types of labels are self-adhesive, meaning that they stick to the surface of the item they are applied to. Additionally, both types of labels can be printed in full color, with text, logos, and other graphics. Standard and popular size labels can typically be produced on both sheets or rolls.
Differences Between Sheet Labels & Roll Labels
While sheet labels and roll labels have some overlapping characteristics, there are also some key differences to consider when looking to purchase.
Size & Format
There is a big difference between labels on sheets and labels on rolls in regards to available sizes and format they come in. Custom sizes for sheet labels may require the purchase of a metal die (used to cut the label to its desired size), which could be an added expense to the customer. The need for a die will depend on the size and quantity of labels you are looking for. You can always browse our selection of 300+ label sizes to find a comparable size option if this is an applicable option.
Labels on sheets are in a sheet format, whereas labels on rolls are wound around a core and come in a continuous roll. Therefore, roll labels are the preferred option if using a machine applicator for your labels, as they can be produced to precisely meet your desired specs, whether that be a maximum outer diameter (O.D) or unwind direction. Here at Sheet Labels® you have the ability to choose from 4 different unwind directions – top off first, bottom off first, right off first, or left off first.
One of the most notable differences between sheet labels and roll labels comes down to finishing. Roll labels are laminated, making them the go-to option for any labeling project requiring durability and protection from weathering elements such as water, UV rays, etc. Adding your choice of a gloss or matte laminate ensures your prints are protected and won’t break down when met with tough conditions. Roll labels are the preferred choice for outdoor applications and products expected to be subjected to exposure from the elements noted, making them perfect for cleaning products, beverage labels (ex. water bottle labels or beer labels), and many more.
Another key difference is the quantity of labels that can be ordered. Labels on sheets are generally more cost-effective when ordering in smaller quantities, and there is no minimum so you can order as little as one sheet! In contrast, labels on rolls are more cost effective at larger quantities, usually ranging from a few hundred to thousands of labels. There is also a 50-label minimum for roll labels.
The cost of ordering labels on sheets and labels on rolls also differs. Labels on sheets are generally more expensive per label than labels on rolls, and this gap increases significantly at larger quantities. However, the overall cost of the labeling project will depend on the quantity and size of labels required.
Ease of Use
Labels on sheets are easier to use as they come in a convenient sheet format that can be easily handled and applied to items. In contrast, labels on rolls may require special dispensers or applicators to apply them correctly. This can be an added expense for businesses that need to label items regularly.
Storage is another factor to consider. Although this depends on how you plan to store your labels, labels on sheets may take up less storage space compared to labels on rolls due to their size. Sheet labels can be easily stacked in a compact format and stored away on a shelf or in a drawer. However, roll labels could be the better storage option if electing for a dispenser.
Pros & Cons of Ordering Labels on Sheets
- Labels on sheets are more versatile and can be used for a wide range of labeling applications.
- They are available in smaller quantities, making them ideal for businesses that don't need large quantities of labels or small promotional events.
- Sheet labels are easier to manually handle and apply, making them a good option for businesses with minimal labeling needs.
- Labels on sheets become more costly at larger quantities.
- They require manual application, which can be time-consuming and may not be suitable for businesses with high labeling volumes.
- Sheet labels are not laminated, making them more likely to break down, smear or tear when exposed to weathering elements.
Pros & Cons of Ordering Labels on Rolls
- Labels on rolls are cost-effective in larger quantities with a cheaper cost per label than sheet labels.
- Labels on rolls are easy to apply with the help of a dispenser or applicator, making them ideal for businesses with high labeling volumes.
- They are laminated, giving your label a luxurious look and feel while also providing maximum durability.
So, which label option is suitable for you? It all depends on your personal/business objectives and needs. When contemplating buying sheet labels versus roll labels, there are several factors that you should consider. Cost, quantity, and use cases are the primary factors you should consider in your decision. Although there are overlapping benefits and features between the two, the choice between sheet labels versus roll labels will ultimately depend on the specific labeling needs of each business. Still not sure what’s right for you? Contact us to speak with one of our experts today and we’ll work with you to find the perfect label for your needs.