.040 Styrene Styrene is a thin white plastic material that is our least expensive mounting option. It is roughly 1 Millimeter thick. It has a completely smooth surface. It is easy to cut, and available in most any size up to 24"x36". This option is great for many uses as it easily can fit in a frame.
We recommend than any print over 8x10 be mounted to keep it from being wavy once it is in a frame. Styrene is perfect for this.
Foam Core This is the most common type of mount board. It is 3/16" thick and easy to cut. It does have a tendency to warp, which is most noticeable on large sizes (16x20 and up). Foam Core is less expensive than Gator Board, and is a great option for temporary purposes. Foam Core is white.
Gator Board Gator Board comes in 2 thicknesses - 3/16" and 1/2". It is similar to Foam Core, except that it is stiffer and has a laminate backing which seals the board from moisture and makes it so that it does not warp like Foam Core. It is not as easy to cut as foam core, but it can be done. Gator Board is black.
Gator board is perfect for hanging on the wall with a float mount hanger (no frame).
|Size||.040 Styrene||3/16" Foam Core||3/16" Gator Board||1/2" Gator Board|
When mounting prints it is not uncommon for us to need to trim an edge or two which can result in the finished mounted print being slightly smaller than the original size. We try to keep this to a minimum and almost always less than 1/4" smaller on either side. If your mounted print must be exactly to size please let us know in advance.
Need a size that is not listed? We can mount most any size, and most sizes in ROES have mounting available. If you need an odd size that we do not have listed it will most likely be charged at the next closest larger size, possibly with a trim charge.
Hanging Options for Mounted Prints
Prints mounted on either 3/16" or 1/2" Gator Board can also have a few different hanging options added to them. All of these options float off the wall about half an inch.
|Size||Plastic Hang Tab||1/2" Gator Hanging Cleat||Wood Blocks with Wire|
|8x10 up to 12x18||$5.00||$8.00||-|
|16x20 up to 20x30||-||10.00||$25.00|
|24x30 or 24x36||-||12.00||25.00|
Simple gator hanging cleat, gator rests on a nail or screw. Floats 1/2" off the wall.
Plastic hang tab - perfect for smaller mounted prints (up to 16x20). Floats 1/2" off the wall.
Details and FAQs
How do I order?
When you are ordering prints in our ROES ordering system, mounting is an option found in the options section when you are in the main ordering screen. If you use our Simple Uploader instead of ROES please specify the type of mounting you want in the special instructions.
What is the turn around time for Mounted prints?
Please allow an extra day for mounting, but in emergencies we can usually do it the same day with a rush charge.
Which is the best substrate?
That depends on what you are doing. If you are going to frame the print, we think Styrene is the best - it is very thin and should fit in any frame with the frame backing. Gator Board is best if you are going to display your print without a frame - it doesn't warp. Foam core is great for temporary purposes as it is less expensive that Gator Board but more stiff than styrene, but Foam Core does warp, especially on large sizes. Foam Core or Gator Board can also be framed, but they are 3/6" thick so you likely won't be able to use the backing that came with the frame (sometimes the backer has the hanging hardware).
Mounted prints are shippable up to 24x36. Mounted prints that are 16x20 and smaller usually still qualify for our $7.95 flat rate shipping. We do not ship mounted prints larger than 24x36. Please see our Shipping page for more info.