Finding a company to produce quality, durable, outdoor signage that is easy to order and maintain can be a challenge! You have to research your options: compare costs, understand the materials, guarantee the company can maintain the integrity of your design, and the list could go on!
Before you purchase your next outdoor sign, read these five tips to ensure you don’t face the same old headaches when looking for the perfect signage solution.
Tip #1: Make sure the material is weather resistant
Whether your signs are used at a state or national park, a local business, or are part of a themed environment, they should be able to endure inclement weather and high visitor traffic.
While aluminum, vinyl, and wood are all handy materials, none of them are as durable as custom high pressure laminate, or CHPL. Known as the superior solution for outdoor signage, CHPL is exceptionally versatile, impervious to moisture, and is fade, scratch, and graffiti-resistant.
Tip #2: Don’t focus on cost (cheaper isn’t always better)
Outdoor signs can get pricey, which is why it’s important you use a material that’s durable and won’t have to be replaced every couple of years due to fading, cracking, or harsh weather.
You should also make sure your investment comes with a reliable warranty. At iZone, we back our signs with a 10-year warranty because you deserve a product that you can trust.
Tip #3: Make certain the material is easy to clean
When people love your space, your signage will naturally get dirty due to the rigors of public interaction—not to mention the adverse effects of inclement weather and pollution. Signs made from high-pressure laminate are easy to clean using soap and water.
In the worst-case scenario, graffiti (paint, permanent marker, decals, etc.) can be removed using organic solvents.
Tip #4: Maintain the integrity of your brand & your message
Outdoor signs should reflect your organization’s brand and message for multiple reasons. Whether you’re designing warning and regulatory signs, path and trail markers, or interpretive signage, you must provide your visitors with safety and direction.
Additionally, signage connects visitors to your environment and should provide long-term value through its vibrant visual impact. Signage can be the first impression a visitor or client receives when encountering your brand. First impressions matter!
When you purchase an outdoor sign, ensure the manufacturer can meet all of your artwork requirements. A benefit of using compact laminate panels is the ability to match color and cut signs into any shape. Not to mention, CHPL comes in a matte, satin, or ice finish.
Tip #5: Ensure your signage can be easily installed
Your hard work and energy should be focused on designing valuable signage for your customers, not on figuring out how to install large, heavy, and awkward displays. When you purchase an outdoor sign, make sure the company offers affordable, easy-to-install mounting solutions that will showcase your beautiful designs.
The key take-away for purchasing the perfect outdoor sign
Hands-down, high-pressure laminate is the best material for durable and attractive outdoor signage. At iZone, we make our CHPL products by layering high-res printed graphics and proprietary overlays with a core of phenolic resin-impregnated Kraft paper.
Our single panel of thermoset plastic, or CHPL, is a reliable solution for our customers, because it is:
Comes with a 10-year warranty
Easy to clean
Maintains brand integrity
Easy to install
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