Panned and Embossed Painted Face
Flat Faces: This face is completely flat from edge to edge.
Pan & Embossed Faces: This face bevels inward at its edge. As such, the bulk of the sign face protrudes forward and gives it a sense of depth.
Routed & Backed Faces: Often, this approach includes an aluminum face where letters or graphics are cut out of it. That face is then backed with translucent acrylic. In some cases, push-through letters are installed in the cut-out areas. The cut-out areas permit illumination at night.
Standard-sized cabinets are more economical than channel letters in most cases. They also offer the benefit of fewer holes in the building for installation. Also, they are more flexible than channel letters in the sense that the cabinet can remain fixed to a building and the face can be replaced. This is particularly useful when there is a change in tenants.
Flat Cut-Out Letters (FCOs)
Often fabricated of either aluminum or acrylic, these letters come in stock colors or can be painted. In addition, these types of letters are typically a more economical solution than either channel letters or cabinets. Various thicknesses ranging from 1/4″ to 1.5″ and a variety of face-types for these letters make their level of customization appealing to customers. Speaking of customization, these letters can also be fabricated to fit certain custom fonts beyond the stock font offerings.
FCOs are not illuminated in the traditional sense, but external lighting with lamps or goosenecks can shed light on them in the nighttime hours.
Have a custom logo shape to accompany the letters? Generally, you can get a custom logo fabricated in the same style, thickness, and color as the FCOs themselves. This ability keeps your exterior building signage cohesive and visually attractive.
Dibond is actually a brand name for a material that as aluminum faces sandwiching a PVC core. It’s sturdy, ideal for exterior use, and we can apply either standard cut vinyl or digitally printed vinyl to the surface. Custom shapes can be routed of it, or the original rectangular shape of the format can be used. This is the most economical solution among those listed here.
But you don’t to sacrifice the visual appeal simply because it’s the most economical solution. In some ways, it offers more flexibility for design since the individual elements on the panel are either printed or cut out of vinyl rather than fabricated as individual elements. Customers who desire very expressive designs find the dibond panel an appealing exterior signage solution.
Whether you’re seeking to invest a lot or you’re wanting an economical solution, we can work with you target a great design for your budget.
If you want an estimate or to talk to us about how to get noticed with your exterior building sign, contact us.