Aluminum is a popular yard sign material because of its versatility. It’s a great balance between the long-lasting durability of a metal signage and the overall user-friendliness of corrugated plastic. It’s often used for real estate signs, parking signs, security signs, etc. Here are the details on aluminum-it might be the perfect material for you.
Aluminum signs are lightweight, thin, and flexible. The thickness of the aluminum depends on the company you choose, but think in millimeters. This is advantageous because it’s sturdy enough to be durable but not so bulky and heavy that it becomes ponderous to mount, hang, or install. It’s nonmagnetic and nontoxic, so it won’t damage the environment. Most aluminum is treated to resist corrosion, so rust or weather damage will not be an issue. The only concern with aluminum signage is that it is malleable, so be careful not to bend your sign or mount it in a way that it could get warped.
Like corrugated plastic, the price of your aluminum signs depends on the size your order, as well as the quantity. If you’re looking to save money, go with corrugated plastic. If you’re looking for a high-quality material that looks more-professional, aluminum is a great choice as it’s not as expensive as metal or wood signs. It’s also possible save money on aluminum by ordering a standard size in a high-quantity. For instance, if you need reserved parking signs, many companies offer standard templates that you can order in bulk. Customization is where things often get more-expensive.
There are a few different options to consider when ordering an aluminum lawn sign. The first is whether you would like your signage to be one- or two-sided. One-sided signs are cheaper, but they will need to be mounted facing out into the street, whereas a two-sided sign can be mounted perpendicular to the road, allowing visibility from both sides. Two-sided signs require additional printing, however, so make sure this aligns with your budget.
Another great option for aluminum is making it reflective. This means that a reflective vinyl is added over the aluminum, which makes the sign reflect light, much like a stop sign or speed limit sign. If you want your message to be visible at night, reflective is a great choice.
Finally, if you’re going to be mounting your sign in a frame, you may need holes drilled in it. This is certainly something you can do yourself, but you might ask your sign company to pre-drill the holes so that your installation is quick and easy.
The better care you take of your aluminum signage, the longer it will last. Generally, an aluminum sign should last you around 3 years under normal use. Your sign is weatherproof, but it’s not scratch and dent-resistant, so be careful when mowing around or transporting your sign, as it could easily get scratched or damaged.
The majority of aluminum signs are used with a real estate frame, which completely surrounds the sign to protect it. Most frames have clips, but you can always screw it to the frame for greater stability. Another great option is to use a stake or post. You mount your sign to the stake using screws, and then stick the stake into the ground. This is a common application for parking signs or security signs. Just make sure you only use this application with one-sided signs, or the stake will inhibit viewing of the second side.