This is the second of a 2 part article on how to choose the right material for your sign. Part 1 covered flexible vinyl signs, Part 2 covers rigid signs. In the first part of this article, we started by talking about the confusion surrounding the range of materials available in the sign industry. There are three principal materials for producing rigid signs.
The materials and their aliases are detailed as follows:. Correx is a brand name for fluted plastic board, or corrugated polypropylene sheet. The most popular use for correx signs is as estate agents boards, but it is also used for exhibition directional signage indoors and out , building site signage or miscellaneous other short term signage jobs.
In exposed areas the sign can be mounted to an additional wooden board to add strength, otherwise it can be prone to bending along the flutes when subject to a high wind load. Correx can be screwed using normal wood screws although it is advised to use large washers when doing this to avoid the heads pulling through the boards.
Our Correx signs are printed straight-to-board with UV, waterproof inks and can be over-laminated with a clear matt or gloss laminate for extra durability.
The material has a white finish front and back although other colours are available on request. There is nothing foam -like about the material in the traditional sense. To all intents and purposes you can treat it like a solid plastic sheet. The 3mm and 5mm thicknesses are light for their size. Due to its density, the 10mm thickness is quite heavy for its size and you may be better off with Dibond especially for large signs. Foam PVC boards are strong and can be drilled or cut to shape to create stunning signage.
We can also round off the corners if required. The Foamex panels can be backed with velcro tape that is compatible with the velcro walls of most shell schemes. Other applications for Foamex signs include shop signage or outdoor exhibition signage, visitor attraction directional signage, shaped display signs. These thicker boards can be used for display signage in exposed outdoor areas or are often used as exhibition signage that is reused year on year.
Dibond is a brand name commonly used for aluminium composite sheet or ACP, these can also be found under the name Dilite or Alucobond. Dibond sheets consist of a solid polyethylene core sandwiched between 2 sheets of aluminium that is approximately 0. We can also round off corners for pedestrian safety or aesthetic effect.
ACP can be used for general shop signage and fascias, directional signage, event and exhibition signage and much more. We can also mount rails to the back of Dibond that is compatible with clamps for fixing to round metal posts like road signs. Aluminium Dibond is a premium form of signage, it has the highest durability of the available materials and the greatest strength to weight ratio.
If 10mm Foamex is too heavy you need a Dibond sign — it will provide greater strength suffering a higher wind-load and weigh less. If your sign is going to be exposed to strong winds you definitely need a Dibond sign. All of our rigid signs are printed with weatherproof UV inks on our wide format printers that are capable of full photographic reproduction.
We can also over-laminate our rigid signs with a clear matt or gloss laminate for extra durability. Part 1 — Vinyl Signs. Can this be made in one piece or 2 x 6ft. We could do it in two 6ft sections as you suggest. Part 1 covers flexible vinyl signs, Part 2 covers rigid […]. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Print 2 Media Ltd. Website design and development by Moortor Design Ltd. Part 2 — Rigid Signs.
A close up photo of the fluting in a correx sign Correx Sign Detail Correx signs used for temporary signage on a site development.
One of our foamex signs mounted on wooden posts Creative signage incorporating rounded corners. Aluminium Dibond signs — the best material for withstanding a heavy wind load Glenn showing a complicated Dibond sign contour cut in the shape of a cockerel! Sim November 25, at 3: You can call us on to place an order or visit the foamex signs page here: Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.
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