Corrugated plastic, under the brand name Coroplast, is made by bonding extruded polypropylene sheets into a durable, twin-walled plastic. The resulting material is lightweight, versatile, and extremely durable.
Coroplast signs are most often seen as yard signs for election campaigns, real estate signs, advertising for contractor services, and directional signage. They are easy to install and can be made to stake into the ground, mounted on a wall, or as an A-frame board. While they are durable, Coroplast signs are lightweight enough to blow away if it gets too windy, so they should be brought inside during high storms.
Sintra board is made from extruded polyvinyl chloride (also known as PVC) that results in a rigid sheet that is durable, waterproof, and UV resistant. These signs work indoors and outdoors, and can last up to 10 years. Because the plastic material allows for vivid graphics, PVC boards are used to create high-quality event signs, restaurant menu boards, real estate signs, and museum exhibits.
Sintra board is more expensive than similar foam core or corrugated plastic signs, but offers additional durability and versatility for the price.
Aluminum is a durable yet affordable metal. It is typically used in outdoor signage, although it also works well in abrasive environments like warehouses and factories. Parking signs, street signs, real estate signs, and company signs can all be made with aluminum. Aluminum has a natural luster that gives added vibrancy to the text or graphics printed on the sign. Because aluminum can scratch easily, it is best used in areas where it will not be often handled.
Similar to glass in appearance, acrylic is a strong and highly customizable plastic sheet material. Those qualities, along with its affordability, have made acrylic one of the most popular signage materials. It is commonly used in retail stores and offices to display a business name or logo, but is also a good option for smaller office signs like room numbers, restrooms, and directions. Although they are resistant to wear, acrylic can scratch easily and should not be used outdoors or in excessive heat.
Styrene is made for expanded plastic to create a lightweight, flexible sheet. Because it is made of plastic, it is highly durable, resistant to water, scratches, and dirt. They are popular for displays at trade shows and conferences, as well as indoor promotional signage. Ink on styrene signs can fade in direct sunlight so care should be taken with placement and short-term use is best for outdoor styrene signs.
Made by sandwiching a layer of polystyrene foam between white clay coated paper or cotton archival paper, foam board is a rigid and affordable material. It is ideal for presentations, directional signage, events, and other places with a professional looking but temporary sign is needed. They can be wall mounted with adhesive or displayed on an easel.
Foam core should be handled carefully as it can be bent and excessive heat can cause warping.
Neon signs are a classic, eye-catching type of lighted sign. Authentic neon lights are made by shaping lead glass tubes and filling them with different gas mixtures to achieve the desired color when the gas is lighted by electrodes. Each neon sign is handcrafted, so they can be customized with any text and simple designs. Neon letters are fragile and the sign should be installed where it will not be damaged by accidental bumps or handling.
Lexan is the brand name of polycarbonate sheeting material created by a chemical reaction between carbonyl chloride and Bisphenol A. This material is similar to glass or Plexiglass, although it has a high impact strength, meaning it is shatterproof and bulletproof for most weapons.
It is commonly used for lighted signs and automobile windows, but can be used for commercial signs, nameplates, or promotional signage. Despite its durability, Lexan does scratch easily.
Medium density overlay, also known as MDO in the industry, is made by thermally bonding a paper layer to plywood. The paper contains resin to make the panel weather resistant and smooth. Along with the resin overlay, a special veneer underneath makes these signs ideal for painting. MDO signs are often used for painted exterior signs or murals.
Magnetic sheeting is created by binding vinyl to a magnetic backing that has a strength of 90lbs per square foot. Because they are semi-permanent and affordable, many businesses use the magnetic signs on vehicles for mobile promotion. If a vehicle has been recently painted or the siding is hot, a magnetic sign can damage the paint. Magnetic signs should also be removed during car washes.
UltraBoard is the brand name and industry standard for rigid, all-plastic display board. The board is made from a polystyrene foam core held between two sheets of polystyrene plastic. UltraBoard signs are commonly used for permanent signage, including art works, museum exhibits, and commercial signs. UltraBoard is not recommended for outdoor use, but it should last for at least 5 years indoors.
Dibond is the brand name of the industry standard aluminum composite material. This material is made by bonding two aluminum panels to a foam core, so the Dibond sheet is thicker than aluminum with only half the weight. Dibond material is commonly used for directional and traffic signage, but also sees use with company logos, restaurant menus, and art galleries. Signs are easily mounted to poles with brackets or can be bolted to a wall.
These signs are only a few of the many different materials that we have available here at Brooklyn Signs. Glass, fabric, paper, brass, steel, 3 dimensional signs, custom wood carvings - we can do it all. We encourage you to contact us at any time to find out more about our sign material options, or fill out our online form to receive a free quote for our services.