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What is the Importance of Signage?

 

In today’s world, any successful, growing business will depend on more advertising than previously required. In such a competitive world, business owners and managers need to put in extra efforts into their marketing strategies in order to stand out from the crowd and be different. We all know that it is very important to have signage for your business and there are multiple types of signs for instance:

 

–          Outside signage to indicate where your business is located.

–          Directional signs.

–          Branding signs.

–          Health & safety signage.

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What is Dibond?

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What is Dibond?

Dibond is an aluminium composite material consisting of two aluminium sheets with a centre core of polyethylene. This was originally invented by the former “Aluminium Walzwerke Singen GmbH” back in 1965 who had patent protection for their invention calling it Alucobond, and is still being used today in architectural applications.

Based on the same technology, Dibond was born in 1992 and is now the leading brand in the Signs & Display industry.

Dibond is a very rigid yet relatively lightweight material with a thickness of 3 mm.

What is it Dibond used for?

It is mainly used for display and sign applications including retail & shop front signage. It can be drilled, riveted, screwed or nailed to almost any surface, and as it will not rust or crack it is ideal for both long and short term advertising displays. Dibond is also suitable for direct digital printing and has been used frequently in art exhibitions.

Can it be used outside?

Dibond weathers extremely well, with high UV resistance and excellent stability within a range of temperatures. It offers the same metallic finish as other metals without the weight or the risk of rusting. It is the perfect metal substitute for all weather conditions.

Is it easy to install?

Dibond is very easy to work with and is similar to using acrylic.  It is a strong, rigid material, and can be hung with screws through drilled holes, double sided Velcro, double sided tape, double sided adhesive pads and stand off fixings.

Is Dibond recyclable?

Dibond is fully recyclable with the help of a technical procedure that separates and processes the aluminium & polyethylene.

What are its advantages?

•Increased corrosion resistance.

•The super-polyester lacquered surface is perfect for screen printing & digital printing.

•UV resistant.

•High rigidity and perfect flatness, even with thin sheets.

•Excellent exterior stability within a range of temperatures from – 50 to +80°C.

What colours are available?

Our Dibond signage is available in a range of solid colours, brushed finish gold & silver and also mirror gold & mirror silver.

What is Foamex?

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What is Foamex?

Foamex is a PVC foam sheet that is fabrication friendly, it is also known as Foam PVC, Foamalite, Forex and Palite; it is not to be confused with Foamcore, which is a different material used for mounting pictures. The word ‘Foamex’ is very misleading, foam indicates a soft, spongy consistence however Foamex PVC is a rigid, robust material of superior quality.  Foamex is easy to cut, drill and glue and can be treated the same as a solid acrylic sheet and is available in four thicknesses 3mm foam PVC, 5mm Foam PVC, 10mm Foam PVC and 19mm Foam PVC.

What is it Foamex used for?

It is mainly used for signage, sign letters, banners and exhibition display panels and is the preferred choice for professional digital printers due to its fine cell structure and high quality smooth finish.

What are its advantages?

Foamex is easy to cut, bend and shape, allowing designers to create attractive graphic panels for exhibitions and advertising applications. It is a cost effective alternative to plywood, Dibond, MDF and aluminium, and actually looks far more expensive than it is. Foamex is extremely durable and has a life expectancy of 5-7 years.

Can Foamex be used outside?

Absolutely! Foamex is water repellent and weatherproof.  It is resistant to moisture and perfect for external applications, although I would recommend 5mm or thicker for wind resistance externally when being used for larger signs.

Is it easy to install?

Yes very easy! Foamex is a strong, rigid material, and can be hung with screws through drilled holes, double sided Velcro, double sided tape or double sided adhesive pads.

Is Foamex recyclable?

Yes, Foamex has been classified as a recyclable material as with all types of plastics.

Are you displaying your signs correctly?

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Did you know it is an offence to intentionally mislead the public with your signage? For example the sign above can only be displayed if there is a dog in residence or attendance, you cannot display this sign to put off potential trespassers if there isn’t a dog around.

