Changeable Message Options For Outdoor Sign Monuments

So you are in the market for an outdoor sign for your business, church, or other signage and would like the ability to update a message or promotion on a regular basis. What are your options for changeable message outdoor sign monuments?

There are numerous signage solutions to fit any need. As with any project, the solution is based on budget and what you are trying to achieve. This article will illustrate the various changeable sign solutions available in the sign industry, as well as their pros & cons.

Changeable Tenant Panels On Custom Business Park Entrance Sign Monument - Changeable Message Outdoor Sign Monuments

Changeable Tenant Panels On Custom Business Park Entrance Sign Monument – Changeable Message Outdoor Sign Monuments

The first thing to consider before purchasing a permanent outdoor sign is the ‘permanent’ factor. If you own the property, are you considering selling in the future? If so, you will want a permanent sign structure with the ability to change the graphics only, without damaging the sign monument structure. Our custom sign monuments can be designed with the sign panels as separate panels that are not only attached upon delivery (designed to your immediate graphic needs), but include the ability to remove and replace the panel without reinventing the project. In multi-tenant properties such as retail commercial business parks, we can integrate tenant plaques that are not only removable but flippable – meaning the same tenant slot uses the same plaque and new graphics are applied on the back side. In all cases, our signage has integrated stainless hardware that does not rust or leave corrosive drips on the graphics surface. We take into consideration spacial issues, meaning all equal square footage tenant leases get equal advertising space, the ‘anchor’ businesses with larger retail square footage get larger advertising space. While all tenants have different number of characters in their business names, they all need to have a unified appearance of consistency. Example:

Gross and Company Changeable Tenant Panels - Changeable Message Outdoor Sign Monuments

Gross and Company Changeable Tenant Panels – Changeable Message Outdoor Sign Monuments

The next changeable sign solution is a reader board with individual changeable letters. These are common for restaurants wishing to promote daily specials, churches wishing to share messages in the community, and any businesses wanting to advertise on the fly. Reader boards are separate panels (typically in aluminum) that attach to the front entrance sign monument, marquee or facade. Reader boards have horizontal tracks to accept individual letters so you can write what you like, and at your convenience. Here is what a reader board looks like:

Reader Board On Sign Monument - Changeable Message Outdoor Sign Monuments

Reader Board On Sign Monument – Changeable Message Outdoor Sign Monuments

And all of our reader board sign solutions come with a box of mix-n-match changeable letters. We offer different sizes, colors, and fonts. They come with more vowels and common letters than the letter ‘Z’ for example. You’ll have plenty of what you need:

Changeable Reader Board Letters - Changeable Message Outdoor Sign Monuments

Changeable Reader Board Letters – Changeable Message Outdoor Sign Monuments

The last and best example of changeable signage is the electronic LED message boards. These are literally commercial grade outdoor TV screens that you program by computer. All of our electronic LED panels come with a new laptop computer, pre-programmed for wi-fi access, controller software (much like using Microsoft Powerpoint), training, and toll-free 24-7 tech support.

LED message boards are an initial investment, but pay for themselves in short time. LEDs offer the ability for any font, color, picture, image, animation – including all movie media formats such as QuickTime and Windows Media Files. Electronic LED message boards are sold by ‘pitch’ – meaning resolution. We take into account the distance from traffic and traffic speed to get the resolution you need for the right costs. Imagine being able to advertise in full color with animation!

Full-Color LED Cabinets on City Sign Monument - Changeable Message Outdoor Sign Monuments

Full-Color LED Cabinets on City Sign Monument – Changeable Message Outdoor Sign Monuments

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 changeable message outdoor sign monuments 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 entrance sign monument designs, 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!

Wall Display with Back-lit LED Letters

This was a fun project for Lakeview Academy’s Robotics’ Team Lab – the Innovation Studio. We used a combination of brushed aluminum, mirrored acrylic and PVC to create the backboard and illuminated it with back-lit LED letters. There is a high resolution digital print (laminated to prevent fingerprints) with a blueprint-style design and the work STUDIO in an architectural font.

