How To Guide: Banner Care and Maintenance

June 19, 2017 / in Blog / by Helen Scheuerer / No Comments

We’re passionate about premium mesh banner products and signage solutions. However, in order for any of your mesh banners to stand the test of time, you need to be aware of how to care for them correctly. That’s why we’ve put together this handy how-to guide on banner care and maintenance. This way, you can be sure that your banners will last for years to come.

1. Use the right product

The first thing you’ll need to be aware of when it comes to banner care and maintenance is ensuring that you’ve purchases the correct product to begin with. For example, if your building site is in a high wind area, you need to be aware of this, and opt for wind mesh – mesh that is specifically designed to withstand the elements.

Using the correct product is half the battle of ensuring that your mesh banner stands the test of time, and continues to look impressive.

2. Store your banner correctly

Banners should always be rolled up for storage as opposed to folded or scrunched up. Folding or scrunching can create lines and creases which are hard to remove and can affect the overall look of your banner when you go to reinstall it.

You also need to be sure that all your signage solutions, including any printed banners, are dry before you pack them away for storage. Leaving banners damp or wet can cause the product to go mouldy, which will possibly render it un-useable next time.

3. Clean your banner

Naturally, over the course of its lifetime, your banner may be exposed to dirt at one time or another. To clean any dirt away, use a damp cloth to gently wipe it down, with no cleaning products. If you find that you do need a little more than elbow grease, use a very mild soap and water combination. By no means should you use chemical based or bleach products as these will damage the print of your banner.

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If you’d like to know more about how printed banner mesh can work for you and your business, contact us here, or give us a call on 1300 368 978.

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Printed Banner Mesh: Ultimate Guide To Common Terms

March 15, 2017 / in Blog / by Helen Scheuerer / No Comments

When it comes to the utilising printed banner mesh in your construction business, the terminology and vernacular might take some getting used to. Which is why we’ve put together an ultimate guide to common terms used in the world of signage, mesh banners and shade cloth.

Banner mesh

If you’ve been considering the fencing around your construction site, you’ve probably heard the term ‘banner mesh’. Banner mesh is the material that covers a construction site fence. If a business is utilising it effectively, it often features branding, a logo and the business’ details.

Banner mesh is an incredibly effective way to increase your brand awareness, and is a great way to create uniformity across a construction or festival site. Our mesh is sold in an array of lengths and can also be purchased in individual fence panels. For more information on panels of mesh, visit our banner mesh fence panels page.

Banner mesh is a general term that encompasses three different types of mesh: premium banner mesh, standard banner mesh and wind mesh.

Premium banner mesh

As the name suggests, premium printed banner mesh is a type of banner mesh. Of our products, this is generally the most sought-after, as it’s highly durable and versatile. It’s also the banner mesh that provides the most stunning print results, while still allowing for that all-important wind flow.

This style of mesh fencing boasts PVC coated substrate which ensures that the ink from your print job is adequately absorbed, as well as provided UV protection.

Standard banner mesh

Standard banner mesh is our mid range fencing product. For those businesses on a tighter budget, this may be a more affordable than our premium option. While the print quality isn’t as good, it still offers an excellent structure, uniform look and print quality.

This product is incredibly easy to install, using simple cable ties and metal eyelets, making it a great temporary fencing solution for any event or construction site.

Wind mesh

Wind mesh is the final product in our printed banner mesh collection. It’s a product that’s specially made to withstand large wind loads and the harsh Australian climate.

This printed banner mesh is designed with a much more open weave, with perforated material that allows more wind to flow through the mesh. This puts less load and pressure on the structure to which it’s attached, making it and ideal solution for high-wind areas and construction sites. The fact that it’s a more perforated product means that the print quality isn’t as high as our premium banner mesh, however it still provides a professional finish.

Wind flow

When working out which printed mesh banner product is right for you, you may be asked to consider what the wind flow is like in your designated area.

Wind can have a major impact on how durable your mesh fencing is, and so if you’re planning on installing in a high wind area, you’ll need to opt for wind mesh, which as we mentioned above, has a more open weaved designed for this type of environment.

Building wraps

If you’re in the business of large scale developments, you may have come across the term ‘building wraps’, you may have even seen one for yourself.

Building wraps are extremely popular in Europe and America, particularly when it comes to landmarks undergoing maintenance or construction.

Traditionally, these wrap around the entire facade of the building, with a rendition of the building underneath. Alternatively, other companies opt for cityscapes, nature scenes, while some use it as an advertising platform for their brand.

