Outdoor weather conditions vary greatly from minor inconveniences to serious storms. Common sense needs to apply. Outdoor Pole Banners are left out for months at a time in all kinds of weather; on the other hand an outdoor tent provides shelter from rain and sun but needs to be weighted down in windy weather and collapsed and stored in heavy thunderstorms storms or high winds.
Outdoor products carry the following warning: Do not install your outdoor display products in extreme winds (24-31mpg or 6bt and higher) and / or thunderstorms. Do not use near overhead wires. Displaying in high winds or near overhead wires may result in property damage, injury or death and void any and all warranties.
The sun is a very powerful UV force! Outdoor graphics are designed to be used outdoors and do a very good job of holding their color. The standard outdoor fabric or vinyl graphic will show signs of fading around three months of constant exposure.
The gradual fading of a graphic is not drastic and some outdoor graphics are displayed for 6 months or even a year.
If you have more questions about graphics for Outdoor Displays, please give us a call or send an email.
Yes. Dye sublimated graphics are permanent and the graphics can be spot washed with mild detergent and water or thrown in a washing machine if size permits.
Tents can be sponged off with water and a mild detergent and then hosed off.
Vinyls can be sponged clean with water and a mild detergent.
The simple answer is that if your display is designed to turn with the direction of the wind like a tear drop banshee than one-sided is lighter and looks great. Banshees use a pennant fabric that allows the image to bleed through to both sides.
With a turning graphic the correct side is seen often enough. A double-sided graphic on these displays will be heavy and impact the performance and placement of the display.
Pole Banners that are stationary and seen from both sides are best presented as double-sided.
Yes. The first thing one can do is to assess where the audience is going to be located. If you are using Ridgeline or BaseLine A-Frames to control the direction of a crowd and want that same audience to recognize a brand from the event bleacher seats, a designer would create graphics with large recognizable branding from above and at a distance.
If you are designing a Valet that is to be seen from a vehicle passing by then the design must be large with few words.
If that same Valet A-frame is used for a menu board outside a cafe, it can include copy that can be read from a pedestrian at three feet. Simple rules are to consider
your audience, the distance they are viewing your display and the time they have to see it as they move along.
The short answer is no. Wind slits are often unnecessary and detract from your visual impact. The exception are large banners installed in windy conditions.
Small Boulevard Pole Banners, for example, are typically displayed without wind slits and due to their size (small in width) they hold up well. Depending on the area you live in, the size of the banner and the method of display, your graphics may need wind slits.
Consult your representative for specific advice on your outdoor graphics.
The old adages are true – “You get what you pay for” and "If it's too good to be true, well, then it probably is."
If you plan to use a stand once and throw it away then consider a "hot deal." But if you need something more permanent, then your decision should be based on graphic quality, style, activity, travel considerations, environmental impact, graphic changes, and durability. If you are looking for a high-quality product with a lifetime warranty and graphic quality, then select the banner stands in our gallery.
The stand you choose will represent your brand. It should look good with straight and vibrant graphics and an attractive, stable, and undamaged base.
Why spend good money on a banner stand and then put a low-end graphic on it? Vinyl graphics are fine for some uses, especially long-term outdoor situations (such as an outdoor pole-mounted application), but they are usually not the highest quality. Even if the printing is top-notch, a vinyl banner has a tendency to curl. In contrast, a fabric banner will hold its shape even under tension.
Fabric banners also look better with warm colors, textures, and no glare. Several choices, including recycled fabric, make it the most versatile option anddepending on the banner stand, photo graphic using the Lambda process may be the best option. Lambda offers photographic continuous tones.
Depending on height limits, any banner stand could be placed on a table. For most trade shows and recruiting events full height banners are inappropriate.
The Pronto retractable banner stand includes a three-segmented bungee attached mast. When the banner is attached to the mast at one-segment or two-segment height, this stand makes a perfect companion to your table throw.
Combine two or three units for full backwall. The available graphic templates help your designer layout the graphic to the proper heights.
All our banner stands accept a light. These can be found in the product accessories section or give us a call.
(See the question regarding fabric banners)
Not if you use fabric banners. Fabric banners are much better at eliminating glare, showing warm colors, and revealing textures especially in well lit environments.
All banner stands have a lifetime warranty on all hardware products. The policy applies to original purchaser. No product registration is required. We will replace or repair all hardware supplied to our customers purchased after 7/7/09. However, we reserve the right to inspect hardware and exclude warranty claims that have resulted from vandalism, theft, negligence, fire, natural disasters, modifications, or losses in shipment that may be covered by your insurance and/or freight carrier.
The lifetime hardware warranty does not apply to graphics or to electrical components.
All shipping costs are the responsibility of the customer.
Perma logo is a heavy-duty vinyl similar to the traditional vinyl you may have seen used for numbers on sports jerseys.
The vinyl is computer cut and heat transferred to pre-dyed twill throw fabric.
Many colors are available for the vinyl (and the twill).
Yes. The real benefit of Dye Sub Applique is that complex gradients and photos or complex images like government or university seals can be represented accurately. An additional benefit is that these images can be any shape under the sun.
Circles, rectangles, custom free-forms that outline images like frogs and horse heads have all been created.
Have more questions? Give us a call or send us an email.
Tables don't just come in 6 ft. or 8 ft. lengths. Neither do our table throws.
Need a custom throw (or anything else you don't see for that matter)? Just ask us.
It's that easy!!
Optima Graphics, Inc. offers a lifetime warranty on our hardware products. The policy applies to original purchaser. No product registration is required. We will replace or repair all hardware supplied to our customers purchased after 7/7/09. However, we reserve the right to inspect hardware and exclude warranty claims that have resulted from vandalism, theft, negligence, fire, natural disasters, modifications, or losses in shipment that may be covered by your insurance and/or freight carrier. The lifetime hardware warranty does not apply to graphics or electrical components.
Warranty repairs will follow general turnaround times and will need to be coordinated and processed through the Optima Graphics distributor. All shipping costs are the responsibility of the customer.
We will also make available, for all reasonable requests, appropriate replacement parts our distributors have the option to make necessary repairs themselves. Items such as scissors and hubs can be requested from and shipped at no cost as ground shipment. If receipt of replacement parts requires expedited shipping, we will bill our distributor for those expedited shipping costs.
Optima Graphics is strictly a wholesale supplier to trade show exhibit houses and event producers.
The lead time for the Valet A-Frame is 10 Days or Less.
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