Low Density HDU Sign Build – CORAFOAM

We recently completed a low density HDU sign project. Here are the end results of this custom 3D custom signage challenge. Here are the end results in day time view.

Jacks Public House Restaurant  - Day Time View

Jacks Public House Restaurant – Day Time View

We use low-voltage LED lighting, which is an energy efficient outdoor commercial grade lighting solution. LED signage lighting offers twice the brightness at less than half the energy costs of traditional fluorescent lighting. Here are the results at night time view.

Jacks Public House Restaurant  - Night Time View

Jacks Public House Restaurant – Night Time View

This restaurant sign project had requirements outside typical signage boundaries. The sign project scope was to produce the top end of a wooden spirits barrel, with the typical wood burned distillation details as the business branding.

The owner of this restaurant wanted “something exceptional” versus “just something.”
This is right up our alley.

Here are the original sign design concepts:

Jacks Public House Initial Sign Design Ideas

Jacks Public House Initial Sign Design Ideas

There are many ways to approach such a project.High Density Urethane (HDU) is a sign industry standard substrate. In signage, HDU started as a substitute for wood (redwood, then cedar after redwood became less available) for sandblasting signs. Technology advanced with CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) router machines, which greatly impacted the Signage Industry.

The combination of HDU and computerized tooling opens combinations only limited by artisan imagination. You can see how we can create a dynamic wood grain effect in HDU, simply from drawing lines on a computer.

CORAFOAM CNC Route

CORAFOAM CNC Route

Taking the original design concept, we then had to approach project scale. The wall area of this project was 8’ tall x 18’ wide. Local Sign Code granted the business owner a sign 7’ tall x 12’ wide. There were no restrictions on thickness, nor lighting effects.

We started production with dual-level halo backlit LED lettering.

Back-lit Halo Letters Back

Back-lit Halo Letters Back

Back-lit Halo Letters Front

Back-lit Halo Letters Front

Here are the letters lit up, at both levels, as stand-alone elements before attaching to the main signage structure:

Back-lit Halo Letters Glow

Back-lit Halo Letters Glow

The signage structure barrel HAD to be lightweight, yet hold detail of 3D effects. Duna Enterprises, a manufacturer of HDU, recently launched CORAFOAM. CORAFOAM is an appreciated spin-off of their established 15 pound density product at on 2 pounds per cubic foot. Here are pictures of the HDU elements we layered to build the sign structure:

CORAFOAM Sign Pieces Assembly

CORAFOAM Sign Pieces Assembly

CORAFOAM 3-D Sign Initial Progress

CORAFOAM 3-D Sign Initial Progress

Here is a picture of the sign body being assembled. We integrated PolyMetal and PVC for additional structural support.

CORAFOAM 3-D Sign Assembly Progress

CORAFOAM 3-D Sign Assembly Progress

For a sign project this large and this high in the air, CORAFOAM was the obvious solution. Here is a picture of the project with someone beside it to show scale:

Jacks Public House Sign Scale

Jacks Public House Sign Scale

Here are production shots as we built the main barrel portion of the sign using CORAFOAM. We designed a custom, random wood grain pattern to CNC route as this was to be very high in the air. The deeper the dimensional effects, the better.

CORAFOAM CNC Routed Wood Grain Pattern

CORAFOAM CNC Routed Wood Grain Pattern

Here is the project in finishing stages being hand painted and faux finished.

Jacks Restaurant Sign Artist Painting

Jacks Restaurant Sign Artist Painting

The finished sign project was assembled and wired for lighting flat for simplicity. This allowed for all of the lighting effects to be tested individually before delivery to the job site.

Jacks Restaurant Sign Artist Painting Complete

Jacks Restaurant Sign Artist Painting Complete

This sign was to be installed 20 feet in the air on the business facade. We built a custom lift crate, and hoisted into position.

Public House Restaurant Sign Install Lifts

Public House Restaurant Sign Install Lifts

This project would never have happened without the partnership of Mark Sundermeyer of Two Minds Artistry, and Michael Roebuck of Absolute Signs.