Jump form signage

Another product in our large scale development arsenal, jump form signage is a great signage option to utilise throughout the building process. This is one of the first structures to go in place on the construction site, and progresses up the building as the scaffolding and building grows. It’s a super effective form of advertising due the high visibility of high rises and the long-term nature of the projects.

As the building grows, so does the scope for advertising and the potential for your brand to reach a larger audience.

Another advantage is that it not being situated on street level it is virtually vandal proof.

Vinyl hoarding banners

If you’ve got a thicker fence that’s more solid than a chain link fence, vinyl hoarding banners are the solution. These banners are attached to wood hoardings made from wood panel, this creates a strong surface, and provides an ideal background to allow for premium quality print on non-permeable signage.

This is a well-regarded option for urban areas, and is often used within shopping centres. It’s also ideal for crowd control in both large and small scale events.

Vinyl hoarding is so aesthetically pleasing that the Sydney City Council enforced that all hoardings be dressed with vinyl.

Alupanel signage

Alupanel signage is fast becoming one of the most popular methods of signage around the globe. This is made from a hard-core substrate that is used for permanent installations such as building signage, advertising and shop fronts.

It’s got an outstanding print reproduction and quality, and is ideal for long-term solutions. The alupanels hold resistance properties that make it incredibly suitable for outdoors. It’s chemically resistant, rustproof and waterproof, and is a relatively light-weight option, making it easy to install.

Shade cloth

Shade cloth is one of the most commonly used banner products used, and is incredibly versatile. Also known as ‘scrim’, it can be sold as plain (unprinted), partially printed or fully printed to suit your needs.

It can be completely customised to suit scaffolds, temporary fences, chain wire fences and building facades. It’s an adaptable and budget-friendly option for everything from construction sites to music festival fencing.

Mesh fence panels

Using printed banner mesh in fence panels, this product is perfect for temporary fencing on construction sites. Mesh fence panels provide a great amount of flexibility on site, and can be moved around easily as your construction site grows.

This type of mesh is also very aesthetically appealing, and makes any site look uniform and professional.

Corflute signage

Corflute signage is also often called corrugated plastic signage or corriboard. It’s a flat, rigid substrate that’s especially versatile. It can be used practically anywhere and is extremely easy to install on just about anything including walls, fences and hoarding.

At Mesh Direct, our corflute signage is fully UV stabilised and can last for years with the proper care. We use only the highest quality inks available and our corflute signage is printed directly onto substrate on 3mm or 5mm thick bases.

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And there you have it! Our ultimate guide to printed banner mesh terminology. Still got questions? No problem, get in touch to talk to one of our experts.

 

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Tips on Building Your Construction Business With Branded Banners

October 15, 2016 / in Blog / by Jack Kemp / No Comments

Construction signage serves as a direct network to your company and potential clients, as well as, provides information on your building sites. Branded banners have an extensive range of capabilities to meet your construction signage needs which includes higher advertising recall and delivers greater advertising impact. There are a few things you need to consider when it comes to branded banners for great results:

Choosing the Right Materials:Premium Banner Mesh: There are quite a few options available when choosing the right banner material. Premium banner mesh has a tight dense weave and has great print reproduction. It is a really strong product when you want to advertise very specific picture and sales messages. It has super tough  edging and a nylon welded backing, so you get supreme strength in high wind areas or building sites which tend to be a bit rough and tumble.

Shade Cloth (Fence Scrim): If not banner mesh, shade cloth (scrim) are commonly chosen as it is the cheapest entry level product, although, it is still quite tough. It’s very open weaved, designed for high wind areas, perfect for construction sites where you will need long runs of it and makes for an easy installation. Unlike banner mesh, shade cloth doesn’t have an excellent print reproduction so it’s not suitable for great detail, however, simple logos and colour will still look effective.

Vinyl: By far the best material for print reproduction is Vinyl. Ink adheres fantastically to it, giving it that great punch of colour and certainly fantastic for detail and large amounts of information about your site. An example would be hoardings around your building site that require your own branding or some information, this is exactly what you would use, when wind flow is not necessarily a factor. You could also apply anti graffiti to this product; so you are obviously going to be generating a significant longevity to this product. Life expectancy is about 2 years with the right installation and the right lamination and anti graffiti, all of which leaves your signage looking professional and last longer.

