Is Vinyl Better Than Mesh – What’s the Difference Between the Two?

by | Dec 5, 2022 | Banners, Large Format Printing, Signs

A common decision when choosing signs for your business is vinyl and mesh. Both offer an attractive way to advertise your business and last a long time, but what’s the difference between the two? 

What Are Vinyl Banners?

Vinyl banners are the most common. They’re made of 13 or 18-ounce vinyl and work well in almost any situation. Vinyl banners are strong and can be printed on both sides, which works great in situations where both sides can be seen.

Vinyl banners are eye-catching and can be used indoors and out, as long as there are wind slits in the banner.

Reasons Vinyl Banners Are Beneficial

There are many reasons to consider vinyl banners, including:

  • Available in matte or gloss finish
  • Thicker material so they may last longer
  • Cost-efficient printing
  • Works well in most situations

What Are Mesh Banners?

Mesh banners are built for the outdoors. They don’t require wind slits because the entire banner has tiny holes in the interlaced fabric, allowing breathability and for the wind to easily pass through the banner without ripping it.

Mesh banners withstand high winds and are resistant to sun damage. Despite being somewhat transparent, you can still effectively advertise on mesh banners, hanging them at construction sites, sports stadiums, or other outdoor areas where you need to promote.

Reasons Mesh Banners Are Beneficial

Mesh banners have their time and place; here’s why they are good:

  • Includes grommets and hems for easy hanging
  • Lightweight construction makes them easy to hang
  • The mesh allows wind to pass through and not damage the banner
  • Mesh banners last longer outdoors than vinyl banners

Final Thoughts

It’s not a factor of vinyl being better than mesh or vice versa; both materials are solid components for advertising. To decide, determine how you’ll use the banners and which material would provide what you need. Think of the elements your banner will experience, the life you need out of them, and what you want to accomplish to decide.


Samantha Hawrylack

Samantha Hawrylack

Samantha Hawrylack is an SEO strategist, certified conversion copywriter, and content writer who helps finance and real estate companies increase revenue, leads, traffic and visibility. She is the co-owner and CEO of SJ Digital Solutions LLC, a digital marketing agency located near Philadelphia that specializes in SEO and content creation for finance and real estate brands.

Samantha earned her MBA from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2019 and previously worked at Vanguard as a brokerage investment professional. In 2018, she founded the website How To FIRE, which provides information on financial independence and early retirement.

Through her agency SJ Digital Solutions, Samantha and her team have helped over 150 businesses improve their Google search rankings, website traffic, lead generation and customer engagement using their proven SEO and content marketing framework. Her current and past clients include brands like Grow (CNBC + Acorns), Ladders, Quicken Loans, Rocket Mortgage and many others in the personal finance and real estate spaces.

Samantha is a certified Clickworthy Copywriter and has completed the Content Marketing Certification from HubSpot Academy. She has written for major publications like Newsweek and Grow on topics like affording a home and paying off debt. Based in Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, Samantha’s mission is to help finance and real estate companies make a greater impact through increased visibility and revenue.

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