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Welcome to our Signage Faqs page a quick guide to signs, substrates, and their usage.

We created Signage Faqs so our customers can browse the many types of signs. With this guide you can get a basic idea of what your sign can look like with different styles of products.

Sign Types by materials                Vinyl | Plastic and Acrylic | LED  | Neon | Metals | Foam | Monuments | Wood

Vinyl Signs and Lettering

Cut Vinyl, Printed Vinyl, vinyl wraps,vinyl wall hangings,vinyl for floors, perforated vinyl window signs, Reflective, decorative Overlaminates, Window Tint, Exterior building wrap murals, Floors and sidewalks and more.

Vinyl can now be printed, cut wrapped, laid you name it. The industry has created vinyls for every type of design and signage you can think of now.  We will try to cover most of it here.

Boat Wraps
Commercial Wraps
Recreational Wraps
Floors
Interior Walls
Exterior Walls
Interior Signs
Interior Faux Finishes
Interior Privacy
Reflective
Textured Walls
Window Displays
  • Cuts

Cut vinyl refers to cut lettering, Halo, die cut and contour cuts.

Lettering cut from vinyl can be cut in thousands of fonts and hundreds of colors. Place on doors to display room numbers and nameplates. Use to indicate emergency exits, warning signs, and fire extinguisher locations. Place on storefronts to display sales, promotions, or menu items if you sell food. The strong adhesive is also effective in attaching vinyl lettering to company or personal cars. Vinyl lettering is suitable for outdoor use and can withstand rain or direct sunlight. Of course, prolonged exposure to either will deteriorate the product faster than if it were placed indoors.

  • Custom (Contour) Cut

Making a sign that is cut to a specific shape or along the exact edge of a design is achieved by using a custom cut. This cut is achieved by using a digital cutter or router, which creates a precise cut (sometimes referred to as a contour cut) along the edge of your design. Your sign will be printed before cutting to ensure that your design is cut to the exact edge of your design.

  • Custom With Border (Halo Cut)

Similar to the custom shape option, which cuts to the contour or exact outline your sign, the custom with border option (previously known as or sometimes referred to as halo cut)  will cut around the edges of your design. What sets this cut apart from a custom or contour cut is the border that is left around the edges of the sign. This border is ¼” – ½” in thickness, which provides a sort of ‘bubble effect’ around the outside of your sign.

  • Die Cut

Die cutting is sometimes used synonymously with contour or custom shape cutting but, in actuality, they are two completely different cutting processes. If you’re looking for a custom cut, a die cut will not provide you with the desired results. The die cutting process can be equated to using a cookie cutter to make exact shapes in a material. Like with a cookie cutter, die cutting uses a stenciled (die) design that is made from aluminum, which is pressed on a material to punch out shapes and designs.

  • Vinyl Printing

There are many types of vinyl for different surfaces now that are printable. Your designs can be added to anything now. Brick Walls, Floors, Windows, Vehicles, airplanes, boats. The possibilities now are endless.

Plastic Signage

What is the Plastic sign letter difference?

 

Acrylic is a great plastic material to use for signs because it is an outdoor material that is very durable and affordable. Acrylic letters can be easily cut and shaped into many font styles, graphics and logos.

They come in every color you can imaging and can even be metal laminated. Lets explore them together.

Changeable Lettering

These are signs Im sure you have all seen at the theatre in windows for hours of operation and so on I know you get the jist.

Here are some of the uses for these changeable signs

Marquees, Portables, Letter Boards, Metal Letter Boards, Menu Boards, Gas Stations, Magnetic letters and more

Flat Cut Acrylic

What is the acrylic sign letter difference?

Acrylic is a great plastic material to use for signs because it is an outdoor material that is very durable and affordable. Acrylic letters can be easily cut and shaped into many font styles, graphics and logos. Acrylic sign letters are light weight so they are safe and easy to install.

Acrylic sign letters look great both near and afar so they can be used either indoors or outdoors. The acrylic material has durable chemical properties so they can last outdoors in extreme hot or cold temperatures and resist fading in direct UV sun light. Acrylic lettering with a metal laminate, however, is not outdoor rated because its edges will chip over time.

Acrylic sign letters are cut out from a flat solid sheet by a computer driven laser. The solid acylic sheets are available in four thicknesses up to 1/2 inch and 30 brilliant colors. The laser cut out letters have a smooth polished face and edge. Each individually cut out acrylic sign letter comes complete with mounting hardware and is easy to install in minutes.

Plastic Signs

Flat Cut Acryic
Flat Cut Miror Acrylics
Static Cling
Many Colors available

Minnesota Letters (Injection Molded)

What the difference between Minnesota and plastic sign letters?

