What Are Window Clings/Static Signage Made From?
Window clings are printed on white or clear vinyl, which is part of the reason why they’re also known as window vinyls or confused as a vinyl decal that has adhesive. This heavy plasticizer-based material is what gives them their distinctive sheen and the ability to grip. Being PVC based also provides enhanced durability so they last longer. Window clings produced by NGS Printing more than meet the time-test standard, as our customers can vouch.
How Are Window Clings Different From Window Decals?
Although window clings and window decals are terms frequently used interchangeably, there’s a key difference between the two that is important to mention.
Window clings get their name because when they’re laid flat on glass, they force the removal of air, thereby adhering to the surface as soon as you take your hand away. Window clings are not recommended for exterior use since the wind, weather, and passerby vandals can pull the signs from windows.
Vinyl decals, on the other hand, have pressure-sensitive adhesive on one side for applying to smooth and textured surfaces. The adhesive can be constructed for permanent or temporary applications.
While static-cling graphics and window decals serve the same purpose, the main difference is removability.
When window clings are not an option, many clients elect to print their static-cling graphics on clear material for second-surface application so the sign is protected by the glass but seen from the outside. Interior-mounted window clings printed via second surface will naturally last longer because they’re shielded from the weather and other threats.
That’s why many businesses that use window clings take advantage of second-surface printing, which enhances their visibility no matter which side of the glass their target audience is on. Then again, you may prefer the cling to only be seen on one side. If this is the case, opaque window clings are just the ticket. Additionally, unlike window decals, window clings are fully repositionable, allowing you to try them out in one area and remove if they look better someplace else.