A photo of large billboard advertising for the Cereals Event 2014

PVC Banners: What Do You Need to Know?

PVC banners. They’re everywhere — gracing your local roundabout, at protest marches, attached to scaffolding, outside cafés, and at all sorts of sporting events — and with good reason. They’re a low-cost, durable form of advertising, and easily portable, too.

Because they’re so cheap, it won’t break the bank to get a huge banner for a one-off event, and because you can roll them up, they store easily if you want to reuse them. Contact us, if you need fast & cheap banner printing.

But banners aren’t a one-size-fits-all product — so what are the main things you’ll need to consider?

A photo of Creative Steam Stand at the Royal Cornwall Show

This stand at the Royal Cornwall Show was made entirely from printed PVC banners

How long will your banner last?

Our banners are printed using either eco solvent inks or UV curable inks. Either method produces high quality banners with images that will last outdoors without fading for up to three years.

A small difference in the weight of the PVC material makes a real difference. 440gsm (grams per square metre) is common; it’s a lightweight material, which, whilst perfectly adequate for many situations, doesn’t always stand up to the toughest weather.

Down here in Cornwall we find it pays to use a heavier material, and for the toughest banners we use a 510 gsm PVC, as this is much stronger and can survive all but the worst weather conditions.

If you’d like to re-use your banner from year to year, we can use cut vinyl letters and numbers to make it easy for you to change a date or other details.

Where will you display it?

PC banners can be printed on both sides – for example, for use in exhibition halls where they can hang from the ceiling, or as lamppost banners on high streets.

A photo of a purple lamp post banner produced for the Royal Cornwall Show

Lamppost banner advertising at an outdoor event

We can also create a pocket, looping over the banner’s edge to allow you to pass a pole through. They are typically used for scaffolding and café banner systems.

This makes your banner versatile, but you do need to take care when designing it. Hemming and pockets means that one side is folded over and stitched, which can be interfere with your design – especially if it’s double-sided – so we recommend that nothing in your artwork falls within 50mm of the edge for a hemmed banner, or 150mm for a banner with a pocket.

How will you put it up?

When it comes to finishing your banner, places like National Neon Signs Calgary can help you punch eyelets (also called grommets) through the hem, to give you a hole to fix up the banner using cable ties or similar.

You might also choose to have the edges hemmed – by stitching, taping or welding – to give extra strength and a professional finish.

But you might only want to use your banner as a backdrop or temporary measure – for example, as a fast, simple and cost-effective way of dressing an exhibition stand – and in such circumstances, many people choose a PVC banner that is un-eyeleted and un-hemmed.

PVC mesh banners displayed in trilite supporting banner frame

We make some very big banners!

If in doubt, ask…

The beauty of PVC banners is this flexibility. It means, whether you’re marching in protest or trying to attract hoards of shoppers with a giant sales proclamation, there’s a cost-effective option for you.

But all the variety can sometimes get confusing – so if you’re not sure what you need, we’re always happy to help. Please feel free to get in touch.