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November 1, 2016 | Posted in Materials, Sign and Banner Tips, Style Guides and Design Tips

The Secret to Properly Constructed Large Format Banners

Some businesses live by the motto bigger is better. We like big, beautiful custom signs, even if that means making an extra investment to produce the best quality large banner printing possible.

The thing is, there’s more than one way to construct large format banners. Some printing companies cut corners while others go big with printers that can handle the job, like eSigns.com! Here’s why we continue to invest in the best technology and printers that can handle large format printing.

If you’ve perused our vinyl banners section you may have noticed that there are some oversized banner options to choose from. Our largest seamless banner size is a whopping 15’x50’. As you can imagine rolling out a single custom sign of this size is no easy feat. We have 16’ printers that are able to print fully finished 15 foot sign widths without having to hem or splice banners together. Although we can and have printed sectional lengths that exceed 50 feet, as a general rule for individual sections of a banner, we like to keep these large banner sections a manageable, 15 foot by 50 foot size.

But what about all those other companies that don’t have an industrial printer capable of rolling out extra large banners? These large format banner impostors have to resort to splicing smaller banner sections together using hem tape or a welded seam that can impede the visual appeal and render a banner’s construction much weaker.

That’s right. Many smaller banner companies will print out larger banners in pieces and then stitch them together or use another tactic like a hot air seamer. Needless to say, the more stitched sections a large format banner uses, the weaker these gigantic banners will become.

Visual factors in a stitched together large banner include the artwork sectional matching that has to be achieved. Think about this for a moment, the more vinyl sections used in the making of a large banner, the more likely a company will mismatch the artwork perfectly when stitching these banner sections together. If these sections are not matched perfectly, it presents mismatched artwork throughout the banner’s message that not only hurts the visual appeal but detracts from the overall first impression the target audience will have on a company’s brand.

Depending on the method used, you could also end up with unsightly stitch lines right through the design. Overlap seams are often used because it’s quick and easy, which ruin the aesthetics and lettering of a banner’s message.

Then there are the structural integrity issues that can compromise durability and shorten the lifespan of a banner. Your large banner could quickly fall to pieces if certain connection methods are used. For instance, seaming tape and glue aren’t strong enough for large banners and aren’t going to hold up for very long outdoors. All it would take is one good breeze for the seams to start getting stressed.

This factor can limit how and where you use the banner. Displaying it outdoors in an area that can get windy is out of the question for a large formatted pieced together banner. In fact, putting the banner outdoors at all could end up being problematic.

When you order online signs it’s hard to tell that the banner is pieced together. It’s usually up to the customer to ask about the construction and how a printer constructs oversized banners.

If you want to guarantee that your large format banner is going to be seamless, super-sized printers are an absolute must and we have them! At eSigns.com we reinforce our large banner sections by stitching the hem all the way around. That’s why printing vinyl banners is our specialty!