Whether advertising a school fête, a car boot sale, a political election or promoting a business at a full scale outdoor event, one of the most widely used types of signs are PVC banners. Their versatility, portability and economic construction lend themselves to be the first choice by many for a wide variety of purposes.
PVC banners are ideal for promoting businesses and events outdoors since they are fully weatherproof and extremely hard wearing considering the low production costs involved. Most printers will ensure that all inks used are fully waterproof and many also use inks which are UV resistant to allow the PVC banners to retain all of their original colour and clarity. Additionally, the material is designed to be rip proof, meaning that should any wear and tear occur, the PVC banners should be able to continue being used without fear of deterioration caused by any small cuts having been made, or if regular abrasions, such as against the corner of a wall, might wear the fabric over time.
The fixing of PVC banners to buildings, railings and fences is easy to do. The edges of the PVC banners are folded and double stitched, then often welded as well with rivets. Brass eyelets are then added at regular intervals along the sides, top and bottom, through which guy ropes or cords are fed and used to tie the sign into place. Also available from some manufacturers are portable frames which are used to displays the PVC banners when no other way of fixing is possible or convenient.
In some cases, where PVC banners are to be displayed for extended periods of time, they may be fixed to rigid boards to provide a more permanent solution. Although alternative solutions are available, it is often the very cheap costs involved in purchasing these types of banner which make them such a popular choice compared to others.
PVC banners can be amongst the largest signs available, with some having been created that are very nearly the same size as a football pitch! They can also be made to quite small sizes, being the same method used to create flags and bunting. Standard PVC banners are usually up to 1.5 – 2m tall, and up to 10 metres in length.
The text and graphics which are laid onto the PVC banners are done so in manufacture, and usually laminated to protect them from the outdoor elements to which they are often exposed. Computer designed images can be used to ensure maximum professional appearance and an eye-catching appeal.
Bunting, pennants and flags all require the same level of durability, since almost all are used outside. These are often made of the same PVC material, with flags requiring double-stitched or welded edges, with brass eyelets firmly fixed to contend with the extra battering which flags receive, being positioned in places where wind is a significant factor.
Although considered a plastic based substance, PVC banners are normally made of a fire-retardant material, as most are positioned in public places where fire safety regulations are an essential deciding factor.