Choosing the right materials and printing technology are two of the three keys to achieving soft signage success. Proper finishing techniques are also vital to ensure the success of your banner graphics. “Finishing” refers to various ways in which the edges of the banner are trimmed, folded, sewn, welded or otherwise treated to arrive at the final graphic. The finishing and installation methods chosen affect how the banner will be seen by your target audience.
There are a variety of ways that banners can be displayed – hanging by rope or zip ties through grommets around the perimeter, using a dowel or pole through a pocket at the top of the banner, attaching hook & loop fasteners (Velcro®) to the back, or using a silicone bead edge inserted into an aluminum channel frame. Let’s look at each of these options and the required finishing.
Rope or Zip Ties and Grommets
The most popular way to hang a banner is using rope or zip ties through grommets around the perimeter. If the banner will be outdoors or have any tension applied to the grommets, you’ll want to reinforce