Banner Mounting Techniques – How to Hang Your New Banner
You have just purchased a banner sign to promote your company or upcoming event and are now wondering how to set it up. The process of putting up a banner shouldn’t be complicated. Here are some of the most typical locations for banners and the recommended strategies for hanging them:
Most banners are purchased with grommets around the circumference for simple mounting on flat walls. Push pins can be used to secure items to Drywall through the material or grommet holes, and plastic wall anchors with screws and washers can be used to secure items through the grommets and into the wall. Ensure the washer’s diameter is greater than the hole in the grommet. If you’re hanging your banner on a brick or block wall, use a tapcon masonry screw with a washer (and a hammer drill with a masonry bit). Use sheet metal screws and washers while constructing a wall out of sheet metal. Use wood screws and washers while constructing a wooden wall. Since the first 3/4″ to 4″ of the surface depth is often merely polystyrene foam, installing banners on EIFS or Synthetic Stucco Surfaces with brand names like Dryvit and Masterwall is challenging. Some people have had temporary success utilizing the screw and washer method with plastic EZ drywall anchors with huge threads. Once the banner is down, any gaps in the EIFS surface should be sealed with sealant to avoid water damage. The banner should be secured to the top and bottom wall with a rope through the grommets in the corners.
Banners can be hung between poles using rope or webbing with D-rings sewed into the top and bottom corners of the banner. The rope can be tied through if large eye screws are put on the poles. The D-rings at the end of the webbing can be fastened to the poles using bungee cords or too large eye screws, if any are present. Banners mounted using bungee cords can sway in the wind without being torn down. Banners strung between poles using rope via unreinforced grommet holes in the corners rarely survive the initial gust of wind. To further reduce the likelihood of the grommets ripping out, bungee cords can be added to the holes in the corners.
Temporary banners installed in grassy areas can be mounted using a technique similar to between-pole mounting. Steel T-fence posts are readily available at hardware stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot and may be driven into the ground with a post driver. Banners with grommets allow simple installation between posts using rope, bungee cords, or heavy-duty plastic wire ties.
Banner mounting atop a chain link fence is typically straightforward. Use zip ties or other plastic wire ties to fasten the grommets to the links. Wooden fencing can be constructed in the same way as a wall.
Banners can be mounted to the ceiling of a gym, auditorium, or stage using pole pockets. Banners with pole pockets have perforations sewn into the top and bottom seams to accommodate a PVC or metal pole. The highest pole can be outfitted with wire, cable, or a decorative rope and slung from the ceiling. When a pole is placed within the banner’s bottom pocket, the banner becomes more stable and does not move.
Flags can be attached to electric and light poles using pole pockets, which are also used to attach vertical banners to the poles’ sides. These are typical decorations for city streets, college and company campuses, and highways. Banners are attached to the poles using bracket kits that feature protruding metal or fiberglass rods.
When a city hosts a parade or significant event, it may mount banners across the street. These are often fastened to poles on both sides of the street with guy wire running just above and below the banner. To hang the banner, snap hooks are looped through the grommets and over the wires. To secure the banner, rope can be threaded through the grommets at each corner and wrapped tightly around the poles.
Suction cups with hooks can be used to attach banners to fit between shop window frames to the inside of the glass. After sticking the cups to the windows, the hooks are easily inserted through the grommet holes.
This list may not include every scenario you might need to mount a banner, but it should cover most of them. Perhaps in some situations, a hybrid of the various banner mounting methods and approaches described above would prove effective. You should be able to hang a banner successfully now.
Dan Royer owns a Sign-A-Rama store in Lexington, Kentucky. Since 1991, he has worked as a sign maker. The procedures and processes described in this article are used daily by his company to produce and install banners. To learn more, please get in touch with us.
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