Signs:101

We make a lot of signs around here. We look at signs, we design signs, we build signs, we install signs, we repair signs...you get the picture, it’s everyday stuff for us. But it occurs to me that maybe it isn’t for everyone. So, I thought I would share a few little tidbits, just incase you were wondering, which you probably didn’t even know you were, right?!

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Temporary versus longterm signage

A lot of what we create is considered short-term, meaning it will be used for less than 3 to 5 years. A lot of signs serve their purpose in this amount of time: for instance “Coming Soon” or “Lots for Sale.” We design these signs to withstand weather, general wear-and-tear and of course, sunshine, but these signs will eventually show their age and need to be removed or refurbished.

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For something more permanent, we will use a different, more durable and longer lasting material. This might be the entrance sign at your church, school, neighborhood, or place of work. When a more permanent sign stands alone and is not attached to a wall, we generally term this a “monument” sign.

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Types of signage

Some of the most common types of signage are monument, wayfinding, and information. Pretty self-explanatory, but maybe you never thought about it before? We are currently doing a large project on the campus of Virginia Tech, and boy do they have a lot of wayfinding signs around campus.

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Materials

There is a huge number of materials that signs are fabricated from. We use a lot of aluminum, a product called HDU (High density Urethane) and different wood products that are designed to hold up outside.

I never really thought that much about what signs are made of, or how, until the sign division of WestView was started in 2007. Let us know if you have a question about signs, we love to share what we’ve learned along the way.


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