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“Waterproof” and “water resistant” are terms often used interchangeably, however, they are not the same thing. When it comes to label making, you’ll want to be informed on the differences between the two before choosing the one that’s best for your product.

Waterproof vs. Water Resistant

An object being waterproof literally means that it is completely protected against water. Ideally, waterproof material should never have water pass through it. For example, you buy a waterproof jacket for when it rains so that you do not get wet.

On the other hand, something that is water-resistant means that it repels water, not that it's completely protected against it. Small amounts of water may be handled, but avoid fully submerging in water.


Waterproof Labels

When do you need to use waterproof labeling? When you are producing a product that needs to be able to withstand large amounts of water or moisture. As long as they are applied to the product when dry, waterproof labels are made to handle these kinds of conditions. Waterproof labels are also frequently referred to as “weatherproof” as they can handle the elements.

Waterproof labels are the best choice for outdoor objects, including HVAC units, mailboxes, electrical boxes, etc. They also should be used on products that will frequently be placed in the shower, dishwasher, etc. For example, when creating a shampoo bottle label, you’ll want to heavily consider using waterproof material to prevent peeling from constant exposure to water.


Water Resistant Labels

Virtually any product that is not intended to come in contact with water can benefit from water resistant labeling. Waterproof labels can be very costly, so if you’re looking for a cheaper option that doesn’t need to be fully protected from water, then water resistant labels may be the best choice for you. These kinds of labels are also resistant to oils and chemicals that your product may be exposed to, making it a great label option for a myriad of items.


Which One Do I Choose?

Making the decision between waterproof and water-resistant comes down to a few key questions:

  • Does my label need to withstand heavy amounts of moisture/water?
  • What is my budget for my label project?
  • Will the integrity of my label be compromised if I choose this material?

It can be confusing trying to determine which of these two label types to use, but it doesn’t have to be. At Leapin’ Lizard Labels, we offer professional knowledge that will help you and your business make the best choice for your product. Get in contact with our team today and let’s get you started on your labels!

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