are vast selections of materials available for signs to be made
from. In addition there are various options to produce your lettering
or graphics. The substrate and graphics choices are largely based
on the environment that they will be used in and the budget of the
Some of the more common substrates (many more are available) are
Coroplast: It comes in many different thicknesses
and colors. It is the most affordable material. It is corrugated
plastics. The channels between the flutes will be somewhat noticeable
in the appearance of the finish of the sign.
PVC Board (plastic): It comes in white only.
It does come in many different thicknesses. It has a smooth finish
to the face. It is a mid price substrate.
Does come in various colors and thicknesses. It has a smooth finish
to the face and is a mid to higher priced substrate. The color
of the aluminum is produced with paint.
Alumalight: Is a thicker substrate that starts
at ¼” thick. It is made up of 2 sheets of aluminum
with a corrugated plastic center. It comes primarily in white
with a smooth finish. It can be finished with a ¼ inch
colored edge cap. The edge cap is larger on the thicker boards.
It is a more expensive substrate but is very durable.
Is approximately ¼” thick and comes in many different
colors. It is comprised of a solid plastic core surrounded on
both sides with aluminum sheets.
Is a translucent material used for backlit signage. It comes in
a few different thicknesses. Translucent vinyl is used in conjunction
with this material.
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