Material Types For Outdoor Banners For Concert Stages

Nearly Every Concert Stage Uses Outdoor Banners, So What Are Your Options?

Custom Outdoor Banners

One of the best parts about the warmer months of the year are the slew of outdoor events that come to towns and cities all across the country.  Most of the time these events are accompanied by regional or national musical acts, set up on a large stage with professional equipment and lights.  These stages are often the focal point of a large majority of event attendees, so wise promoters utilize the stage perimeters as revenue generators by allowing corporations the ability to advertise in those spaces.  In this blog we’ll take a brief look at what material types are available when producing these banners.

1. Vinyl

The old standby, vinyl is the least expensive and most widely available material for printing outdoor banners.  Make sure to specifically request “outdoor vinyl,” which is heavier and specially treated to withstand the effects of harsh weather.  Also, you may want to look into having “wind slits” cut into the material, which allow wind to pass through much easier.  Some sites provide handy banner size calculators to give you an instant printing quote, which takes much of the guesswork out of the process.

2. Cotton

Another old standby (but being slowing phased out) is using a cotton material for your outdoor banners.  It’s advantages over vinyl are that it is much lighter, is more porous for less wind-resistance, and it can be folded down for storage, which vinyl does not allow since it tends to crease easily if folded for any significant length of time.  Wind slits are usually not necessary for cotton, however the price-per-square-foot comes at a much higher premium over vinyl.

3. Knit Polyester Fabric

The newest substrate for printing outdoor banners is knit polyester.  This material has traditionally been used for display products like table covers and pop up trade show displays, but it can be incredibly useful for outdoor banners as well.  It’s incredibly lightweight and can be folded down without creasing for long-term storage (if creases do occur they can be smoothed out with a little water and some hanging time).  The dye-sublimation printing process sets the ink directly into the fabric, which along with it’s porous nature, makes it great for standing up to inclement weather.  It is also much cheaper than cotton and lends a much more “modern” look.

One of the best ways to get your companies name “out there” this summer is to purchase advertising space at outdoor concerts and events.  Using the tips above you should be able to find the perfect solution for your situation and budgetary needs!