Road Signs, Street Signs, Roadwork Signs

Road Work Signs are mostly temporary, mobile directional signs to help re-direct or inform traffic while road works are in progress. As they are outdoor signs and are important as they could be considered life saving signs, these signs are made with high quality, strong materials to withstand moderate handling and adverse weather conditions. Road work signs include pedestrian re-direction signs, parking signs, site traffic signs, cautionary signs, standard road signs, construction site signs and diversion signs.

Traffic Signs For Vehicles refers to more permanent directional signs that help to direct or inform traffic. Because traffic signs are outdoor signs and the lack of the sign could cost lives, these signs are made using high quality, long life, strong materials that withstand moderate handling and adverse weather conditions. Examples of traffic signs for vehicles includes: Long vehicle signs, School signs, school children signs, Long load triangle signs, abnormal load vehicle signs, warning signs and directional signs.

 

 

Parking Signs

Parking signs could be classified as any of traffic sign, directional signs and informative sign, as depending on their location (indoor or outdoor) and intended use (practical versus to impress), they could achieve any of these objectives.

Parking signs are intended to give information to drivers, people looking to park and road uses. Parking signs are generally used to demarcate parking bays, as opposed to road signs that could warn of dangerous conditions or advise where parking is not allowed.

Parking signs would typically be used by governments, municipalities, councils, landlords, shopping centres and businesses.

Depending on the location, the intended life of the sign, the budget and the message that te buyer wants to communicate the material used for parking signs can vary from Aluminium parking signs, metal parking signs, plastic parking signs and Chromadek parking signs to paper. Parking signs are often overlooked as part of a corporation's general corporate identity. In order to avoid this parking signs should generally maintain the look and feel of all the other signs of a business.

The most common parking signs are:

  • No parking zone signs
  • Reserved parking signs
  • Novelty parking signs
  • Designated Parking signs
  • Free standing parking signs and
  • Curb mounted parking signs
  • Numbered parking signs

Door Signs and Office Signs

Door signs and office signs, from Braille restroom signs to security alarm door signs, can give instructions, tell you what to expect next, keep unauthorized people out and provide emergency instructions. Door and office signs are a visual graphic created to display information to a particular audience.

Some Types of Door Signs include:

Braille Signs

Braille signs are no longer only found at hotels, offices and hospitals. If your facility has a snack area, a gift shop, waiting rooms, a fitness centre, mail rooms or even a room for coats, Braille signs can assist sight disadvantaged to get where they need to be while aiding in their independence. An example of Braille signs are the Contour HT Office Door Signs including raised room numbers and Grade 2 Braille. Ideal for maintaining or establishing a room number.

Custom Directory Door Signs

An easy to understand, custom directory door sign can help prevent confusion and guide visitors. A large variety of shapes and sizes allows for a uses to be creative with plenty of options to design your perfect directory.

Custom Visitor Door Signs

Visitor door signs are an important part of any facility. Visitor door signs advise visitors what to expect when they enter your premises and guide the visitors inside the building to create and reinforce the feeling of security one gets from knowing where you are going and what to expect on the way there. Like all door signs, these signs can be manufactured using, amongst other materials, durable plastic, brass, aluminium or any combination of materials.

Custom Sliding Door Signs − including Occupied Vacant signs

Also known as Door Slider Signs and Room In-Use Signs. Slider signs panels slide back and forth easily to reveal vacancy or occupancy. Used to inform when rooms, such as conference rooms, are occupied or vacant so they can be used. Occupied and Vacant signs are regularly used in offices, hotels, conference centres and the like. Sliding signs assist in the management of meeting rooms.

Custom Engraved Door Signs

When your company needs to get a message across, custom engraved door signs make the message stand out in a manner that projects quality and class.

Custom Metal Door Signs

Custom metal door signs are durable made from 20mil Diamond Plate and feature an aggressive adhesive.

Door Nameplate Signs

Door signs and door nameplates can be used for informative purposes in an office environment, where name plates are mounted on doors or walls in order to identify employees and / or their job title.

Office Door Signs

Office door signs are made from a number of materials, or combinations of materials, so that they can fir into the budget, feel and look of your business premises. Good office door signs should be easy to maintain.

