With So Many Options to Choose From You Can Decide Which is Right for You...
When creating and ordering a new custom sign, it's longevity is important. Not only is it an investment, it's your business image! So make sure your sign looks great year after year by selecting the proper laminate or vinyl for your project and the conditions of its environment.
As you clickity click on the icons on the right, you'll start to see the different options we offer to increase your sign's life, more than any other online sign company. And if you have any questions as to what is right for you or your sign, we are here to help. We help numberous clients daily choose the correct options for their signs.
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Economy Grade Uncoated
Great for short term signage.
Economy Grade is our most basic option. It is uncoated without any laminate for protection or longer life.
Our Uncoated Economy Grade is rated to last up to 2 years outdoors and slightly longer indoors.
Standard Grade Laminate
Standard Laminate but excellent protection.
Standard Grade Laminate is rated to last up to 3 years outdoors. Includes the scratch resistant clear, Dura-Shield UV Protective Laminate.
Premium Grade Laminate
Higher quality laminate with longer life.
Premium Grade is our most popular laminate and is rated to last up to 5 years outdoors. Includes the Premium Grade UV Protective Laminate.
This clear, protective coating improves abrasion and scratch resistance, provides UV protection and makes cleaning and maintaining the signs's original appearance and color, a piece of cake.
Dry Erase Laminate
Write On! Write Off!
TheSignChef.com's Dry Erase Laminate is specifically designed to turn any sign material into a dry-erasable image or sign. In addition this laminate helps reduce wear from abrasion and moisture.
Signage incorporating the Dry Erase Laminate have a rated life of 6-8 years. Though recommended for indoor uses, many of our clients do use their dry erase signs outdoors.
Our Dry Erase Laminate may be cleaned with a damp cloth and mild detergent. Additional cleaning to remove shadows or ghosting can be done with markerboard cleaner and conditioner designed specifically for dry erase surfaces.
Economy Grade Vinyl
Great price and quality product.
Economy Grade Vinyl is digitally printed with a weather resistant ink and is rated to last up to 3 years outdoors. Indoors though, this high quality vinyl can last for decades.
To help the vibrant colors printed last as long as possible outdoors, just remember to gently clean with mild soapy water only and here's why. The economy grade vinyl is produced without a protective clear coat. So you want to avoid using common household spray cleaners because the chemicals could wash off some of the ink over time.
Of course, one of the key advantages to choosing the Economy Grade Vinyl is the initial price point. So when you're looking for the lowest price, the Economy Grade is the perfect place to start.
Standard Grade Vinyl
Durable,Scratch Resistance and UV Protection!
Standard Grade Vinyl is not only a higher quality grade of vinyl, you also get the added protection of the Dura-Shield Clear Protective Laminate.
This clear, protective coating improves abrasion and scratch resistance, provides UV protection and makes cleaning and maintaining the vinyl's original appearance and color, a piece of cake.That's why the Standard Grade Vinyl last longer and is rated for up to 5 years outdoors.
If you are going to be using vinyl on a company vehicle or storefront glass window, you might want to consider upgrading to the Standard Grade. Because of it's more durable components and Dura-Shield it's the ideal choice for these applications where it is exposed to elements and harsh conditions.
Premium Grade Vinyl
Give your new sign the "top shelf" vinyl!
If you want the highest quality available, choose the 3M brand its our Premium Grade Vinyl. This high performance vinyl has proven to be one of the most consistently reliable vinyl products in the entire sign industry.
We use the 3M brand vinyl together with the Clear Protective Laminate to produce our Premium Grade Vinyl. This combination provides exceptional, long term durability with a rating of up to 7 years outdoors.
In fact, the 3M Premium Grade Vinyl is so durable it is often specified as a requirement by national companies, state governments and the military. But you do not have to be a part of a big organization to appreciate quality, especially since there is not a big price difference.
If your signage may be exposed to extreme hot or cold climate conditions, salty water conditions, cleaners or any other chemicals or if you simply want the best vinyl the sign industry has to offer, you just can not go wrong with the "top shelf" 3M, Premium Grade Vinyl.
Reflective Grade Vinyl
Keep advertising even after the sun goes down!
The fourth and final grade offered here at TheSignChef.com is our Reflective Grade Vinyl. The Reflective Grade is another type of Premium Grade Vinyl and is also rated for up to 7 years outdoors.
It is the same type of reflective vinyl you see at night on STOP signs and interstate signs. However, instead of a plain design with simple text, we can print and laminate any design you want including full color photos or a corporate logo which will have the same reflective effect.
So if your sign will catch some light at night, reflective grade vinyl will keep on working for you long after the sun goes down.