We all know that it’s important to have the right material for the job. In order to have the material in good condition, it’s also important to store it properly.

How to Store Vinyl Rolls

There are three elements to keep in mind when storing vinyl: heat, water, and pressure. Each can be the difference between being able to use a roll of vinyl for the right job, or throwing it away in frustration.

Temperature

The best way to store vinyl rolls is in a controlled environment. Set the room temperature to 75° Fahrenheit with 50% relative humidity. Avoid storing rolls in non-air-conditioned spaces or areas exposed to outdoor contaminants.

Moisture

Excessive humidity or direct moisture contact will damage the release liner. This results in waviness along the edge of the vinyl. Avoid direct contact with concrete floors or exterior walls. This assures that your rolls remain as dry as possible.

Pressure

Store rolls vertically instead of horizontally. If possible, storing vinyl rolls on a portable roll rack is even better. It is more organized, ergonomic, and easier to transport from one location to another.

The weight of the rolls on top creates pressure on the bottom rolls. This is the problem with stacking vinyl rolls horizontally. Time, temperature, and pressure from gravity can cause mottling on the surface of the bottom rolls.

Additionally, leaving individual rolls standing on the floor is a safety hazard. Overall, it is both safer and smarter to store vinyl on a portable roll rack.

And last but not least, clearly labeling your vinyl rolls and taking the time to note the remaining length helps with inventory. This allows you to quickly identify the rolls needed for a particular job. Given these points, by storing your vinyl properly you will always get the best performance from your media.

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Kelly Kwo

Kelly started her career in 2000, working with a global provider of large-format advertising. Kelly was involved in a high-profile project developing large digital printers to output high-resolution graphics, which was unheard of at the time. Eager to expand on her knowledge, she joined the manufacturing side of the sign and graphics industry in 2006 when she joined Arlon.

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Kelly Kwo

Kelly started her career in 2000, working with a global provider of large-format advertising. Kelly was involved in a high-profile project developing large digital printers to output high-resolution graphics, which was unheard of at the time. Eager to expand on her knowledge, she joined the manufacturing side of the sign and graphics industry in 2006 when she joined Arlon.

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