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Aluminum is great for signs that are exposed to heavy traffic, rain, and heavy equipment areas. This solid metal sign type comes with a baked on enamel finish that both offers protection and beauty to the sign. Aluminum is available in three grades: standard .040" gauge, medium duty .063" gauge, and heavy duty, .080" guage.

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Alumalite is a great choice for a sign that is easy to handle and easy to install. Although Alumalite may not have the thickness and panel strength of ARMOUR-Wood, it’s still an extremely reliable sign material. Alumalite is composed of corrugated plastic reinforced on both sides with rigid aluminum sign panels.

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If you need a rigid, lightweight material for wall mounted signs, small post-mounted signs, or hanging signs, Dibond is great choice. Dibond is made of solid plastic reinforced on both sides with rigid aluminum panels. This combination of aluminum and plastic offers a sign material that is less rigid than Alumalite, yet substantially stiffer than a standard gauge metal sign.

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ARMOUR-Wood has significantly greater panel strength over traditional sign materials because the outer, metal armor shell, is reinforced with a solid wooden core. This innovative combination of metal & wood makes Armour-Wood one of the strongest sign panels available. ARMOUR-Wood is absolutely perfect for large signage needs

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What you need to Know About Outdoor Metal Signs

Is metal sign material really the best option for you?
How can you make sure you are making the right choice?
Knowing the key characteristics of metal signage will help you make the right decision.


Here are the key points to know before you make a final decision:

  • The most common type of metal used is aluminum sign material.
    Other metals available include Alumalite, Dibond, ARMOUR-Wood, steel, stainless steel, bronze, and brass.
  • Metal sign material is thin compared to thicker material like wood.
    However, you can get virtually any thickness or size metal you want.
  • Aluminum is the most lightweight sign material of all.
    When the correct thickness is matched to the overall size, it's quite sturdy.
  • Metal signage is rigid, yet flexible.
    In other words, metal can flex, as needed.
  • Steel metal signs are much stronger than aluminum.
    However, steel can rust over time — aluminum signage won't rust.
  • Standard durability is 3 years outdoors.
    The Premium option can extend the useful life to 6-10 years outdoors.
  • The metal surface is available in hundreds of different Pantone colors.
    Including brushed gold, mirror gold, brushed silver and mirror silver.
  • Metal can be lettered on one or both sides.
  • Outdoor Metal Signs are easy to install.
    (installation kits available).

 

Big or Small, We Do It All!

We don’t place many limits on the size of your metal sign. We offer metal sheets in all sizes, from big to small, up to 6’ by 20’ in a single, seamless sheet. If youwant a metal sign that is bigger than that, just let us know and we’ll be sure to get it for you.

(Note: Metal signage larger than 5’ X 10’ must have a thickness gauge of at least .125 inches) 

The most popular sizes available for custom Metal Signs are as follows:

  • 10" x 12"
  • 12" x 18"
  • 18" x 24"
  • 24" x 36"
  • 36" x 72"
  • 48" x 96"
  • 48" x 120"

 

We custom cut more shapes for Metal Signs than any other sign company!

TheSignChef.com will cut your Metal Signage to ANY custom shape. Pictured below are a few custom sign shapes, if you need a Metal Sign in a unique shape, let us know.

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About Your Design Options!

Custom outdoor metal signs are lightweight, strong, and lead in sign material durability. Aluminum, one of the top choices for metal signs, is an extremely cost-effective sign material choice. Whether your looking for a perfectly smooth finish for sign graphics, or just a sign that won’t deteriorate from the elements, custom metal signs are always a great choice.

 

Available Design Options:

  • PMS Color Match
  • Brushed Silver Finish
  • Brushed Gold Finish
  • Mirror Finish
  • Custom Hole Placement
  • Custom Shapes
  • Rounded Corners
  • Dry Erase Laminate
  • Reflective Colors
  • Trim Cap

 

In addition to the mentioned design options:

  • You can get any size you want.
  • Any thickness.
  • Any shape.
  • And any design, artwork, photo or logo can be used.

 

Here are a few of the many common uses for Custom Metal Signs:

  • Real Estate
  • Contractors
  • Commercial
  • Marine
  • New Business
  • Directional
  • Informational
  • POP Displays
  • Industrial
  • Safety Signs
  • Corporate
  • Construction
  • Parking Lots
  • Trailers
  • Exterior Walls
  • Street Signs
  • Gates
  • Fences

Sometimes, all you want is the bottom line!

  • Our online Metal Sign pricing tool instantly calculates the exact prices on Metal Signs.
  • At TheSignChef.com, shipping for Metal Signage and all other indoor and outdoor signs is free.
  • Orders outside the state of South Carolina are tax-free!
  • We do offer quantity breaks at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 50, 100, 250, 500, 1000, 2500 and 5000.

We offer more colors for Metal Signs than anyone out there on the web!

You can choose any color you want for your custom metal sign. We can either print your design in full color, or cut it out of vinyl. Once you select the type of metal for your sign, you can explore more color options for that specific sign material

Installation

At TheSignChef, we know that your mission is not complete until your sign is installed. We also understand how costly hiring someone to install you sign can be.  That’s why we offer a variety of mounting kits and accessories that we can ship with your order. Here are some of the more popular installation supplies to help get your sign up quickly:

 

Unsure about what kits or tools you need?

