The right material and printing technology are important factors to consider when making signage decisions. The finishing process isn’t left out either. It guarantees the functionality, durability and ease of display of your banner. Finishing techniques explains the various means by which edges of banners are hemmed, trimmed, folded or sewn. This influences how the target audience or spectators view the banner. There are various ways to display banners, from tying to grommet to hanging by a rope and fastening to the back by hook and loop. Are you getting a banner soon? How do you want the finishing? Below are several finishing options to choose from. Read through to make an informed decision.
Grommets are probably the most common finishing option. They are of various forms and sizes. Grommets have reinforced holes for attaching ropes, hooks and the likes. They are usually fastened to the four corners of the banner to aid hanging. The small metal rings are placed so that the weight is evenly distributed across the banner, thus preventing it from sagging. Grommets placed on large banners enable suspension and hanging options. You can hang banners on walls or allow them to suspend freely from beams or surfaces.
Do you want to display your basketball team banners on poles? Then you most definitely need pole pockets. These can be inserted on either side of the banner. The pocket which is of the same material and type as the banner is sewn by threading. Rigid poles can pass through the pockets. Guess you’re probably thinking of the importance of pole pockets when grommets exist. Pole pockets allow easy holding of banners during parades and processions. This prevents sagging as the banner’s weight is evenly distributed. Pole pockets with dowels stitched beneath make banners rigid, hang straight and taut.
Banners with wind Slits are ideal for outdoors, most especially in windy areas. Horseshoe-shaped flaps are cut into the banner for easy air passage while reducing tension and breakage of the banner. In the absence of wind, you can mark out ‘V’ or ‘U’ shapes in the banner so that flap can hang freely, revealing the image on the banner. To promote airflow, make use of mesh banner since it aids air penetration. Wind Slits make good basketball banner ideas, including sports banners and church banners.
Another great finishing option is banner tape, a one-sided tape hemmed to the edges of banners. Suppliers who don’t have a sewing machine or other means of finishing the edges of banners can use banner tape. A substitute for indoor banners, the single-sided tape offers support to edges and grommets. In choosing a banner mesh, check out the length of the banner when placed on the fence. Banners tapered with banner tape may likely sag or rip when hit by strong winds. They’re relatively cost-efficient and doesn’t require much work to finish. These tapes work well with vinyl banners but don’t suit textiles.
Suitable for enormous banners, this cross-stitched nylon strip is sewn to the edges of the banner to increase strength and durability, most especially during windy conditions. Reinforced banners are sturdy and good for outdoor activities. This finishing type provides banner with great tensile strength, reduces curling and folding over. Unlike other options, reinforced webbing has premium finishing.
Also known as welded hems, hemming enhances the durability of banners, especially the ones with grommets. To apply hemming finish to your banner, bend the edges of the banner and sew or heat-press. Hemmed edges don’t get torn or frayed when placed in open space. Welded hems are strong, smooth and long-lasting. You need not worry about welded hems destroying your design. Banners that aren’t heat-pressed are prone to tear and fray hence why some of them come packed with free welded hem and grommet to strengthen the edges without having to worry about damages after a long use. Hemmed edges are mostly used for vinyl banners, while keeping their shape and preventing stretches.
Heat and RF Welding
Requiring certain device and training, heat and RF welding support edge finish. This finishing option is recommended for format banners.
Due to the strong wind that affects large banners, mesh banners are often used as the mesh holes will reduce the impact of wind and keep the banner strong. Mesh banners are used in huge building wraps, along fences or attached to scaffolding for outdoor events. As a result of the large size of mesh banners and their common use, it is essential that hemlines and edges are reinforced and paired with widely spaced grommets for proper finishing. Poles and ropes are often used in hanging banners. Are you searching for the right banner finishing? Choose from the above-listed ones. Also, don’t forget to consider the pros and cons.