  • Presentation of Your Banner: As a powerful tool for advertising, the design you choose for your banner gives your company an identity and personality, impacting your target audience. Colours make the biggest impact for your banner as they reach each evoke different feelings. Making sure you have the right colours to represent your brand is crucial. Along with other features, like necessary information for potential clients to get into connect with you. It is also important to make sure your banner has white space, as cluttered banners become unclear and look unprofessional. Whether you want your banner design to be a collection of multiple colour panels or photographs, they all need to work well together in order to construct a design which creates energy, professionalism, and lends you credibility on a whole. Uniqueness is the main point of focus, as viewers will recognise you by your branding, therefore enhance your reputation.
  • Placement and Size: When thinking of the placement of your signs, visibility from inside and around the site needs to be taken into account. In order for communication to flow between your company and consumers, larger banners are preferable; especially if the information you are providing is complex. gathering the right dimensions for where your signs needs to be placed is critical; if you place a banner that is too large or too small on your site it will not get the recognition it deserves and makes your business look disorderly.
  • Keep it Consistent: Where you can display your banners, do it. Having large, long runs along with construction sites is best, as it repeats your logo and information provided, therefore becoming more memorable to the people viewing it. A strong and consistent brand reinforces your identity and gives the impression of trust and confidence.
  • Building Wraps: Building wraps are highly versatile and when used for construction media they deliver a purpose of minimising attention to the surrounding environment, concealing and disguising construction words. With your creative graphics and vibrant colour selection, the public’s eye cannot help but to be drawn to the advertisement, therefore, initiating promotion for your company. All of which helps to reinforce your brand and establish potential customers who may not have been aware that your company or new product pr service exists. Wraps that transform ordinary brick walls into eye catching statements are a great long term investment, as each advertisement will be directed towards a different market. Hence targeting almost every demographic, giving all companies a marketing benefit. They are also cost effective as well as helping protect the frame from external forces such as weather.
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Design 101: Advice on How to Choose Your Banner Design

October 01, 2016 / in Blog / by Jack Kemp / No Comments

The beauty and visual appearance of your banner is of the utmost importance. It’s the first thing the customer will notice and it needs to be able to draw them in. With banner design graphics can be a tricky tool to advertise with, too much and the message you’re trying to convey will be lost in the effects, too little and it’s not worth noticing in the first place. Key thing to remember is that the one or two key elements are necessary to grab attention at first glance and always keep in mind the position of your banners.

Fonts 

A huge emphasis should be placed on the font you use. The typeface needs to be able to stand out and be eligible form a distance. It is recommended to choose two fonts from the same family e.g. Sans-serif family. Clear fonts should be used for the body text and more italic/fancy fonts should be used for headings.

Colour 

When thinking about banner design it is important to use high contrast colours between background and letters. Meaning 1 to 3 primary colours and an additional secondary colour, or vice versa, will compliment each other nicely. Finer type faces need stronger colours to balance them out. Contrast in the perfect effect to emphasise mood within your target audience. e.g.  A bright tone background means dark lettering. A common mistake is using too many colours for fonts or blocks of colour for paragraphs, used to highlight certain points. However, instead of highlighting this message, it gets lost in the colour and viewers become disinterested quickly.

Layout and Whitespace 

‘Clean banners are more likely to attract readers then bundles of colour.’ – Do not underestimate the use of white space and abuse of colour. When creating your banner use margins or grids to ensure the fluidity of graphics but let them stand out to readers with shite space- it is made to effectively highlight points or images and will do so justly. But like colour, the overuse of white space can be a mistake. Not presenting enough information or design will also lose the attention of readers and not give your brand the recognition it deserves.

Content 

The content of the banner is just as important. It is where you will be representing your brand with a few short sentences and contact information. Consumers shouldn’t have to stand there and read paragraph after paragraph; it is an information overload and effects the visual presentation as well. Keeping it simples with a few key points, possibly even being divided into small sections.

Consistency

Consistency is key. the layout of your banner needs to keep consistency for aesthetic purposes and also to keep it interesting enough that people will stop and read it. Using the same colour patterns, fonts, and grid layout is a fantastic way to ensure consumers will pick up on important elements and grasp the concept of what your business is about.

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Printed Shade Cloth: Where Budgeting Meets Practicality

September 15, 2016 / in Blog / by Jack Kemp / No Comments

If your are looking for a marketing solution that doesn’t break the bank but also ensures high impact results look no further than printed shade cloth or otherwise referred to as ‘scrim’. Shade Cloth is the most basic form of the mesh banner range and although it isn’t the leading product of its kind it is still highly valuable marketing tool for many businesses.