Give us a call and we’ll be happy to guide you through the process. You can also check out our instructional videos in the videos tab to see how you can install your sign yourself.

Here are some videos that will help you choose the right sign for you!

Custom created videos just for you. We strive to give you more information than any other sign company online. We even have created our own videos that answer the most common questions. Below find a small collection of our videos on metal signs. Discover what exactly these signs look like up close, what size you can get a new custom metal sign and how thick your sign should be. If at any time you have any questions please feel free to contact us, we are always glad to help and let us know if there is something you would like us to address in a video.

Metal signs Up Close-4:29min
What Size Can My Metal Sign Be?-2:52min
How Thick Should Your Metal Sign Be?-3:21min

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Since real estate agents and contractors buy so many custom metal signs, one of the most common sizes is 18” height x 24” width. We also stock real estate sign frames which accommodate a 24” height x 18” width aluminum metal sign panel as well. Keep in mind though that metal sheeting can be easily cut to any “odd” size to meet your individual needs.

Odd size pricing just uses the next standard size up. Other popular sizes include: • 2’ height x 3’ width • 3’ height x 2’ width, and • 2’ height x 4’ width.

The sizes above can also fit into a sturdy angle iron step stake for a convenient and portable display. If you are in an area which has seasonally high winds, you should strongly consider upgrading the thickness of your custom metal signage for these larger size signs. The thicker the metal, the less likely the sign panel will buckle or be ripped from the bolts which attach the sign panel to the sign frame.

Increasing the thickness of your custom metal signs from a standard .040” to a medium duty .063” or extra heavy duty .080” gauge aluminum metal will enhance the durability of your custom metal signs. Generally, the larger the size metal sign you want, the thicker the metal material needs to be.

When buying custom metal signs to mount to a building, you can use .040" gauge aluminum for signs up to 2' x 4' in size. Technically, you can use .040" gauge aluminum for sizes all the way up to 4' x 10' provided you mount the metal flat against a wall with enough screws.

The larger the sign panel size though, the greater the tendency to bend. As a result, a large thin gauge metal sign can have a wavy or rippled appearance when installed, especially on a corrugated metal building. Therefore, when you want a bigger building sign, we recommend increasingly thicker gauges of aluminum with the optimum heavy duty thickness being .080" gauge aluminum.

The next thickness down is .063" medium duty thickness. On smaller size signs (up to 2' x 4') even a modest increase to .063" gauge aluminum substantially increases the stiffness, appearance, and rigidity of the metal sign panel.

The metal material itself will usually outlast the artwork on your sign. Our uncoated Economy Grade Signs are rated for at least 3 years outdoors while our Premium Grade Signs coated with an optically clear, UV Protective Lamination are rated for a minimum of 5-8 Years outdoors. Metal signs can last for decades indoors.

Yes! Every metal sign order comes with a 100% Buyer Protection Guarantee

Don't let OTHER metal sign companies give you the run-around, we stand behind all of our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, even if we have to pay for it!

Sometimes, we make mistakes. We are only human after all. But it's how a business handles mistakes that counts, wouldn't you agree? So if we do happen to overlook something on your order, we will bend over backwards to make you happy. We stand behind our work with a 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee.

We will promptly replace any product that is defective in workmanship or that is different from what you approved. And for your trouble, you'll even get a very pleasant surprise gift.

For exterior custom metal signs, you can use .040" for sizes up to 18" x 24".

Some people use this thinner .040" thickness all the way up in size to 2' x 3', but we don't recommend it. For sizes over 18" x 24", we recommend at least .063" thickness custom metal signs. And for larger hanging signs like 2' x 4', 3' x 3' or 3' x 4', .080" gauge metal works best for these heavy duty applications.

When in doubt, it’s better to go too thick than too thin because the heaviest .080" gauge metal we stock is still less than 1/8" thick.

While you can install larger aluminum metal signs (for example, 6', 8' or 10' long aluminum signs) on or between posts, you have better options to choose from:

ARMOUR-Wood is the strongest and most rigid exterior grade sign panel available with it’s dense, ½ inch thick solid wood core Alumalite (½” thickness) has almost the same sign panel strength as ARMOUR-Wood making it a popular choice for larger signs.

½” Alumalite is the 2nd strongest sign material Alumalite (¼” thickness) is still a strong, highly rigid sign background material and has the 3rd highest panel strength Dibond sign panels have 10 times more strength than .040” aluminum sheets.

Dibond is not quite as stiff as Alumalite, but is still considered a rigid sign material making it #4 in strength On a scale of 1 to 10, with “10” having the highest relative strength, here’s how each custom metal signs background material compares to one another:

Are you concerned that your custom metal 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 metal sign designs from our computer to yours because e-mails travel so fast these days. Upon order approval, here’s how the process works:

First, your order goes straight to the Art Department Our Graphic Designer will then e-mail you a proof (a “proof” is a picture of what your sign will look like) Once you review the layout, let us know if you would like to see any changes, and …

If you have any changes, we will e-mail you proofs as needed until you’re completely happy with your design.

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