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Signs in One Day offers all types of signage.  Each one is custom made for you when you place the order.  Below are some examples of common signs along with some materials and signage design references.  Once you have decided on what you need just contact us for a quote, or simply contact us and we will be happy to help you decide what you need.

Common Sign Types

Real Estate Signs

Real estate signs follow a few common design elements.  Most are made of aluminum sheets in a metal frame.  These are also referred to as "job site" signs.  The lettering and graphics on these signs are made from vinyl, digital prints and sometimes paint.  The most common type of signs are 18" tall and 24" wide, with vinyl lettering showing the name of the company, agent and the telephone number.  Some agents also have their pictures on the signs via a digital print.  Materials include Aluminum (thin .024 and thick .060 - thin bends easily and requires a frame while the thicker metal is stiffer and does not require a frame), Corex, Wood and Sintra.

Special Event Signs

Special event signs can be almost any design.  One of the most common types are made from a material called Corex.  Corex is a corrugated plastic material.  Lettering and graphics on these type of signs are usually done in vinyl or even screen printed directly on the plastic.  This type of sign usually uses a thin wire frame and are considered temporary signs.  They are also very inexpensive compared to other types of signage.

Banners

Banners are available in almost any length.  Common sizes are 3'x6', 2'x4' and 4'x8'.  Banners can be full color digital prints or one color vinyl designs, or anything in between.  All of our banners have brass grommet reinforced mounting points and are seemed on the edges for a finished and professional touch.

Contractor and Development Signs

This type of signage is usually made of wood and mounted on 4"x4" wooden posts.  There are several types of wood available as well as metal and other materials.  The signs are painted with a base coat color or your choice and then have the lettering and graphics applied with vinyl or digital prints.  This type of signage is more expensive than some other types, but also last a very long time.  It is best suited to permanent or semi-permanent signs.

Store Front (Commercial Signs)

We offer a full range of marquee and commercial sign services including re-lettering and complete store front signage.  We also do window lettering and portable signs. Contact us for a custom quote for your business signage needs.

Sand Blasted Signs

Sand blasted signs are 3-Dimensional signs that have a carved appearance to them.  They are made from a foam material that is sand blasted to remove material, leaving only the design intended.  The sign is then painted in whatever color(s) necessary.  The final result looks quite similar to wood that has been carved and is relatively light, but very durable.  This type of sign is best for permanent signage.

Sign Backing Materials

Here is an overview of some common sign backing materials (the material that the wording or graphics is applied to, reffered to as the substrate.)  This is not a comprehensive list.  If you would like a sign made on a different type of material just let us know, we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Material   Advantages   Disadvantages   Primary use
 
Aluminum (.024)   Light and durable, handles all weather well.  Long lifespan.
 
  Cannot support it's own weight, so it needs a frame.   "Job site" signs with a metal frame.  e.g. Real Estate signs.
Aluminum
(.060)
  Thick and rigid.  Very strong.  Does not need a frame.   Heavier than .024   Standalone signs that need to be strong with minimum support.  e.g. Road Signs.
 
Corex   Light and handles weather well.  Does not need additional support.
 
  Not as permanent or durable as metal.   Special event signs such as sales, fairs etc.
Wood   Durable, and long lasting.  Offers permanence and a professional look.
 
  More expensive than other materials and much heavier.   Contracting and developer signage.
Sintra   Light, Flexible, and durable.  Offers a long lifespan with little weight.  Comes in a variety of thicknesses including 1/16" (very flexible) and 1/8" (slightly more rigid)
 
  Requires supporting structure.  Will not stand alone.   Wall signs. e.g. elevator signs, directions, etc.
Banner Material   A plastic woven material with a smooth surface.  Very flexible, can be rolled up when not in use.
 
  Cannot stand alone.  Must be mounted on a supporting surface or between posts.  High winds can damage banners.   Special Events such as birthday parties, sales, etc.

 

Colors and Graphics Materials

Vinyl

Vinyl is the most common material for applying text and graphics to signs.  Almost any design or text style, in many different colors, can be applied to a sign with vinyl.  This is the most economical way to letter your sign.  Vinyl lasts up to 5 years and can be changed much easier than paint or other types of lettering materials.  Below are just a few of the common colors we offer in vinyl lettering and graphics.


