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What are PVC Banners?

PVC Banners come in a huge range of sizes and shapes and are one the best ways of promoting your product or event. Made for durable, hard wearing PVC, vinyl banners are digitally printed in full colour and are nearly always hemmed and eyeletted.

PVC banners are everywhere, next time you are out and about, you are more than likely to spot them on railings in high traffic areas, attached to scaffolding, outside the local church or community centre and certainly at nearly all sporting events. They are very low cost but make a big, colourful impact. PVC outdoor banners are also very portable so can be moved to different locations and can also be rolled up for storage.

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What Type of Banners are Available?

The most popular banner printing on the market by far is the 440gsm banner with hems and eyelets. These are ideal for short to medium term use and tend to be the most cost effective, making them ideal for events or promotions.

Thicker, more premium banners are also available, these are usually printed on 510gsm material, making them ideal for medium to long term use. They will be quite a bit more expensive than a 440gsm banner, so they are more suited for long term use, rather than short term promotion.

Mesh banners are the other PVC Outdoor Banners display you are likely to come across. The outdoor banners have tiny holes in the material, which allows wind to pass through them, so they are ideal for buildings, cranes, scaffolding wrap etc, as they are more likely to stand up to strong wind than a standard PVC outdoor banner would be. Mesh outdoor banners are also ideal for using on Hera fencing, as they won’t cause the fencing to collapse. Hera Banners are very popular at large events and festivals.

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PVC Outdoor Banners

What printers are used to print PVC banners?

Three main types of printer used to make your PVC Outdoor Banners, all methods have their pros and con’s.

It is always worth checking with your supplier as to which method they used to create your vinyl PVC banners.

Solvent Printing.

Firstly there is Solvent or Eco Solvent printing, this used to be the most widely used method of printing banner material.

You get good strong vibrant prints, which are long lasting and durable.

The downside to solvent printing is that it takes time for the prints to dry and “gas off” so increasing lead times and consequently production costs.

Solvent printing is also not the most environmentally friendly production method, as it mixes pigment and solvent to form a liquid ink.

When the solvent is dissolved it can become toxic, so a lot of ventilation is required when using solvent printers.

UV Printing.

Another method of printing is UV, which uses ultra violet light to “cure” or dry the ink.

It comes out of the printer, the banner prints are perfectly dry.

UV print technology gives you a strong and durable print, which sits on top of the material, rather than soaking into it.

As the ink is cured instantly, lead times are usually quicker.

UV printing tends to be a more cost effective way of producing banners.

Latex Printing.

Finally, Latex print technology is now at the forefront of PVC Outdoor Banners printing.

Developed by HP, it is one of the most cost effective methods of printing outdoor banners.

And is also certainly the most environmentally friendly production method.

Due to the way the ink is laid down onto the banner substrate.

You also don’t get any major gloss banding with latex printing.

Like UV, the prints come off completely dry and ready to be finished,

It is a very quick way of producing banners.

Making them cheaper to produce and ultimately cheaper to buy.

How do I fit PVC Banners?

As a standard your PVC banner will come hemmed and eyeletted with either brass or plastic eyelets. Depending on where you would like your banner will depend on how you go about installing your banner.

If your PVC banner is to be attached to a fence or railings then you can use the eyelets and secure them using either cable ties, rope or cord.

This will then keep your banner in place and able to withstand most windy conditions.

Bungee cords or toggles, that can be used to secure your pvc banner to a fence or railings.

Bungee cords are especially good to use in windy locations as they act like shock absorbers, making it less likely that your banner with tear or rip.

If your PVC Outdoor Banners is to be secured to a wall, then you can still use the eyelets that come punched into your banner display.

Use large penny washers over the front of the eyelets and secure using a screw and/or Rawl plug. This will then keep your banner tort and secure against the wall.

Banner frames are another option for displaying banners outdoors, they are a lightweight aluminium frame ideal for sporting events such as golf days and cricket matches.  

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Banner Frames

Indoor Use.

Finally, if your banner is for indoor use, then you could request the banner without hems or eyelets. Secure into place using strong self-adhesive Velcro. Your PVC banner will then sit perfectly flat onto a wall or exhibition panel. 

Fabric Banner displays

Over the last few years fabric banners have become more popular. They are usually lighter weight and are more environmentally friendly to produce. They are also usually printed using dye sublimation, which is perfect for fabric material.

Fabric banners are ideal as backdrops. For the stage, musicals, sports and television industries and also theatrical, pantomime and band backdrops.

One of the best materials for band backdrops is a 210gsm polyester.

Standard outdoor banner material is far cheaper but it is a lot heaver and more awkward to pack, store and to transport.

Using a 210gsm polyester material makes the backdrop a lot lighter, it can also be folded very small.

It is great for packing and storing without the danger of it becoming badly creased.

Dye sublimation print technology produces stunning rich and vibrant colours, making your artwork really standout. You can also easily attach bespoke effects like Rhinestones or glitter.