Projecting Door Signs

Projecting door signs can be seen easily from up and down a hallway or passageway. Projecting door signs should be installed where they are easily read by passer's by heading in either direction.

Room Number Signs

Room number signs help identify and organize every room in your establishment, especially if designed in a fun manner with attention grabbing signs. Each room number sign offers a choice of text and numbers, and where desired, with the corresponding Braille lettering and numbers at the bottom.

Window / Glass Door Decals

Die cut window decals are available in a range of letter heights. Die-cut door decals can be used instead of, or together with traditional door signs. With glass door signs, the desired message can be applied directly onto the glass surface.

 

Electronic Signs, LED Signs and Neon Signs

Electronic Signs

Electronic signs, also known as moving signs, moving media, electronic signage and electronic displays, LED signs and electronic billboards are fast becoming more popular and more cost effective, with the great advances that have been made in high speed electronics and LED lighting technology. Electronic signs are illuminated advertising media in the signage industry. Major electronic signage include fluorescent signs, high intensity displays ( HID), incandescent signs, LED ( Light-emitting diode) signs and Neon signs. Because of new display technologies, electronic signs are able to present more clear, colourful, and vivid images. Animated electronic signs gradually replace traditional static signs and increasingly take signage market share.

The advent of digital technology, and most recently, the advances made in LED lighting, has seen explosive growth in the size, type and effectiveness of electronic signs. Where electronic signs were once limited to a single colour moving line of text, commonly found in banks or places where long lines (queues) occurred, the advances in LED technology means that electronic and LED signs have now progressed to where these signs have become equivalent of massive TV sets (as seen in sports stadiums) and huge moving building size signs that are animated, being able to more than flash and rotate. For what is probably the worlds best example of large electronic signs one has only to look at Time Square in New York.

In many cases the electronically programmable signs are actually a medium, rather than a 'sign', with the content being able to be easily updated from a remote location using cellular technology and / or the internet, making electronic and LED signs a popular 'property investment' amongst 'media' businesses. An example of Electronic and LED signs as a medium is the large signs commonly found today on many street corners. These signs run adverts and provide information for all passer's by to see.

Not all large signs are seen as electronic and / or LED signs, although they may run using electronic components. There are still a number of large - single brand and / or single message signs like "Drink Coca-Cola" - that adorn large buildings in many cities. These signs can be made from either one or a combination of neon and / or fluorescent tubing and / or LED lights. The final choice between these is normally a calculation based on required light output, component capital cost, cost of installation, cost of running, cost of maintaining as well as projected energy consumption and heat pollution.

Illuminated Signs (light box signs)

Front lit or front illuminated signs as the name implies is the opposite of back lit signs. The big difference is that light is reflected onto the face - as opposed to light being projected through the face. These signs tend to not be as bright as internally illuminated signs (though this can be a contentious issue depending on the light source for either type of sign) and the colours are not as "clean". The cost advantage of front illumination makes it a popular choice for a number of signs, especially large billboards or where illumination is necessary, and the client is on a limited budget. The disadvantage of front lit or front illumination is that it is not always easy to get the light intensity correct. If there is too little light the sign is difficult to read, and if the illuminate is too intense, you cannot read the sign at all, only seeing a blur of light. Common examples of this kind of sign are billboards, advertising billboards and large building signs.

Internally lit or internally Illuminated or rear lit or rear illuminated signs can use a number of different types of illumination. What is common for all types of internally lit or internally illuminated or rear illuminated signs is that the light travels through the face of the sign to be seen by the viewer.

The greatest advantage of rear illumination is that light being projected from the rear gives a rich and vibrant image that goes beyond just illumination - it adds value to the sales message, often also bringing the message to life. For example, if fluorescent tubes are used to rear illuminate a picture of cascading or running water, the light source may make it look like the water is in fact moving.

Internal or rear illumination is the illumination most commonly used for light boxes (a light box being a single or double sided "box" shaped sign with a marketing message on the face(s) and a source of illumination inside), with the most common, and generally cost effective source of illumination being fluorescent tubes. Modern fluorescent tubes running off electronic ballasts, use less electricity and generate much less heat than the 'old style' magnetic ballasts of days gone by. One can also use neon, (which is fairly energy efficient, but not very green friendly), or normal incandescent globes, which are not only 'green' unfriendly, but also produce a great deal of heat which impacts on the efficiency, design and structure of the sign or LED lights to internally illuminate signs.

