Which is a Better Material for Your Banner: Fabric or Vinyl? How to Properly Decide

The debate goes on about different materials for banners and posters, with fabric and vinyl being the primary materials often used. Whilst vinyl has been used for years and has proven its worth when it comes to durability, some people prefer fabric as an alternative. But some experts also say that fabric comes with more disadvantages. So how do you decide which is a better material for your banner: fabric or vinyl?  Let’s find out.

The environment where the banner will be used

For most banner materials available, the top question is: where will the banner be used? The environment where the banner will be placed is a major consideration when it comes to the choice of material. Also, the type of event can make an impact on whether you choose a fabric or vinyl banner. For example, if you are planning to use the banner at an outdoor event such as a fete, festival, or concert, it may be better to go for a vinyl banner with grommets or its own frame, so you can benefit from enhanced durability. Vinyl banners can last for years – even the most standard vinyl banner can last for as long as 2 years, whilst a fabric banner can be easily torn or ripped, so you have to consider this as well. If it’s a one-time event, perhaps a fabric banner will do – but if you would like to maximise the use of your banner, it’s best to have a vinyl one.

There are certain events where fabric may still be a good choice, however; events where the audience may want to take a closer look at the banner. But then again, there are many kinds of vinyl banners nowadays which are printed with the highest quality graphics, so this isn’t too much of an issue.

The cost of the banner

With a vinyl banner, you won’t have to spend too much. If you want better value for your money, a vinyl banner is a sound option. But if you want something a bit different which you will only use at a one-time event or exhibition, then a fabric banner may be ideal.

The finish of the printed material

When it comes to the finish, fabric, as well as vinyl, can give you lots of versatility. Even the most standard vinyl banner from a banner printing service can easily shine and stand out if used with proper inks and graphics. Hanging both fabric and vinyl banners is also easy, with vinyl banners with grommets and fabric banners with hems that can prevent the banner from getting frayed.

But at the end of the day, it all comes down to cost-effectiveness, versatility, durability, and design – and with the right banner, your business can get the right exposure as well.


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Colin Shaw
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Written by Colin Shaw

Colin has been in the finance market for over 20 years and specialises in best business practice to make an organisation profitable. The only man for the job when it comes to numbers and accounts with a keen talent for simplifying finance for the wider market.