Caring for Banners
Nothing can add more impact to a promotion than an attractive banner and nothing can be less effective than a poorly displayed one. All FASTSIGNS banners are made with a durable nylon-reinforced vinyl that should last a long time when properly installed. To prevent tearing and ensure long life, follow the guidelines below.
Banners are generally installed using one of three methods: stringing between two poles, directly mounting to a flat surface, or a combination of both.
Stringing Banner Between Two Poles
When installing a banner between two poles, the main objective is to prevent an undue amount of stress on any one grommet hole. The best way to accomplish this is to hang the banner using bungee cords. Bungee cords will stretch with the banner allowing the wind to pass around the sides of the banner. Bungee cords also make the installation of your banner easier.
If you must use rope to hang your banner, follow these rules:
Bungee Cord Method
- Determine how much rope is needed to tie off the banner. Be sure to give yourself a little extra length. If necessary, it can be trimmed later.
- Weave the rope through the grommet holes from left to right (see diagram on reverse side). Do this for both the top and bottom of the banner.
- Tie the top corners straight out and tight from the sides. Be sure the banner is centered and level before tying off the right side.
- Tie the bottom corners at about a 15 degree angle down from the bottom edge of the banner leaving a slight amount of play in the rope. This will allow the air to escape out of the bottom of the banner.
Rope Installation - Shoestring Method
NOTE: If the banner will be hung where it will be exposed to high winds (i.e. between two street poles), wind slits must be cut into the banner to allow air to pass through the banner. FASTSIGNS can cut these wind slits for you when they are making the banner, or you can cut them yourself. A typical wind slit is a "smiley face" half circle, about 2" to 3" in diameter. They should be spaced about 12” to 18” apart. See the diagram on the reverse side for an example. Be sure not to cut slits through your graphics.
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Rope Installation - Shoestring Method
If the banner will be hung where it will be exposed to high winds (i.e. between two street poles), wind slits must be cut into the banner to allow air to pass through the banner. FASTSIGNS can cut these wind slits for you when they are making the banner, or you can cut them yourself. A typical wind slit is a "smiley face" half circle, about 2" to 3" in diameter. They should be spaced about 12” to 18” apart. See the diagram on the reverse side for an example. Be sure not to cut slits through your graphics.
Wall Installation ("Screw and Washer" Method)
If the banner is to be installed directly onto a wall, install it by driving screws through the grommet holes and into the wall:
- Determine where you want the banner to be positioned.
- Secure the top-left corner of the banner first.
- Continue securing the banner across the top at each grommet hole, from left to right, making sure the banner is level.
- Secure the bottom grommets from left to right.
When installing a banner directly onto a building, be careful because screws will leave permanent holes in the wall. Some surfaces may also require special fasteners to prevent the screws from pulling out. Before drilling, be sure to obtain landlord or property owner approval. If you have any doubts about installing a banner directly to a wall, refer the installation to a professional sign installer.
City Ordinances & Landlord Restrictions
Before installing a banner, investigate local sign ordinances, and ask your landlord if any restrictions apply to displaying banners. If necessary, apply for permits at the city code enforcement department. FASTSIGNS is not responsible for ensuring that your banner complies with city sign ordinances.
Storage & Maintenance
Banners should always be stored rolled up, with the lettering and graphics to the outside. A banner should never be folded, as doing so may cause vinyl graphics to pull away from the banner.
If your banner becomes dirty, it can be cleaned with a soap and water mixture. Do not use any cleaning product that contains ammonia.
“It has been said that an outdoor banner is a sail without a ship. Be realistic in your expectations. While a banner is an excellent promotional sign, it is not a substitute for a permanent sign."
Since banners may be subject to extreme environmental conditions, we cannot be responsible for damage that might be done to the banner (or caused by the banner) while in use. We cannot be responsible for banner installations done by others.
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If you have any questions or problems, contact your local FASTSIGNS® Center for assistance