What Goes Into a Vinyl Banner?

by Neal Herzog on July 18, 2013

A vinyl banner can take on many personalities: from a full color photo to cut vinyl letters and cut-out graphics. At SIGNARAMA Center City, a vinyl banner can be as simple or complex as our customers need it to be, but the process for creating any vinyl banner remains constant.

Knowing the basics of banner creation can help you design a product that is lasting and markets well for your business. Here are the main components that go into making a vinyl banner:

Hanging a large banner

  • The material: The scrim, which is typically a 13-ounce scrim vinyl, provides the reinforcement and strength for the banner to last through normal usage and exposure to the elements. Scrim is just another name for the fabric or the weave of the nylon that is embedded into the material used to create the vinyl banner.
  • The hem: The finished edge that gives reinforcement to the grommet and prevents fraying. The hem is typically 1″ to 1.25″ wide. A heat seal, sown seam or double-sided banner tape is used to seal the hem.
  • The grommets: Metal eyelets in the corners and the top/bottom edges of the banner. A banner can be hung with ropes from the grommets. Grommets are put into the hem of the banner to help reduce tearing. There are certain types of vinyl banners that do not include grommets – in which case the customer would need some type of clip or hook, Velcro or double-sided tape to hang the vinyl banner with.

There are a number of different variations that can make each vinyl banner different, but the three key ingredients listed above typically remain constant. Depending on where you need the banner to go, there are different weights of vinyl that can be used to give it various levels of strength. The experts at SIGNARAMA Center City are available to help you decide on the scrim needs of your vinyl banner to create a lasting marketing item for your business.

For more information on creating a vinyl banner to promote your company or event, visit our website. And be sure to check our online store locator to find the SIGNARAMA store nearest you.

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Neal Herzog has been the owner of SIGNARAMA City Center in downtown Philadelphia since 1998, when he opened it with his wife Donna. Neal says he has a prime location, as he's only a couple blocks from the Liberty Bell, the Ben Franklin Post Office, and Independence Hall. Prior to joining the SIGNARAMA family, Neal worked in sales in the healthcare industry.

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