Metal Signs…A Truly Refined Look

Metal Business Signs

When you consider signage for your business it’s important to give serious thought to the perception you want the community to have about the culture of your business.  Do you want to be perceived as fun and whimsical or more serious and refined?  A metal sign is the perfect choice if you want to give the impression of a classy, stable, and serious business.  Many of our customers who are in fields such as finance/banking, legal work, information technology, or insurance will opt for a metal sign for exactly this reason.  You want your customers to feel confident that your business is solid and reliable and trust you enough to give you their money.

The image you portray through your signage can go a long way towards establishing trust.  The power of the first impression is unmistakable, it simply sets the tone for how your customer will think of your business for years going forward.

When it comes to metal signs you have a variety of options.  Some of the most popular include aluminum, brass, copper and stainless steel.  You can then choose whether you want the material shined up or with more of a brushed look. This tends to be more a choice of personal preference since both options send the same message to customers.  You may want to consider the rest of your company’s color pallet as well.  For example if your lobby is painted orange you may want to steer clear of brass for your sign.  The colors there will clash and be visually off-putting.   In addition, you want to be sure that the color you choose matches with your logo.  There may be times when the logo ends up near your signage and again you want them to go well together.

Metal signs are a great option for those looking for something that will look beautiful for many years.  Whether inside or out metal signs are up to the job of lasting through the test of time. The materials are all very weather resistant and won’t fade as the years go by. Each metal sign created by Infinity Signs NW is custom cut meaning that it will be unique to your business and can be customized to fit your preferences.  The sign can be any shape, size or font you like.

Infinity Signs, NW has worked with many companies throughout the Boise area to make stunning metal signs that set their company apart from the competition.  Our signs are professionally installed, reasonably priced, available quickly, and low maintenance.  Give us a call to discuss the design of your next sign project.

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Beautiful Window Graphics

Boise Window Graphics

Recently Infinity Signs, NW had the pleasure of working on a project to complete a large series of window graphics in a downtown Boise area.  Window graphics are a great way to, not only promote an existing business, but also to let customers know about what’s going to be coming soon.  As you complete renovations or construction on your new location consider adding some colorful window graphics.  Not only will they hide everything that’s going on inside, but they also get people excited about what’s coming.  There’s nothing better for a new business then to have people spreading the word about what’s coming before it even opens.

An additional benefit to window graphics is the ability to keep them or remove them after your business does open.  In many cases keeping a few panels up is a great way to continue your marketing efforts and draw attention to your business, but other panels can be taken down to entice people to come inside and see all that you have to offer.  Window graphics from Infinity Signs, NW are designed to last for many years, but are also easy to remove when the time is right.

Window graphics are one of the most affordable ways for new businesses to advertise.  Compared to more traditional signage, they’re far less expensive and can have an even more powerful effect on customers because of their large colorful graphics. The team at Infinity Signs, NW will complete the installation process quickly and professionally freeing you up to focus on the thousands of other details that go in to opening a new location.

Not sure what to put on your windows? Let our design team go to work for you.  We have years of experience coming up with window displays that are both unique and beautiful. We can work with the style of your company, your logo, color scheme and graphics to create something you will absolutely love. In addition, you’ll be able to go from an initial phone call to Infinity Signs NW to a stunning, finished window in just days. We offer a variety of styles to fit any window set-up and we can tie your window graphics in with all of your other interior signage and marketing efforts to ensure a successful launch for your business. Give us a call today to get started changing the whole look of your business.

Proper Sign Maintenance

Sign Maintenance

No one wants to think about it but it won’t be long before the weather starts to change and it’s far less pleasant to be outside doing maintenance on your company’s signage.  The time to address cleaning, maintenance, or upgrades that your signage needs is right now.  Infinity Signs, NW helps many of our customers with regular maintenance and cleaning of their signage to help them ensure that their investment lasts as long as possible.  Here are a few tips we’ve put together to help those of you who are up to tackling sign maintenance themselves:

  1. Cleaning Signs – this is often overlooked as people just simply don’t think of their sign as a place that gets dirty, but it certainly is. Exterior signage should be cleaned at least once a year to remove dirt and grim, bird droppings, lawn clippings or dust all of which could be accumulating over time.

