Durable. Readable. Compliant. Beautiful.
What guides visitors to the appropriate entrance? Regardless of maps, navigation or directions, the first thing they’ll see at your business property is a sign. On a large campus, that wayfinding continues as your mark the path to the correct building or office at your facility. Your signage system will be subject to all kinds of weather, and all kinds of scrutiny, from your community and the world at large. Here are several things we’ll consider in making a signage system that not only instills pride, but also stands the test of time.
…achieve the look of wood, stone or metal signs…or not! It’s up to you.
Durability depends on two things: choice of materials and paper installation. In addition to the “timeless classics” – Wood, stone, and metal – there are several weatherproof synthetics available which can achieve the look of wood, stone or metal signs…or not! It’s up to you. We can accent your architecture. Or make a monolith stand out loud and proud.
Bright colors and smooth edges are easy to acheive with syntehtic substrates.
For a look like wood, signs can be sandblasted or carved out of foam. Unlike wood, foam does not have natural grain. It’s comprised of tiny closed cells that are practically impervious to the elements. So it’s less likely to split or crack after an icy storm, a saltwater spray, or a hot dry day. It’s dimensionally stable and doesn’t warp like wooden signs often do. We can make this material look like beautiful carved or sandblasted wood, but there’s a trick to making the hardware hold on. Mounting holes have to be drilled to the proper size so that epoxy or silicone can form a sturdy casing, which seals firmly around around the threads and bonds permanently to the foam. Metal frames can add strength for hanging or mounting signs, and create stunning accents.
Because it’s smooth and consistent, carved or sandblasted foam cuts clean with well-defined edges. Any kind of paint or lacquer finish will work. Bold colors, metallic or gloss finishes, and beautiful faux stone effects can be applied. So you can have the rich look of a marble or granite monument without worrying about picking just the right cut from the quarry.
Aluminum is another durable, lightweight option. It can be laminated with baked enamel for a smooth white surface. This lightweight, weatherproof metal works wonderfully with acrylic or PVC letterforms and substrates for a cool, modern look.
Natural light is taken into consideration when designing illuminated signs.
Polycarbonate faces can be backlit for better visibility. Vinyl laminate on an acrylic or plastic sign creates amazingly clean, sharp, shapes in high gloss, metallic or matte colors to match your corporate logo and follow your brand guidelines.