Mark Sundermeyer Sign Install

Mark Sundermeyer Sign Install

Michael Roebuck Sign Install

Michael Roebuck Sign Install

Wade Parker Sign Install Lift

Wade Parker Sign Install on Lift – Scared of Heights

We are a collection of artists that can produce beyond outstanding results. While we are based in Atlanta, the majority of our work is shipped out of state. We welcome any challenge.

Check out our 16 page completed sign monument portfolio with hundreds of kick ass sign examples!

Our team is a collaboration of artists with decades of experience in the dimensional signage and sign monument industry. Your project will be designed and suited to your needs. Let us 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.

Our custom restaurant and commercial sign solutions provide a sense of distinction. With over (2) decades of nationwide success, we will make You Look Your Best!

Public Housing Sign Monuments

Public housing sign monuments are a typical example of our work. Chapel Hill, NC came to us looking to unify (9) locations for public housing in their City.  As with any City project, there are budget and design factors to consider.

This City had a sign structure height requirement and maximum square footage for the graphics area. We came up with and suggested the falling design to complement each community:

Public Housing South Estes Community

Public Housing Sign Monument Design Example

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we brought the work home with us and hand-carved each of the (9) sign monuments in a faux stone pattern:

faux stone carving in eps foam

Faux Stone Carving in EPS Foam – Working From Home During COVID-19

Once all the units were carved, we went back to the studio and applied hard coat and top coat stucco. We then hand-finished each unit to look realistic by accents each individual stone element.

Public Housing SIgn Monuments Chapel Hill NC Complete

Public Housing SIgn Monuments Chapel Hill NC Complete

Public Housing Sign Monuments Faux Stone Columns

Public Housing Sign Monuments Faux Stone Columns

Group of Public Housing Sign Monuments for Chapel Hill NC

Group of Public Housing Sign Monument Before Shipment to Chapel Hill NC

Pritchard Park Public Housing Sign Monument

Pritchard Park Public Housing Sign Monument

Check out our 16 page completed sign monument portfolio with hundreds of sign monument examples!

Our team is a collaboration of artists with decades of experience in the dimensional signage and sign monument industry. Your project will be designed and suited to your needs. Let us 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.

Our custom public housing sign monuments provide a sense of distinction. Our sign monuments are the style most desired and required by municipalities nationwide. With over (2) decades of nationwide success, we will make You Look Your Best!

Back-lit LED Sign Letters on Sign Monuments

Back-lit LED sign letters are a great way to get attention to your new sign monument. We integrate energy efficient LED lighting into channels in the back side of each letter. Once the letters are pin-mounted to ‘float’ off a backboard, the light escapes for a halo light effect.

Here is a typical example of an office park entrance sign we produced with blue halo back-lit letters:

Back-lit LED Letters - Blue Halo

Back-lit Blue LED Letters – Blue Halo Effect

To illustrate how the magic happens, let’s walk through our most recent project for a community in California (we ship nationally). Here is a picture of a monument we designed with back-lit LED sign letters:

Juliana's Garden Back-lit LED Letters - Day View

Juliana’s Garden Back-lit LED Letters – Day View

and here is what we showed the sign would look like lit up at night:

Juliana's Garden Back-lit LED Letters - Night View

Juliana’s Garden Back-lit LED Halo Glow Letters – Night View

Here is a picture of the entrance sign monument completed during the day time. The sign has faux stacked stone on the columns and a faux wood arched gable:

Sign Monument Back-lit LED Letters Halo - Day Time View

Sign Monument Back-lit LED Halo-Glow Letters – Day Time View

And of course the sign at night, all lit up:

Sign Monument Back-lit LED Letters Halo Glow

Sign Monument Back-lit Halo Glow LED Letters

We encourage you to browse our:

Portfolio pages: http://bestsignmonuments.com/best-sign-monuments-portfolio-page-01.php

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Or you can check out our 34 page sign monument photo collage with hundreds of sign monument and custom signage examples!

Our team is a collaboration of artists with decades of experience in the dimensional signage and sign monument industry. Your project will be designed and suited to your needs. Let us 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.

Our back-lit LED halo glow letters are the style most desired and required by municipalities nationwide. With over (2) decades of nationwide success, we will make You Look Your Best!