External Signage – What Are The Options And Materials On Offer?

Are you considering procuring new external signage? Then the correct material choice is a key factor in ensuring you get the best solution for your organisation’s needs. Here are a few pointers that may help in your decision making.

Looking for a long lifespan?

For external signage that is robust and will stand the test of time, polyester powder coated aluminium is invariably the best solution. An anti-graffiti coating, such as Clearguard, can also be applied during the manufacturing process giving added protection from fading and tagging. External signs can also be produced from cheaper, composite materials or plastics but they are likely to degrade much quicker, are more susceptible to the elements and will have a shorter lifespan.

Need a quick fix?

If you need a temporary solution select a composite material, such as Dibond. Dibond normally has a 7 year lifespan, but bear in mind this will probably be a printed solution and the print may fade within 3-5 years. Plastic is another alternative, cheaper option but PVC external signs are generally susceptible to the elements, quickly become brittle and fade. What initially appears to be a cheaper option may in fact be false economy.

Changes afoot?

Do you need a flexible signage system that can be easily altered when organisational changes occur? Then consider a modular solution. Modular signs, normally made from aluminium extrusions that slot together, allow a section or sections of a sign to be replaced when needed. It is a flexible, cost effective system designed for organisations that undergo frequent changes.

Thinking about illumination?

Illuminating a sign is a simple process but should you choose LED or fluorescent tube? Although the initial outlay of an LED solution is higher than traditional ‘tube’ lighting, it is generally less problematic, requires little maintenance and long-term, cheaper to run. Don’t forget, adding illumination may have planning implications and you also need to consider the cost of getting power to the sign location if a feed isn’t already present.

If you would like advice on the best solution for your requirements or help with design, sizing, planning and installation, please contact us on 08000 24 24 81 and one of the team will be happy to help.