Sign Materials, a World of Options

Materials for Business Signs

As you consider the purchase of a new business sign you’ll likely start looking at all the different signs you see around town.  One of the first things you’ll notice is the huge variety of materials that people use.  This can be confusing.  How in the world do you know which one is the best for your company’s needs?  To get to the bottom of that decision let’s review the features and benefits of the different choices.

Acrylic Signs– these signs are made of a plastic material that is the perfect substitute for glass.  It’s durable and lightweight, making it preferred to glass, but maintains the transparent look that makes glass so desirable.  This is the ideal option when creating a backlit sign or using 3D lettering.

PVC – this type of sign is made up of several layers of “foam” fused together to make a very lightweight and economical sign, that still has a high degree of rigidity.  It has a nice smooth front that is perfect for trade show signs, menu boards and point-of-purchase displays. PVC is a good choice for both indoor and outdoor displays.

Wooden Signs – a wooden sign is a great choice for businesses that want a more natural feel, as it sets the tone for the business.  It’s not a sleek, modern choice but instead more of a rustic, stable feel.  Wooden signs are unique in that they can be cut to virtually any shape, and lettering or graphics can be routed or carved to create a 3D appearance.  They can be painted, sandblasted, stained or left completely natural which gives you a tremendous amount of choices when designing your sign.  They’re primarily used for outdoor signage.

Aluminum Signs– this is the ideal material choice for customers who want a metal sign.  It’s resistant to corrosion, affordable and relatively light weight. Aluminum can also be cut into any shape that fits your business.  It can be brushed or left shiny, can be painted or not.  It’s often the choice of those who are looking to invest in something for the long-term with a modern look.

Vinyl – this is the material you typically see for things such as window graphics, banners, vehicle wraps and other more temporary installations.  It’s incredibly versatile, can be printed in vibrant colors, often contain attention catching graphics, and can be moved to multiple locations.  It’s perfect for temporary signage, trade show displays, or mobile graphics.

There are many other material options such as corrugated plastic, fiberboard, aluminum composite, copper, stainless steel and a hundred others. In most cases its best to review your design and sign needs with the team from Infinity Signs, NW before deciding on a material.  We’ve worked with countless companies to determine the perfect material for their sign needs.

Word Wall Vinyl

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The trend of decorating your home with wall decals is extremely popular with an ever increasing variety of options to dress things up.  Whether you want your child’s name, favorite quote, or a full mural you can get it printed on a wall decal.  What about using this same technique in your business?  There are some significant benefits to using wall vinyl in a professional setting and more and more companies are taking advantage.

Advantages of Wall Vinyl:

  • Removable: this is a great option if you’re leasing your space and need to be able to remove things easily, or if you’re looking to put something up that promotes a more temporary feature of your company. Wall vinyl is easily removed and your walls will look flawless.
  • Inexpensive: compared to more permanent sign options wall vinyl is a very affordable option. It gives a beautiful, professionally finished look at a fraction of the cost of more permanent sign options.  In many cases vinyl is even less expensive than printed banners.
  • Variety: wall vinyl is incredibly versatile with the ability to print in any color, shape or font. So getting your logo exactly right isn’t a problem.  Many customers like to use vinyl to create a word wall.  The ease of designing and laying these out allows you to reconfigure as much as you need to with different word positions, sizes, colors and more until you have it perfect.  No need to worry about the potential of getting something that you don’t love.
  • Durable: wall vinyl is designed to hold up for many years. When you purchase a high quality vinyl decal from Infinity Signs NW you can rest assured that you’re going to get a product that doesn’t fade or bleed, pucker or shrink.

One common concern we hear from customers has to do with the installation.  While it is certainly possible to install some wall vinyl yourself, often businesses and individuals are purchasing larger pieces or want the wall vinyl installed in hard to reach locations. For these we would recommend letting the professionally trained installers from Infinity Signs NW take care of it.  Our team can install in difficult to reach locations with precision and guaranteed beautiful results in a matter of a few hours. As long as you have a smooth, clean wall to work with we can get you the kind of results you want.

Questions to Ask About Signage

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Investing in signage is a crucial step in opening a business. However, before jumping in and buying a custom outdoor business sign, business owners must ask a few questions:

  1. What are the codes and criteria for the space?

When putting up signage, city codes and the landlord’s criteria must be followed. There are likely to be rules about the type of sign, how large it can be, illumination, installation, and more. Knowing these guidelines beforehand will make the entire process easier and can prevent costly corrections later.

  1. What is the time-frame?

Infinity Signs NW can work with businesses to produce a sign within a specified time frame and within the budget. Depending on the type of signage, days or weeks may be required to prepare the sign, so be sure to contact Infinity Signs NW early in your planning process to allow plenty of time. A sign is important in getting customers to notice a new business so you will want the sign in place before the grand opening.

  1. How do I maintain the sign?

Knowing what it takes to keep the sign looking its best can be a factor in the type of sign chosen. After creating and installing the sign, Infinity Signs NW will also clean and service the sign if business owners choose that option. Having professional sign maintenance makes it easier for business owners and they can be confident their sign will stay in good condition.

These are just a few of the questions business owners should ask before and during the sign making process. The team at Infinity Signs NW can guide new business owners through the questions and any other sign concerns.

No matter the budget and criteria, Infinity Signs NW can assist businesses in creating and installing the perfect custom sign to get them noticed in the Boise area business community. Contact Infinity Signs NW today to get started on your business signs.

 

Designing Yard Signs

Many businesses can benefit from lawn signs. These are generally installed in customers’ yards, or outside of a business to give more information about the business services. The key to making a good impression on passersby is a well-crafted yard sign. To be effective, a sign needs to be informative and attention-grabbing.

The team at Infinity Signs can help design an effective sign for any type of business in Boise and throughout the Treasure Valley. To create an effective yard sign, it first needs to have the basic information about the business.

This includes:

  • Name and Logo
  • Phone Number
  • Physical Address (if appropriate)
  • Website URL

If the sign is for a special promotion, here are a few more items to add:

  • Call to Action
  • Slogan
  • Text or SMS Code

Color

Yard signs must stand out since they aren’t tall and at eye level. Making them stand out requires smart color choices. Use bold colors that complement one another. The text and the background colors should contrast each other, so the text is easier to read.

Text

Text needs to be readable. A mix of capital and lower-case letters is best for accomplishing this clarity. A sign full of capital letters can be difficult to read. Usually you will want to use the same font throughout the sign, and make sure it is simple. Sometimes a different font or font color will be used for one or two words to really make them stand out.

Graphics

Adding graphics on a sign can help it stand out. Generally, the graphic on a yard sign is the company’s logo. However, it could also be a drawing or photo relating to the sign. The graphic should not clash with the colors of the text and background.

Talk to Infinity Signs about creating the perfect yard sign for any business. Their graphic design team will work with the customer to design a sign that they can be proud of and that customers will want to display in their yard.