What Is Blockout Vinyl?

by | Dec 6, 2022 | Banners, Large Format Printing, Signs

When designing the perfect banner, you should consider the light that will hit it. Sunlight or artificial indoor lighting can ruin the look you intended with your banner unless you use blockout vinyl.

What Is Blockout Vinyl?

Blockout vinyl is an excellent choice for indoor and outdoor banners. It’s completely opaque, so you don’t have to worry about being able to see through the vinyl. In addition, it works well on both single and double-sided banners.

How Does Blockout Vinyl Work?

Blockout vinyl banners are heavier than traditional banners and provide vibrant matte graphics that stand the test of time. The completely back backing ensures you can’t see through the vinyl, and it works well on banners, as well as directly on windows (for privacy) and advertising on cars.

Uses for Blockout Vinyl

Business owners use blockout vinyl for banners that will hang where the sun hits, either indoors or out. Depending on the direction of the sunlight, it can interfere with a banner’s graphics, but blockout vinyl blocks the light from shining through, ensuring everyone can read your banner.

Other uses for blockout vinyl include:

  • Tradeshow exhibits
  • Billboards
  • Office and retail store windows 

Pros and Cons

Like any material for your banners, there are pros and cons of blockout vinyl that you should know.


  • It doesn’t let the sun through the vinyl.
  • It makes your banners and other advertisements last longer.
  • It provides privacy when used on windows.


  • It can be heavier, making the banner harder to hang.
  • It has a matte finish versus a glossy finish.


Blockout vinyl is a solid option when you want to block out light or hide previous fonts or stickers that are permanently adhered to your surface. Blockout vinyl ensures your graphics are sharp and the message you’re trying to achieve gets across to your audience.

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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