The Difference Between Ultraboard and Gator Board?
These materials are high-performance rigid substrates, comprised mainly of foam, that offer a wide range of possibilities including high resolution of photographs at any size as well as art reproduction.
Gator board and ultraboard are similar types of durable display boards. They’re both comprised of a dense foam interior that’s covered on the outside by a smooth substrate, which is a great choice for digital prints. The composition of this outer finish is what sets gator board and ultraboard apart.
Gator board, also sometimes called gator foam, is covered in a thin veneer comprised of melamine and wood fiber. This veneer makes gator board very rigid, so it’s not prone to warping. Ultraboard is covered in a thick layer of polystyrene plastic. Unlike gator board, ultraboard has some flexibility.
Price and Rigidity
Ultraboard is less expensive than gator board but both are intended for permanent use indoors. However, you may be better off to choose one over the other in some instances.
If strength is a key factor, choose ultraboard. Both materials are durable, but ultraboard is the stronger material of the two since it can flex under pressure. If you would rather have a more rigid material, go with gator board. This is true especially if you are installing an outdoor gator board sign. (be sure to paint, laminate or otherwise protect the material) One other factor to consider is the finish. Since ultraboard has a plastic finish, it tends to have more of a sheen, whereas gator board will appear more matte.