When choosing the correct substrate for signage, it is crucial to select a material that can help you to achieve your desired look and level of durability. Furthermore, considerations such as environmental sustainability, ease of installation and versatility to be shaped and customised, must also play a vital role.
High impact signage can help a company to convey key messages quickly and effectively. When done well, this can make a huge difference to business acquisition and customer retention.
Traditionally, substrates such as wood and metal were widely used by professional sign makers (with frustrating limitations) but fortunately the advent of Acrylic, EPS and Foamex alternatives gave rise to greater versatility and environmental resistance.
However – ongoing issues such as durability, ease of finish and the level to which these materials can be customised are still restraining businesses from what they truly need to achieve.
Until now. For there is finally a new substrate that has raised the bar with a truly unique solution for durable, high impact signage.
Sign Block: Greater Versatility
Sign block is a form of heavy-duty Urethane Foam that can be customised to produce a huge variety of looks and finishes. Unlike polystyrene, which cannot be painted unless it is first treated with a specialist coating – increasing cost, Sign Block can take on a wide range of finishes including metal, stone or wood.
For the advertiser, this means an expensive looking finish at a lower cost as well as the benefit of working with a lighter substrate. Because sign block doesn’t melt under solvents, it doesn’t need to be specially coated when finishes are sprayed directly onto it. This means it is not only a more cost-effective material to work with but can allow sign makers to achieve the desired look and finish with minimum fuss.
Sign Block: Light Weight
Although solid, sign block is a pleasingly light weight substrate to work with meaning it can be used in considerable quantities – with no requirement for heavy duty fixings. What’s more, it can be used in blocks rather than just sheets and manipulated into a huge range of designs - ideal for achieving that increasingly popular 3D effect.
Since sign block is better value than polystyrene, it is fast becoming the go to substrate for businesses choosing to create high impact 3D letter signage.
Sign Block: Exceptional Durability
Whereas alternative materials such as EPS Foam are low strength and susceptible to damage due to their soft composition, sign block has a consistent structure throughout and can withstand the harshest of conditions.
Because of this, advertisers wishing to place their signage outdoors and in unpredictable weather can be confident that their sign block product will stand the test of time. It is completely waterproof, won’t succumb to rot and is resistant to extreme temperature.
Professional sign makers have applauded sign block for its ability to not crack, split or warp – as well as producing no dust when worked on!
Sign Block: Better for the Environment
Because sign block is made from recycled materials, businesses choosing to use this substrate will be underpinning the ethics of their environmental policy and helping to minimise plastic waste.
With such highly desirable attributes, it is clear to see why sign block is now leading the way as a versatile substrate for high impact signage. It is safer to install, easier to customise and most importantly, will offer businesses a long-term signage solution that can be adapted to almost any advertising brief imaginable.
For more information on sign block and how it could meet your design requirements contact Evans Graphics online or call 01628 773 630.