Larry Sears, Owner

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What's the difference between 16-pt and 100# paper?

Point vs. Pound

We get this question all the time.  Both are relative measures of the 'thickness' of paper.  One is based on the actual thickness (points) and one is based on the weight of one ream (500 sheets) of paper.

Caliper/Point (pt) refers to the thickness of an individual sheet of paper (in thousandths of an inch).  This measurement is taken with a micrometer and typically should not have more than a + or – 5% variance within a sheet.

Basis Weight/Pound (lb) is the designated fixed weight of 500 sheets (one ream), measured in pounds.  Each main grade of paper has a basic size that is used to determine its basis weight. Remember that paper of equivalent basis weight is not necessarily of equivalent basic size. Smaller sized paper that is thicker can possess a basis weight identical to that of larger, thinner paper.

When in doubt about any paper stock's thickness, ask us!  We'll make sure your job is printed on the correct paper to meet both your needs and expectations.