If you are looking for a vinyl banner, you do have few different options to consider. This depends on a few things. Namely, where is your banner being displayed, and how long do you intend to use it? Firstly, is your banner needed for an indoor event? Or, do you need it to hang outside? If you only need your banner for indoor use, an unfinished or straight cut edge might be enough for your needs.
If you want your banner to last outdoors, enduring wind, for multiple uses, you should probably choose a stronger, heartier option.
Our range of vinyl banners starts at economy (good for mild outdoor use) and indoor with either stitching around the perimeter, top and bottom pole pockets, or a straight cut edge. We then have options for heavy duty banners (weather resistant and durable), with stitching and grommets, on a thicker material. These can, if necessary, include nylon webbing and wind flaps.
To help understand what is best for you, take a look at what some of these options mean.
We offer complimentary stitching around the perimeter of your vinyl banner, as well as grommets to ensure you can display the piece as you require. This stitching helps with the longevity and strength of your banner. The edge of your banner is folded over, and we use a double stitch with a thin white thread.
Grommets are the small rings you see at the corners or perimeter of some vinyl banners. Generally, we place these every foot or two around a banner, though if you need more, or less, let us know. These rings are pierced directly through the vinyl material, after printing, and can be used to attach rope, hooks or nails without damage to your banner.
If you want an indoor banner, but you do not want grommets, you do have the option for pole pockets at the top and bottom of your banner. These are stitched pockets which are designed for a pole, like a dowel or strong curtain rod, to slide through. This, like a curtain, provides you with a stable support. Instead of grommets, this pocket let you hang your banner using your pole or rod. (We’ve even done a few which required a rope inserted through the pocket!)
If you need your banner to hang outside, perhaps on a fence or over a street, and endure strong winds and weather, nylon webbing is for you. This is a strip of heavy duty material sewn right in your banner edges, like a stuff crust pizza. It provides strength against the vinyl tearing when the wind picks up. When we use nylon webbing, we also bump up the grommets to a larger hole, allowing you to use a heavier rope to firmly attach the banner.
Just like the nylon webbing, wind flaps are recommended for banners used in outdoor, hard weather situations. Hanging over a street, suspended over a highway, or attached to a fence in an open surrounding, these are situations which may require heavy duty options.
Wind flaps, or wind smiles, are small incisions cut through the face of your banner. Yes, you read that right. They are flaps cut into your banner, staggered across the length of the vinyl, to allow wind to pass through and ease stress on the edges.
You may think that these will disrupt or ruin the printed graphics, but take in mind that banners which require the wind flaps are designed for viewing from a distance. When the wind is still, the flaps hang down. Just to be clear, we do take all of this into account when placing the wind flaps, as to diminish the intrusion on your design.
Stitching, webbing, grommets, or a straight cut edge. Whatever your need, let us know what you need your banner to do, and we will work with you to make sure your get the option best for you.
Whether you are considering a vinyl banner, car sign, or window graphics, the size of your letters should be a key consideration. Letters that are too large can feel obnoxious; those that are too small will not have enough impact on your audience.
This chart gives you a good starting point for the purposes of designing your sign. You can also go by the rule of thumb that each inch of letter gives 10 feet of visibility for maximum impact – so a 5” letter can be read 50’ away.
Where your sign will be located also tells you how far away most people will be from the sign when they see it. The farther away your audience is, the larger your letter will need to be to attract attention.
Although the letter visibility chart gives you a good starting point, a few more factors need to be considered before committing to a final design. One of these is the amount of contrast in your sign between the letters and the background. A higher contrast sign (such as black and white) is going to have better visibility that one with lower contrast (such as grey and red). If you choose a lower contrast design you may need larger letters to ensure your sign is visible from the appropriate distance.
Here are the best color combinations for contrast and readability:
However, also consider the environment where your sign will be located; you want the colors of your sign (specifically the background) to contrast with the surroundings. For example, if your sign was going up on a red brick wall a red background would result in your sign blending into the wall, a white or yellow background would make your sign more noticeable.
The type of font chosen for your design has an effect on the visibility of your sign. Thin or script fonts are more difficult to read than solid fonts with wider strokes. You can test out different fonts at home by printing them and hanging them on a wall. Typically, unless the script or thin font is associated with your brand, it would be advisable to choose a thicker font for your primary message.
With that in mind, here are the top 20 most popular fonts for signs:
6. Trajan Bold
7. Myriad (Apple’s corporate font)
13. Franklin Gothic
14. Times New Roman
15. Gills Sans
18. FF Din
20. Warnock Pro
Simple, well designed signs have the most impact. Try to keep your message straightforward, don’t try to cram too much information into your sign, you want to attract attention and encourage people to take the next step, whether it’s to call, check out your website, or come in for a visit. When in doubt, seek the services of a professional graphic designer for tips and advice.
Vinyl banners are a great way to promote your business or event……and they’re are relatively inexpensive. Today banners are printed in vibrant full colour in photographic resolution. You should take several things into account to ensure your vinyl banner lasts.
The answers to these questions will indicate the type of material it should be printed on and the finishing that’s required to make sure your banners lasts and doesn’t fail structurally.
KCBGraphics.com offers many options for finishing your banners:
The maximum banner size is virtually unlimited and can be customized to the size you need.
If you need assistance with the design of your vinyl banner of have questions about the appropriate size please give us a call at 1-800-350-7152.