outdoor banners

If you want a stand capable of handling the outdoors, our Custom Outdoor Banner Stands are for you.  These stands are built for outdoor events, farmers markets, sidewalks, or booths at festivals.  With 3 different outdoor stands and 2 unique sidewalk signs, we have you covered.

KCBGraphics.com is a leading supplier of trade show products in Toronto, Ontario.  Please take a look at our outdoor signs & stands and don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-350-7152.

 

 

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First, let’s talk about the custom outdoor banner stands.  We carry 3 different models: the Blizzard, the Spring 5, and the Thunder.  Both the Spring 5 and the Thunder can be created as either single or double-sided displays.  The Blizzard is a single-sided only unit.

The bases of both the Blizzard and the Spring 5 can be filled with either sand or water to weigh them down.  The Thunder can be staked to the ground to help against wind (though that obviously doesn’t work on pavement).

Both the Blizzard and the Spring 5 are what is called a spring back stand.  They have grommets in the corners.  The Thunder, by comparison, is a retractable stand.  For more info on the differences of these types, by see our previous post here.

Each of these 3 stands are designed for outdoor use, though please use common sense.  Yes, they can handle moderate wind and you can weigh them down.  But if a heavy storm comes down around it would be best to bring them in.  You can use any of these in an outdoor market, on a sidewalk, or in an outdoor festival.  While the Blizzard and the Spring 5 can handle some rain, the mechanisms in the Thunder can be damaged by water.

 

Custom Outdoor Banner Stands

Spring 5 base

 

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The Synergy outdoor stand

Outdoor Sidewalk Signs

These signs stand on their own and are suitable for outdoor events.  Like the custom outdoor banner stands, these 2 sidewalk signs have some differences I should mention.  The 2 models are called the Synergy and the Whirlwind.

Both models can be used as double-sided displays.  The Whirlwind (like the custom outdoor banner stands) can be filled with water or sand for added weight.  The Synergy is a lighter model sometimes called an A-Frame, and while it can handle a bit of wind, it will go down if the weather picks up.

Both the Whirlwind and the Synergy use a snap frame to secure your printed graphics.  This means the edge of the frame clamp the graphic in place, allowing the artwork to be replaced easily and on-site.

 

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The hinged frame allows you to easily change up the graphics on your display

 

The Whirlwind is slightly different than the Synergy.  It has a hollow base that can be filled with sand or water, and two strong springs that flex with the wind.  When the base is full of water or sand this stands weighs about 80 lbs, enabling it to withstand stronger weather than the Synergy.

 

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Changing existing graphics on the Whirlwind is simple and easy

 

All the custom outdoor banner stands and signs include full colour printed graphics.  The banner stand graphics are printed on a 13 oz scrim vinyl.  The sidewalk signs are printed on a thin pvc material and either laminated for extra protection, or covered by a clear mylar designed to fit within the snap frame.   As always, if you have questions about any our products, feel free to contact us for more details.

 

At an outdoor event, custom event tents are a perfect way to announce yourself, and your brand, to all viewers.  We’ve all seen events where someone is using a poor quality, or even a shoddy or broken tent, so we know how that instantly reflects on the company and their product.

Don’t fall into the trap of using an older tent to promote your brand.  Getting high-quality, custom event tents is a worthwhile investment, and can be your first point of contact with your customer base.

KCBGraphics.com is a leading supplier of outdoor flags, banners, and tents in Toronto, Ontario.  Please take a look at our tents and pricing. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-350-7152 with any questions.

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Explaining Your Custom Event Tents

Alright, what are my options?

There are basic tents, without any printing.  (No, these aren’t custom, but I feel I should start here.)  You can get a pop up tent in 5 basic colours (black, blue, white, grey, red).

When you want a whole lot extra, you can have these custom event tents printed in full colour to promote you and your brand.  These set up the same as basic pop up tents (same frame, same set-up), but the full colour printed canopy really set it apart.

