event banners

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.  to begin with, 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, whereas 13 oz is good for mild outdoor use.  For long lasting outdoor banner printing, you want a material around 18 oz thick.


Outdoor Banner Printing

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.  We sew these strips of nylon 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.


Outdoor Banner Printing Windflaps

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.

If you’re looking for tradeshow banners, you may require a retractable banner stand, a hanging banner sign, or a vinyl banner with stitching and grommets.  To help explain which is which, I’m going to give a quick explanation of each.

KCBGraphics.com offers options and pricing on three of these choices, providing professional and competitive solutions for all your banner, printing, and trade show needs.  For info and pricing on banner stands, please click here.  Or, if you’re interested in vinyl banners, either indoor and outdoor, click here.

Tradeshow Banners – Banner Stands

Roll Up Banners

One of the best ways to add character and colour to your tradeshow is either with a retractable, telescopic, or spring back banner stand.  These portable tradeshow banners set up within minutes and come in a variety of sizes.  We’ve spoken about the differences between these three stands before.  Check out that previous post if you’re looking for an in-depth look at these types of stands.

Retractable stands, also called roll up banners, use spring loaded cassettes.  Insert a collapsible pole into the base, pull up on the top rail of the tradeshow banner, and attach the rail to the pole and your set and ready to go.  Telescopic tradeshow banners work slightly differently.

The poles snap together to create a freestanding frame, and your banner is then attached to this frame.  These telescopic stands are often used for wide media walls.  A spring back tradeshow banner is a lighter stand.  This type of stand holds your banner up using tension.

Each of these are appropriate solutions for trade shows, expanding your visual impact at any event.

Backs of two different tension stands

Backs of two different tension stands

Hanging Tradeshow Banners

Tradeshow Banners Hanging SignMany trade shows will use hanging signs to get across their message.  These signs can be a great way to showcase your booth, as they hang above your space and do not interfere with foot traffic.

These signs are generally printed on semi-rigid, rollable, and waterproof material called styrene.  You can choose to print these tradeshow banners on high quality vinyl or poster paper instead.  If you choose poster paper, they can be left as is or laminated for multiple uses.

There are a few options for setting up these overhead banners.  To begin with, the most common is a plastic channel called a posted hanger.  This is clipped onto the top and bottom of the printed media.  Small loops slide in along the top of the hanger, which will allows you to attach it to cables or lines from above.

Different trade show venues will have different rules and regulations for overhead, hanging signs.  Be sure to check with the individual trade show reps to make sure you have everything you need for any overhead signs.


An overhead sign with poster hangers attached


Vinyl Tradeshow Banners

Finally, you can choose a indoor or economy vinyl banner.  These tradeshow banners are used everywhere, indoor or outdoor depending on the thickness of material.

Tradeshow Banners - Vinyl

They can be custom made to fit any size space.  You can display these either above your booth or in front of a table.  Furthermore, you could put them on a wall beside or behind your booth space.

Showcase your logo, an offer, or an event with these banners.  Each banners comes with stitching along every side, and either grommets or pole pockets so you can hang them as needed.  Outdoor tradeshow banners are a little heartier, and are built with nylon webbing for extra strength.

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Each of these three options are simple and cost effective solutions.  Standing beside your booth, or hanging above your display, a tradeshow banner is a great way to create impact at your next event.

As always, if you have questions about which of these products are right for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more info.

vinyl-banner-edgesIf 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 vinyl 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.


Vinyl Banner Stitching

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.

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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.

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Vinyl Banner, grommets and stitching

Grommets are inserted between the double stitch on the banner’s edge


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Pole Pockets

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 vinyl banner using your pole or rod.  (We’ve even done a few which required a rope inserted through the pocket!)

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Heavy duty banner with pole pocket and grommets

Vinyl Banner, indoor pole pocket

Pole pocket for an indoor trade show banner


Nylon Webbing

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 banner 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.

Vinyl Banner, nylon webbing and grommet

Grommets are inserted straight through the webbing!

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Section of vinyl with nylon webbing sewn in


Wind Smiles/Flaps

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.

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Wind can pass through with minimum resistance

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Flaps hang down, ensuring legibility to your design


Whatever Your Need, We Can Help

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.