Mesh Banners vs Vinyl Banners

By PRI Graphics | Large Format

Aug 09
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Most people are familiar with vinyl banners but when it comes to mesh vs vinyl banners, they may not know which is better for their needs.

Along with retractable banner printing, PRI Graphics in Phoenix can also print mesh banners and vinyl banners. In this post, we’ll take a look at mesh vs vinyl banners to help you decide which is best for your purposes.

What Are Mesh Banners?

Unlike vinyl banners (which require wind slits cut into the vinyl if it is to be used outdoors), the weave or interlaced fabric of a mesh banner is breathable; it will actually allow air to pass through the mesh weave. This makes mesh banner printing ideal for installations in any outdoor location, even if it is quite windy. And, since mesh won’t tear like vinyl does, they generally last much longer.

Even though the criss-crossed weave can make the mesh slightly transparent, fully color mesh banner printing with graphics, images and text is still possible. As well, mesh banners can also be finished with hemming and grommets similar to vinyl banners. With today’s capabilities for large format printing, you can now find mesh banners commonly used as fence wraps for sporting events and on construction site fencing.

Below is an overview listing a few other advantages of mesh vs vinyl banners.

Mesh vs Vinyl Banners

Whether you should custom print your advertising on mesh or vinyl will really depend upon several things. These may include where and how your banner will be located or installed, how long it will be displayed, and whether or not you need the image to show on both sides of the banner.

Mesh banner wind load is higher than that of vinyl banners, which makes mesh banners ideal for outdoor installations such as:

  • Construction mesh banners
  • Builders mesh banners
  • Fencing mesh banners
  • Hanging mesh banners
  • Over the street mesh banners
  • Scaffolding mesh banners

Mesh banners are typically composed of 70% vinyl and 30% mesh. This makes them lightweight, durable, and they generally outlast vinyl if kept clean and properly stored. A longer life span also means that mesh banners can also be repurposed more often than vinyl.

While printing on vinyl can be less expensive than printing mesh banners, vinyl is more susceptible to being torn or damaged in high winds or severe weather locations.

Vinyl Banner Advantages

Unlike mesh banner printing, printing on vinyl generally means thicker material and your choice of a gloss or matte finish. Vinyl banners can also be printed on both sides and they generally cost less to print. To find out more, read our article on Vinyl Banner Printing Tips.

Still Have Questions?

If you still have concerns or questions about mesh banner printing, please let us know. Tell us how you will be using your banner and we will be able to help you choose the best type, size, and printing for your application.

PRI Graphics is a Phoenix printing company with a sister location in Mesa AZ.

We can be reached at 602-393-3131, by email, or by calling toll free at 1-877-409-8889.

About the Author

The print professionals at PRI Graphics in Phoenix and Mesa Arizona regularly write about digital printing, large format printing, CAD printing, and other custom printing services. Contact us or check back often for new ideas on how our Phoenix printing company can help show off your business!

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