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Choosing the Material for Your Real Estate Signs

Real estate signs are a big part of the sign industry. Even in these days of difficult economic times real estate signs have to be purchased in order to help advertise. Making choices about your signs are not always easy. Sometimes it is hard to decide which material to use or what type of sign will create the best impression. We're here to help try and clear up some of the questions.

How do I decide which material to choose for my real estate sign?

Two of the most popular real estate sign materials are Coroplast and Aluminum. Coroplast is a corrugated plastic and Aluminum is, of course, the lightweight metal. There are also several other less popular choices. They include Masonite, polyethylene plastic, PVC plastic and Scooter board (a synthetic waterproof board).

These other materials we've listed have no greater product or economical advantage over the more common materials of aluminum and Coroplast. But decision is still not necessarily a simple one. Some sign shops have been pricing the aluminum and Coroplast signs in a way that gives an invalid impression of the value.

Are you being given a false impression in the value of your custom real estate sign?

There are sign shops that are selling the Coroplast real estate signs for a very low price, and as a consequence the aluminum signs seem to be quite expensive. However this is unfair to the consumer. Actually, the price difference between a Coroplast sign and an aluminum sign is negligible. By making such a price difference they are devaluing the Coroplast sign and giving the perception that the aluminum metal signs are out of reach for small businesses.

How can they they be similar in price if one is metal and the other plastic.? The truth is that is the only variable in the price. The process to produce the coroplast real estate sign and the aluminum one is exactly the same, just as the amount of materials used is the same. Not to mention, the price difference in materials is realitively small. Even with the current state of the economy aluminum has not raised significantly in price. Now that you know this you can begin to decide which is the real value for your new real estate sign.

Choosing the real value for your real estate sign

When you are purchasing a real estate sign there are a few factors that determine the value:

  • A sign that promotes confidence in you and your abilities
  • sign that exudes professionalism
  • sign that has "staying power" giving clients a sense of security

Looking at the two materials individually will help to clarify the qualities of both.

Coroplast Real Estate Sign - Corrugated plastic - like a plastic cardboard. Waterproof. Not wind resistant. The corrugation can be seen on the sign faces from up close. The corrugation also shows on the edges of the sign. The corrugated plastic is rated for 2 years outdoors. It has a lower price than aluminum.

Aluminum Real Estate Sign - Lightweight metal with baked on enamel coating. Waterproof. Rust resistant. Wind resistance depends on the aluminum thickness you choose. A super smooth finish as a base for professional looking metal real estate signs. Rated for ten years outdoors.

As you can see from a side by side comparison, the true value is with the aluminum sign. For professionalism, sign life span and the relatively inexpensive cost, aluminum is our top recommended real estate sign

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