These tents are designed for a standard 10′ by 10′ space, and fold down easily to fit in one carry bag.  The canopy is a UV resistant polyester.

 

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With both the custom event tents and the basic pop ups, you can add a backwall and/or sides to help create a unique event space for your show.  If your space backs onto another vendor, a backwall is a great way to ensure your customers are focused.

As with any good trade show display, making your outdoor summer event is all about environment.  Make your space professional and impactful.  Take some time on this, it represents your brand and your product.  Even if you decide to simply put up a tarp behind your tent, either to block wind or a competitor, take some care and make it look the best you can.

 

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How Your Custom Event Tent Works

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Corners will snap into place

Two people is best for putting one these up, but one person can do it with a bit of practice.  With the tent frame folded (the canopy should already be on the frame), stand it up and gently pull the corners so that it fills the 10′ by 10′ space.  Then, one by one, extend the legs out so the tent stands at it’s full height.  The corners should snap into place once everything is in place.  Depending on the make of your tent, you should have a 3 different height options.  (Make sure each leg is set at the same height.  Nothing is worse than a lopsided tent.)

That’s it.  If you’ve purchase a backwall or sides, these can be attached now, once the tent is up.  Okay, now that’s it.

Don’t miss out on that first impression.  If you have questions, or want to begin an order, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experts.

Many places offer services for outdoor banner printing, but there are a few things to keep in mind when searching for shop that is best for you.  Not all banners are created equal, and this is especially true for banners made to last outdoors.  You need a material that can stand up to the wind and rain, maybe even something that will last more than one season.

KCBGraphics.com is a leading supplier of trade show products in Toronto, Ontario.  Please take a look at our heavy duty banner pricing and don’t hesitate to give us a call with any questions at 1-800-350-7152.

 

Outdoor Banner Printing

Double Sided Outdoor Banners

 

Outdoor Banner Printing – Stitch and Grommet

The key to a good outdoor banner is strength.  How thick, or how sturdy is the material?  How well will it resist tearing in the wind?

For any long term outdoor banner printing solution, you want a material that is at least 13 oz.  (This refers to the thickness of the vinyl.)  A 12 oz material is good for indoor use, and 13 oz is good for mild outdoor use.  For long lasting outdoor banner printing, you want a material around 18 oz thick.

 

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By default, we finish all our outdoor banner printing with a stitched edge.  This edge includes grommets to attached your banner as you need.

To aid against wind, most shops will sew a strip of nylon webbing around the perimeter of the banner.  This provides a fair bit of extra strength against tearing grommets do to misuse or wind.  These strips of nylon are sewn right inside the back edge of the banner, which is then fixed with grommets, to two working together for a strong, long lasting edge.

 

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Nylon Webbing is sewn into the edge for added strength

 

Outdoor Banner Printing – Windflaps

When banners are made to hang over a street, highway, or between two buildings, the wind becomes a concern.  A strong wind can cause a banner to act as a sail, pulling against itself.  This can, in turn, cause the grommets to start to tear through the vinyl.  Now, this might not be a concern.  Maybe the banner is going up against a wall, or is in a sheltered area without much wind.  But if not, then we recommend adding windflaps to your outdoor banner.

 

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To reduce tension caused by wind

 

These are flaps, or wind smiles, cut directly through the vinyl.  Yes, they can impact or impede your graphics.  Banners that require these flaps, though. are generally large and intended for viewing from a distance.  When there is no wind, they hang flat, reducing impact to your text or artwork.  When setting up your file for print, we will show you where these wind flaps will be placed, staggering their placement to try to minimize impact on your design.

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Pick a banner that is going to last

So, keep these things in mind when purchasing your next outdoor banner.:

  • Thickness and durability of the material
  • Finishing options, like stitching and grommets
  • Heavy duty extras, like nylon webbing and windflaps

As always, we’re here if you have questions or special requests.