Minnesota letters are so popular because you can get the look of cast metal letters but at the low cost and fast turnaround of plastic letters. Minnesota letters are light weight and easy to install, outdoor rated, these letters are more durable than most plastic letters because of their greater wall thickness and come with a lifetime guarantee.

How are Minnesota sign letters produced?

Minnesota sign letters have heated plastic injected into a mold. The injected molded letters are de-burred and prepped for painting. The letters have mounting attachments glued to their backs.

How do Minnesota letters compare to formed plastic letters?

The Minnesota Letters have a sharp, deeper depth than formed plastic letters which have slightly rounded over sides that return back to the wall at 105 degrees. Minnesota letters return back at a sharp 90 degree angle making them look more like a metal letter. Minnesota letters are painted and formed plastic letters are solid pigmented color.

How Minnesota Letters are made
Fabricated Look
Flat Molded
On wood grain

Formed Letters

Formed plastic building sign letters are a three dimensional formed letter used for exterior sign identification. Outdoor plastic sign letters are made from a special, durable CAB plastic and are guaranteed for life from fading or breakage. The plastic sign letters are available in 30 weather resistant colors. Each individually molded plastic building sign letter comes complete with mounting hardware and installs in minutes.

Plastic building sign letters can be produced quickly and more economically than flat cut out acrylic letters. Formed plastic letters also have added depth to stand off from a building wall than flat acrylic letters. Plastic building sign letters are available in fifty font styles and standard sizes whereas flat cut acrylic has unlimited options. Plastic building sign letters cannot be backlit or used as a channel letter.

Plastic building sign letters have a sheet of plastic melted over a mold. The vacuum formed letters are cut and deburred. The letters then have mounting attachments glued to their backs.

Formed Letters
Another Example
Since they are formed they can be turned
Chromed

Led Signs

Basically an LED is a small light bulb. However, it is different from incandescent light bulbs in a few key areas:

Picture of an LED

  • They do not have a filament
  • They are more efficient
  • They have a longer life span

For those that don’t know, the filament in an incandescent light bulb is where the light is produced. The filament is heated with electricity and the result is light; sort of. It would be more accurate to say ‘The result is light and heat’. Why is that important? Because the object of a light bulb is to produce light which means the energy/electricity used to produce heat is wasted! Have you ever touched a light bulb that had been on for awhile? It took electricity to make the light bulb hot. When your light bulb uses a filament, there is no way around the wasted heat/electricity.

LEDs do not use filaments. That is why they are more efficient, almost all the electricity is used for making light, not heat! In other words, it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to run an LED sign because the LEDs are so efficient. The old variable message signs which used incandescent bulbs ran up massive electric bills of $500 per month OR MORE. With the advent of the LED in signs those electric bills dropped to $50 or less per month.

The LEDs used in most LED Signs are rated to last approximately 100,000 hours (about 11 years). That is a long time.

Custom Changeable LED signs
Led
Etched Led Backlit

Neon Signs

These are custom built to order and can be built in any shape size and design.

Neon signs are electric signs lighted by long luminous gas-discharge tubes that contain rarefied neon or other gases. They are the most common use for neon lighting, which was first demonstrated in a modern form in December 1910 by Georges Claude at the Paris Motor Show.

Hollow glass tubes used to make neon lamps come in 4, 5 and 8 ft lengths. To shape the tubes, the glass is heated by lit gas and forced air. Several compositions of glass are used depending on the country and supplier. What is called ‘Soft’ glass has compositions including lead glass, soda-lime glass, and barium glass. “Hard” glass in the borosilicate family is also used. Depending on the glass composition, the working range of glass is from 1600′ F to over 2200’F. The temperature of the air-gas flame depending on the fuel and ratio is approximately 3000’F using propane gas.

On my Way
Tacos WHERE!!
Inovative rectangular tube
Oh My Gosh

Metal Signs

How are cut out or cast metal signs and Plaques produced?

Flat Metals are precision cut with high pressure water jet and laser. The metal comes in a flat sheet and is placed on a table where a computer driven water-jet cuts each letter to precision.

Cast Metals are made with molten metal that is poured into molds.

What are the benefits of metal sign letters?

Strength, texture, image and durability. They come in Fabricated Cast or cut.

How do aluminum, brass, copper and bronze letters compare?

Aluminum letters are lighter, won’t rust and are less expensive. Aluminum has a natural color of silver, but can be painted any color. Bronze and brass are harder, more expensive copper alloy metals.

Can you make custom logos and fonts with metal sign letters?

