Opinions about wind slits in banners vary. The purpose of these semi-circular cuts in the vinyl banner material is to relieve the wind load that can shred a banner to pieces. Sign makers often use anything from soup cans to coffee cans as templates for cutting slits with an Xacto knife or utility knife.
To understand how damaging high winds can be, read my story: The Effect of Wind Loads on Vinyl Banners.Amazingly the pressure of a 75 mile per hour wind on a 3’ x 30’ banner spanning a city street is about 1890 lbs.
Concerned that high winds could send banner material, cables and anchoring mechanisms flying putting passers-by at risk of injury, some well-meaning communities have required wind slits in banners. To some extent, these wind slits do reduce wind loads by 6% to 15%, according to the estimates of experts. Read more »