Different Types of Vinyl Banner Finishing Options and When to Use Them

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A vinyl banner is a classic and elegant way to promote a brand or a product. As a material, vinyl is the most vibrant, versatile, and durable. If you’re looking to print a vinyl banner, here are a few options you can opt for. Each of them has its own unique characteristics and we’ll give you some suggestions for the best uses of each option.

Grommets are metal rings that are woven into the vinyl banner that allows it to be laced up and hung from the side of a building or between two trees. This will ensure that the banner doesn’t sag in the middle, as the weight will be distributed more evenly, and it will be more durable, as the grommets can hold a lot of weight. You can lace the grommeted banner using a strong rope, a wooden pole, or even zip ties to hold it up. There are many sizes of grommets and you should choose the size that best matches the vinyl size so that they don’t look out of place.

Pole Pockets
If you have a banner stand or are looking to display your banner using poles, you’ll most likely need pole pockets. Measure the diameter of the pole(s) you will be using with your banner and make sure to inform your printing company, so they can add enough extra material to the banner to create pockets. Pole pockets can be added to any side of the banner and generally range in price, depending on the size of the pocket.

Outdoor Finishing

For banners that are designed to be placed in the outdoor environment for an extended period of time, you’re going to need a dedicated outdoor finish. This finish ensures that the color doesn’t fade and that the vinyl itself isn’t warped or shrink due to the temperature changes or sun damage. The material for this type of vinyl finish will be slightly thicker, and the edges will be tucked in and sewn shut to prevent internal heat damage. This also gives the outdoor vinyl an added durability so that it can withstand just about anything that nature decides to throw at it.

Wind Slits
For those vinyl banners that are going to be placed where harsh winds are to be expected, wind slits can extend their lifespan by a lot. Wind slits are the U-shaped cuts in the negative space areas of the banner. These allow the wind to pass right through the banner instead of pushing it around. It reduces the strains on the vinyl itself, and it can prevent the vinyl from being blown away by strong gusts of wind.


If you expect your vinyl to be in a populated area where people come and go in different directions, we suggest you use a double-sided banner. It may be a little more expensive to make, but it ensures that more people will see your banner, not just the people who are facing the front of the vinyl. If you’re looking for a professional printing service, Copy4Less offers the highest-quality vinyl banners at an affordable rate. Give us a call today and see what we can do for you.

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