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Signs

Your signs are like a sales team that you hire to work continually for you 24 hours a day. 

If they grow "tired", or you find that they no longer want to work, then you may want to think about hiring a new team. 

Ballfield Sponsor Signs

What materials are best for permanent Ballfield sponsor signs?

Corrugated plastic is not a good material for this application.  It is a very economical material for temporary signs, but not suitable for long term, permanent use.  It is not very UV resistant and usually will not hold up for more than a year or two.  For permanent signs, we recommend using a composite or aluminum material.  the cost is comparable to wood,  and they hold up very well in all kinds of weather. They require little or no maintenance and will generally look good for 5 – 10 years. A heavy weight banner vinyl will generally out last most corrugated plastics, and is a more economical solution.  We have seen banners last for many years when properly installed and maintained. 

If you have any questions regarding signs and banners, feel free to contact us.  We would be happy to discuss your project with you and help you to determine the best materials to use.

Banner Wind Vents

What is a banner "wind vent"? Does cutting holes help in reducing the wind load and prolong the life of a banner? 

Here is a common definition and thoughts concerning wind vents:

Wind Slits or Wind Vents - "Small openings cut into a banner to allow the wind to pass through the banner. A large banner without wind vents is really more of a sail. Without vents to reduce some of the wind force on a banner, the banner could rip."

These half circle vents are commonly cut into banners at the request of customer, and it is the common belief that wind vents are effective in reducing the wind load on banners.   I am approaching 20 years in the industry, and I have yet to come across a single study where the effectiveness of wind vents has been demonstrated.  The effectiveness is mostly in the visual effect of seeing the little flaps in a banner open up in the breeze. In reality only a very small percentage of the wind striking the banner passes through the vent.  Any studies I have come across state that wind vents do not  significantly reduce the wind load on a banner. 

 

Let's think about this for a minute…   If you have a 5' x 20' banner, the surface area totals 100 square feet.  In order to reduce the wind load a mere 10%, You would need to effectively reduce the surface area by 1/10th or 10 square feet.  That would require either (10) 1' x 1' vents or (20) 6" x 6" vents.  Cutting this many vents makes the banner look like "swiss cheese" and message less legible.  Each individual vent also creates 2 "stress points" in the banner that degrade the strength of that banner and can ultimately lead to premature banner failure creating a potentially more dangerous situation.  Below is an example of a "well vented" difficult to read  banner.

 

We therefore do not recommend wind vents in banners, as we feel that there are better options available.   Many cities will not put banners up unless they have wind slits and often include them in all of  their design specs.  When this happens, we include them at the request of the customer.    As they say, "The customer is always right".

We would be happy to discuss this issue if anyone has any comments or questions.

Signs

Signs are one of the most efficient and effective means of communication available.

They are such a powerful communication medium that it is hard to estimate their influence on people. It is very easy to overlook their importance in our everyday life.

Many people use signs every day without a second thought. We tack up signs such as: wet paint, beware of dog, entrance, garage sale, "Go Ducks!" (for all of you Oregon fans), etc.

Signs are a cost effective tool, directly available to everyone for mass communication.

Signs give directions, help people find you, they reach people who are passing by, they present an image of you and your business or event. In short, signs work for you telling people who you are, what you are doing or what you are selling.

Don't overlook the importance of signs in your business or when planning an event large or small. We can help provide you with effective signs that fit your budget.

We feel our business is successful when we have helped your business or event to be a success.

Steve Boek president
BOEK Mfg., Inc.
503-257-5056