Practicality

Not only is it budget friendly it is highly practical as it is a permeable substrate that allowed wind to pass through easily, creating light loads on the structure to which it is attached. It can be fixed to temporary fencing via cable ties which makes the installation process quick and easy. Shade Cloth can be installed on scaffold, temporary fences, chain wire fences and, as well, as building facades to ensure your brand messages have excellent exposure and are customised to your site. Shade Cloth is perfectly suited for the Australian sun and the sometimes harsh weather conditions that we are so used to. It complies with all OH&S requirements under the relevant building codes and uses fully UV stabilised inks and substrates, ensuring that your sign will last and not fade for at least 12 months.

Printed shade cloth can incorporate your business logo, colour schemes and fonts and it is because of this shade cloth is a very popular method of construction site advertising, or scaffold branding, although it is also often seen at music festivals, sporting events, retail sites, community and school locations and large-scale events of all types. It is perfect for long runs and is usually sold in lengths of 50 metres. It is durable and only has a stretching factor of around 2-3% ensuring the sign will not droop over time after installation. As shade cloth is typically used in longer runs, without areas for wind forces to escape, it is ideal in high wind areas.

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Benefits of Advertising Your Construction Project with Fence Mesh

September 01, 2016 / in Blog / by Jack Kemp / No Comments

The demand for printed signage option in the form of fence mesh by the construction industry has increased significantly over the last 10 years, worksite boundaries are covered with colourful displays of artworks and advertising solutions. This all culminates into a number of combining benefits that have led to this form of advertising to be just an effective form of advertising within the construction industry.

Improving the Attractiveness of Your Worksite 

Incomplete worksites often lead to messy viewing and often being smack bang in the middle of a large project the use of banners have allowed unattractive worksites to become a more attractive setting in the community. Often communities like to keep their suburb neat and tidy and the great thing about fence mesh is you can cover your site up to avoid public complaints.

Cost Efficiency 

The cost efficient and practicality of fence mesh is unparalleled as it is a relatively cheap product to purchase. The main drawcard is that its potential audience is unlimited, it can be reused and therefore cost to use ratio is significantly better than most other methods of advertising. Unlike television advertising and most other forms of advertising there are no ongoing or associated costs to keep attracting your target market.

Versatility 

The great thing about fence mesh is it versatility. It can be applied virtually anywhere which makes it an incredibly useful tool in advertising. It can be continually reused and put in new locations to increase your audience or changed and switched to an area that better suits your target market.

Helps Inculcate Brand Awareness to Increase Product/Brand Popularity 

Once on the fence the banner is there for everyone to see and usually applied for a lengthy amount of time. As a result the fence mesh often becomes apart of the landscape and in turn your brand awareness, product familiarity and brand popularity will benefit from this.

Summary of Benefits of Construction Advertising 

  • Proper advertisement of your businesses features leading to increased brand awareness for 24 hours of the day
  • Int he case of construction sites, concealing a dangerous area for pedestrians
  • Great print reproduction with full banner coverage for your striking graphic style
  • Budget conscious choice
  • Ideal for windy conditions
  • UV protected so fading doesn’t occur
  • Banner mesh is waterproof
  • Eco-friedly
  • Easy to install banner from any structure
  • Banner tape found on the back of product which is welded to the edge adds significant strength

If you would like to speak to a member of the Mesh Direct team about your next banner and sign project, visit www.meshdirect.com.au/get-a-quote/ or call us on 1300 368 978.

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Gaining Exposure Far and Wide with Great Event and Festival Signage

August 15, 2016 / in Blog / by Mesh Direct / No Comments

Festivals and events in general present a monumental opportunity for organisers and sponsors to share their message and promote their brand. These events often see tens of thousands of people congregate to a small enclosed space with fencing and crowd control barriers placed as far as the eye can see. With all these potential marketing and branding opportunities it is vital that they are taken with both hands. There can be many stakeholders involved in putting on an event and we are able to work with organisers and sponsors to visualise and create spectacular branding opportunities. Events attract a large audience with common interests and are ideal places for advertising certain products and brands.

