Making reports is a lot of work. The entire process is tiresome and time-consuming. You research data and statistics, state the facts to the intended audience, and organize and present the whole report by words. It would be very disappointing if all our hard work and efforts in making a report were wasted. One way to prevent damage to our reports is to add a protective covering to it. Here is how to choose a protective cover for your report:
- Color - The color of the cover does not only attract the attention of the audience or beautify the report, but also controls the amount of heat and light absorbed by the material. Light colors like white, yellow and orange reflect light, while darker colors like black and blue absorb light. The more light the protective cover receives, the more heat it absorbs. And the more the heat circulates within the pages of your report, the more destructive it is. Heat can discolor the paper, make the ink paler, and make the colors of the photos you attached wither.
- Size - You should make sure that your protective cover covers the entire report. Covers that are too small or short do not protect the pages, making the sides torn or ripped; covers that are too big require more space than what the pages inside require. A good size for protective covers should be equal or not more than half a centimeter of the edges of the pages.
- Thickness - The thickness of the cover is also important. Very thick covers are too rigid to turn, while very thin covers do not protect the report at all.
- Texture - Covers that are too smooth do not give a good grip to the holders, which may result on dropping the whole document to the ground, or worse, on water. Likewise, covers that are too rough can destruct the pages by scratching or rubbing on it. Pick a cover which provides a good grip and does not scrape on pages at the same time.
- Material - This is the most essential point when picking a protective cover. Covers made of paper absorb too much water and take too long to dry up. Paper-based covers are also easier to tear and cut. Covers made of plastic are more suitable as protective covers not only because it is harder to tear but also because it does not absorb water.
- Cover it with plastic. If ever the cover you bought or chose does not meet the qualities of a good report cover, then cover your report with plastic. Your report is now ready to be presented.
With all these things in mind, you will be sure that your report is protected from heat, water and other things that may damage it. You will also be sure that your efforts in making that report will never go to waste. The above suggestions will enable one to find a reasonable protective report cover and could even advise friends to do the same.