The majority of interior signage is made from either acrylic or photopolymer, and while sign makers will certainly know the difference, the average consumer may not. When your business is looking to create new interior, ADA compliant, directional signage you’ll want to consider the pros and cons of both options. Either material can be used to create signs that are informative, and meet all government requirements for ADA compliance, but there are definitely differences between the two.
Acrylic – in many facilities acrylic is the material of choice simply because it’s generally the most economical option. When using acrylic a raised text is applied to the face of the sign and a raster fit method of braille insertion is used to create a compliant, affordable, and visually appealing final product. On acrylic material it’s no problem to add graphics through digital printing or applying vinyl. These signs can also have 1/32” thick plastic text bonded to them in order to meet ADA requirements. All of this can be done at the appropriate surface gloss level to avoid too much glare.
Photopolymer – this is the material of choice for buildings that need signs with a higher degree of durability. These signs are virtually indestructible and vandalism proof. In places that are often unprotected, or out of view of the general public, such as educational facilities or other public buildings, using photopolymer makes the most sense. With photopolymer signs the raised text and braille are actually printed as part of the sign itself, rather than bonded on after the fact. This makes it impossible for them to be defaced or removed. These signs can also have graphics added to them through digital printing or vinyl application. In order to achieve this higher level of durability the signs are made from a slightly more expensive material than the acrylic, this can be compensated for by reducing the frequency of replacement in certain environments. Photopolymer will still meet the requirements for raised lettering heights, surface gloss and non-glare in order to stay ADA compliant.
If you’re not sure which option makes the most sense for your business, get a quote on both from Infinity Signs NW and talk with your sign designer for additional suggestions. In either situation the look of bright new signs throughout your building can send a message to visitors that your company is headed in a fresh, new direction.