Dibond is excellent for outdoor use, but a great option for indoors too. Dibond can be one-sided or two-sided to promote your brand in two directions. Dibond is used for real estate, property, directional, road, safety, regulation and restroom signs.
Below is just a few of the many places Dibond is used.
Dibond signs are an excellent choice for indoor signage. They are fairly lightweight and can be printed double-sided, so Dibond is good for indoor hanging signs. Also, Dibond signs are easy to mount on an interior wall. Protected from the elements, an indoor Dibond sign can last decades.
Dibond signs are ideal for outdoor signage. Because of the Aluminum's natural rust and weather-resistance, Dibond signs will stand up to the elements. Additionally, the solid plastic core gives a Dibond sign added rigidity and durability so it won’t easily bend or warp. Whether post-mounted, attached to poles, placed in a sidewalk stand or mounted to an outdoor wall, Dibond signs are a stylish and durable signage choice. Dibond also has a high tolerance for cold and hot weather temperature extremes and heavy precipitation.
How can you find out for sure if Dibond is the right material for your project? Learning the distinguished components of the Dibond sign material is the key.
The Dibond sign material is made of both the aluminum and plastic sign material. Two factory-painted sheets of aluminum are permanently bonded to both sides of a high-density plastic core, sandwiching the plastic sign panel in between.
The solid plastic core adds body, thickness, and rigidity to the sheet while allowing it to remain lightweight. In fact, Dibond custom signs have 10 times more strength than a sheet of .040" aluminum making it the 4th strongest sign panel (ARMOUR-Wood metal signs are #1 in panel strength) yet the material weighs only 32 pounds for an entire 4' x 8' sheet.
The design of your Dibond sign is more than just layout and colors. It is also important to factor in letter size. We provide a letter sizing calculator so you don’t have to guess whether or not your Dibond sign will be readable.
Dibond comes from the factory with a white background. Because of this, your options for background and design colors are basically unlimited. We offer PMS color match too.
If you need a more durable background color for your Dibond sign, we recommend a colored vinyl overlay that is fade resistant. The process is simple. After you’ve selected a vinyl color, we apply it to the cut Dibond before the logo, lettering and design are printed. If you want your entire design applied in vinyl, we can also do that for an additional cost.
A clear UV protective laminate is applied to all of our Dibond signs to protect against weather, sun, pollution, and rust.
Dibond sign finish options are:
If you need a sign that is larger than that, no worries! Just let us know!
Don’t let your outdoor Dibond sign fade away. Dibond is naturally a strong, weatherproof material that will hold up well against the elements. Combine that with our 4 different durability grades of protective coating, and your Dibond sign can stay vibrant and weather-proof for 10 or more years. At TheSignChef.com, we’ll tell you “don’t over-buy or under-buy.” But what does that mean?
Other sign companies have a habit of only selling their customers one durability option, regardless of the customers’ specific needs. Most are hesitant to quantify just how long their signs will last, and those that do will often limit the sign’s lifespan to 5 years or less. This often results in you receiving a sign that is built (and priced) to last far longer or shorter than you really need, leading to frustration and higher costs on your end. We, however, offer 4 different durability grades for our custom signs, from economy to ultra premium. There are pros and cons to each durability grade. For example, while the initial cost of an economy grade sign is less than ultra-premium, if you end up needing to replace your sign every few years, you pay more in the long run. On the flip side, if you invest in an ultra-premium grade sign, but 3 years in realize you want a new look, you’ve paid for more durability than you need. So how long will you want your Dibond sign to last? For an indoor Dibond sign, it’s very rare that you would need anything higher than the economy grade. However, if your Dibond sign will be displayed outside, we recommend either standard, premium, or ultra-premium grade. The infographic above shows the different levels of fade protection each durability grade offers. We want to make sure you’re getting the product that will fit your needs now and in the future.
The right size Dibond sign depends on your specific needs. That’s why we don’t place too many limits on your size options for Dibond signs.
