As signs and banners professional you must know and be in a position to suggest to your clients the best material to use for their signs and banners. However, this depends on the client’s budget, design restrictions and the location where they want to set up the signage. A good number of clients have come to agree that price is no longer a major factor when it comes to signs. Quality, performance, and efficacy are given priorities as businesses and institutions appreciate the fact that ADA-compliant signage is essential.
Various materials are available on the market today and it is important to know which is the most suitable for different environments, budgets and designs. Here is how:
There are all sorts of weather elements outdoors and these immensely contribute to the wear and tear of the signage. Therefore, if you want your outdoor sign to last longer, you need materials that are tough, do not fade easily, do not chip, crack or peel easily. Industry leaders encourage the use of high-impact plastics, metal letters and signs that are made from one piece of material (one-piece) for outdoors.
Magnesium is an ADA compliant material that can be used for both interior and exterior environments, especially those areas that are rugged, require frequent cleaning and are prone to graffiti. This material is ideal for university, schools, hospitals and hotels environments.
Melamine, a sandblasted plastic material is yet another versatile material that can be used outdoors in schools and jails where vandalism can occur at any time. Melamine is strong, tough and lightweight material that resists alkalis and acids. It is not easy to remove graphics from a melamine signage.
Zinc is yet another ADA-compliant material that is ideal for outdoor environments. Zinc is best suited for environments that are extremely rugged, require frequent cleaning and are disposed to graffiti. This material is normally used in transit systems, sports facilities, hospitals, and prisons.
Although some materials that are best suited for outdoors can also be used for interior applications, the photopolymer is the most recommended material for indoor environments. Photopolymer is a thin, lightweight aluminum material that is engraved and painted on the surface. Since it is painted on the surface, it is not suitable for outdoor applications because it can easily be scratched on the surface.
When price is a factor
Apart from durability, environment, and functionality, the price is yet another important consideration. When price becomes a factor, sign makers should give their clients a cheaper option and let the customer understand the limitations of the specific product he or she is choosing.