Color printed banners are an excellent way to advertise a lot of things. You can advertise your company, a special gala, make a big announcement, the possibilities for vinyl banners are endless. Color printed banners can be used anywhere. They are an inexpensive way to advertise for both long and short term messages.
So, how do you keep the edges of your printed banners from detracting from the body of the banner?
There are quite a few ways that you can finish your banner. You may decide on the finishing depending on the size of the banner and how it will be used. You need to consider whether it will be displayed indoors or outdoors. Will it be in a high traffic area? Will people be touching it or will it be out of reach to the public? When displaying banners outside, always put safety first. Be sure the supporting structure is sound. Vinyl banners hung out in the open can be subject to significant wind loads. All of these matters should be part of your planning for your custom banner feather banners.
The ten ways to finish your color printed banner
No finishing – There may be customers out there who don’t want any kind of finishing on their custom banner. We do have that as an option. While you are free to choose this option, keep in mind that displaying the banner could be difficult.
Hemmed edges with grommets top and bottom as needed. The number of grommets will depend on the size of the banner. This is the most common finishing technique, and is useful for many different applications. This is the preferred finishing for mounting against a fence or wall.
Hemmed edges with grommets top and bottom as needed, with rope sewn into the top and bottom hems. The rope ends extend out from the banner edge making ties. The length of the rope can be specified. This application adds strength and versatility to the basic grommet style, allowing the banner to be tied between poles or other secure fixtures.
Hemmed edges with rope sewn into the top and bottom hems, using no grommets. The rope extends from the color printed banner and can be tied to poles or other supports. The length of rope can be specified. This finishing technique is best for color print banners that will be tied between secure fixtures and you need strong construction. It spreads wind forces over the entire length of the banner sign.
Hemmed sides, webbing top and bottom with grommets spaced as needed (depends on banner size). Adding grommets offers more tie down points, this is especially helpful for supporting larger vinyl banners to eliminate sagging, if the supporting structure allows for it.
Hemmed sides with webbing sewn into top and bottom. This is in place of the rope from the techniques above. There are no grommets in this finishing technique. The webbing extends as needed for ties. This is an even stronger construction for color print banners that may be subjected to higher wind loads.
To support banners on hardware, sleeves can be sewn into the top and bottom. The sleeve can be sized to fit the hardware. The circumference (dia. X 3.14) of the supporting pole divided by 2, plus an inch will calculate a good sleeve size. This is a good choice for a large color print banner that you are worried will sag.
In addition to the pole pocket on your color print banner, grommets can be added to the top and bottom in an extra extension above and below the sleeves for more versatility in display options.
Street, or light pole banners are usually finished with top and bottom sleeves and a grommet just below the top sleeve and just above the bottom sleeve.
For a very strong construction which will be attached using ties you supply, sewn in webbing with “D” rings offers a very reliable solution. To add tie points to large vinyl banners, grommets can be added to the top and bottom, or even sides.
As you can see there are a lot of options for finishing your full color banner. There is not 1 technique that is chosen over another. The choices depend on the customer and the banner.
We hope that this has helped give you some useful information, so you can make an educated decision about finishing techniques next time you purchase color print banners.
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