Standoffs 101

What is a standoff?

A standoff is a small piece of hardware that mounts and attaches a sign to a wall. The three parts of the standoff are the barrel, the cap, and the wall screw. A standoff allows a sign to literally “stand off” a wall and bring it forward. This type of threaded separator is sometimes used in conjunction with another similar piece of hardware called a spacer. A spacer is unthreaded and allows for an entire bolt to pass through. Standoffs can be male and female to fit together, and are typically made from aluminum, brass, or nylon. A hole is drilled through each corner of the sign and standoffs are threaded through the holes. There are also edge-grip standoffs for signs that can’t be drilled through, that hang your sign by its edges.

Standoffs come in a variety of finishes and sizes. This metallic copper standoff is 1″ in diameter and stands 1″ off the wall. The sign has printed vinyl on the wall behind, plus both cut and printed vinyl on the clear acrylic panel, all mounted over a printed vinyl wallpaper for a striking, dimensional effect.

Why use standoffs?

Standoffs can support relatively heavy sign panels so you don’t need to worry about them falling off the wall. They can be used to make any sign stand away from the wall and to add a professional look to your signs. They’re commonly placed in each corner of the sign to create the most strength and support. Though standoffs can be used with most signage materials, most often they are used with acrylic, aluminum dibond, and plastic. Standoffs are available in a wide variety of colors, finishes and sizes.

Crisp metallic cut vinyl on a glossy black acrylic panel is accented with 1/2″ brushed metal standoffs.

What else can they be used for?

Other than signs, standoffs are most commonly used in the electronics field. They are put on top of the motherboard to separate the motherboard from the case to prevent an electrical short. There are also standoffs for LED signs, which are illuminated with LED themselves.

Clear acrylic with cut vinyl lettering backed with a second colored acrylic, using a double set of standoffs so both panels sit above the surface of the wall for a multi-dimensional sign.

Standoffs are an elegant way to elevate your sign to the next level. Their minimalistic, unobtrusive design highlights the beauty of your sign, and helps it catch the eye. Signwave can help you choose just the right size, color, and finish for the standoffs that make your signs stand out.

Standoffs come in all colors and finishes to ensure your hardware enhances the final version of the sign.

Dimensional Letter Signs Refresh Flower Retailer

Retail signage can make or break your business. Draw customers in with new letterbox dimensional signage

If the cold weather has you feeling dreary, give the front of your store a pick-me-up with a new dimensional sign. Our team helped popular florist retailer Towers Flowers at 235 Higbie Lane, West Islip, to update their storefront with a new dimensional sign with new metal lettersets.

We installed four lettersets, as well as window graphics and updated graphics to a street-facing light box. Our high quality acrylic letters make each sign eye-catching and long-lasting. Our metallic acrylic has a chic gleam that would spruce up the front of any business.

Upgraded signage will keep your storefront fresh. When customers are shopping around, they will notice your business with a sign that stands out. Refreshing your store’s look can boost sales and make your business stand out.

A new building sign can draw the attention of both pedestrians and car passengers to reach the maximum audience. People want to support businesses that look professional and updated.

Signwave’s installation crew is professional and efficient

Signwave delivers professional installation with a talented crew. When our team installs a new sign on the front of your business, you can be certain it will draw attention to your store for many long years. Signwave produces custom work that will fit your precise signage needs. Our talented designers will help you create a beautiful custom sign that will attract the most business during the holidays this year.

For a free consultation for your business’s newest signs, call Signwave at (631) 761-9292

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Getting the Sign Colors Right

“Close Enough” isn’t good enough when it comes to your brand. Good signage has to match a business’ brand — everything from the establishment’s overall aesthetics, to the packaging, even their ad campaigns. If signage and branding don’t match, then recognizability will suffer as a result. A sign might be highly visible, but it won’t “click,”if it doesn’t connect with the product or business. But when it’s done right, when the sign colors and style match the brand, your signage will stand out and bring the customers in.  
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Changeable Letter Sign For Dairy Queen

Franchisees need precision in following specifications to assure that their signage is exactly aligned with brand requirements. In Dairy Queen’s case, it means Lexan sign faces with translucent black vinyl and faithful renders of their their logos and brand. The changeable letter sign has rails so the backlit lettering can be easily swapped out depending on the special of the day. Read more

Fall signage for West Islip, NY flower shop

Is Your Signage in Season?

For retailers, compelling signage makes all the difference in attracting customers all year round. Depending upon the location and the type of store, you can offer a new promotion every month – and signage designed with changing sales seasons in mind can make sure that there’s always a relevant offer on hand.

Let shoppers know you’re stocked
for the “Big Six”

A case in point is our customer Towers Flowers, in West Islip, NY. After we designed the windows and interior signage for their new location, they came to us for a solution for changeable signage to display the many seasons of flowers. The florist business is a particularly seasonal one, and we came up with designs for the “big six” annual flower events – Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mothers’ Day, and Graduation. After developing designs for these, we developed promotional signage for year-round and “off season” events, like weddings, funerals, summer parties, and birthdays, to fill in the gaps.

Visual Merchandising that’s easy to change.

To assure ease of changing as one season ends and another begins, we printed these signs on translucent vinyl and installed them on flexible acrylic sheets that could be easily popped in and out of their existing window frames. The windows were supplemented with changeable banners installed on a strategic wall, facing oncoming traffic, to assure maximum visibility. The window signs and banners are saved and reused year after year.

Signwave can help change your retail signage from stale to seasonal. Give us a call at 631.761.9292 to make sure that potential customers know what you’ve got in store.

 

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Why Signs?

Signs are everywhere we look. Adhered to doors, windows, walls and floors. Hung from ceilings. Wrapped around cars, vans, trucks, boats, planes, skateboards and helmets. On poles in the ground, on brick walls, on edifices, on your desk or on your office building 600 feet off the ground.

Signs are there to tell you what to do, where to go, how to get there, and what the rules are. Signs are the most effective, yet least expensive, way to tell the world about your organization or business.

A sign is your introduction and handshake with those passing by, identifying your business to existing and potential customers. It is an opportunity to make a favorable first impression.
Most businesses, regardless of size, rely heavily on signs. On-premise signs tell people who you are and what you sell.

A sign is a critical piece of any business, and a good sign is a critical piece of a good business. We know that our customers are not sign experts, nor are we experts in our customers’ businesses. We will work closely with your team to create the right sign, using the right design, the right materials, on schedule, and on budget.