One of the most popular and successful types of signage is banners, offering versatility and maximum exposure. The array of finishing solutions available makes banners a great signage option, from grommets to pole pockets, each with its own advantages for diverse signage needs. But which option is ideal depends on location, environment, and mobility.
Metal grommets are very popular and are typically added as anchor points to the four corners of a banner. With larger banners, more grommets can be added every few feet along the edges of the banner. Grommets provide flexibility as you can secure them with various hanging methods, like string, hooks, zip-ties, or anything else that’s handy the banner can hold on to securely.
A banner with grommets can be strong enough to hang directly on a wall, from a fence, or a balcony. Pulling the banner so it’s taut will prevent sagging, ensuring your graphic is smooth with a finished look that gets noticed.
You can easily add grommets with the LexJet Grommet Machine, made of durable cast iron that was built to last. The self-piercing feature cuts the hole and sets the grommets simultaneously and includes a #2 die.
Pole pockets are created by folding over a small portion of the top and/or bottom of a banner and sewing that section using industrial strength thread, creating pockets for poles to be inserted into the banner material to be displayed. Pole banners are a rigid alternative that prevents graphics distortion and sagging by allowing the banner’s weight to be distributed evenly.
This finishing option makes the mobility of banners a possibility by allowing them to be carried during processions, parades, or any other event where mobility is needed. It’s an ideal solution for storefront banners that protrude from a wall, like flags, that can be seen by passersby. They are commonly used on streets, lamp posts, and around various types of campuses. Aside from rigid poles, rope or dowels can also be used to hold the banner in place.
If sewing or stitching is not an option you find too appealing, consider a nifty alternative- banner tape. One popular and effective solution is hemming 3” to 4” edges with LexJet TigerTape Banner Tape, specifically designed for heavier banner substrates.
The tape is a double-sided, super-aggressive tape used for hemming banners that is stronger and more cost-effective than sewing. It’s the preferred process for banners created using inkjet technology. TigerTape Banner Tape consists of clear polyester film coated on both sides with a specially-formulated permanent acrylic pressure-sensitive adhesive. The tape utilizes a densified Kraft paper release liner. This tape is designed for bonding applications requiring resistance to plasticizers, solvents, and high temperatures.
Made of high-strength composite film, LexJet Promo-Point PowerTabs® are stronger than grommets and are a great option for extra durability. This new and unique design allows sign shops to make strong yet inexpensive banner blanks instantly in their own shop. They are less conspicuous than grommets with their thin profile and blend into the banner substrate for a more pleasing visual effect. They are available in regular size for outdoor banners, mini size for indoor or light duty outdoor use, in white, and now in crystal clear for full-color digital banners.
Create durable and colorful double-sided banners with the HP 15-oz Prime Double-sided Blockout Banner, perfect for long-lasting indoor displays to demanding outdoor display conditions. This heavy-duty matte banner produces water- and tear-resistant prints, with double-sided construction allowing the banner to lay flat and resist curl in various environments.
The polyester scrim reinforcement provides excellent rip-stop qualities and extra strength when grommeting. It provides excellent durability and fine image resolution for banners that will be viewed up close. And thanks to the 100% opaque blockout layer, you can print graphics on both sides without show-through, maximizing your message. This solution is excellent for indoor and outdoor signs and graphics, banner stands, POP displays, and hanging banners.
The HP 15-oz Prime Double-sided Blackout Banner is compatible with solvent, latex, and UV curable printers.
Whatever banner finishing solution fits you best, we have the products you need to achieve professional results. To learn more, please contact a LexJet Customer Specialist at 800-453-9538 or visit lexjet.com.