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Our 18oz outdoor banners are specially designed and configured for prolonged outdoor use. The heavyweight 18oz. banner material is actually a combination of three layers of vinyl with the strongest block-out layer in the middle that is extremely strong and resistant to tearing, fading, and fraying. The 18oz heavy duty vinyl is our strongest banner material - it is designed for long term outdoor use and should last 3 to 5 years outdoor under right conditions such as proper installation and banner placement.
This banner is outdoor ready and heavy by itself, but on top of that we add one inch hems on the back of all four edges of the banner. This adds to structural banner strength and extends its outdoor life. Heavy duty rust-free metal grommets are punched along the top and bottom edges to help with tight and secure banner installation. Grommets are punched on the double-thick hemmed edges giving it a better bite into the banner and making them much tougher to pull out.
Our heavy duty 18oz banners are designed to last 3-5 years outdoors, under normal condition and best placement. But what is normal? And, what is not? After all, it is just a flexible vinyl banner, and if misused, it may get damaged the very next day.
Poor installation is the primary reason banners get damaged. No matter how strong the outdoor banner is, if made into a sail and stretched between four points, a few strong wind gusts will do the trick and tear it apart pretty quick. That’s why the correct method of outdoor installation is critical. Never make a wind sail out of a banner. If it has to be installed between posts or poles where it may catch a wind, consider adding optional wind slit cuts to the banner and use flexible bungee cords for installation. These rubber cords have a lot of give and together with the wins slits will help the banner to flex in the wind and reduce the stress on the banner.
By far, the best method of outdoor installation is onto some kind of backing using the grommet holes provided. It can be anything - a wall, a fence, a sheet of plywood, non-moving trailer, or anything static that is as large as the banner (or larger) and flat. If installed like that, your banner will easily last up to five years outdoors, totally maximizing return on investment and the lifespan of your banner.
We use latest generation 6 Color HP Latex Print Technology. All banners printed in High Pass High Quality Mode (6 pass / 1200 DPI, CMYK LC LM mode), resulting in stunning high resolution prints, with smooth skin tones & gradients, bright logos & text colors, and crisp clear printing with no fuzziness or bluriness down to 4pt text.
18oz heavy duty vinyl is the best choice for oversized banners, and banners intended for polonged outdoor use. Constructed of 3 layers, including a middle blockout layer, 18oz banners are truly heavy duty and completely opaque - they block out light and won’t allow from image ghosting from one side to another - and can be used 3-5 years outdoor with proper handling and installation.
Heat welded hemming helps to extend banner lifespan, prevent fraying and tearing of the edges, while minimizing the visual impact and keeping the front of the banner clean and free from visible hemming marks. For heat welding hemming we fold and bond together approx. 1 inch of extra vinyl material around the edges of the back of the banner on all four sides, forming a connection that cannot be torn apart! Heat welding provides maximum strength, helping your banner withstand wear, pressure and poor weather - this is because the vinyl layers are actually fused together into one and work well for banners that require long longevity for commercial use.
Traditional double-needle stitched hems with heavy duty UV coated thread. City and building codes often require this option for banners placed on public and municipal properties, and for events and promotions organized and paid by government organizations. Stitched hems are just as strong as our heat welding option, but the stitched threads are visible on the front of the banner, running on the edge on each side.
One-inch white nylon webbing is sewn-in into the top and bottom stitched hems of the banner with an eight-feet lead from each corner for easy hanging. While strap extensions are not intended to be used to hang banners over roadways and don't make the banner completely indestructible, the sewn-in nylon webbing dramatically improves the tear resistance of the banner, truly maximizing possible outdoor lifespan and usage of the banner.
The #2-sized metal grommets we use have proven to be extremely durable. They measure 3/4" on the outside with about 1/2" diameter hole. The smooth inside edges of our metal grommets ensure that in most cases, the cord or rope passing through the hole will not chaff as much as other usages and therefore has a lower risk of cutting whatever is used to hang the sign. Grommets are most useful to secure the banner to a wall or a backing with any fasteners.
Wind slits are half radius cuts that are evenly spaced throughout the banner. The two- and three- foot wide banners will usually get one or two rows of wind slits, while wider banners will often get two, three, or more, rows of wind slit cuts. While we can follow your exact wind slit placement and specifications when provided, if left to us, we would use our best judgment to size, cut and position the wind slit cuts to minimize adverse impact from cutting into the logos and texts.
Set to actual banner size, at 100-300dpi, RGB Color Mode, with no compression, Photoshop quality level 12
Set to actual banner size, at 100-300dpi, RGB Color Mode. Combine all layers into single background layer
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