Stone Sign Monuments – Entrance Signs

We make the BEST faux stone sign monuments in the industry, and we ship nationally!

Stone Sign Monuments with Faux River Rock - Rancho Mission Villas

Stone Sign Monuments with Faux River Rock – Rancho Mission Villas

There are several considerations in starting (or revamping) your main entrance sign. If you want to look established and stand out in your community, you will need a monument style sign.

Post and panel signs are a cost effective temporary solution, but monument style signage are permanent and promote overall appearance. Faux stone sign monuments signs are becoming standard requirement in most municipalities nationwide for many reasons.

Traditionally, entrance sign monuments were made in true masonry – meaning cinder block, brick and mortar. When an investment group develops a property, they typically set aside common materials in the buildings for front entrance signage use. This way everything has a uniform look. Unfortunately, signage is typically the last concern in property development.

Another concern in starting and entrance sign project is vehicle impact. Are you aware that if a drunk driver hits your entrance sign you are liable for injury and vehicle damage? It might seem ridiculous but in the majority of cases it is a fact. The advantage of our product is known as a ‘break away’ style signage system, meaning the monument physically moves upon impact without causing fatalities, yet can still withstand hurricane 130 mph wind load conditions.

All being said, let’s look at the costs – the most major factor in any construction or improvement project.

Traditional brick (or stone) requires an architect to design, and engineer to stamp off permitting, a general contractor to coordinate the mason to bring in the materials and produce, and a sign company to do the graphics. The costs add up very quickly, as well as the overall completion time. This is where we come in.

We recommend faux (imitation) masonry as the solution to both project costs and potential liability for your next project requiring stone sign monuments.

We Ship Nationally! With (2) hours effort on your end, you will save a lot of funds that could be used elsewhere in your project or development.

Longevity – True stone and mortar will eventually fail. The front rock pieces will come off of the back mortar ‘scratch coat.’ This is not an issue with our faux stone as the entire system is self-contained. This means you will get a lifetime use with no maintenance, and especially no pieces of rock falling off.

Here is an example of a main and side entrance sign monument with our faux masonry that matches other masonry on the property. Looks the same, but two people can easily pick up and move each structure.

Stone Sign Monuments with Faux River Block Granite - Blackhawk Apartments

Stone Sign Monuments with Faux River Block Granite – Blackhawk Apartments

As you can see from these community entrance sign monument examples, the final faux stone masonry results look exactly as the initial sign design. The units arrived fully assembled, ready to slide down the existing steel poles for a perfect fit.

If you are concerned about faux stone entrance sign monuments, don’t be. This is the exact same product used by national theme parks such as Disney and Six Flags, both of which are customers of our work.

We welcome any challenge in stone entrance sign monuments for any scale project, and can produce anything you can imagine! Please use our online contact form to start your next sign project. We look forward to working with you!

Do Not Use Wood For Signs – Protect Your Investment

Signage is an investment. Custom wood signs do not last. Your sign represents your image, and you need to consider the long-term affects of how you look.

Traditionally, signs were made from wood, or a wood by-product. Such examples include:

  • Redwood – tradition material used in sandblasting wooden signs. For decades, old-growth redwood hasn’t been allowed to be harvested.
  • Cedar – the alternative to old-growth redwood. Clear-grade heart (center of the tree) cedar gives a lesser grain pattern to old-growth redwood.
  • Soft-Wood – Pine, poplar, balsa, etc. are easy to sandblast but do not give the grain pattern relief for dimensional effects, and are not materials that last outdoors.
Custom Wood Signs Will Have Issues - warping, cupping, splintering, mildew, etc.

Custom Wood Signs Will Have Issues – warping, cupping, splintering, mildew, etc.

It’s common sense – wood is a product of nature and has no predictable longevity. When considering different areas have different climates that effect the expansion and contraction of natural wood, why would you want wood as the material for your expensive sign? Ask yourself – how often does the exterior of a wood faced house last before requiring repainting?

It is misleading to tell people that there is ANY commercial grade primer and top-coat finish, in any paint industry from local paint franchises to commercial grade sign enamels, that will prevent or protect wood from deteriorating from expansion and contraction. It’s simply a matter of time before it fails.

Custom wood signs do not last. A CNC v-groove routed wood sign with the finish failing.

Custom wood signs do not last. A CNC v-groove routed wood sign with the finish quickly failing.

