Vinyl banners vs. fabric banners

Banners can be used for a wide range of needs. You can find beautiful banners showing off the business product or service in style. But not all banners will look beautiful in the same way possible, and that’s where the difference in materials used comes into action.

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Vinyl banners and fabric banners are some of the most popular banner types. Whether you want to print an oversized check or a simple billboard, both these banner types could fit the purpose well.

But which banner type should you choose to go with? We will guide you in this article.

Know About the Banners

Vinyl banners are mainly inexpensive banners, which can be easily printed. They use less ink as well. These banners are more cost-effective, popular and durable.

Fabric Banners, on the other hand, are comparatively more expensive than vinyl ones. They consume more ink and also take more time to be printed as well.

Let’s know more about the differences between the two in the next section.

Differences between the Two

  • Environment-friendliness

When it comes to using banners in indoor environments, vinyl banners are the perfect one to be used as they’re cheaper and easier to obtain. You can also use fabric banners indoors as well.

But, when it comes to outdoor environments, vinyl is the ‘only’ choice you should go for since it is more durable and has longer life-span as well.

  • Re-usage

If you’re planning to buy a banner with the concept of reusing it at a future date, then getting a fabric banner will be the best decision. Fabric banners can be easily folded and transported. On the other hand, vinyl banners are best for single-use events or needs.

  • Portability

If you’re transporting vinyl banners, then you should keep in mind that vinyl banners cannot be folded and should always be rolled into a durable or heavy tube. This will prove to be expensive in terms of shipping costs. But fabric banners, on the other hand, can be folded easily and therefore, can be transported without paying an exorbitant amount of shipping fees.

  • Display of graphics

Vinyl banners are the best when it comes to outdoor graphics display, as these banners will remain much more vibrant and appealing to the eyes of the viewer, even after a year. The colors are less prone to fade away. These banners are stronger as well. Vinyl banners will make your message stand out. These banners are more reflective though.

Fabric banners are less reflective and therefore are perfect to be used indoors. They absorb more light, making the design and the message looking high-quality. The printing is done via the dye sublimation technique, so the quality of printing is better than vinyl banners.

  • Setting up

When it comes to setting up, vinyl banners are the easiest ones to do so as there are no wrinkles to take care of. The setup procedure will be quick and easy.

Fabric banners are more complicated to set up as these banners are subject to wrinkles. This feature alone can make the mounting process a lot more time-consuming. You’ll need wooden dowel rods in order to make the process a lot easier and less intimidating.

  • Taking care

Since fabric banners are less prone to wrinkles and if there are any wrinkle marks, they can be easily removed, therefore maintaining fabric banners is easy.

Vinyl ones get wrinkled easily so the fold marks can be quite obvious. The maintenance part can be tricky as you have to store the banner inside a hefty tube to keep it safe.

  • Pricing

When it comes to the pricing of the two banners, there are a lot of factors that should be kept in mind first. Vinyl banners, even though they cost less to print, will cost you more when it comes to transportation. So, the final pricing can be higher.

Fabric banners are costly when it comes to the actual material being used. Further, the printing techniques also add to their cost. But, when it comes to transportation costs, they will be pretty much nil, since you can easily fold a fabric banner. So, the overall pricing may be more or less the same as vinyl banners.


The choice is yours. If you want a banner that is easy to print, cheap and can be easily used outdoors, then vinyl banners will be the best fit for your job.

But, if you want something that is reusable, has low maintenance, better printing technique (dye-sublimation), easily portable, then fabric banners should be your ultimate choice.

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