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What Material To Use For Your Business Signs

What Material To Use For Your Business Signs

25th May 2021

What material to use for your business signs

So you’ve decided you need some signage for your business – fantastic! But which signage material is best for which situation? Follow our handy to guide to learn which material is best for your business.

Metal/ Metal Laminate

Metal business signs

Metal or metal laminate signs are designed for long-lasting, durable, indoor signs. They convey touch of luxury to your business. If you want the metal effect, but not the cost, consider a metal laminate. Here, a thin piece of metal laminate is bonded to an under-core of PVC or acrylic. You can also opt for Dibond signage, where two thin pieces of aluminium flank a tough piece of plastic.

Pros:

  • Visually appealing
  • Sense of luxury
  • Durable

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Best used indoors (except Dibond, which is versatile)
  • Difficult to keep clean

Foam / Foamboard

What material to use for your business signs

Foamboard signs (often referred to by the brand name Foamex) are lightweight yet durable. Foam is condensed under high pressure, consisting of three layers (2 layers of polyurethane foam flanking paper) to create a sturdy sign. Foamboard signs are weatherproof, and printed with UV resistant inks to ensure there’s no fade.

Pros:

  • Can be used indoors and outdoors
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Cost-effective
  • Available in various thicknesses (3, 5, 10mm)
  • Easy to cut to shape

Cons:

  • Thin (3mm) Foamboard can ‘warp’ out of shape under long term weather conditions.

Acrylic

Acrylic business signs

Acrylic signs are fantastic for individually cut letters in bright colours. Acrylic can also be amended, with a frosted or mirror finish, so can provide an alternative to metal signage.

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Affordable
  • Bright colours
  • Looks modern and clean

Cons:

  • Fades in the sun so not suitable for outdoor use
  • Can warp over time
  • Can scratch easily.

PVC

Digitally printed business signs

PVC is cost-effective and extremely versatile. It is used for signage, banners, gazebos – all sorts! PVC is a durable, lightweight plastic which can be used for outdoor and indoor signage.

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Cost-effective
  • Indoor and outdoor use
  • Strong- can withstand pressure without warping

Cons:

  • Not ideal for windy weather displays as will ‘flap’ (check out our mesh banners as a windy-area alternative).

Wood

Wood business signs

Wooden signage can be beautiful and a real eye-catcher in your front lobby. Wood signage looks attractive and rustic, as well as signalling an environmental interest. However, wood is very susceptible to weather and animal influence, so it should not be used outside.

Pros:

  • Attractive and traditional
  • Durable

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • High maintenance
  • Susceptible to elements and infestation
  • Heavy

Digitally Printed vinyl graphics

Vinyl graphics are similar to a large scale sticker. Print your logo and message in full colour, and simply adhere to the wall or desired surface. Vinyl graphics can also be displayed on the floor, windows or even on concrete (as long as they are created with ProGrip or MultiGrip).

Pros:

  • Very lightweight
  • Versatile
  • Indoor or outdoor display

Cons:

  • Digital ink will fade over time especially outdoors

If you’d like to discuss your signage needs with an expert, our friendly team are on hand to help. Don’t hesitate to contact us