If a sign is erected at the point of access on a public right of way by a landowner there are laws which govern the words that can be used. They must be accurate and not misleading in any way and if you choose to disregard this rule you could be reported and find yourself in hot water.

Many people believe that you can add a sign to your land without any consequences, unfortunately this isn’t true and the guidelines are quite strict; only small signs and notices not exceeding 0.3 of a square metre in area, are allowed to be displayed without application being made to the planning authority. When I say ‘small signs and notices’ this has to be either a means of identification, warning or direction, such as the number or name of your house, a field sign saying ‘Please shut the gate’, a private sign saying ‘No parking please’ or the ‘Beware of the dog’ sign as above. Small notices are not allowed to be illuminated without prior consent.

And that’s not everything! Outdoor advertisements must also comply with five ‘standard conditions’.

They must:

  • Be kept clean and tidy.
  • Be kept in a safe condition.
  • Have the permission of the owner of the site on which they are displayed (this includes the Highway Authority if the sign is to be placed on highway land).
  • Not obscure, or hinder the interpretation of, official road, rail, waterway or aircraft signs, or otherwise make hazardous the use of these types of transport.
  • Be removed carefully where so required by the planning authority.

Before you install your sign and to make sure you stay on the right side of the law visit the link below for further information.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/outdoor-advertisements-and-signs-a-guide-for-advertisers

Introducing the Sign with a Difference! Our New Multi Board.

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Our brand new Multi Board™ is the true multi-functional board, it has endless connection possibilities and can be used in a number of ways.
You can use one single board suspended from the ceiling or mounted on a wall for the perfect chalkboard sign; add feet and voila, a free-standing double sided sign is created!
You can make a triangle, square or hexagon, which are perfect for placing around a tree or hiding an ugly rubbish bin and gives you 360° visual communication.
If you fancy an alternative design to the traditional café barrier simply make one long line of boards, using a collection of multi boards and feet. The list goes on and the opportunities are endless.
The Multi Board™ connect system is strong and very simple to use, resistant to all weather conditions and engineered to last. Use our waterproof chalkpens designed for outdoor weather conditions to create your sign; start connecting today with the Multi Board™ and provide intelligent communication to your customers with ease.

How to Choose the Right A-board Pavement Sign for You!

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Sometimes choosing the right pavement a-board sign can be a daunting challenge! Should you opt for a poster holder, a chalkboard or even a swinger?

Hopefully we can iron out some of the wrinkles and make the whole process an enjoyable one!

One of the first questions to ask yourself is what would you like your sign to do for you? Bring in more customers, give directions, advertise your products or provide health and safety information. Your answer will indicate whether you need a sign that you are able to update and change or whether it will have a fixed permanent message.

Location is next! Where will your pavement sign be situated? On a high street, on a windy roadside, a garage forecourt or perhaps a shopping centre. Weather and environment will affect the longevity and success of your correctly chosen pavement sign and needs to be taken into consideration. A high street will need a slimmer perhaps smaller sign allowing pedestrians to manoeuvre, whereas a swinger sign would suit a windy roadside location perfectly.

Weight is also a very important factor that is often forgotten about.  Will you need to bring your sign in at the end of the day? If so it will need to be lightweight enough to move but sturdy enough to withstand the elements of mother nature, the larger water-filled signs are great for this situation. If your pavement sign will remain outside permanently then the heavier the better!

The last but most certainly not least decision you will need to arrive at is style. Your sign will represents your brand and business, it will be the first thing a customer sees and therefore must be a true representation of your business and ethics. If you have a woodland café then a metal sign just, will not, cut the mustard, only a rustic traditional wooden a-board would suffice, and we have a good range of those to choose from.

I hope the above key points will help you arrive at the perfect a-board pavement sign for you, however if you need some specific advice please don’t hesitate to log on to our live chat or give us a call on 01353 665141, we will be happy to share our knowledge with you 🙂