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You have purchased a new banner sign to advertise your business or event and now are wondering about the best way to install it. Hanging a banner should not be a difficult task. Here is a list of some of the common places where banners are installed and the best methods and techniques for mounting or hanging them:
Flat Wall Mounting – Most banners are ordered with grommets around the perimeter which make them fairly easy to install on flat walls. For Drywall, you can use push pins through the material or grommet openings, or use plastic wall anchors with screws and washers to fasten through the grommets and into the wall. Make sure the washer is slightly larger than the grommet opening. For a Brick or Block Wall, use a tapcon masonry screw with a washer to fasten your banner (note that you will also need a hammer drill and a masonry bit for this method). For a Sheet Metal Wall, use sheet metal screws and washers. For a Wood Wall use wood screws and washers. EIFS or Synthetic Stucco Surfaces, with brand names such as Dryvit and Masterwall, are difficult to install banners on since the first 3/4″ to 4″ of the surface depth is typically just polystyrene foam. Some have had success using plastic EZ drywall anchors with large threads that allow the screw and washer method to be used for short time periods. Any holes in the EIFS surface should be filled with caulk once the banner is removed to prevent water damage to the structure. Usually, it is best to tie the banner up with rope in the corner grommets and to anchor it to a hard surface above and below the wall.
Between Pole Mounting – When mounting banners between poles it is best to have rope or webbing with D-rings sewn into the top and bottom seams of the banner. You can then simply tie the rope around the poles or through large eye screws that may be installed on the poles. D-Rings at the end of the webbing can be attached with bungee cords strung around the poles or also from large eye screws, if present. Bungee cord mounting is a great mounting technique as it allows the banner to move during high winds. Mounting banners between poles with a rope attached to simple corner grommet holes is usually a recipe for failure as the grommets will tend to rip loose during the first strong wind. Bungee cords can also be attached to corner grommet holes and will lessen the chance of the grommets ripping out.
Lawn Mounting – For temporary banners mounted in grassy areas, use a method similar to the between pole mounting. Steel T fence posts can be purchased at most home improvement stores, such a Lowe’s and Home Depot, and can be put into the ground using a post driver. Rope, bungee cords, or heavy duty plastic wire ties can then be used with grommets to install the banner between the posts.
Fence Mounting – Mounting banners on a chain link fence is usually an easy task. Simply use plastic wire ties or zip ties through the grommets and around the links. For a wooden fence, use the same method as you would for a flat wooden wall.
Ceiling Mounting – The best way to hang a banner from a ceiling above a stage, gym or auditorium is to use pole pockets. Pole pockets are openings that are sewn into the top and bottom seams of the banner that allow for a rigid PVC or metal pole to be slid through them. Wire, cable, or decorative rope can then be attached to the top pole and hung from the rafters above. A pole is then inserted into the bottom pocket to add some weight to the banner keeping it rigid and stationary.
Flag Mounting to Poles – Pole pockets are also used to mount vertical banners to the sides of electric poles and light poles. Sometimes called Boulevard Banners, these are often seen decorating city streets and college and business campuses. Banner bracket kits with projecting metal or fiberglass rods are installed on the poles to allow for mounting of the banners.
Across The Street Mounting – Large banners for parades and events are sometime mounted across an entire city street. These are usually mounted with guy wire strung just above and below the banner and attached to poles on each side of the street. Snap hooks are then inserted through the grommets and around the wires to suspend the banner. Rope can then be attached to each corner grommet on the banner and pulled tight around each pole to keep the banner in place.
Storefront Windows – Banners that are designed to fit between storefront window frames can be mounted to the inside of the window using suction cups with hooks. The hooks are simply inserted through the grommet holes and then the cups are stuck to the windows.
While this list might not cover every possible banner mounting situation, it should cover most that you might encounter. Perhaps a combination of some of the banner mounting methods and techniques discussed above would work in some instances. You should now know how to hang a banner.