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Why you need a vinyl banner with Grommets

(about a 7 minute read)

Customized banners are a versatile and durable business signage tool. The work both indoors and outdoors. Regardless of the location, fabric or hanging method, these banners can last for years. Once you hang your banner well, there is no risk of tearing or falling.

Are you still unsure how to hang your new banner? Are you wondering why you need grommet style banners? Then this article is for you!

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Why do you need grommets for banners?

With a well secured banner, you increase the effectiveness of your display. This makes it more readable. You also ensure that your banner lasts as long as it should. That way your beautiful vinyl sign or mesh vinyl sign lasts as long as possible. Depending on if  your banner has grommets, pockets or none of these, you hang them in different ways.

For example, if you have a mounted banner with poles, you have to use a pole pocket in each corner. That means you need a metal grommet to hold the poles up so they don’t rip the scrim vinyl fabric hemmed edges. Grommets for banners is a wise choice as it makes them stronger.

Grommets are metal rings, such as a brass grommet. They’re attached to the corners of a banner not only to make it easier to hang, but also to ensure its durability. They’re necessary if you want your banner to last as long as possible. For a mesh banner, a hemmed grommet is an absolute must. Otherwise the banner material will rip and tear the vinyl fabric or polyester fabric.

It’s not enough to drill a hole at the four corners of the banner as it could tear once hung. The role of the grommets is to strengthen and protect the hole. When done right, grommets will allow the banner to hang without tearing. This is less of an issue with an indoor banner because there is no wind to worry about.

A post pocket is the banner folded back on itself and sewn to create an open pocket at one or both ends. They’re used for sliding on a pole or to thread a rope to hang it.

But what exactly is a grommet?

When hanging your customized banner, you should become familiar with the grommets. What are they exactly? Grommets are small metal rings that reinforce the holes drilled in a material. They’re made for hanging the banner and protecting it. Most often you see eyelets on curtains. But grommets are also very useful for flag banners or retractable banners.

Here is a brief summary of the role of the grommets:

  • They’re made of two pieces of different types of materials. This includes rubber, plastic and different types of metal, among others.
  • By pressing two pieces of eyelets together, a solid ring/hole forms in the fabric.
  • With this ring you can safely pass a rope, bungee cord, string, hooks or other suspension devices through.
  • Unlike eyelets, grommets do not consist of two pieces but of one piece.

Types of grommets

The use of grommets is now widespread throughout the world. They’re used both for a horizontal and a vertical banner. They’re most often used to hang vinyl banners promoting products. They’re even used to secure a tarpaulin. They make grommets out of a variety of materials including PCV, rubber, plastic and metal. They consist of two parts:

  • The washer – also called “the flat ring”. This is usually all that’s needed for standard fabric banners and advertising flag banners.
  • The eyelet – the serrated inner ring

Grommets often go hand in hand with banner stands. With grommets on custom banners, the inner ring is compressed onto the flat ring. This ensures a secure fit between the two parts. Grommets are attached to all types of materials, including fabric banners. They are a great design tool and can sometimes be of vibrant colors to match the banner theme.

ring banner grommet tied with a zip tie
ring banner grommet tied with a zip tie


Rubber Grommets

Not having sharp edges is one aspect that people refrain from rubber grommets. Sometimes the sharp edges of the metal eyelets cut the material.  that runs through them that is used to attach the banner. Rope, for example, is one of the materials that can fray if a metal eyelet is damaged. A better alternative is to use large rubber grommets. If you have a vinyl banner, it is best to use nickel-plated brass grommets or another type of metal grommets.

Plastic Grommets

Plastic eyelets prevent sharp edges from sinking into their tracks. Rubber eyelets don’t provide this protection. Plastic grommets are sometimes completely synthetic. In other cases, they’re coated with plastic coating. These devices protect the rope or string from breaking if the ring gets damaged.

Metal Grommets

The banners can also have metal eyelets, made of brass or another type of metal. The most common material is nickel-coated brass. They’ve proven their reliability. Metal eyelets are a sustainable and planet friendly solution. They’ve become an industry standard.

What Are The Standard Grommet Sizes?

There are different types of grommets for banner sizes:

  • 3/16 inch
  • 3/8 inch
  • half inch
  • 1 inch
  • 7/16 inch

The loop sizes listed are the inside surface area of the fastener. Of all these alternatives, the one that fits most banners is 3/8 inch. This size is standard and does not alter the visual appearance of the display, even in small banner sizes.

