This medium weight banner material is the standard for outdoor banners, and is also popular for indoor displays. It has good tear strength and is our most popular, basic banner material.
13 oz Scrim Vinyl Banner
This low cost, medium weight scrim reinforced banner material is designed for outdoor or indoor use. The matte finish is excellent where reflection off the surface is a concern, but still produces excellent color. The gloss finish is a great choice when the maximum color saturation is needed and glare isn't a concern.
This material can be sewn and grommeted and is available in widths up to 98".
While the print is good for up to 3 years outdoors, the banner itself has a 6 month to 1 year outdoor life depending on installation and wind conditions. Indoor longevity of 5-20 years.
This is the most common weight of vinyl for outdoor banners, but cheaper 13oz vinyl banners are made with less fabric scrim to save money. They are still 13oz banners, but they don't have the same tear strength as this material. This is a very durable banner for the price and is a very inexpensive material. It comes in large sizes and it's flame resistant, which is sometimes necessary for indoor use.
It has a fairly pronounced texture that's not ideal when it will be viewed up close. It tends to curl on the edges when free hanging or when used in banner stands. It's a vinyl banner so it's not eco-friendly.
This is our most popular material for inexpensive outdoor banners. If installed properly, it should last for 6 month to a year, and in some installations it can last much longer.
Indoor InstallationIf you are ordering your banner with grommets, the best way to hang it is to put some tension on the grommets so the banner is pulled tight and hangs flat. If you are using banner hanging hardware to hang the banner without grommets, follow the instructions that came with your hardware. We sell banner hanging systems that are inexpensive, make for a great looking hanging display, and don't require any special finishing on the banner. Check out the page for Poster & Banner Hangers to learn more about the different banner hanging products we offer.If you are ordering a banner for a banner stand display, be sure to choose the correct finishing options to match the type of display you have. For example, if you are using an X-banner stand, you will need grommets in the corners of the banner. If you are unsure, tell us in the Special Instructions what display you have so we can make sure the finishing is correct for that specific purpose.Outdoor InstallationFor outdoor use, grommets are the preferred method to attach a banner to just about any surface. It's even more important to keep outdoor banners under tension, because if there is too much slack in the banner, it can whip around in the wind, and the force that generates will tear up the banner or rip out the grommets, no matter how strong the banner material is. We recommend either attaching the banner with something that gives, such as bungee cords, or checking the banner at regular intervals to adjust the tension and keep it tight. Since bungee cords stretch, you can put the banner under tension and it will be able to flex in the wind without coming loose.For more installations against a wall, such as on the side of a building, you can use screws or bolts with washers through all the grommets, but again, make sure the banner is pulled fairly tight. This type of installation can last for quite a while because the banner is protected by the wall from wind, but you must be sure to take the slack out of the banner. We also have a banner frame system designed to be attached to a wall or the side of a truck that holds the banner smooth and tight, and lets you change the banner fairly easily when necessary. With a system like this, a banner can last for 3 years or more outside since it can't be damaged by wind. Contact us for more information on this banner frame system.