There are different grades of vinyl material and they each serve a different purpose. The strongest most durable grade isn’t always going to be the best fit for purpose – this is dependent on several factors including length of use, exposure to elements, conformability, UV durability and ease of application.
To sum up there are three different grades of vinyl; Promotional, Intermediate and High Performance. Whether the vinyl is laminated and non-laminated will also impact the longevity of your product.
Promotional grade vinyl is best suited for short to medium term use for either indoor or outdoor applications. This is a more budget friendly option, if you only need to have a sign, decal or graphic displayed for a short period of time we recommend looking at using a promotional grade vinyl.
A great example of using promotional grade vinyls would be for seasonal periods or short-term promotions. Try adding temporary themed decals to vehicles or shop fronts during festive seasons or gain visual exposure and stand out from competitors by showcasing special offers or tactical promotions visually during popular promotional periods.
Intermediate grade vinyl is recommended for applications that require a mid-to-long term life span whilst retaining print quality. It is a great option for exhibition signage, point-of-sale and display areas. Intermediate grade vinyl can also be used on vehicles; however, it is important to note a higher quality material will generally have a longer life span.
For long term signage or signage to be used in areas with more abrasive materials or high exposure to the environmental elements a high-grade vinyl could be more suitable for use. This has the longest life span across the three types retaining greater print quality. Environmental factors can impact the longevity of this material. If your sign is going to be used in a highly abrasive environment or continuously exposed to the environment over a long period, then opting for a high-quality vinyl could see fewer replacements over the life of the sign.
We pride ourselves on our knowledge in the signage and graphic print industry. We work to provide the highest quality prints within your budget. Our team are great at working with you to provide honest advice on your print materials and how to get the best out of it.