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Signage Printing: Choosing the Right Material

During the course of your day, whether you are walking down the sidewalk, driving down the road, shopping at the mall, or dining out at a restaurant, you are guaranteed to see a wide variety of signage. Ever stop and wonder how that piece of signage was made or what it is printed on?

If you have, then we are here to help! In the world of signage, there is a large selection of materials that you can choose from to advertise your business, products and services. Below we explain the common type of materials you will see, what they are used for, and what you should know about each.

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COROPLAST

© Tab62 / Fotolia

 Commonly Used For:

  • Election Signs
  • Lawn Promotional Signs
  • For Sale/Lease Signs
  • Directional Signs
  • Golf Tee Signs

What to Know:

  • Weather Proof/Waterproof
  • Short Term Outdoor Use (outside during parts of the year, not all year round)
  • Recyclable/ Environment Friendly
  • Stiff & Resilient
  • Offered in Variety of Color Options
  • Ability to Stake into the Ground
  • Lightweight
  • Double Sided Print Capability

Definition:
Coroplast is a high-quality polypropylene twin-wall sheet. Coroplast is a brand name of corrugated plastic and a registered trademark of Coroplast, Inc. The typical thickness of coroplast is 4mm, or just less than ¼” thick.


FOAMCORE

© Syda Productions / Fotolia 

Commonly Used For:

What to Know:

  • Indoor Applications Only
  • Lightweight
  • One Time/Short Time Use
  • Easy to Cut
  • Breakdowns after Extended Period of Time
  • Ability to be Scored & Partially Folded
  • Offered in White or Black
  • Double Sided Print Capability

Definition:
Foam core is made of a type of Styrofoam covered on both sides with paper or plastic so that the foam is the core of the sandwich. Foamcore is 1/8 or 3/16 of an inch (0.3 or 0.5 centimeters) thick.


SINTRA

© Rhonda Roth / Fotolia 

Commonly Used For:

  • Construction Site Signs
  • Large Wall Menus
  • Point of Purchase Displays
  • Directional Signs
  • Promotional Signs
  • Building/Parking Signs

What to Know:

  • Water/Weatherproof
  • Excellent for Outdoor Applications
  • Long Term/Everyday Outdoor Use
  • Indoor Applications
  • Superior Dent and Scratch Resistance
  • Double Sided Print Capability
  • Lightweight
  • Smooth Surface
  • Ability to be Drilled Through
  • Offered in Variety of Color Options

Definition:
Sintra is the brand name for Alusuise Composites' rigid PVC (poly vinyl chloride) foam board, a moderately expanded, closed-cell PVC sheet. Sintra is commonly sold and used in 3mm or 6mm thickness.


VINYL BANNERS 

© Piai / Fotolia

Commonly Used For:

  • Signage at Events
  • Promotions
  • Grand Opening Announcements
  • Trade Show Displays
  • Light Pole/Street Displays
  • Point of Purchase Displays
  • Special Occasions (Birthdays, Anniversaries)

What to Know:

  • Indoor/Outdoor Applications
  • Double Sided Print Capability
  • Easily Stored & Transported
  • Grommets & Pole Pockets for Hanging
  • Long Lasting & Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Low Cost

Definition:
Vinyl banner material is usually made by a polyvinyl chloride or commonly known as PVC. Banners can be printed in any size. Standard vinyl banners typically weigh from 9 ounces to 22 ounces per square yard.

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