Yes we can make custom logos and graphics with flat cut out metal materials.

Cast Metal

What are the benefits of cast metal letters?

Strength, texture, image and durability. Each metal letter is precision cast in aluminum or bronze using up to twenty distinct manufacturing steps. The metal provides depth and permanence to your image. Seven metal finishes give you the choice of dazzling shine, brilliant color, or natural and antiquated metal. Combine these finishes with an extensive selection of letter styles to design signs that reflect your individual image

Cast Metal Numbers
Cast Metal Letters
Cast Aluminum

Cut Metal

How are cut out metal sign letters produced?

Precision cut with high pressure water jet and laser. The metal comes in a flat sheet and is placed on a table where a computer driven waterjet cuts each letter to precision. Waterjet cut letters are made using a fine, high pressure stream of water that carries an abrasive mineral. This fine stream cuts and allows for sharp, precise corners and intricate detail on small letters and characters.

Cut Bronze
Cut Aluminum
Cut Copper
Water Jet Cutting

Fabricated Metal or Channel Letters

Fabricated or Channel letter signs are an impactful signage choice. They are 3-D letter signs that are dynamic, eye-catching, and sure to attract customers to your client’s store. The letters are bold, individually-lit, and individually-built to ensure the most visibility.

Here are the 4 different types of can signs. Also Known as channel letters.

  • Front Lit
  • Reverse lit
  • Front/Back Lit
  • Open Face

Channel Letter Sign Customization

Channel letter signage can be customized to fit your needs, including most fonts, color, size, and design wishes. You can also select from a range of channel letter types to find the right fit for their store and budget

Channel Letter Sign Illumination

In terms of how the channel letter signs are illuminated, there are two choices: LED or neon. As the use of neon illumination has decreased in popularity, LED channel letters have become the most common letter type. The technology of LED channel letter illumination has improved to the point that it can rival neon illumination and it’s also energy efficient.

Why Channel Letter Signs Are a Popular Choice

Channel letter signs are eye-catching and professional, which is why many store owners choose them. You can see channel letter signs used by national brands and chains, because they’re an effective component of a brand awareness program. This is why channel letter signage is a common choice for grocery stores, restaurants, and retailers seeking to enhance brand recognition. 

Not a lot of picture on these because they are all branded.

HaloLit copper
Halo Lit Plastics
Almost Any Color
Fabricating Channel letters

Foam Signs

Foam is affordable and can be used indoor and outdoors.

 We offer foam sign letters in high density polystyrene for temporary or fast indoor applications and Corafoam letters for durable outdoor applications.

Polystyrene is like Styrofoam letters without the brand name price. Corafoam letters are made from a high density foam that is impervious to moisture, rot, and bugs.

These are fantastic materials because they are extremely lightweight and come in thick panels to make large sign letters without the bulk.

Large foam letters demand attention as signs, or installations for big events. Face these foam letters with acrylic or metal and get thick, colorful letters that make an impact.

Standing Foam Letters
Styrofoam Letters

Monument Signs

They Give You a Lot of Bang for Your Buck

While monument signs may be on the more expensive side when it comes to exterior signage, they are well worth every penny. Once you install them, they continue to work to advertise your business, without you having to do anything. This alone is an excellent reason to install them.

There Are Many Materials to Choose From

When most people think of the materials used to build monument signs, they think of concrete or stone. But it doesn’t have to be just those two materials. You can use anything from exterior-rated foam to brick to wood to create your sign.

They Imply Prestige

This might seem a bit strange to have to explain, but monument signs are generally associated with upscale businesses. Because of this, if you install this type of sign on your property, you will encourage visitors and customers to think of your company as having prestige and dignity. That’s valued added, isn’t it?

Monument Sign
Multi Establishment Monument sign

Wood Signs

Wooden signs and lettering come in many designs as you can imagine. Wood signs can be carved and cut into anything you can imagine, not to mention tons of styles for lettering.

Printed Wooden Signs

Like other signs they get the word out. Depending on the print process, they can be outdoor signs as well. They also have a history of being comical wall signs as well.

Hand Carved Wooden Signs

Why a wood sign? Not sure what to say here other than wood is beautiful and I think usually it’s a preference. Wood has been used in Monument signs hanging signs, wall signs you name it. Have you ever seen a bad wood sign.

Uses For Wooden Letters

There are so many uses for these types of letters, including, Greek lettering for your sorority or fraternity house. Nursery letters, name or monogram that would great for the décor. We want your imagination run wild when it comes to wood, we can do something simple for a business to look professional and rustic or we can make creative artwork for a wall in a nursery.

Hand Carved Custom
Hand Carved