When it comes to connecting to your customers,your business sign is often the first point of contact. With that in mind,it is a good idea to understand your options when having a sign made. Business signs come in many different forms,including metal. The choices you can make for a custom metal sign are many.-
Once you know the pros and cons of each type of metal material available,you can make an informed decision on the type that best suits your individual needs. Here are some of your options:
A solid aluminum sign will be extremely durable in a business that his highly trafficked. They are also good for businesses such as construction,since they are great in wet environments and around heavy equipment. They are also ideal for long-term or permanent use,such as traffic signs,in parking lots,parks,and reusable as real estate signs. A solid aluminum sheet will often feature a smooth,baked enamel surface and are sold in a variety of gauges or thickness.
DiBond is a solid plastic sign comprised of two pre-painted sheets of.012″ aluminum with a solid polyethylene core. It is ideal for long-term outdoor signs,since it’s not prone to warping in high heat.
DiBond is also great for digital printing and mounting,particularly since its surface protects expensive digital and screenprinted graphics. DiBond is a lighter weight and rigid sign panel ideally suited for wall-mounted signs,since it’s the flattest panel you can get.
When you are looking for a product that is substantially stiffer than a standard gauge metal sign,DiBond would be a good choice. It is more rigid than regular aluminum signs,but slightly less rigid than Alumalite (see below).
While “wood” is in the name,Armour-Wood has a plywood core that is permanently sealed with aluminum sheeting which is factory bonded to the surface. Armour-Wood is much stronger than traditional metal signs due to the wood shell reinforcement.
Alumalite is a composite material made of two sheets of rigid.012 aluminum that has a corrugated plastic core. This is option is best suited for long-term lawn signs,building signs,fence or post mounted signs,or sales kiosks.
One advantage Alumalite has over Armour-Wood is that it’s a little easier to handle and install than the thicker,heavier Armour-Wood signs. While it doesn’t have the panel strength of Armour-Wood,it is still a highly durable product.
Steel and Other Metals
Cold-rolled steel sheets are available in multiple gauges. This option provides a superior level of strength over aluminum,and they can be used in place of aluminum for permanent signs.