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The Pros & Cons Of Polyester

The Pros And Cons Of Polyester-1There are times when printing calls for a lighter touch. Whether the requirement is for a soft feel or a material that is straightforward to transport, polyester is often the solution.

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What Is Polyester?

Marketed in the 1970s as “a miracle fibre that can be worn for 68 days straight without ironing, and still look presentable,” polyester has many great qualities:

  • Wrinkle and abrasion resistant
  • Strong and lightweight
  • Easily printable
  • Quick drying
  • Easy to clean
  • No need to laminate
  • Reliable quality

Pro: Lightweight Benefits

Unlike PVC, which combines a dense coating with an even denser scrim, polyester is extremely lightweight. This makes it easy to roll up and transport, and enables hassle-free installation. As such, polyester is a perfect choice for:

  • Exhibition structures
  • Internal banners
  • Point of sale displays

The lightweight nature of the material also means that transportation and delivery costs are reduced.

Pro: Soft Tactile Surface

Polyester materials can be provided with or without a range of coatings. This allows for soft tactile materials in a wide variety of degrees of translucency that are ideal for:

  • High definition printing
  • Banners that will be viewed up-close (such as exhibition banners or point of sale displays)
  • Bright colours and sharp images

Pro: Recyclable

Polyester is a synthetic material, so it does not biodegrade. However, polyesters can be recycled to make other plastic items such as clothes, furniture, and packaging.

Pro: Fire Safety

All Ultraflex Europe polyester textiles are finished to B1 level fire safety.

Pro: Stock & Availability

Polyester is a popular substrate, and Ultraflex Europe keeps stock readily available. Our most popular polyesters include:

  • Vortex Opaque
  • Poplin PES C240
  • Charisma

These are all available with timely deliveries and to a guaranteed quality level.

Con: Indoor Use Only

If you’re after an indoor banner, this one is not a downside! However, it is worthwhile noting that polyester doesn’t survive well for long-term outdoor use. If you require a durable substrate for long term outdoor use PVC offers the widest range of options.

Con: Cost

Polyester is more expensive than PVC. However, this cost is offset by the fact that it:

  • Costs less to transport
  • Is easy to install

Closing Thoughts

Polyester is an excellent substrate when image quality matters. It has a highly receptive printing surface, and enables vivid and long-lasting image quality. Polyester banners will survive being repeatedly rolled and installed, without showing signs of wear and tear. To get a feel for the quality of polyester, request a free sample today.

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