While you may receive a wood sign that is primed and painted, keep in mind that the finishing system is compromised when you screw through it to mount to posts or your facade, thereby exposing the material to the elements.

There are other products that sign shops offer to reduce the wood failure. While these are cost-effective for the sign producer, they still fail. MDO (marine grade plywood) is a common wood product offered in commercial franchise sign shops. MDO is basically plywood. MDO does offer structural strength of cross-grain laminate layers like typical plywood, but instead of wood glue, MDO uses a fiberglass-style resin. Again, this wood product will fail in a matter of a few years.

Another wood substitute is High Density Urethane, or HDU. HDU is a synthetic wood product and is available in different densities and thicknesses. A typical HDU application is on a front entrance monument in brick masonry at 1.5″ thick and 15 pound (per cubic foot) density. HDU can be CNC routed or sandblasted in a variety of dimensional effects. HDU does not expand or contract, so the primer and top-coat finishes will typically last longer. HDU is a great product solution for exterior commercial grade signage. There is however an issue… HDU being a synthetic material has no natural grain structure for strength but rather is an open-cell foam product. This means it’s easy to break. A 2″ thick HDU sign between posts can be snapped in half easily.

Custom wood signs do not last. Broken High Density Urethane (HDU) Sign cracked and faded after short-term use.

Custom wood signs do not last. Broken High Density Urethane (HDU) Sign cracked and faded after short-term use.

The solution for signage substrate is a combination of more current technologies and finishes. Our Best Sign Monuments are made to order, not stock sheets of material pulled off a shelf. This means if you want a sign that will last the test of time, our product can be made (for example) to mount between posts at any thickness required. We can easily produce an 8″ thick sign on 12″ diameter posts that will not expand, contract, or snap on impact. Or better yet, for stand-alone solutions, a sign monument as an architectural form:

Custom wood signs do not last - Architectural monument forms will impress and will last.

Custom wood signs do not last – Architectural monument forms will impress and will last.

For more information on how our product is made, visit the how they are made section of our web site. To request a free quote on your next sign project, complete our online contact form with as many details as you can provide. Be sure to include a picture of the intended sign location, or even a rough sketch of what you have in mind with your quote request.

Our experienced sales team and award winning designers will be certain to come up with a cost effective solution that will impress, and protect your long-term investment.

Break Away Faux Stone Sign Monuments for Beehive

Beehive is a national assisted living franchise with numerous locations. The entrances to these facilities typically have real brick and mortar block stone monument column marquees with suspended embossed sign panels under wooden post arms that welcoming incoming traffic. They require break away sign monuments, meaning if impacted by a vehicle, the sign will literally “break away” from its footer and not harm the driver.

There is an ongoing issue with sign monuments and liability for businesses (and all other entrance-style sign monuments including city municipalities). The monument owner may be liable for driver injury and vehicle damages incurred by vehicle impact, especially in fatal incidents. So if an elderly driver hits your sign and is injured – the facility owner may be liable.

There is a simple solution to this situation which is referred to as a “break away” style sign monument. This means on impact, the monument itself will literally break off the ground and move out of the way, causing minimal vehicle damage and preventing fatal injury.

All of our sign monuments are a break away solution, and in our company history there have yet to be any injuries on impact.

Beehive Homes franchise owners wanted to update their existing entrance marquee signs to a break away style solution, which we easily matched in our faux masonry (foam core base). Here is a picture of the original block stone (real masonry) column-style monument:

Beehive Block Stone Sign Column Monument. Break Away Sign Monuments.

Beehive Block Stone Sign Column Monument. Break Away Sign Monuments.

And here is our break away style sign monument column in faux masonry before it left our shipping docks:

Beehive Break Away Faux Block Stone Sign Column Monument. Break Away Sign Monuments.

Beehive Break Away Faux Block Stone Sign Column Monument. Break Away Sign Monuments.

As you can see the faux masonry is a fantastic match to the real stone and mortar. We attached the embossed sign panels we fabricated in a permanent method (versus hanging from chain) to prevent theft or wind damage.

Our sign products arrive fully assembled, ready to position in place. We offer faux masonry such as brick and stone matching, embossed graphics that are vandal resistant, and other options such as:

We have fine-tuned every aspect of made-to-order sign monuments. You will be in touch with an experienced sign designer, seasoned in cost-effective solutions. We listen to your needs and deliver!

