Mesh banners are great for outdoor use. In fact, mesh banners are the best for extended wind exposure.
In printing, it all comes down to the application. How is the printed matter to be used? Where is the piece going? And for how long? These are all very important questions when determining which is the proper material and production process.
In July of this year we were approached by a customer to work on a banner project that had very unique application requirements.
Contest organizers at the 6th stop on the 2013 ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) Men’s World Championship Tour came to us to print branded banners for the Billabong Pro Tahiti 2013.
The banners were to be large format and digitally printed.
The banners were to be applied to event scaffolding at the edge of a reef pass just in front of one of the world’s most dangerous waves, Teahupoo, Tahiti.
The banners were to be left up throughout he entire event waiting period — an 11 day affair.
The location and duration presented a few issues. First, the banners must be durable and withstand serious beat down from the wind and ocean air. So the edges of the needed to be hemmed to give added strength to the material to prevent tearing.
We thought the material best to withstand the hard conditions was an 8 oz. PVC coated polyester mesh. The Mesh Banner material is with small holes that allow the wind to dissipate and dissolve through the banner material. The wind dispersion means that your mesh banner sign can be used outdoor in all kinds of weather.
Once the banners were printed, we added hemming by folding the edges of the banner over and sewing the material. This provides a finished look and gives added strength to the banner.
The most common way to hang a banner is to fasten grommets into the hem — which we did for this banner. We added black grommets every 24″. The hemming and grommets had to withstand the wind and salt air through the duration of the event.
Since the material is more lightweight, mesh is a viable alternative to vinyl to counteract the “sail” effect in windy conditions.
The event was held in great surfing conditions in the middle of the South Pacific and was broadcasted via live webcast worldwide. Our customer was satisfied and the branding objectives were met. And we were happy to be involved and to make it happen.
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