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Materials Used for Banner Printing

May 8th, 2019

High-quality banners come in a plethora of styles, sizes, and shapes. However, in order to ensure that your banner maximizes your brand awareness and helps attract more customers, you will need to determine which banner material will best fit the unique needs of your business.

Materials Used for Banner Printing

For instance, banners come in nearly every shape and size conceivable and are available in hanging, retractable, and many other forms. You will also need to determine how long you want it to last, where you plan on installing it, how easy you want the installation to be, as well as whether or not you plan on moving the banner from one location to another. Here, we discuss the 5 primary materials that are used for banner printing and outline their benefits.

Canvas Banners

Canvas banners are known for having a heavier feel to them. In reality, they are not as durable as they appear. That is, they are not designed to be placed outdoors because they have issues dealing with bad weather, particularly in countries like Canada that are known for their harsh winters and frigid temperatures. As such, they are meant for indoor use and are usually finished with pole pockets, grommets, or sewn hems. Canvas banners are often used for beautiful high-end backdrops.

Poly Banners

We would recommend that you use poly banners if you plan on using them as a one-time project. They are very affordable but are also not designed to be used for a prolonged period of time. It should also be noted that poly banners are not designed for outdoor use, but they do have the ability to display beautiful and eye-catching graphics while they last.

However, if you are looking for something with a little more durability, then thirteen-ounce vinyl banners are a very good alternative to poly banners. Although vinyl banners are generally more expensive than poly banners they boast far greater longevity and durability properties, so they may be a solid long-term investment for some businesses.

Mesh Banners

Mesh banners use ten-ounce vinyl and digital technology to print in full colour. Mesh banners work very well for outdoor use, as the crisscrossed fibres that they consist of allow for sound and air to penetrate easily. In addition, you will not be required to place wind slits in the vinyl banner, thanks to the tiny holes-which, which makes them vastly superior alternative in terms of aesthetic appeal.

The end result is a sign that is not only visually pleasing to the eye but also one that is highly wind resistant. In fact, you can even fabricate large banners using the mesh material, and you can obtain added security by adding pole pockets as reinforcement. It should also be noted that mesh banners are usually finished with grommets and heat-welded hems.

If you are looking for a banner sign that works exceptionally well against the outdoor elements in Canada but will also not compromise the quality of the printed graphics then using mesh is a superb choice.

Vinyl Banners

Of all the materials on the market for banner signs, vinyl is the most polyvalent without question. Vinyl boasts a myriad of full-colour options as well as large sizes, printed on thirteen-ounce vinyl. Vinyl is very easy to install for both outdoor and indoor projects and is also very lightweight and durable. In order to properly install a vinyl banner, you will generally need to form grommet holes every 2 to 4 feet around the perimeter. By doing so, you will be able to hang the sign using a wide array of materials, including Velcro and bungees.

You can opt to use a vinyl banner once if you wish, such as for an annual event or expo. Or, you can use it for a prolonged period of time, as vinyl is designed to last despite the wear and tear of time and the elements. Vinyl is not only a durable option but an economical one as well.

It is also possible to purchase no-curl vinyl instead. No-curl vinyl is similar to conventional vinyl and offers many of the same advantages. However, no-curl vinyl is printed on fourteen-ounce vinyl instead of thirteen-ounce vinyl. The extra ounce allows for quality that is slightly enhanced and no-curl vinyl is frequently used for banner stands or high-end displays.

Fabric Banners

Fabric banners are known for having a superior quality texture and appearance compared to vinyl banners. However, they are designed for indoor use, so they are not as versatile as vinyl banners in that sense. It should also be noted that fabric banners use direct dye sublimation instead of digital printing, which means they’re dyed using ink that goes through the fabric instead of just sitting on the surface. The end result is that the colours appear more vibrant.

Fabric banners are usually finished with a sewn helm that is folded and includes grommets for hanging purposes. In terms of material, there are two options: Satin, which will provide a glossier finish, and fabric soft, which is the most commonly used of the two.

To learn more about the materials used for banner printing, call Club Ink at 416-694-1996 or contact us here.


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