The lettering is stud-mounted to the backboard, the the backs of each letter are hollowed out on our CNC router table. This allowed up to insert red led lights in the letters, and white LED lights inside the lightbulb. Rather than making the lightbulb as an internally illuminated sign “can” we made the side walls in HDU and brought the electrical through the back to one common power supply.

The teachers were concerned about students playing with display, and turning it on and off frequently. We build a James Bond style switch concealed on the side that only the teacher know about, and installed it high enough on the wall only the teachers can reach it. We used a retro-style dual spinning cord for the electrical service.

As you can see, it turned out fantastic! The red LED’s on the brushed aluminum almost look like a molten metal effect!

innovation studio red LED back lit letters - Back-lit LED Letters

innovation studio red LED back lit letters – Back-lit LED Letters

innovation studio white LED internal lit light bulb - Back-lit LED Letters

innovation studio white LED internal lit light bulb – Back-lit LED Letters

Lakeview Robotics Innovation Studio Sign OFF - Back-lit LED Letters

Lakeview Robotics Innovation Studio Sign OFF – Back-lit LED Letters

Lakeview Robotics Innovation Studio Sign ON - Back-lit LED Letters

Lakeview Robotics Innovation Studio Sign ON – Back-lit LED Letters

Our custom back-lit LED letters on wall logo displays are the perfect solution when you want the “wow” factor. With over (2) decades of nationwide success, we will make You Look Your Best!

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

A Cost-Effective Solution To Sandblasted Signs

Traditional sandblasted signs are beautiful, but expensive in the long run.

Sandblasted signs used to be made of old-growth redwood because the 100+ year old wood had a beautiful spaced grain pattern that blasted well, leaving a contrast between the wood grain texture and the raised graphics. They stopped the harvesting of old-growth redwood a few decades ago, which lead sign manufacturers to come up with an alternative solution, one of which was cedar. The more recent was HDU (High Density Urethane).

• Cedar Sandblasted Sign – while similar in color as redwood, the grain pattern is tighter and doesn’t blast as well. Cedar is harvested young, and the seasonal expansion and contraction damages the finish. Regardless of what you are told, there is no commercial primer or topcoat finish that can withstand wood expanding or contracting. This means that just like the exterior of a wood house, a wooden sandblasted sign will have to be repaired and refinished every few years.

• HDU (High Density Urethane) Sandblasted Sign – this is a synthetic wood material that does not expand or contract, meaning the primer and top surface coats will stay intact for the longevity of the paint manufacturer’s specifications. HDU is an open-cell foam, without grain for structural support. HDU does last, and a faux wood grain pattern can be blasted into it, but there is a structural issue. You can walk up to HDU sandblasted signs and snap them into two pieces (on post application).

There are other factors to take into consideration. Let’s say your sign is 25 feet off the street and traffic is going by at 30 mph, or if you sign is located above your entry door on the facade.

• Do you think viewers will see the dimensional effects of the sandblasting?

• Is it worth the added expense for the sandblasted signs relief (3-D depth)?

Our experience in the field is that it is not worth the added costs of dimensional relief by sandblasting when looking at ROI (Return On Investment) when taking into consideration the maintenance costs and lack of distance visibility.

As with any technology, times change. We offer the ability to computer graphic design a sandblasted sign “look” that can be directly applied to a lifetime, maintenance-free product (such as sheet aluminum). It looks like a sandblasted sign with dimensional effects, but at half the cost.

This is an example of a church that had a dilapidated sign that needed replacing. Here are the before and after pictures:

Saint Gabriel's Church dilapidated sign that needs replacing.

Saint Gabriel’s Church dilapidated sign that needs replacing.

Saint Gabriel's Church aluminum sign panel to look like sandblasted sign, with changeable service hours and pastor name.

Saint Gabriel’s Church aluminum sign panel to look like sandblasted signs, with changeable service hours and pastor name.

As you can see, a little painting and minimal costs on new graphics makes this church look like new.

Contact our sales team with photography of your project and let us make a recommendation.