By Vince Williams
February 18, 2010
Banners for your church can come in many different textiles, printing styles and quality. It is important to understand the different advantages to each substrate so that you will make sure to get the right banner for your needs.
Vinyl is a durable substrate perfect for use both in and outdoors. Vinyl comes in many weights and in a few varieties. Like any textile vinyl offers both advantages and disadvantages that should be weighed for your particular usage. Here is a breakdown of different vinyl options and their pros and cons.
Scrim Vinyl – Scrim vinyl layers fibers both vertically and horizontally to create a vinyl with maximum strength and durability. It is generally very water-resistant and due to its dense fibers blocks out unwanted light. Scrim vinyl comes in many weights, but a standard thickness should be somewhere between 13-15 oz. for outdoor use. It is the preferred choice for almost all outdoor situations and is an inexpensive option for indoor projects as well.
Pros: Inexpensive, durable, blocks light, water-resistant, designed for outdoors Cons: Can have a tendency to curl
Flat vinyl – Flat vinyl does not offer the additional strength of the cross-run fibers available in scrim. It does however, allow for a look that is traditionally better for viewing closeup. Flat vinyl is preferred in some indoor environments for its ability to lay-down better than scrim and has less of a tendency towards “vinyl curl”.
Pros: Fairly inexpensive, durable, good for indoors, reduced curling, dense color saturation Cons: lack of scrim makes it a bad choice for large banners mounted with grommets
Blackout Vinyl– Blackout vinyl has a center layer of black vinyl placed between 2 other layers of vinyl. This black layer removes any light that may have passed through or any “bleed” from the other side of the banner. Blackout vinyl is traditionally used for 2-sided banners.
Pros: Perfect for 2-sided banners, designed for outdoors, durable, blocks light, water-resistant Cons: more expensive than standard vinyl
Mesh Vinyl – Mesh vinyl is similar to traditional scrim vinyl in its ability to handle outdoor environments. The advantage to mesh is its ability to allow for a minimum “wind load”. The mesh vinyl’s small holes allow wind to pass through without putting additional strain on the banner. Unfortunately these holes also allow light to pass through the banner, making mesh less than ideal for environments where back lighting will be an issue.
Pros: Rated for high wind environments, durable, designed for outdoors Cons: Holes allow light to pass through
Fabrics banners add a sense of elegance to any sanctuary or church building. Fabrics are perfect for many indoor settings, but their higher cost and varied qualities can cause a lot of confusion when evaluating a purchase. Here are some key points to keep in mind with your fabric church banners.
Understanding what type of banner is best for your church can seem overwhelming, but with the help from the team at SermonView it’s easy. Our knowledgeable team of print, design, and marketing professionals are dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness of your ministry in your local community. If you have any additional questions about church banners or want to place an order for something you don’t see on the site you can give us a call at (888) 336-3048. To head to our banner section and see all of our designs click here.