Are you unsure of the difference between types of window envelopes? Or maybe you’re confused on whether to choose the peel and seal option as opposed to a security tint? Well, look no further.
With so many different options of window envelopes available, you’re probably feeling a bit overwhelmed while browsing for the right fit for you. We’re here to help make the process less painful.
Understanding types of window envelopes
The first step in figuring out which window envelope is right for you is learning about the different types that are available to purchase. The standard window envelope features a plastic film window in the bottom left corner of the envelope. It allows a pre-printed mailing address to display through the window. For documents, letters, checks, invoices, or other items, a window envelope saves time.
The typical window envelope is generally white or pastel and is usually made with a 24# paper, which is thicker than the average copy paper. This envelope is probably what you think of when you hear the term “window envelope.” No bells, no whistles, just your run of the mill envelope with a window on the front side and a gummed flap to seal. There are three things that can be added to these envelopes to improve their overall quality, or make them fulfill your needs - security tint, self seal, and printing.
A security tint is a printed inner lining that prevents outside eyes from seeing through the envelope and reading confidential or private information. Custom Security Envelopes offer peace of mind to those who are sending out sensitive information through the mail. Click here to see an example of a #10 window with a security tint.
Types of adhesive
Another upgrade to the standard #10 window envelope would be the type of adhesive used on the flap. Currently, we have three types of products available for purchase. A standard gum seal, requires moisture to seal the envelope. Self seal envelopes are available with a peel & seal strip, or a simple seal (flip & seal) option. Peel and seal includes a small plastic strip over the glue on the envelope. Simply remove the strip and press to close and seal your envelope. Simple seal, or flip and seal, has a self-stick gum on the top and bottom flaps. Lift the bottom flap up and press to close and seal the envelope.
One of the benefits of both self seal options is that they allow you to seal the piece of mail without having to moisten the gum. Not only does this method allow you to save a lot of time if you are mailing stacks at a time, but in the times of COVID-19, the lack of having to lick envelopes is a luxury we can all agree on. The tradeoff between the two is that the self seal options are not as cost-effective as the standard seal envelopes. However, the amount of time they save is a major benefit depending on the amount of mailing being sent out. Check out Custom Self Seal Envelopes.
Choosing the Right Size
A standard window envelope, or #10 window envelope, measures 4 1/8 x 9 1/2 and is the most popular size for sending documents, checks, invoices, or statements. It easily fits an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper, folded in thirds. A #9 window envelope is slightly smaller (3 7/8 x 8 7/8) and can be better for sending business checks. The smaller size provides a closer fit for checks, which helps keeps them from shifting around during mailing. Another check envelope is the #8 ⅝ window envelopes. Similar to a #9, but just a bit smaller (3 5/8 x 8 5/8). This can be ideal for special size checks or invoices. Shop #10 envelopes or #9 envelopes.
Printing on Window Envelopes
Personalizing your envelopes can provide a number of benefits. By adding your return address and logo to Custom Window Envelopes, you save time and hassle from having to add labels or write an address. You can also help recipients easily recognize mail from your business, when you include your logo. To help your envelope stand out, or match your branding, choose two color printing. Print your logo in a color to match your brand, and the return address in black ink. To really make a statement, print your envelope in full color. This provides a professional look and helps make a great first impression.
We hope this article provided some insight into the world of window envelopes and that it helps to make your decision a bit easier when the time comes to make your purchase.
If you have any questions regarding window envelopes, or just need some assistance on how to move forward with your purchase feel free to contact our team.