Flat cut metal letters are a type of dimensional lettering signage cut from a sheet of metal. As for which metal, they can be made with aluminum, bronze, brass or stainless steel.
After the letter has been cut, it undergoes the finishing process, which smooths the surface and then gives it a natural satin finish. At this point, the letter can be left with this kind of finish or painted or dipped in a bath to give it color.
Aluminum is lightweight, doesn’t rust and has the lowest price of the metals. It is also the most popular. It can be painted any color or left to its natural silver. Notably, there are two types of aluminum letters, those cut out of solid aluminum plate and cast letters formed from molten aluminum poured into molds. The primary difference is depth; cast aluminum letters are hollow on the back, thus making them have a lower price. Also, once the cast aluminum letters are mounted on a surface, the hollow part is completely concealed.
After aluminum stainless steel is the most popular option. Third most popular is bronze and then brass. Bronze and brass can be buffed or polished to provide a pleasing mirror-like finish. Over time, bronze will gradually gain a greenish film.
Metal letters are used for the following reasons:
They can be used both indoors and outdoors.
They are precision cut with laser and high pressure water. The metal comes in a flat sheet, which the letters are cut from. By cutting these letters with water jets, one can craft very intricate details and precise corners, even on small characters and letters.
Yes indeed. Your logo or any other graphic can be cut from metal.
There are a lot of factors that go into determining the cost of metal letters: thickness, metal type, number of characters, etc. For 8" tall, 1/8" or 1/4" thick brushed aluminum letters, you can expect something around $44 per letter.
Metal letters are installed with stud-mounting. It’s quite simple. You mark out where you want to place the letters. Then you make measurements in order to ensure the correct placement.
Next, you drill holes in the wall and place your letters in, making adjustments as needed. Finally, once you're satisfied with the placement, you put an adhesive on the studs sticking out the back of the letters and place them on the wall.