Dibond signs up to 5’ x 10’ are cut from a single, seamless sheet. For a sign larger than 5’ x 10’, we will cut multiple Dibond panels.
The most popular sizes available for custom Dibond Signs are as follows:
You’re not limited to only square and rectangular shapes. We will cut your Dibond signage to any custom shape you want. A Dibond sign can be contour cut (following every contour of your design) or halo cut (following every contour of your design while maintaining a border). TheSignChef.com will cut your Dibond Signage to ANY custom shape.
Pictured below are a few custom sign shapes, if you need a Dibond sign in a unique shape, let us know.
Dibond signs come in two thicknesses:
We understand that installing your Dibond sign yourself may seem like a daunting task, and maybe you were planning to hire someone to do it for you. But before you go through the hassle of finding a sign installation company, trying to work around their schedule and spending an extra $100+ for their services, let us show you how easy doing it yourself can be. By self-installing your Dibond sign, you can save time and money.
We offer a variety of mounting kits and accessories that can ship with your order. For Dibond signs, we’ve found that these are some of the more popular installation supplies:
If you aren’t certain what tools you need to install your Dibond sign, we’ll be happy to make recommendations.
Also, to help you along with your sign installation:
Sometimes, all you want is the bottom line!
Watch our instructional videos about Dibond signs to learn more about selecting thickness, size, shape and design, as well as stress-free installation.
Once you approve your proof, we can usually have your Dibond sign produced and ready to ship within two business days.
Large orders and special requests normally ship within 3-7 business days. If your order is time sensitive, please share your deadline with Customer Service at 800.899.6272.
Any Dibond sign order over $125 includes free shipping. For details on rush shipping, please call Customer Service at 800.899.6272.
Not by default, but a reflective coating can easily be applied to a Dibond sign for an additional cost.
You are welcome to drill your own holes. If you cause damage, we will not repair or replace your Dibond sign under warranty.
The edges of a Dibond sign can be rather pointy. We can round the edges if you prefer. Just let us know what radius you would like.
To clean your Dibond sign, use a mild soap water solution and the softest cloth you can find (no paper towels).
The minimum order quantity for a Dibond sign is one.
We do offer quantity discounts for two or more Dibond signs. The more Dibond signs you purchase in one order, the greater your savings.
If your Dibond sign arrives broken or with production defects, please contact Customer Service at 800.899.6272 or email email@example.com immediately.
Manufacturing defects fall within our Workmanship Guarantee, so we will replace your Dibond sign free of charge.
We would be happy to rush the processing of your Dibond sign. The fastest way for us to help you with a rush order is for you to call Customer Service at 800.899.6272.
While similar in appearance to an Aluminum sign, a Dibond sign is far stronger and less flexible. Dibond is made by two factory-painted sheets of aluminum permanently bonded to both sides of a high-density solid plastic core, sandwiching the plastic in between. The plastic core adds thickness and rigidity, while the aluminum exterior serves as a weatherproof surface that can easily be printed on.
If you need additional holes or custom locations, you can note that request in your Dibond sign order. Special requests are subject to additional cost.
We can print a double-sided Dibond sign. Please note that request in your Dibond sign order.
All of our Dibond signs are printed with weather, fade and abrasion resistant ink. Your Dibond sign shouldn’t scratch with normal usage. However, if you intentionally or unintentionally scratch your Dibond sign with a sharp object, you will most likely scratch the surface and/or printed area. To improve fade resistance, we recommend a highly durable protective coating.
Because the outer part of a Dibond sign is Aluminum, with proper care your sign will look perfect for many years. Aluminum Oxide is the product of Aluminum oxidation, which forms a hard barrier that protects the Aluminum from further oxidation. It looks almost identical to the bare aluminum.
Are you concerned that your custom Dibond sign may not turn out the way you want? After all, we are probably hundreds of miles away from you so how can you be certain your order will turn out right? Fortunately, it only takes seconds to transmit full-color custom Dibond sign designs from our computer to yours because e-mails travel so fast these days.
Upon order approval, here’s how the process works: