Sign panels and substrates at work
Most signs require unique materials with special characteristics
By SignCraft Magazine
Posted on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
Most of the substrates and panels used for signs aren’t mainstream building materials. You won’t find most of them at the local big box lumberyard. MDO, ACM, HDU, PVC and the like usually come from suppliers who specialize in providing materials and supplies to sign makers. That’s because they have unique characteristics that most typical building materials don’t have, which make them ideal for sign making.
Knowing how to best take advantage of those characteristics is an essential skill for sign makers. While you can learn it from experience, by trial and error, you can also take a shortcut and learn by seeing how others put these materials to work. Seeing how others utilize these products lets you borrow from their experience. You’ll see how they used the characteristics of the material to add to the effect they created on the sign or to keep a sign within budget.
Once in a creative sign shop, these unique panels become the substance of all sorts of effective, high value sign advertising. A quick trip through the pages of any issue of SignCraft shows interesting uses of all these materials—and more. Take a look at these sign projects that we’ve seen recently and see how these sign makers put the substrates to work to deliver a variety of highly effective signs that were practical to produce.