When planning to promote your business or event, you want to choose the most effective and affordable method. Banner printing is one such method. What you may not know is that there are different types of banners, each with its own benefits and cons. To make it easy for you when choosing a signage to promote your business, we are going to looking at the most common types of banners, vinyl and flex.
Vinyl banner printing
Vinyl banner printing is the most commonly used today. Unlike the past where vinyl couldn’t be colored, there are new color printers in the market that can print these types of signage. If you choose vinyl, you are expected to choose your desired pattern and colors and show them to your sign maker. There is a special machine where the sign maker loads the vinyl and cuts it into your selected pattern.
Vinyl has an adhesive material which helps it to be attached to your banner board after cutting. The adhesive is pulled off before attaching vinyl to your board. Unfortunately, the process of first peeling off the adhesive material before sticking the vinyl to the board makes this type of banner prone to wrinkles.
Vinyl is mostly used to create signs and banners in surfaces that the adhesive material can stick. They have the advantage that the PVC making them is quite flexible and the vinyl can stick on the surface for many years without wearing.
Flex banner printing
Flex material is mostly used for printing in clothing. However, the recent years has seen sign makers diversify the usage of flex and use it on making signage. Unlike vinyl printing, flex is more flexible and softer. These banners are made using special printers that look like the normal inkjets but have the capability of printing flex materials. After printing, your sign maker will use heat to attach the flex material to your final product. There are special tools that are used to bond flex to the surface.
There are three types of inks used when printing on flex. These include;
· Solvent ink– these have a strong smell and are non-biodegradable. They are carcinogenic and hence not recommended for long use. They also produce low quality final print.
· Eco solvent ink- unlike the solvent ink, this type is less harmful and have very faint odor, almost odorless. They are not harmful for use under normal working conditions and they are better quality than the former.
· UV ink– this type is the most recent and it has the advantage of the previous two in that it’s ecofriendly. The UV ink doesn’t require any heating when curing it and hence can be used on variety. It produces the most vibrant quality on the final product.
Flex banner printing simply uses a board whose material can perfectly bond with the flex material. These types of banners are most preferred due to their durability. They also tend to be safer than having your banner printed on clothing.
Conclusion on these types of banner printing
After understanding these two types of banner printing, you have the freedom to choose the one that suits your purpose. It is important to note that flex is mostly used on clothing unlike other materials. It is also a bit expensive when compared to vinyl. Vinyl, on the other hand, is most suitable for use on smooth surfaces. Also, it is also most suitable for creating banner signs. Contact us for more information.