13 oz Scrim Vinyl Banner
This low cost, medium weight scrim reinforced banner material is designed for outdoor or indoor use. The matte finish is excellent where reflection off the surface is a concern, but still produces excellent color. The gloss finish is a great choice when the maximum color saturation is needed and glare isn't a concern.
This material can be sewn and grommeted and is available in widths up to 98".
While the print is good for up to 3 years outdoors, the banner itself has a 6 month to 1 year outdoor life depending on installation and wind conditions. Indoor longevity of 5-20 years.
This is the most common weight of vinyl for outdoor banners, but cheaper 13oz vinyl banners are made with less fabric scrim to save money. They are still 13oz banners, but they don't have the same tear strength as this material. This is a very durable banner for the price and is a very inexpensive material. It comes in large sizes and it's flame resistant, which is sometimes necessary for indoor use.
It has a fairly pronounced texture that's not ideal when it will be viewed up close. It tends to curl on the edges when free hanging or when used in banner stands. It's a vinyl banner so it's not eco-friendly.
This is our most popular material for inexpensive outdoor banners. If installed properly, it should last for 6 month to a year, and in some installations it can last much longer.
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If you are ordering your banner with grommets, the best way to hang it is to put some tension on the grommets so the banner is pulled tight and hangs flat. If you are using banner hanging hardware to hang the banner without grommets, follow the instructions that came with your hardware. We sell banner hanging systems that are inexpensive, make for a great looking hanging display, and don't require any special finishing on the banner. Check out the page for Poster & Banner Hangers to learn more about the different banner hanging products we offer.
If you are ordering a banner for a banner stand display, be sure to choose the correct finishing options to match the type of display you have. For example, if you are using an X-banner stand, you will need grommets in the corners of the banner. If you are unsure, tell us in the Special Instructions what display you have so we can make sure the finishing is correct for that specific purpose.
For outdoor use, grommets are the preferred method to attach a banner to just about any surface. It's even more important to keep outdoor banners under tension, because if there is too much slack in the banner, it can whip around in the wind, and the force that generates will tear up the banner or rip out the grommets, no matter how strong the banner material is. We recommend either attaching the banner with something that gives, such as bungee cords, or checking the banner at regular intervals to adjust the tension and keep it tight. Since bungee cords stretch, you can put the banner under tension and it will be able to flex in the wind without coming loose.
For more installations against a wall, such as on the side of a building, you can use screws or bolts with washers through all the grommets, but again, make sure the banner is pulled fairly tight. This type of installation can last for quite a while because the banner is protected by the wall from wind, but you must be sure to take the slack out of the banner. We also have a banner frame system designed to be attached to a wall or the side of a truck that holds the banner smooth and tight, and lets you change the banner fairly easily when necessary. With a system like this, a banner can last for 3 years or more outside since it can't be damaged by wind. Contact us for more information on this banner frame system.
Can you cut wind slits in my banner?
Wind slits are supposed to decrease the wind resistance on the banner and the support structure that the banner is attached to. We can cut wind slits, but we recommend against it because wind slits have been shown to be ineffective and in most cases, actually increase the stress on the support structure. They also weaken the banner where the slits are cut so if you are concerned about the banner itself holding up in the wind, using a better banner material and mounting it properly is the best approach. If you're concerned about stress and wind load on whatever your banner is attached to, such as a fence, scaffolding, or light poles, then we recommend using a mesh banner material instead. Mesh banner materials reduce the wind load by allowing air to pass through the holes in the mesh over the entire surface of the banner, which is much more effective than wind slits.
If you do want wind slits, include them in your design, or let us know in the Special Instructions are and we can add them for you.
Are your banners hemmed and grommeted?
The finishing of your banner will depend on the finishing options you select when you order. Hemming is done to add strength to the edges of the banner to support the grommets. We try to avoid hemming banners because it looks bad and makes them hang poorly. Instead we usually recommend a hem reinforcement on the back side of the banner to give it more strength than a hem without the sloppy look. This is only necessary for outdoor banners as indoor banners don't need the extra strength, so indoor banners are finished with a clean trimmed edge. Outdoor banner also have a clean trimmed edge, but have the reinforcement on the side edges. If you want full hemming you can choose either option under Other Finishing during the order process.
Also under the finishing options you can choose to have grommets added and select the color of grommets you would like.
How are printed banners different from the kind with stuck on letters?
With printed banners, the base material is white and printed with either UV, latex or solvent-based inks so the image becomes part of the banner. While it's possible to scratch or scuff the printing on the banner, it can't peel off or be removed. Any number of colors can be used, so it's possible to print high quality photos and logos in addition to solid colors.
With cut vinyl type banners, adhesive vinyl letters or graphics are computer cut and stuck onto a banner blank to make a banner. The banner blanks will typically come an assortment of solid colors, as does the adhesive vinyl. This used to be very common because printed banners were very expensive and not very durable outdoors. With the widespread use of solvent inks, cut vinyl banners have become less popular because your are limited to just a few colors, and the letters can shrink and peel off. So, while you can get a blue banner with red letters, you may not be able to get exactly the shade of blue or red you want, and you can't have a graduated color in the background or use a photo or soft drop shadow. While we do offer this type of banner for our customers who request it, we don't recommend it for most situations because of these shortcomings. For situations where you want a solid color background with a solid color type, it may still be practical, but if you want more than one color in your lettering or logos, a printed banner will be less expensive and will most likely hold up much better.