More and more LED's are being used to replace neon and now also fluorescent tubes (as the LED's are being designed to project their light in more general patterns), and can easily change colour. LED's also have a long life and the costs have come down over the years making them a very cost efficient lighting option. Common examples of internally lit signs are found outside institutions like banks, inside shopping malls, hospitals, fast food signs, in fact anywhere and everywhere where rear and / or internal illumination is used to advertise products or services.

LED signs

As advances have been made in the development and improvement of light-emitting diode (LED) semiconductors, the use of LEDs indicator lamps in many devices has increased substantially, to the point where today LED's are used in products as varied as the light source for slim line televisions to stand alone lighting. Initially appearing as practical electronic components in 1962, the early LEDs only emitted low-intensity red light. Today however, modern versions are available across the visible, ultraviolet, infrared and light spectrum, all with very high, and ever increasing, brightness. LEDs have a number of advantages over 'traditional' incandescent light sources, amongst these advantages being lower energy consumption, less heat emission, longer lifespan, smaller size, faster switching, more 'green' friendly, and of late, lower cost.

LED signs allow for HUGE television screens, as seen in many modern sports stadiums - where the fast switching speed means that the projected images can be updated 'live' with no, or very little time delay. LED's have also opened the door for new functions such as signs, lifts and store fronts with changing face colours.

Neon Signs

Neon signs are made using high voltage electrified, luminous tube lights that contain rarefied neon (red) , carbon monoxide (white), helium (yellow), mercury (blue) and other gases for other colours. Neon lighting is most commonly used for neon lighting, illuminated signs that can be shaped, and which was first demonstrated in it's modern form in December 1910. While they were used all over the world, for many the highest impact made by neon signs would be the 'strip' at Las Vegas, which was made popular by Hollywood in many films from the 1950's till today.

Definitions:

Electronic signs and LED signs, also known as Moving signs, LED signs, electronic billboards The advent of digital technology has seen quite a substantial growth in the size and effectiveness of electronic signs. Once limited to single colour moving lines of text (banks, queues) this has now developed to signs that are equivalent to massive TV sets and massive building size signs that flash and rotate. We have a veritable Picadilly Circus in every major city!

In many cases the electronically programmable signs are actually a medium, rather than a sign. In many cases - like the signs on street corners that run adverts as well as some information - the sign is a medium.

In contrast to this, the large - single brand/message signs like "Drink CocaCola" - that adorn large building in many cities are generally a combination of neon,fluorescent tubing and/or LEDs. The final choice between these is a calculation based on required light output, component capital cost, cost of installation, cost of maintaining and projected energy consumption and heat pollution.

Neon Signs also know as Strip lettering, neon lettering, glowing letters Neon lettering is a special kind of illuminated sign, where the lighting source IS the sign. You are probably familiar with the glowing signs in shops that say "open", "vacancy" in motels, or the retail outlets name written in glowing letters. These are all examples of neon letters.

Neon has the advantage over fluorescent tubes in that it is brighter and can be formed into a variety of shapes. Where required - as in signs that need to be seen from a distance - neon can be doubled (doubling the light output). It is often used to outline lettering (called double neon) and used to illuminate signs - both from the inside and outside.

Traditionally it was only neon that could supply a wide range of different colours - achieved by varying the relative percentages of gasses within the neon tube. More recently LED lighting has challenged this dominance and is technically more flexible than neon. At the time of writing, LED and neon lighting are about the same price (in South Africa) but the price of LED lighting is falling rapidly and looks set to be cheaper than neon.

Computer Cut Out Vinyl Letters and Vinyl Signs

Vinyl Stickers, Vinyl Decals and Self Adhesive Vinyl Cut Out's

Vinyl stickers and decals are also known as peel and stick vinyl stickers, self adhesive cut out vinyl stickers or vinyl cut out decals. Vinyl lettering refers to custom cut, self adhesive lettering or graphics that have been cut to a shape or design, and are ready to apply to any smooth, appropriately finished, non-porous surface. Vinyl lettering differs from printed stickers in that vinyl lettering is cut out of a solid coloured roll of vinyl, the excess is weeded away and the remaining cut images are pre-spaced and are held together using a temporary transfer tape. While many materials are available, ranging from short (three to six month life expectancy) to high quality, five to seven year life expectancy, at SignForce we pride ourselves on only working with high quality, longer life (five to seven year life expectancy) polymeric material for all vinyl cut-outs.

