6 Popular Types of Label Materials

Labeling is useful for a variety of reasons. It helps to give directions, warning and general information. Here are a few of the most popular types of label materials:

Destructible Vinyl

The destructible vinyl is a type of tamper proof or security label that cannot be removed in a single piece. This type of label is intended to leave a word like danger, security, or void if removed from its surface. It is a useful choice for law enforcement, safety, warranty, electronics, pharmaceuticals and food containers.

Industrial Vinyl

Industrial vinyl is the universal choice for labeling outdoor applications. It is designed to be chemical and weather resistant, and can last up to 10 years before it starts to fade. The material is quite flexible and stretches to make it a useful choice for curved surfaces or over rivets. They are a useful choice for cable tray labels, tools, rental equipment, fleet decals and pipeline labels.

Litho Paper

Litho is a type of semi or high gloss paper that has a matte finish. It has several practical uses, including food related labeling and envelope labels. The paper can have a removable or permanent adhesive which can range from the cold temperature to the rubber base adhesive.


Polyester labels come in several types. A popular option is the metalized look that gives a mirror-like or chrome finish that has it looking much like stainless steel. Other choices include white and clear polyester with a gloss or matte finish. They are practical for indoor and outdoor applications and useful for labeling control panels or pipes. This label can easily stand up to harsh weather environments and has a long-lasting adhesive.

Static Cling Vinyl

Static cling vinyl is the preferred choice for applying decals to windows because it is not necessary to rely on adhesive. It sticks to the surface using static electricity. It is mostly used on smooth surfaces like glass and metal. A major use is for oil change labels applied to the windshield. The label is printed using a thermal transfer or laser printer.

Transparent Polypropylene

The labels in polypropylene are a practical alternative to vinyl and provide reliable and long-term solvent resistance. Plus, they are much more affordable than the polyester labels. It gives greater clarity and flexibility and comes with a matte or gloss finish. This label can vary with the type of adhesive which makes them practical in a wide range of applications.