Metal Or Plastic For Your Real Estate Signage

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Is Metal or Plastic Better for your Real Estate Signs

Real estate signs are a large 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. And making decisions about your signs aren't always easy. You don't always know what materials to choose or what type of sign will give the best impression. We are here to help try and clear up some of the questions.

How do I know what 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 common 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. However that decision is still not necessarily an easy one. Some sign companies 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 companies that are selling the Coroplast realtor signs for a very low price, and as a consequence the aluminum signs seem to be extremely expensive. This is an unfair impression for the consumer. In reality the price difference of a Coroplast sign and an aluminum sign is negligible. By making such a price difference they are devaluing the Coroplast sign and making some feel as though aluminum metal signs are out of reach of a small business.

You might be wondering how these two signs can be similar in price if one is plastic and one is metal? The truth is that material 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. There is also a relatively small price difference in the materials. Even with the economy as it is now 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 buying 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 make the qualities of both clear.

Coroplast Real Estate Sign - Corrugated plastic - like a plastic cardboard. Waterproof. Not wind resistant. Up close the corrugation can be seen on the sign faces. The corrugation also shows on the edges of the sign. The corrugated plastic is rated for two years outdoors. It is less expensive than aluminum.

Aluminum Real Estate Sign - Lightweight metal with a baked on enamel coating. Waterproof. Rust resistant. Wind resistance depends on thickness chosen of aluminum. A super smooth finish as a base for professional looking metal real estate signs. Rated for 10 years outdoors.

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

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