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What Are Flat Cut Metal Letters?
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.
Metal letters are themselves not illuminated, but lights can be position near or around them if you desire to have them lit. If you are looking for large, illuminated letters, you may want to consider checking out our page on channel letters.
If you're looking for letters similar to metal letters but not as expense, you should look at our molded plastic letters page. Molded plastic letters can achieve the appearnce of metal without the weight or price.
ContentsWhat Are Flat Cut Metal Letters? What Is the Difference Between Metals? Why Use Metal Letters? Are Metal Letters for Outdoor or Indoor Use? How Are Flat Cut Metal Letters Made? Can You Get Numbers and Custom Logos/Fonts? How Much Do Metal Letters Cost? How Are Metal Letters Installed? Looking for Other Dimensional Letters?
What Is the Difference Between Metals?
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.
Why Use Metal Letters?
Metal letters are used for the following reasons:
- 1) Appearance: Metal letters have a timeless appearance that is both simple and elegant, communicating strength and sophistication
- 2) Versatility: You can get numerous designs and fonts with metal. Your metal letters can look rustic or modern
- 3) Durability: They are long lasting AND backed by our Lifetime Replacement Warranty guarantee against breaking or fading.
Are Metal Letters for Outdoor or Indoor Use?
They can be used both indoors and outdoors.
How Are Flat Cut Metal Letters Made?
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.
Can You Get Numbers And Custom Logos/Fonts?
Yes indeed. Your logo or any other graphic can be cut from metal.
How Much Do Metal Letters Cost?
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.
How Are Metal Letters Installed?
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.
Looking for Other Dimensional Letters?
We've got a great informational page on 3D dimensional letters if you're looking for a different type. Not only does it include links to our other letter types (channel letters, plastic letters & more), it also has a free downloadable PDF that details the various dimensional lettering options there are.