Black

Dark Grey

Lt. Grey

White

Silver

Metallic Silver

Chrome

Gold

Metallic Gold

Yellow

Dark Yellow

Brown

Burgundy

Red

Blossum

Magenta

Purple

Navy Blue

Saphire Blue

Vivid Blue

Olympic

Teal

Kelly Green

Dark Green

Vinyl Appropriate Designs

Vinyl graphics are cut from rolls of vinyl by our plotters.  While our equipment is cutting edge, there are some things that vinyl just can't do.  These includes things such as photographs and anything with continuous tone gradients.  Also there are some things that just don't turn out well, such as very small text (less than .25") and designs with very small detail.  In situations that are not appropriate for vinyl, Digital Prints are available.  Here are some examples of good vinyll designs and not so good designs:

 


GOOD

 


NOT SO GOOD

You can see the difference in the above images.  The picture on the left has definate borders where one color stops and another one starts while the one on the right is smooth shaded.  Both images could be put on a sign, but only one in vynil.

Digital Prints

Digital Printing is a full color solution for signage.  Digital Printing involves printing your sign graphics directly on a full color decal.  Almost anything can be put on a digital print, from photographs to small text.  The material used to print on is self-adhesive and can be applied to any of our sign backings.

Mounting and Stands

Several different types of mounting types are available for our signs.  The exact type of mounting depends on the purpose and type of sign.

Mounting / Stand   Description   Primary Use
 
T-Bar   A simple metal bar with a cross piece at the top.   Small stand alone signs.
 
Wire Stand   Light h-shaped wire   Corex special event signs.
 
Job-Site Frame   Steel frame with spikes on the bottom for inserting into the ground.
 
  Real Estate signs and other stand alone aluminum signs.
 
Wooden Post   2"x2" or 4"x4" wooden posts, with or without "toppers".  Can be used singly or in pairs.
 
  Wooden signs or traffic signage.
Traffic Rail   Metal railing with holes in the center for mounting traffic style signs.
 
  Traffic and parking signs.

Some signs are attached directly to another surface.  These types of signs are application specific and are the responsibility of the purchaser.  Please review the building codes and permit restrictions in your locality.

Design Guidlines

Below are some basic sign design guidelines, like how to choose the right colors, fonts and text size for your application.

Sign Elements

Visibility

The sign should be the right size for the intended purpose, and audience.  Styling is also an important element in visibility. 

Stand-out or "Pop"

The sign should be designed so that it stands out from it's environment.  The color, size, fonts etc. all play an important part in this.

Legibility

The sign should be very readable.  The intended audience should not have to squint to read the sign.  Also text and graphics should be chosen so that the reader can understand it easily.  For instance, lots of small text on a sign designed to be read by those driving by, is not a good idea, as the drivers will not have time to read it.

Colors

The right color for your signage is important for overall impact.  Some colors have a higher visibility than others due to contrast, etc.  Always try to have the greatest contrast in your sign, so that the intended audience will be able to read the sign easily.

As you can see in the above graphic, some colors contrast better with others.  For example, white and black or yellow and black are very good sign colors, so are red and blue on white.

Type Style

We have many different fonts that we can use for your sign.  We usually stick to a select few however, as they tend to work best for most circumstances.  We can also use your fonts of choice.  You always want your sign to read clearly and quickly depending on the application and intended audience. 

Helvitica fonts (similar to Arial for windows users) or Sans Serif is one of our primary fonts.  It is very readable at large sizes because it is very clear.  At smaller sizes or in large amounts however it is not as readable. 

Times (Times New Roman for windows users) or Serif is another font used quite regularly.  Times is not as readable in large sizes as Helvitica, but is very easy to read at smaller sizes or in large amounts. 

Display Fonts are special fonts designed to have a certain style that compliments the intended message.   They are not good for large bodies of text and are mostly for logo names and headings.

Script Fonts are fancy fonts designed to look like hand writing or similar styles.  They are good for headings, titles, names etc.  but are not good for bodies of text.

The exact font for your sign is a matter of choice, but should match the intended environment, audience, content and size of your sign. 

Type Size

The size of the text on your sign is important.  If the text is too small, it will be difficult to read at long distances or when the intended audience is moving quickly.  If it is too big, you may not have enough room on the sign to say what you want.  Here are some distances compared to type sizes:

Distance & Visibility


Letter Height
(Inches)
Distance For
Best Impact
Maximum Readable Distance
3" 30' 100'
4" 40' 150'
6" 60' 200'
8" 80' 350'
9" 90' 400'
10" 100' 450'
12" 120' 525'
15" 150' 630'
18" 180' 750'
24" 240' 1000'
30" 300' 1250'
36" 360' 1500'
42" 420' 1750'
48" 480' 2000'
54" 540' 2250'
60" 600' 2500'

 

 


 
 

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