Q: Why use banner PVC?
A: PVC banner material is the most popular material for making personalised banners. It consists of a strong nylon inner mesh that makes it durable and rip resistant. The mesh is then coated with a smooth PVC to the front. We use a white PVC banner material and custom print colours onto the banner using state of the art wide format vinyl printers.
Q: How long will my printed banner last?
A: Banners are intended for temporary signage. How long they last depends on where and how they are used. Banners used indoors will last many years. Outdoors the limiting factor will be how the banner is hung and the weather. A PVC banner fixed to a wall will last years, whereas a banner strung across a road in a windy location will have a much shorter life span. The inks we use are UV stable and weather resistant and will give at least 3 years use before any noticeable colour fade. In shady locations they will last longer.
Q: How should I look after my PVC banner?
A: Make sure that they do not flap against awnings, walls, or sharp edges. The banner should be taken down in high wind conditions. Use all the eyelets to secure your banner rather than just the end ones. When storing your banner make sure it is rolled with the graphics facing inwards. Folding a PVC banner will leave unsightly creases, so ideally store your banner in a tube.
Q: Are your banner inks suitable for indoor use as well?
A: We use eco friendly latex inks which are UV stable for outdoor use, but have the added benefit of being odourless making them ideal for indoor banners. Solvent banners can give off an unpleasant smell in confined areas.
Q: Can you design the banner for me?
A: If you don't have a banner design that is no problem, we can create a design for you. All we need is a brief and the design elements such as text, preferred fonts and colours and any images you may wish to use. Alternatively you could choose from our range of pre-designed banners, which include Birthday banners, Christmas banners, Valentine banners and many more categories.
Q: Banner sizes?
A: One of the benefits of banners is that there are few size restrictions. Our printer can print full colour banners in one piece up to 2.5m wide by 50m long!. For wider PVC banners such as building wraps and hoardings, pieces of banner material can be welded together to create a seamless graphic, so there is pretty much no limit on banner size. Our most common banner sizes are 10' x 3' and 8' x 2'.
Q: Banner design tips?
A: Keep it simple. Often people only have seconds to see your banner. Use block letter fonts for important information rather than fancy scripts. Don't stretch words too much out of proportion, Use high dark colours on a light background or light colours on a dark background.
Q: How do I provide the artwork?
A: The design you provide for your banner will be checked prior to printing to make sure the file has all the information we need. If there are any issues we will contact you to discuss remedies prior to printing as long as time permits.
Q: How will my banner be finished?
A: Most PVC banners are finished with turned edges. Doubling over the edges gives additional strength to the banner and also creates a strong base for fitting eyelets. Banners can also be made with simply cut edges which would be used for example on an interior hanging banner. Pockets can also be made in the banner which are ideal for scaffold banners or retail banners where a top pole and weighted bottom pole can be used for hanging.
Q: How should I hang my banner?
A: Banners can be used in many locations making them an ideal advertising method. Most PVC banners are finished with turned edges and eyelets. To attach you banner to a fence or banner frame we recommend elastic bungees. These are adjustable so you can position the banner in the best way possible. Banner bungees also take up some of the strain off the grommets as the banner moves in the wind extending banner lifespan. Cable ties can also be used but don't have any give and can't be reused. Rope is also fine but it takes longer to put your banner up. Whichever method you use try to use all the eyelets to spread the load and make your banner last longer. If you are fixing your personalised banner straight to a wall you can use washers and screws and fix direct to the wall through the eyelets. If you are thinking of hanging your banner across a street (please consider a blackout banner) do not just hang the banner for the eyelets on either end. String wire cables across the street and hang your banner from the wire using carabiner hooks through the eyelets.
Q: Banner reading distances?
A: As a rough guide if you multiply the height of letters on your banner by 10 that would give you optimum viewing distance in feet. So a 12" letter would be fine at 120". The maximum readable distance would be about 500 feet.