Custom vinyl banners most commonly used material is a heavy weight vinyl technically known as PVC. The weights of the different banner substrates range from as light as 9 ounces to as heavy as 22 ounces per square yard. These may be double-sided or single-sided. Grommets are the most common method in order to facilitate hanging of the banner. Thermally sealed hems have replaced tape since tape in known to fail in hot temperature environments such as in Tucson, Arizona. Some banners are so large that they cover the side of a building. In these cases they may be printed on a special mesh pvc material so that some wind can pass through them. There are various types of vinyl banners. Useful life ranges from 3–5 years.
Full color custom vinyl banners are digitally printed; although some are printed with aqueous (water-based), eco-solvent inks or UV-curable inks. Graphic Impact favors latex inks. These friendly to the environment inks produce more vivid colors and appear to last longer. There are many Chinese or Korean manufacturers of printers but we use Hewlett Packard (HP) printers for our very large banners also referred to as “grand format inkjet printers” In the production mode, these printers are capable of printing up to 1,000 square feet per hour.
We use vinyl lettered banners for some application. These are produced by applying individual elements cut from self-adhesive vinyl by a computer-driven vinyl cutter. Vinyl letters can be replaced, for example when operating hours are changed. Hand-painted graphics and lettering are uncommon with the advent of modern printing.
A finishing touch for a vinyl banner
Hems: the most common form of finishing for vinyl banners. Hems allow for the more secure insertion of grommets or eyelets which allow the banner to be fixed or hung.
Eyelets: (or grommets) are small (typically 12.5mm diameter inner) metal rings secured into the banner hem which allow rope, clips or bungee cord to be attached to the banner to aid fixing.
Pole Pockets: vinyl banners can be finished with pole pockets, usually at the top and/or bottom where a loop is made from the same continuous material and fixed to the back of the banner by thermal welding, stitching or banner hem tape.
Vinyl banners have many uses and applications. They are most often used to promote a company’s logo, a special promotion, event, team or school. Since vinyl is a very flexible as well as portable material you can see vinyl banners just about anywhere. Vinyl banners are commonly seen as billboards, table banners, trade show banners, building banners, street banners, festival banners, as well as stadium flags.