PVC banners are an inexpensive way to make your business, event, or organization stand out from the crowd. They provide a great opportunity to show off your style and personality while drawing attention to what you have to offer. However, if they’re not made properly, they can look tacky and cheap instead of eye-catching and charming. To ensure you’re creating high quality banners every time, follow these tips as you design them
Choosing the right print shop
Print shops are everywhere, but many of them aren’t equipped with sophisticated materials or software that can create high-quality PVC banners. Before choosing a print shop, take some time to ensure you’re working with a company that will be able to print your PVC banners at a high level of quality. That starts with reviewing what kind of equipment and materials they have available for customers. UNISIGN uses 6 different solvent printers (and two different flex printers) on premises as well as an advanced vinyl cutter/plotter machine and laminator/hot-melt machine so we can make all kinds of PVC banners (and more!). Learn more about how UNISIGN works.
Tips for printing your banners
Printing can be tricky when it comes to banners, but it is important that you do everything correctly in order to avoid any mistakes. Use UNISIGN’s printing and cutting guide below as a reference while you are printing your banners Evaluate your banner size – PVC flex banners should always be printed with an aspect ratio of 1.91 x 1.91 or greater for best results. If you are having trouble with an aspect ratio lower than 1.91 x 1.91, try reducing your image size before trying another print company or material type (for example, from a 24 x 36 image down to 16 x 24). This will ensure that you have enough material on both sides of your banner for mounting clips and easy hanging! Remember that if you choose to change sizes after printing has begun, there will be additional charges for reprinting!
Choosing the right banner material
If you’re planning on printing up a large PVC banner, you have a few options. The first is what type of material your banner should be printed on. As a rule of thumb, any PVC banner needs to be made out of one hundred percent PVC material; anything less and you’ll run into problems with outdoor use over time as rain, wind and other elements take their toll on your banner design. If your banners will only be used indoors (like for advertising at tradeshows or industry-specific conferences), however, it’s perfectly fine to go with banners made out of less expensive materials.
Other things to consider
Be sure to pick banners that come with a carry bag. This will make transportation easier, and storage even more simple. The bag can also double as a drying rack after you’ve washed it out. You should look for an extendable pole in your banner stand kit as well, so you have easy access to taller items at trade shows and conventions, or from higher vantage points on stage or at presentations. Lastly, be sure your supplier sells all of its banners with heavy-duty grommets, not cheap ones that tear easily when wet and over time. When buying PVC flex banner, these are all features worth paying extra for! If a company is willing to charge less for cheaper materials, what else might they cut corners on? Is it their installation services?