Where are the grommets located?

A customized hanging banner or custom vinyl banners come with grommets. This is usually at each corner. Metal grommets are the most common choice, especially brass. They are both sturdy and resistant, and allow you to use heavier hooks to hang your sign. The fabric is then well maintained and protected from tearing.

On banners that have a significant length, extra grommets are sometimes placed:

  • At the top
  • At the bottom middle
  • Approximately every 4 inches

For any personalized banner order, simply specify the desired quantity. Then let us know about the arrangement of grommets. Then our team will make the banner according to your needs. Bigger Better Banner can easily modify the fastener structure of any banner. We can also use our standard position. Either way, we ensure the safety, strength and durability of your banner before we make and ship it. If you wish to have a vinyl banner made, we also recommend that you use a hem.

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Best Places to Hang Grommet Banners

Hanging or hooking banners between two bollards is common.  It’s used as a display method, especially with a retractable banner. In order for the banner to be well stretched by a zip tie and a hook, we recommend that grommets be provided. At least at the four corners of the displayed surface. These can be used for this purpose:

  • Rope
  • Zip ties
  • Screws
  • Hooks

In the case of larger banners, it is preferable to use a single central post. By doing so, your banner will stay taut. This will give you a better appearance during your events. It will also help with your party and avoid possible incidents. They help protect from damage in adverse weather conditions. If the weather is too extreme, it makes more sense to remove the banner. Especially if it is not made of a material that passes air. This material is the most resistant to strong wind and other environmental forces. And if the banner will live in windy conditions, such as with pole banners, we recommend wind slits.

In another technique, the banners are also hung from a higher point. This is done using materials of varying strength:

  • Rope
  • String
  • Metal chains
  • Fishing lines
  • Suction cup

The rope must be long enough to pass through the grommets and back to the anchor point of the rope. This can often be threaded through the screw eyes on the banner stands. Without the eyelets, these materials cannot be attached to the banner. That’s why we always used a welded hem style for all of our banners.

The last technique is to display a banner on a mast using either grommets or a pocket on the mast. When using grommets, use metal clips or zippers to attach them to a pole. Caution: the pole must have an appropriate design to be able to receive the ¼ clips.

When sliding a mast into the top or bottom of the banner, mast pockets are especially useful. However, this hanging technique is not recommended for large banners. Instead, you can attach custom banner flags to masts with a banner stand.

Difference Between Banners with Grommets

There are many types of banners and popular vinyl banners that use grommets. These include custom pole banners and 9, 11, 13 and 15 oz mesh banners. This includes Drop flag banners and vertical banner display systems. It also includes angled flag banners and fabric mesh banners. They can all benefit from the usage of grommets to reinforce them.

Depending on the function of banners, different heavy metal base units may be used. This is also true of  the shapes of banner designs,  and the application of banner designs. Vinyl banner material is all we use at Bigger Better Banner. Our 15 oz vinyl banners are the strongest available. But an 11 ounce vinyl banner is also very strong for the right situation.

Grommets increase the versatility of banners and especially angled flag banners. They work for any kind of advertising banner flags and flexible feather banners. Grommets ensure that you get an effective banner. They also make sure that your x-stand banners, banner signs and plastic banners are strong. They do the same thing for parade banners, graduation banners and more.

Go get your Bigger Better Banner

Bigger Better Banner makes customizable banners and banner products. No competitor can compete with us. The quality of the work that we do provides the highest quality grommets. This is for all our custom vinyl banner jobs in the United States. From common banners, to extremely wide banners, to breakaway banners and more.

Whatever your canvas style, or whatever kind of finish, we have you covered. From glossy to matte finish, we have your banner needs covered. We have many design templates to choose from. Our banner templates and affordable signage options are sure to please. BBB is your first choice for a quality banner and durable display options in any banner size. We always include reinforcing grommets on your custom banner. We also use strong hems that we weld in a variety of finishing options.

Choose your custom banner style and banner materials. We’ll make sure you get what you want. Starting with any banner size, we’ll get your print started! We’ll get you a beautiful custom size quality banner design for your printed streamer. We have fast printing and free shipping (1 – 3 business days at no extra charge) guaranteed. Our customer service is second to none. Get started on your print banner today