Portable & Temporary Signs

Portable & Temporary Signs


Banners are a fast-turnaround, economical option for hanging outdoors for short-term announcements or inside for special events or specific long-term applications.

VINYL BANNER: Most economical, standard scrim banner for outdoors.

Our standard outdoor banner is a 13oz. vinyl scrim banner (Scrim is the coarse, gridded thread lining, a texture that you can see, that gives the banner strength.) We hem and grommet all of our banners, meaning the banner fabric is doubled over at the edges to prevent the grommets (silver rings for hanging) from tearing away in the regular winds.

We use standard 13 oz. scrim banner printed two layers back to back for double-sided street pole or wall mount banners (also known as boulevard banners).

We have brackets for mounting to street poles or buildings. (Wind slits available.)

Note: All outdoor banners should be taken down before high winds or expected storms.

MESH BANNER: Slightly more expensive than standard scrim

We offer mesh material — which has a strong polyester gridded base, coated in PVC, leaving holes for the breeze to blow through — for large banners to prevent damage in winds. Mesh is recommended for building, scaffolding and fence banners, but also works well for large indoor displays because it doesn’t move with a slight breeze. This material prints beautifully, the holes are rarely noticeable, and give a textured look at close range. (A very cool printed window covering for indoors!)

PAPER BANNERS: Low-priced, indoor or short-term use

Our paper banners are made from thick poster paper, which prints beautifully. This material can be grommeted, but is not for use in wind or rain. Ideal for a welcome home party, birthday or anniversary.


Create fun photo ops at your special event with one of our step and repeat banners or photo backdrops. We use our standard 13oz. Scrim, or Smooth Banner, printed at high resolution with the image of your choice or repeated logos. The most common size is 8ft x 8ft, but any size is possible. Many clients hang the banners from pipe & drape frame, which can be rented from our sister company, Party Suppliers & Rentals. Call 910-791-0024 or email ashley@partysuppliers.net for pipe & drape frame pricing.

RETRACTABLE “POP-UP” VERTICAL BANNERS: Ideal for showrooms & trade shows

We use anti-curl banner, and high resolution printing for our retractable banners, also commonly called pop-ups. Our standard frame size includes a 33.5″ x 78″ viewable area (82.5″ floor to top of frame). Aptly named, our anti-curl banner prevents the vertical edges of the pop-up banner from curling, ensuring a polished look for years if cared for. The silver-framed, pop-ups come with a carrying case.


CORRUGATED PLASTIC SIGNS: 24x18 Yard Signs / Political Signs / up to 8’x4’ 24” x 18”:

We offer full-color digitally-printed, and one- and two-color screen-printed corrugated plastic 24” x 18” signs with wire stands (These are the standard political signs you see on the corner during elections.)

Full-color sign are more expensive and are available in singles or small quantities, as well as large quantities.

One- and two-color signs are a money-saver and begin in lots of 10 and can be printed in the 1000s.

We also offer heavy-duty, black powder-coated sign stakes to better withstand our coastal winds.


Corrugated plastic comes in 8’x 4’ sheets, and thus can be printed and cut to any size for temporary uses beyond standard yard signs.

A-FRAME SIDEWALK SIGN: Available 24x18 and 24x36

A-frame sidewalk signs are perfect for restaurants and stores offering daily specials or real estate agents announcing an open house.

Our black powder-coated steel frames hold either aluminum composite (long-term use) or corruagated plastic (short-term use) faces. Come clients print the faces both sides so they can be flipped to show another message, when needed.

*These also can be faced with chalkboard media for use with liquid chalk markers.

Our white or black plastic Sign-A-Cade frames typically hold a corrugated plastic insert or we also offer a less-expensive permanent printed face that is part of the frame and doesn’t change out.

PORTABLE REAL-ESTATE FRAME SIGNS (also shown on Real Estate / Job Site page)

24” x 18” Black, powder-coated steel: Most common, typical residential real estate yard sign.

Available with a 6” rider slot on the bottom, top or both.

Horizontal is most common, also available special-order in vertical format.

24” x 36” Black, powder-coated steel (with bottom rider): Effective for builder signs or commercial real-estate signs when a standard 4” x 4” post can’t be used due to space or underground lines.

ULTRABOARD: Rigid Foam Core

Our answer to foam core is Ultraboard — a rigid foam core with PVC faces that doesn’t warp! This is a lightweight substrate that direct prints beautifully. It is perfect for trade-shows, conferences and hanging restaurant menus. It’s only downside is if handled repeatedly or roughly, the corners can break when dropped. This is a favorite of our clients, especially for framing.

What is the process for getting a sign made?

We pride ourselves on both the quality of our work and on providing exceptional customer service. When having a job sign made, the following list will give you a good idea of how we start with an idea and finish with a sign.

  1. Collect information to provide a quote:
    1. Identify size and substrate.
    2. Single-sided or double-sided?
    3. Provide artwork ready to print, or provide logo, text and info for design team. (artwork@portcitysigns.com)
    4. Identify deadline.
  2. With this info, we can provide a quote.
  3. Approve quote and place a 50% deposit.
  4. Design team will email a proof.
  5. Proof approval puts sign into production.
  6. Client will be called for pickup.
  7. Balance due at time of pickup or installation.

*We offer Net 15 terms to commercial clients upon request/approval.

What's the turn around time?

Most banners can be produced in 3-7 days. When needed, standard scrim banners can be produced in one day. Large backdrops, and pop-ups generally require 5-7 business days depending on complexity.

How are reorders handled?

To move your re-order through our system quickly, email theteam@portcitysigns.com  the prior proof sheet or the job order/invoice number. Indicate you are looking for an exact re-order and you would like to bypass the proof. This will send your order directly to production!

What factors go into the cost of a job site sign?

Our pricing depends on a number of factors.. The substrate, media type, creativity of the design, and complexity of the assembly. Our estimating software uses an algorithm that considers each of these factors in producing a price. This is why we don’t use a square foot price for each substrate.

What’s different about Port City Signs & Graphics?

Our professional designers are experts in large format print and sign design, which differs from standard graphic design training. Each member of our production team has more than 20 years of experience in this trade. Thus, when you choose Port City Signs & Graphics, you are choosing the assurance of quality, efficiency and professionalism.

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The Port City Signs Difference

Decades of printing expertise
Unbeatable quality
Quick turnaround times
Competitively priced
Quality customer service

Examples of Portable & Temporary Signs

Client Testimonials

We direct the Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon and Port City Signs does an incredible job with getting all of our unique signage to us by race week. We couldn’t be happier. The staff is very welcoming when you enter and understands your needs by helping you determine what are the best products for your event from a quality perspective and budget perspective!

Tom Clifford

Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon

GREAT experience. I showed up at their shop with an idea and they used their expertise to make my idea even better. Signs look great, and they got them to me quickly. I will be visiting Port City Signs in the future!!

David Moore

Featured Clients – Portable & Temporary Signs

Nothing is more important to us than our relationships with our clients. When we make them look good, they make us look good.

(910) 350-8242

4011 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403