The simple answer is aluminum and vinyl. The materials we use have been a standard for commercial sign making for decades. Many aluminum and vinyl signs you see are made with a thin piece of .040″ aluminum which is thin and flexible. For our signs, we use .063″ aluminum which is heavier and more rigid. The aluminum has a baked enamel finish which adds to its longevity.
For the majority of our signs, we use a 6-year exterior vinyl that is 1 solid color. What that means, is that if you hang the sign outdoors in direct sunlight all year round, the vinyl will hold it’s color for a minimum of 6 years. Many of our customers have doubted they will hold up that long, but we have yet to disappoint any of them on our signs’ color quality and longevity. And if you keep them out of the sun, the color lasts forever. To achieve the multicolored look in the design, we layer those solid pieces of vinyl one on top of the other. This gives a look of depth and dimension while keeping the durability and colorfastness of the solid vinyl.
As mentioned, the majority of our signs are made from layers of solid vinyl. On occasion, customers who would like a photograph on the sign – or bitmap art as it’s called – require different technology. For those signs, we print the art using a high-quality ink-jet printer to print the art on a piece of vinyl, then adhere it to the aluminum substrate. To protect the color we then laminate the printed vinyl with a UV protecting laminate. This method does not offer the same color longevity in the sun as our solid vinyl, a minimum of 3 years in full sunlight. However, if you need a more intricate design that can not be cut out of solid vinyl, this is the way to go.