Plastic Signs – One of the best ways to clean your plastic sign is by using a power washer. Stand at least a foot or two away from the sign and use a circular spray nozzle set lower than 2000 psi.

 

Acrylic Signs – For acrylic signs use a clean, soft cloth and some lukewarm water to just wipe it down.  Be sure not to use anytime of harsh cleaning agent or abrasive tool as this will ruin your sign’s appearance.

 

Metal Signs – For metal signs use a soft cloth, dip it in a bucket filled with warm water, a cup of liquid dish soap and a cup of white vinegar.  Gently wash the sign down and dry with another clean cloth.

  1. Maintenance – inspect your sign regularly for things such as damage to the lettering, burned out bulbs, exposed cables or wires, loose brackets, etc. If you find any of these items you should address them right away either by replacing worn out items or repairing them and putting them back to their original positioning. If you notice signs of cracking or peeling contact Infinity Signs, NW immediately before it destroys the appearance of your sign. In some cases a protective coating can be applied to the sign every few years that can also help improve its longevity, this will depend on the type of sign you have.

It’s important to remember that the condition of your sign has a direct impact on your customer’s opinion of your business.  A shabby looking sign sends the message that you can’t be trusted to meet their needs.  Some simply, regular maintenance can make all the difference in the perception the public has of your company.

Don’t Forget About Your Sign

Round signs

As I drove around town recently I noticed something about the majority of construction and commercial real estate signs – they were hidden by weeds or brush that have overtaken the area.  It got me thinking that it might be a good idea to remind our customers to check on your signage every now and again.  You made a substantial financial investment in having good signage because you know the impact it can have in attracting the attention of your customers, but it’s all lost if it’s hidden in overgrown landscaping.

In many situations customers select a beautiful, durable wooden-framed sign for real estate or construction needs.  The advantage is that these signs will look nice for a very long time and can withstand the elements, however they don’t come with a built in weed Wacker.  So while your sturdy sign may look amazing you’ll still need to revisit the site periodically to take care of whatever may have grown up and surrounded it, or trash that may have blown and gotten stuck around it, or clean off random bird poop that has fallen on it.

Your sign is a representation of your company, and you want to be sure it’s looking its best.  Not only could you be losing business simply because the sign has gotten swallowed up in the surroundings, but you could also be making a poor first impression for those that do see the sign.  We strongly recommend that our customers visit their various signs every few weeks to make sure they’re still looking their best.  This will also help you address any minor maintenance needs for your sign before too much time goes by and the issue becomes more substantial.

Both real estate and construction are long term projects that will require signage to look its best for many months, or years, to come.  If you notice that one of your signs is really in need of a facelift contact the design team at Infinity Signs NW for an upgrade.  We can create a beautiful full-color architectural sign that incorporates your graphics and messaging in an eye-catching way.  Our team of professional installers can get it put in place for you in no time and can walk you through the best way to maintain both your amazing new sign, as well as the landscape around it.

Choosing the Right Material

When ordering an outdoor sign there are a variety of things to consider – color, size, material, lighting, and much more.  One of the most important decisions, and often the most confusing for those who are new to sign ordering, is which material to use.  Beyond choosing the correct material you’ll also need to be sure to order the correct thickness.  All of this can be tricky if you haven’t done it before.  Infinity Signs, NW has the answers you need.

For customers who are looking for heavy-duty construction site signs, such as a hazardous material sign, we would recommend using .125” thick aluminum.  In general aluminum is one of the most popular options for outdoor signage.  It’s lightweight, looks great for years to come, is affordable and is incredibly durable. For our real estate customers looking for small yard signs we would recommend a thinner .040” thick aluminum.  For something slightly more rigid .080” thick aluminum is also a good choice.  As an example this is the thickness of the stop sign at the end of your street.

Similar in appearance to the aluminum sign is a dibond material.  These signs are thicker than aluminum alone but have an aluminum surface, which means you keep the beautiful look but add dimension.  Dibond also increases the strength and durability of the sign, and is available in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes.  It’s priced comparably to aluminum but does even better in outdoor conditions.  Many commercial real estate companies will use dibond for their signage because of its balance between durability and portability.

