Creating custom signage is a great way to advertise your product or service. Signage can also be used to indicate direction and to share information. With so many materials out there, how do you know which one is best for your sign?
Choosing the right materials for your custom signage will come down to what you need it for. Below you’ll find a list of common sign materials and what they’re most used for.
Magnetic: If you’re looking to affix your signage to a vehicle, magnetic is the way to go. Traditionally, magnetic signage is used for mobile advertising but you can also make mini versions of your sign in the form of fridge magnets.
Wood: Wood signage is a favourite amongst sign-makers because it is durable, heavyweight and can be painted, leading to customization. If you are looking to create an informational sign, building signage or restaurant signage, wood is probably your best bet. Wood signage can also be finished and weatherproofed so it can hang outside during harsh, wet weather.
Acrylic: Acrylic signs are actually made of durable plastic sheets coated with a glossy finish. You can display signage made of acrylic materials inside and outside since they are able to stand up to the weather.
Metal: If you’re looking to create signage that is as durable as deer crossing signs on the side of the highway, look no further than metal. This material is durable, weatherproof and lasts practically forever.
Plastic: Looking for short-term indoor signage? Plastic is perfect. This material isn’t as durable as wood or metal but if you’re in need of a point-of-purchase sign for your retail store or a banner for a tradeshow, plastic will work fine.
Vinyl: Vinyl signage is common at sporting events and openings. Because vinyl can be reinforced with nylon, you can display vinyl signage outdoors. Think of a baseball team with an outdoor stadium that shows off their championship banners above the outfield. Even during a rain delay, these vinyl signs do not need to be moved inside.
Neon: Neon makes your signage pop, but it is more costly than the other options on this list. Neon signs are perfect for darker areas like bars and restaurants where you need to capture customers’ attention. These signs need to be plugged in or charged in order to work, so if you are trying to keep your electricity costs down, neon signage might not be the best option for you.