Our team will walk you through every stage, from design to installation, making the entire process simple and rewarding. We have sign monument examples in every climate imaginable, and are already set up as approved vendors in City Planning & Development Departments nationally, making Permitting a breeze. We are in fact the ONLY sign monument manufacturer that has yet to lose a single monument sign in ANY Gulf Coastal community in the past two decades’ hurricanes!

Our team is a collaboration of artists with decades of experience in the dimensional signage and monument industry. Your project suited to your needs. We will provide you with the most dynamically designed signage solution. We will help you to brand the individuality of your company or property.

Our focus is to design, produce, and deliver the Best sign products.

Our goal is to make you look your Best, and to save you unnecessary expenses.

We offer personal service, creativity and value.

Custom break away sign monuments are safe, and provide a sense of distinction and permanence to your property. Our sign monuments are the style most desired and required by municipalities nationwide for an all over better looking community. With over (2) decades of nationwide success, we will make You Look Your Best!

We welcome any challenge in custom break away sign monuments, and can produce anything you can imagine! Please use our online contact form to start your next sign project. We look forward to working with you!

 

Wentzville Missouri Sign Monuments

The City of Wentzville, Missouri has numerous highway entrances. These entrances typically had real brick and mortar block stone monument marquees with cast aluminum oval plaques welcoming incoming traffic. We were asked to make their city entrance signs.

There is an ongoing issue with sign monuments and liability for city municipalities (and all other entrance-style sign monuments). The monument owner may be liable for driver injury and vehicle damages incurred by vehicle impact, especially in fatal incidents. So a drunk driver hits your sign and is injured – you may be liable.

There is a simple solution to this situation which is referred to as a “break away” style sign monument. This means on impact, the monument itself will literally break off the ground and move out of the way, causing minimal vehicle damage and preventing fatal injury.

All of our sign monuments are a break away solution, and in our company history there have yet to be any injuries on impact.

The City of Wentzville wanted to update their existing City entrance marquee signs to a break away style solution, which we easily matched in our faux masonry (foam core base). Here is a picture of the original block stone (real masonry) monument:

Wentzville, MO real masonry City Entrance Signs

Wentzville, MO real masonry City Entrance Signs

And here is our break away sign monument solution before it shipped from our docks:

Wentzville, MO break away City Entrance Signs

Wentzville, MO break away City Entrance Signs

As you can see we are a perfect match in faux masonry and signage style. Please note the City shipped us the cast aluminum plaques to attach to our product before shipping to the job sites. This ensured a more perfect overall match as we do not cast aluminum.

We will design your custom city entrance signs sign with optional lighting (including electronic LED message boards) to your needs, then manufacturer your project in our facilities in Atlanta, GA. Once complete, we will send you detailed photography (and a night time view if it’s have integrated lighting). Once you approve, we crate and ship your business sign to your location. The unit will arrive fully assembled, ready to position in place.

If your sign project has lighting or LED panels, all wiring is pulled to a junction box, ready to plug in and play.

Our sign products arrive fully assembled, ready to position in place. We offer faux masonry such as brick and stone matching, embossed graphics that are vandal resistant, and other options such as:

We have fine-tuned every aspect of made-to-order sign monuments. You will be in touch with an experienced sign designer, seasoned in cost-effective solutions. We listen to your needs and deliver!

Our team will walk you through every stage of church sign monument light boxes, from design to installation, making the entire process simple and rewarding. We have sign monument examples in every climate imaginable, and are already set up as approved vendors in City Planning & Development Departments nationally, making Permitting a breeze. We are in fact the ONLY sign monument manufacturer that has yet to lose a single monument sign in ANY Gulf Coastal community in the past two decades’ hurricanes!

Our team is a collaboration of artists with decades of experience in the dimensional signage and monument industry. Your project suited to your needs. We will provide you with the most dynamically designed signage solution. We will help you to brand the individuality of your company or property.

Our focus is to design, produce, and deliver the Best sign products.

Our goal is to make you look your Best, and to save you unnecessary expenses.

We offer personal service, creativity and value.

Custom city entrance signs provide a sense of distinction and permanence to your municipality. Our sign monuments are the style most desired and required by municipalities nationwide for an all over better looking community. With over (2) decades of nationwide success, we will make You Look Your Best!

We welcome any challenge in custom city entrance signs project, and can produce anything you can imagine! Please use our online contact form to start your next sign project.

We look forward to working with you!