This heavy weight blockout banner is excellent for hanging indoor displays, as well as for outdoor use such as light pole banners and banner stands.
18 oz Blockout Banner
This durable, weatherproof, scratch-resistant banner solution is smooth on both sides with a blackout layer in the middle making it ideal for single or double sided use. It has a soft, smooth surface that makes it excellent both indoors and out, and the low gloss finish is great for situations where glare is a concern. It's fire rated for indoor use, and has great tear strength for outdoor uses such as light pole banners and outdoor banner stands. Available in widths up to 104".
It’s fade resistant for up to 3 years outdoors, or 20 years indoors, depending on exposure to light. It’s outdoor longevity is 1-3 years if properly hung, depending on wind conditions.
It's heavy duty and completely opaque with a matte finish on both sides, so printing front and back looks consistent. It's fire rated for indoor display.
The texture is slightly different from front to back, although the texture on both sides is subtle. It's a vinyl banner so it's not eco-friendly.
The best use of this material is for super strong pole banners made by printing both sides of the banner design head to head on the same side of the banner, and folding in half to make it double sided. It doubles the thickness of the material and increases the strength of the top pole pocket. It also prevents problems when the print on the front is folded over to make the pocket and it doesn't match the print on the back side. It's a little more expensive to make them this way, and there is more stitching visible where the front and back are sewn together, but it's the best reason to use this material for a single sided print.
If 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 your banner is being installed in a display, see the installation instructions for the model you are using. Be sure to choose the correct finishing options to match the type of banner 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.
For 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.