Another popular choice is dura-wood.  For those who are looking for signage that has the classic look of wood but the durability of vinyl.  Dura-wood is ½” thick and can be custom cut into any size you need.  It’s one of the best options for those who are looking to make use of full-color graphics but want something that’s still easy to mount and can stand up to the outdoor elements.  Many customers prefer dura-wood because it can be printed as a double-sided sign.

Whether your business is real estate, construction, or something else entirely we recommend considering the use of one of these 3 materials.  There is so much you can do with each of them and our design team is here to help you create something that suits your business perfectly.  Give Infinity Signs, NW a call today.

Make Them Laugh a Little

Funny Signs

You’ve seen those signs “I was addicted to the hokey pokey, but I turned myself around” or “Free car wash – yesterday!” or “Free cookie when you donate $1 for diabetes”.  Signs that make you chuckle or even laugh out loud.  Maybe you end up telling your spouse that night about it or you snap a picture to post on Facebook.  It catches your attention, lightens your mood and makes you want to pass it on to others.  So as a business owner could you be using humor in your signage to help increase sales?  Absolutely!

Humor is an incredibly powerful emotion that you, as a business owner, should use to connect with your customers.  When people are running through their busy day they’re stressed, frustrated, bored, etc and if they drive by your business and it engages them in a positive way through a joke that gets implanted in their subconscious and you now have done something for them.  They may not realize it but they now have a feeling of loyalty towards your business.  You’ve created joy in their world and that positive thought will return to them every time they remember the sign or tell someone else about it.

In addition to that powerful subconscious connection that the consumer now has with you, you’ve also given yourself an opportunity to plant a seed about your product.  If you can come up with a clever sign that relates to your business – such as “Free car wash – yesterday” it has now got that person thinking about whether they need a car wash.  That can lead to an impulse buy where they turn in to your car wash immediately, or a longer term sale when that person next thinks of getting a car wash and your funny signs pops in to their head and reminds them where to go.

You can use your signage to incorporate humor in all sorts of ways.  Of course message boards outside your business are the ones most often seen with funny sayings on them, but you can use A-frame sidewalk signs, event banners, or even a chalkboard inside your business.  You don’t have to spend a bunch of money to take advantage of the power of humor.  If you make humor a regular part of your business signage people will begin checking your sign to see what new joke you’ve posted.  Get creative, spend some time brainstorming ideas, and you can come with all sorts of clever signs to get customers giving your business a second look.

Vinyl Lettering – No project Too Small

vinyl lettering

At Infinity Signs NW we often hear from customers that they thought sign companies only did big jobs like monument signs or vehicle wraps, but we actually take on projects of all shapes and sizes.  Vinyl lettering is becoming more and more popular in a variety of applications, and Infinity Signs NW is working with customers every day on these projects.  As one of our customers said recently, “I had a very small project where I needed some vinyl lettering.  I was honestly surprised that Infinity Signs was willing to spend the time on such a small job.  Thanks again for following through on my job!” – Jarrod Clymer

For many businesses the simple addition of vinyl lettering to their walls or windows is a great way to promote their services or increase brand recognition through frequent logo placement.  Vinyl letters can be printed large enough to cover the whole wall, or small enough to be labels.  Regardless of your need, we can help.  If your business is one that wants to move customers through a process – such as a dog bathing business – vinyl letters are perfect.  You can use creative, eye-catching images and text to indicate where to start.  “Drop dog here, suds station, haircut time, shake it dry, how about a style.”

By selecting the color, size and font of your vinyl letters you can really set a tone for the type of business you’re promoting.  Bright colors and fun graphics in a child-care facility are welcoming and engaging.  They can be just for fun such as a giant giraffe, or they can be informative such as “please take your shoes off”.  Infinity Signs NW is great at helping you design vinyl lettering to fit your whole space and bring together your company culture with the information you need to present.

Vinyl letters are the perfect marketing tool for those who want something semi-permanent for their signage.  These graphics and letters will look beautiful for years, but can easily be removed and replaced at any time.  If you start to look around as you go about your day, you’ll find that people are using vinyl printing everywhere.  You probably don’t notice it but virtually every business is using it in some capacity.  Another advantage of vinyl is the price point.  It’s incredibly affordable as a signage and marketing option, which again allows for more frequent changes to fit various seasons of your business.

If you’re interested in learning how you could incorporate the use of vinyl lettering or images into your marketing plan give us a call.  We can get something designed, printed and ready for installation in no time.