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What You Need to Know About Construction Fence Screen Printing

There are a handful of reasons to put up a construction fence screen in Vancouver. 

Whether to alert workers on the job site or to protect employees from potential hazards, screen printing on a fence effectively delivers safety messages and information.

A construction fence screen is also the perfect marketing vehicle for your business. It serves as an avenue to deliver information about upcoming events and provides details on real estate investments. 

If you plan to put up a construction fence screen for your business, know that there's an art to picking the right one. There are three criteria to consider:

1 – Construction Fence Screen Material

Plastic and wood are durable, but they degrade when exposed to weather elements, while vinyl is impervious to UV rays and moisture. As such, they do not wear out easily. but are pricier compared to plastic or wood screens. 

If fence screen longevity is what you’re after, the best material to use is a metal.  A metal construction fence screen provides the sturdiness needed for outdoor elements and is flexible enough that it won't crack or break if you accidentally drop it. 

2 – Design for Construction Fence Screen

A custom construction fence screen design is really important. Choose design elements that meet the purpose of your construction fence to grab the attention of passersby and potential customers. If you want to promote your business, don't forget to incorporate a logo or establishment name and contact details. 

Make sure that the screen design is easily visible from a distance and large enough to catch potential customers' attention.

3 – Construction Fence Screen Size 

A construction fence screen should be at least two feet tall so people can easily read messages or notices that you put on it. It should also have corrugated sides for better support against elements such as rain, snow, and wind, ensuring that your screen stays intact for a long time.

The size must be proportional to the construction fence. It should also match the fence's location (i.e. is it situated in front or back of the property?). If you make it too big, it may be distracting, but if you have a too small one, people might not notice or read what is written on it.

Why Screen Printing is the Right Choice for Your Construction Fence 

Screen printing is the process of transferring ink from a screen to another surface (i.e., the construction fence). It is the best option for your construction fence because you can easily incorporate images, colours, and graphics to deliver important messages. 

How Screen Printing Works 

This way of putting images on signs or other objects involves using mesh and ink. The mesh is stretched over an object, and then ink is pushed through the holes in the mesh. This allows the ink to transfer onto the material you are printing on. The ink can then be fixed using heat or pressure.

The mesh used in screen printing is typically made from cotton and synthetic fibres, i.e., nylon, polyester, or silk. Whatever materials are used for the mesh will depend on the type of print job. For example, a commercial print shop making giant signs and banners will have a very different mesh quality than someone just printing on shirts for a small business.

The ink used for screen printing comes from different sources, typically mixing solvents with pigments or dyes. There are many different types of solvents, but some of the most popular are alcohol and water.

The mesh used in screen printing is stretched tightly over a frame that has been made from wood or aluminum so that it doesn't move around while the ink is being pushed through the holes. The mesh will be aligned properly at certain points using guides to make sure it stays evenly spaced. 

The mesh with ink is then placed directly onto the object or material you are printing on and held down using clamps. Heat presses, laminators, or printing plates can be used to fix the printed image. This process is repeated multiple times until the design is complete.

Mistakes to Avoid in Construction Fence Screen Printing

Many different processes go into making a sign, and if the mesh isn't aligned properly or there are ink spills, this will be greatly visible to the viewer. So, it's your job to provide care and upkeep.

Another mistake is choosing a mesh that's too fine. The holes must be big enough so that ink can flow through them properly. On the other hand, if they're made too big, there could be too much bleeding and distortion of the image or logo. It'll affect the aesthetics of the fence screen printing and make your business appear unprofessional. 

Work with a Pro Vancouver Signage Company

Although there are many ways to make the mesh, the outcome of your fence screen printing greatly depends on the material and the vendor you choose. Make sure that you work with a professional so that they can give you custom advice and tips about what types of materials are most compatible with your piece.

If you're working with a professional, they'll properly align the mesh on your behalf. They help you find the right supply of ink, and if you want multiple colours, the pros will make sure that everything comes out just right.

If you have any questions about construction fence screen printing then please reach out to BC Retail Supplies. We offer high-quality print and installation for Vancouver, the Lower Mainland, and the Fraser Valley.