Block mounting is the process of mounting or sticking any print or poster to a solid backing board. Block mounting allows you to hang your artwork with a frame-free finish. This is an affordable alternative to framing your picture. George Picture Framers specialises in block mounting pictures!
Block mounting is the process of laminating a photograph, poster or any other printed paper onto a rigid backing board. As opposed to picture framing, where your photo, poster or other printed item is mounted within a mat, covered in glass, and surrounded by a decorative frame, block mounting / photo mounting provides a clean frame-less modern look. It’s light weight, and can be heat sealed with a transparent laminate for additional protection and durability, which is another reason why this process is often called laminating mounting.
Block mounting / photo mounting / laminating mounting is perfect for:
- Picture mounting
- Poster mounting, (e.g. movie posters, educational posters, corporate marketing posters, inspirational posters, etc.)
- Limited edition print mounting
- Artwork / art mounting
- Digital print mounting
- Canvas mounting
- Advertising mounting
- Corporate displays
- Retail signage and display mounting
What are my Block Mounting Options?
So, you’ve decided that block mounting is ideal, but what board do you select? Here are some of the most common options:
~MDF (medium density fibreboard): This is a compressed wood fiber board and is the cheapest option. MDF is the heaviest option which can lead to challenges when hanging it. It is also the option that will absorb moisture leading to swelling a bowing over time.
~Foam board: This foam board, or foam-core as framers call it, is available in various thicknesses. Framers often use 3mm or 5mm thick foam core, but it is also available in 10mm and 20mm thicknesses which is used for block mounting. This board is light weight but has a tendency to bow
~Polyurethane board: These boards have a polyurethane core with 2 layers of paper or plastic on top and bottom. The boards are perfectly flat with excellent stiffness. This means that your block mounted poster will mount flat with no imperfections and the boards rigidity will ensure the entire board is flat for years to come.
~Gatorboard: Gatorfoam is brand of board which has a core made from extruded polystyrene foam with two layers of wood fiber veneer on top and bottom. These boards are extremely rigid due to the fiber veneer and are one of the most expensive block mount options. Not only is the board more expensive than the other options, but it is also difficult to work with, leading to increased labor costs.
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