Metal signages are known for their distinctive appearance, exceptional durability, and in a league of their own. It is hence no wonder that almost all outdoor signs and signages are made from metal; from road signs, street directional signs, and other prominent outdoor warning signs.
Being a generic all-encompassing term, metal can include aluminum, brass, copper, steel, bronze, and other alloys. Due to their intrinsic characteristics, however, they can be more costly than signages made from other materials, and the cost of a custom metal sign depends almost entirely on the precise type of metal being used.
Metal signs and metal letterings are very distinctive in terms of appearance, whether the material is aluminum, brass, bronze, stainless steel, or copper. In addition to signs that display the natural color of the metal, there are also metal signs which can be spray painted or chemically treated to suit your requirement.
Your business sign is typically the first point of contact you have with clients, customers, and potential employees. It’s important to choose a sign that conveys your organization’s purpose, vision, and commitment to the cause. Whether it’s stainless steel letterings, or your company’s logo crisply etched on a fine aluminum sheet, think about how it will appear to your clients, and what kind of message it can succinctly bring across. After all, you only get one chance to make a positive first impression.
As mentioned above, metal signs are exceptionally durable. While all modern sign materials are relatively durable, metal signs do offer some advantages that others do not. Under normal usage circumstances, non-painted metal signs will not fade or crack, even if they are located in a high-traffic area. However, if the metal signage will be exposed to frequent harsh conditions, they’ll need to undergo additional protective treatment such as anodization or galvanization prior to installation. If done the right way, metal signs require little to no maintenance, ensuring years of durability without hassle.
In addition to traditional metals, emerging composite materials like DiBond, Armour Wood, and Alumalite are gaining traction. DiBond consists of pre-painted aluminum sheets surrounding a core of polyethylene. Armour Wood is a similar concept, but the core is composed of plywood, while Alumalite has a corrugated plastic core.
Generally speaking, and some exceptions notwithstanding, metal signs are more costly than other types of signs made from other materials. Aluminum tends to be the least costly option, while stainless steel, brass, copper, and bronze can be significantly more expensive. Hence, it is important to determine your budget, as well as do a brief research on the type of look and feel you want your signage to be, and make a list of your requirements and concerns to guide the conversation with us.