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Monday, June 30, 2014

Different Banner Finishing Options

At GH Imaging we have several ways to professionally finish your banners.  We will work with you to determine the appropriate finishing based on the time frame and application for your banner.  We’ll go over them in detail now.


Miller is the standard hem for all weld-able materials.  Using heat, speed, and pressure, Miller finishing produces a welded seam that fuses two materials together.  This will finish the ends of banners with hems or pockets for rope or poles.  This process is very durable, and perfect for use with banners that need to last a long time or will be used outdoors.

RF Weld

The RF Welder is a unique finishing process that fuses two materials together using a high-intensity radio frequency.  The result is an exceptional and durable edge to your banner.


Sewing is used in variety of ways on multiple materials.  It is used to add hems and pole pockets for banners.  It is also used to seam vinyl or mesh to make a larger banner. Sewing is best used for fabrics, attaching Velcro, and when finishing non-weldable materials. 

Other Finishing Options

In addition, there are a number of other finishing options that can be applied to your graphics and banners depending on your application and installation needs.

Hem Reinforcement

There are a variety of materials that can be welded or sewn inside the hem of a banner to increase strength.  These are used in vinyl and mesh banners that require the added durability.  Contact your sales consultant to determine the correct reinforcement for your banner.


Metal grommets can be inserted at intervals along the length of a banner.  This allows for a multitude of attachment methods for added support when displaying your banner.


A Keder bead can be sewn into a banner as well.  This flexible track can then slide into a rail allowing for a banner, or several banners, to be hung from above.  An example of a common use of Keder is displaying a school’s championship banners in a gymnasium, or anytime you need to display several similar banners along a single rail.  It is also used along awnings.


Pockets can be custom sewn or welded into any banner.  This can allow poles to be inserted along the edge of a banner, creating an even distribution of the banner’s weight and preventing it from sagging.  This is useful for long banners stretched across a space, or for pole mounted banners.


D-Rings are added strength elements that are typically sewn into large banners, such as ones that will hang on the side of a building.  D-Ring attachments allow the banner to be secured using ratchet straps.  These are used when hanging banners intended to stretch between two poles, such as across a street.  When installed properly, D-Rings and grommets allow the weight of the banner to be evenly distributed and ensure that your banner will last.


Velcro offers the easiest way to hang a banner.  It can be sewn to banners or attached like tape.  Velcro is the perfect choice if your banner needs to be relocated and is especially popular at tradeshows and when applying banners to tables.

We hope this gives you a better idea on finishing methods and when to use them.  For further questions please contact a GH sales consultant, 800.678.4041 or, and they will be happy to assist you on determining the proper finishing for your job.

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