The possibilities are endless and the market is flooded with so many great products such as:

Printed shade cloth

Custom banner mesh

Vinyl hoardings

Mesh fence panels

Corflute signage

Custom crowd control barrier covers

All events are unique in their own way and you can’t apply a cookie cutter approach if you want to achieve optimal branding results. That is why with all these great products it has never been easier to spruce up and individualise your event with beautifully designed and coloured banners to not only promote your brand but to also make the event space more vibrant and nice place to be for the public. With events time is critical, it is vital to have signs in the right place and at the right time- too early and there is nowhere to store them, too late and well, you missed the boat.

If you would like more information on Banners and Signs for Festivals and Events visit our product page here, call our sales team on 1300 368 978 or to get a quote – fill in an enquiry form.

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Filling the Advertising Void: Crowd Control Barrier Covers, Signs and Banners for Events

July 30, 2016 / in Blog / by Mesh Direct / No Comments

In this stone age, public events are constantly running throughout the calendar year and draw the masses to small areas on numerous occasions. Due to this, event organisation is largely based upon crowd control and if not attended to correctly, it may lead to chaos that could easily lead to injuries or death. Therefore, it is imperative that an event has effective crowd control methods, it allows the crowd to easily access the event but also ensures the safety of participants whilst attending the event. This is where crowd control barriers come into play.

Unlimited Marketing Opportunities

Crowd control barrier banners or sleeves are perfect for any event, festivals, concerts, sporting events, film premieres, marathon or a product launch. With large amounts of fencing and protective guards to control the flow of people needed, this allows for kilometres of advertising space. This is a perfect opportunity for event organisers to maximise promotion of their event or products. Crowd control signs and banners can fit snug onto your barriers and can be applied to one or both sides which is not only for a great promotional opportunity but also makes all that empty metal fencing look aesthetically pleasing.

Unreal Practicality
Crowd Control barriers with the use of signs and banners can incorporate your business logo, colour schemes and fonts. It normally comes in two forms

1. Single Sided with polyester mesh
2. Double Sided sleeve which normally involves non-porous polyester velcro which joins at the side to go over the fence links.

Manufacturers of crowd control barrier signs ensure that they are made from lightweight materials that are easy to manoeuvre. Most crowd control banners are made of materials that are extremely adaptable to extreme weather conditions. With all these benefits crowd control barrier signs remain to be a fantastic cost effective marketing tool.

The installation process also adds another benefit as more often that not a very smooth affair and the banners are angled to corners to fit inside the rounded corners of the barrier and is attached with cable ties. This whole process usually takes about 2 minutes per barrier which just speaks volumes of its marketable value for sponsors in any event scenario.

If you would like more information on Crowd Control Barrier Covers, Banners and Signs visit our product page here, call our sales team on 1300 368 978 or to get a quote – fill in an enquiry form.

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Corflute Signage: Delivering a Message Cost Effectively

July 15, 2016 / in Blog / by Mesh Direct / No Comments

Corflute signage has been a great addition to the signage arsenal as it boasts a lightweight, versatile signage option that is made from corrugated plastic or corriboard. It presents a rigid, flat surface that can be applied virtually anywhere and by anyone. It’s success and popularity can be partly attributed to its versatility as it can be used in short or long-term projects such as real estate signs, promotional signs, construction site signs, building site signs, compliance signs, tradesman site signage, building site warning signs, security company signs, trade show display signs, in-store promotional, safety, warning signs and first aid signs.

Corflute signage has become an incredibly effective form of signage as it can be placed anywhere and has become quite commonly been placed on fences, light poles and buildings which allows it to have high exposure to large crowds.

It is an incredibly effective marketing tool that in essence, is a very simple and easy form of advertising. There are no restrictions on the colour you can use in your design which enables you to convey your brand or message in whichever way you see fit. It’s easily applicable as it can be affixed to any flat surface using adhesive tape, glue, screws or nails. It can also be easily attached to fencing through metal eyelets in each corner.

It is also an option that will not break the bank and remains a relatively cost effective form of signage. It can replace expensive substrates such as aluminium panels or colour-bond signage. This low-cost form of plastic signage is economical and inexpensive, perfect when needing bulk supplies.

It’s durability is an attractive feature of corflute signage as it is waterproof and the material used to make it means that your message will appear perfectly no matter the weather. Corflute retains ink well and will only start to fade after years of exposure to UV. Corflute signage is exceptionally strong, it is impossible to tear by hand and will take a beating when bumped into.

To find out more about corflute signage, visit our product page here, contact Mesh Direct on 1300 368 978 or fill in an enquiry form.

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