Big corporations, small businesses, charitable organizations, sporting organizers, governments, and individuals use signage to communicate, inform, and inspire. At last count, there are (roughly) a zillion uses for signs in nearly as many different places. There are many sign materials, but outdoor signs face challenges like wind, rain, UV exposure, and dark nights. These factors, combined with your specific needs and intended sign location, help determine the best material for your outdoor signs.
Although all outdoor signs contend with the elements, the weather does not interact with all outdoor signs equally. The air release vinyl sign on the side of an 18-wheeler is out in all types of weather. But it does not contend with wind from all directions the way a flag or a banner mounted on an iron or chain link fence does. Then, too, some outdoor signs are intended to be permanent, while others will be used for just a few days. Before determining the best sign material for outdoor signs, you need to know what your outdoor sign will need to do.
Some of the most common outdoor signs are:
There are so many types of outdoor signs and sign materials you’ll be able to choose one that performs beautifully in your circumstances. To determine the best sign material for your outdoor signs, consider the following factors:
Keep these considerations in mind as you evaluate outdoor sign materials.
Some of the best outdoor sign materials include:
Vinyl is undoubtedly the most versatile sign material, popular for many uses indoors and for outdoor signs. Vinyl banners are popular for temporary signage, outdoor welcome signs, window clings, floor decals, and vehicle graphics.
Vinyl mesh banners were developed specifically as outdoor sign material. Unlike traditional vinyl banners, mesh vinyl allows the wind to pass right through the banner.
Viny Mesh Pros:
Ease of installation and removal
Vinyl Mesh Cons:
Images and text are not bright but more muted
Printing is slightly more expensive than conventional vinyl
Printing only on one side
Aluminum has long been favored for long-lasting and highly durable outdoor signs like street signs and business nameplates.
Durable and strong — lasts for years
Can be permanently attached to posts or walls
Easy to clean
Rigid material may be cut into any shape and displayed from a single post
Double-sided printing available
More expensive than vinyl or vinyl mesh
Reflective surface can cause glare — brushed aluminum outdoor signs solve the glare, giving a rich appearance. But it is more prone to scratches and can be printed on one side only.
Acrylic is another outdoor sign material with a lot to offer. Also known as plexiglass, acrylic signs produce exquisite results for turning photos into indoor wall art.
Sturdy and durable
Prone to scratches and dents
Difficult to repair
Backlit film signs are the most glamorous of all outdoor sign materials. These illuminated box signs are lit from within by LED or fluorescent light bulbs. These signs glow in the dark, providing exceptional visibility in the dark, but they also have excellent visibility by day.
Incomparably elegant presentation
Exceptional visibility at night
Studies have shown the visibility of internally lit outdoor signs far exceeds that of externally lit signs
Printed films are easy to change out on the lightbox
Cost of lightbox
Cost of installation
Cost of maintenance
Dibond is an aluminum composite with a PVC center, making lightweight and sturdy outdoor signs.
More expensive than vinyl
Cut edge appears black
A bit less rigid than aluminum
PVC is another excellent material for durable outdoor signs. Lightweight and rigid, PVC signs’ durability makes them easy to reuse.
Heavier than other options
Prone to chips
As you can see, the key is to choose the best sign material for your outdoor sign.
Please contact Printmoz, your one-stop shop for outdoor signs, if you still have questions. We’ll be happy to assist you in making the right decision. Give us a call at (877) 287-0059, email us, or connect via live chat for information.
We’ll make your outdoor sign stand out!