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Outdoor weather conditions vary greatly from minor inconveniences to serious storms. Common sense needs to apply. Outdoor Pole Banners are left out for months at a time in all kinds of weather; on the other hand an outdoor tent provides shelter from rain and sun but needs to be weighted down in windy weather and collapsed and stored in heavy thunderstorms storms or high winds.
Outdoor products carry the following warning: Do not install your outdoor display products in extreme winds (24-31mpg or 6bt and higher) and / or thunderstorms. Do not use near overhead wires. Displaying in high winds or near overhead wires may result in property damage, injury or death and void any and all warranties.
The sun is a very powerful UV force! Outdoor graphics are designed to be used outdoors and do a very good job of holding their color. The standard outdoor fabric or vinyl graphic will show signs of fading around three months of constant exposure.
The gradual fading of a graphic is not drastic and some outdoor graphics are displayed for 6 months or even a year.
If you have more questions about graphics for Outdoor Displays, please give us a call or send an email.
Yes. Dye sublimated graphics are permanent and the graphics can be spot washed with mild detergent and water or thrown in a washing machine if size permits.
Tents can be sponged off with water and a mild detergent and then hosed off.
Vinyls can be sponged clean with water and a mild detergent.
The simple answer is that if your display is designed to turn with the direction of the wind like a tear drop banshee than one-sided is lighter and looks great. Banshees use a pennant fabric that allows the image to bleed through to both sides.
With a turning graphic the correct side is seen often enough. A double-sided graphic on these displays will be heavy and impact the performance and placement of the display.
Pole Banners that are stationary and seen from both sides are best presented as double-sided.
Yes. The first thing one can do is to assess where the audience is going to be located. If you are using Ridgeline or BaseLine A-Frames to control the direction of a crowd and want that same audience to recognize a brand from the event bleacher seats, a designer would create graphics with large recognizable branding from above and at a distance.
If you are designing a Valet that is to be seen from a vehicle passing by then the design must be large with few words.
If that same Valet A-frame is used for a menu board outside a cafe, it can include copy that can be read from a pedestrian at three feet. Simple rules are to consider
your audience, the distance they are viewing your display and the time they have to see it as they move along.
The short answer is no. Wind slits are often unnecessary and detract from your visual impact. The exception are large banners installed in windy conditions.
Small Boulevard Pole Banners, for example, are typically displayed without wind slits and due to their size (small in width) they hold up well. Depending on the area you live in, the size of the banner and the method of display, your graphics may need wind slits.
Consult your representative for specific advice on your outdoor graphics.
Optima Graphics, Inc. offers a lifetime warranty on our hardware products. The policy applies to original purchaser. No product registration is required. We will replace or repair all hardware supplied to our customers purchased after 7/7/09. However, we reserve the right to inspect hardware and exclude warranty claims that have resulted from vandalism, theft, negligence, fire, natural disasters, modifications, or losses in shipment that may be covered by your insurance and/or freight carrier. The lifetime hardware warranty does not apply to graphics or electrical components.
Warranty repairs will follow general turnaround times and will need to be coordinated and processed through the Optima Graphics distributor. All shipping costs are the responsibility of the customer.
We will also make available, for all reasonable requests, appropriate replacement parts our distributors have the option to make necessary repairs themselves. Items such as scissors and hubs can be requested from and shipped at no cost as ground shipment. If receipt of replacement parts requires expedited shipping, we will bill our distributor for those expedited shipping costs.
Optima Graphics is strictly a wholesale supplier to trade show exhibit houses and event producers.
The lead time for the BaseLine A-Frame is 10 Days or Less.
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