Die-Cut Vinyl Window Decals

Die cut window decals are available in a wide range of letter heights and colours. Die cut vinyl can be identified by the fact that the vinyl is the same colour on the face and the backing, while printed vinyl will generally have different colours for the face and the backing. Die-cut window and glass door decals are easy to install, although doing it oneself may require a little practice to prevent bubbles and make the application look professional. In order to apply to the glass, one needs a squeegee to remove any bubbles and then easily remove the 'application tape' that is used to assist with the application. All cut letters are pre-spaced in order to speed up and improve the accuracy of the application. White is best for most exterior glass doors because of the contrast created when light is behind the letters that are to be read.

Die-Cut vinyl with 'back' Adhesive

A wonderful modern effect can be created on windows (often used in modern offices to create privacy as well as enhancing the overall feel of the office) by using sandblast effect (and any other flat colour) vinyl that can either be used to cover a full window or to create special effects by either cutting shapes or text or a combination out of the vinyl. Sandblast effect vinyl has the advantage of allowing some light through, thus making offices feel more spacious while preventing the 'fish bowl' effect. The sandblast effect (and other vinyl's) can be applied to either the front OR the rear of a glass pane, depending on the placement, location, desired effect and required legibility. Once they are cured vinyl is highly resistant to moisture, solvents, chemicals, abrasion and fading. The vinyl decals are also easy to clean.

Glass Window Vinyl Decal Sticker

These colourful decals can stick on either the inside or the outside of the glass. Depending on the manufacturer and the process, the vinyl may be one colour on the 'front' and another on the rear. If the window gets a lot of sun, especially as in some area's in Southern Africa, it is best to use a high quality vinyl to prevent the vinyl from cracking and pealing, creating a poor image of the business being promoted. Depending on the desired effect and where the vinyl is to be used, some modern, techniqued vinyl can be used. Techniqued vinyl range from 'opaque' vinyl that works like a sandblast effect vinyl but allows for more light to pass through, to see through or 'stained glass' effect vinyl that comes in a multitude of colours.

Laminated Vinyl Decal Sticker

Vinyl, especially digitally printed vinyl that is being used outdoors, is sometimes laminated for durability and in order to increase the life of the print. There are two types of lamination. Lamination using a SOLID cover and lamination with clear liquid polyester that is designed to protect the print against water, chemicals and weather. Lamination can also assist with keeping the sign clean, making it less likely to scratch or damage the face when wiping off dirt, dust or grease. It is important to note that while laminating with a UV resistant film may extend the life of the print, it is still possible for certain [ink] pigments under the laminate to fade faster than others, sometimes leading to a picture that is totally illegible. As such, most claims of greatly extended ink life are unfortunately immensely exaggerated.

Mirror Window Glass Decal

Mirror window decals stick to your mirror, with the adhesive being relatively easy to remove without leaving messy residue. This is especially helpful when a tenant's lease expires and they are required to leave the premises in the same condition as they found them.

Static Cling Decal Sticker and Static Cling Labels

Static cling decals and labels are reusable and can be moved from one window (or any other solid substrate) to another without being damaged. The static cling material sticks on the inside of a window, with the graphic been seen through the window. This is an ideal application for upmarket shopping centres who are advertising space to let as well as new tenants.

Stencil Die-Cut vinyl with 'back' Adhesive

As with standard die-cut vinyl, the same wonderful modern effect can be created on windows by using sandblast effect (and any other flat colour) vinyl that can either be used to cover a full window or to create special effects by either cutting shapes or text or a combination out of the vinyl. The 'stencil cut' effect refers to the vinyl being cut in such a way that, for example, the full window would be covered with sandblast effect vinyl, and the required text or logo would be 'stencil cut OUT' of the vinyl. In other words, the stencil cut area would be plain, undressed glass while the surrounding glass would be decorated (dressed) with the sandblast effect vinyl.

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