SELECTING THE RIGHT FABRIC MATERIAL FOR YOUR CUSTOM FLAG
POSTED ON January 2, 2019
What is the fabric of your business? Displaying your product in the correct fabric is imperative for a successful impression. Fabric flags offer many options. There are dozens of fabrics to choose from - ranging from Knitted, Oxford, Nylon to Polyester. When it comes to making that final decisions there are a few variables you need to consider – How long it will last? How much it will cost?
What units of measure do we use for fabrics? Denier (abbreviated D), a unit of measure for the linear mass density of fibers, is the mass in grams per 9000 meters of the fiber. The denier is based on a natural reference: a single strand of silk is approximately one denier; a 9000-meter strand of silk weighs about one gram. The term denier comes from the French denier, a coin of small value (worth 1⁄12 sou). Generally the higher the Denier, the better the fabric.
GSM (abbreviated g) is a metric measurement meaning grams per square metre- it is how much 1 square metre of fabric weighs and the higher the GSM number the denser the fabric will be. Ounce per square yard (oz/sq2) is the imperial measurement which is also commonly used. A lightweight fabric is typically between 30- 150 GSM, medium weight 150-350 GSM and heavyweight 350+ GSM, although this can vary depending on the type of fabric.
Let’s go through some options.
Economy Fabrics (indoor) - 68D or 100D Polyester Consider you need a flag to use once or twice and you’d like to keep the cost down. A good choice would be 100D Polyester. It’s a good quality and economical fabric for indoor and outdoor use. If you put it indoors, you should get about 6-12 months of use. 100D Polyester is thin and weighs about 90g so your logo would be seen clearly from the back of the flag. Now, if you have a really tight budget and simple logo, you could use a 68D Polyester.
Performance Fabrics (outdoor)- 110g/130g Knitted Polyester or 300D Polyester In terms of outdoor flags (high-cost performance), we recommend a great quality 110g Knitted Polyester. This Knitted Polyester features excellent air permeability. It is durable and long-lasting. We do have 130g Knitted Polyester if you need a heavier fabric with shiny and matte options. As well, there is another similar fabric – 300D Polyester with a weight of 160G – that is good choice for outdoor flags or banners.
Performance Fabrics (long term outdoor)- 180g Spun Polyester For a flag to be used for a long time outside, we suggest Spun Polyester with a weight of 180g. Its mesh fabric allows for great air permeability – perfect for long-term outdoor use. This material uses a fabric made from a polyester thread spun together from 2 or more single lines of thread.
Woven vs Knitted Fabric One way to find out if it’s knit or woven is to test how it stretches. Because knit fabric is made from one continuous thread (much like the one continuous yarn in handknitting), it stretches all over. Woven fabrics, on the other hand, will only stretch diagonally or as a sewer might say, on the bias. To test, grab the fabric in question and pull it gently from side to side, top to bottom, diagonally. Does it stretch easily in all directions? If so, it’s probably a knit fabric. If you can only get a bit of stretch diagonally, it’s probably a woven fabric.
To show you how the different fabrics are made, please see the image here:
There are many fabrics flags to display and attract people to your business or event. Whatever your need, we will make a customized solution for you!
About TallMan.Promo Custom Banner Flags Display and advertising flags are an effective, useful and creative way to market your unique event. TALLMAN.PROMO offers different sizes and types of flags to match your advertising needs. Don’t forget, quality print and design will capture attention.
Single or Double Sided Each flag can feature your own design to portray your brand, promotion, logo, slogan or event. Flags come single or double-sided. One-sided flags feature your image reversed on the back, while double-sided shows your image the same way on both sides. For more information go to the section on our website.
For more information on our flag options, feel free to check our site or contact one of our representatives.
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