Plastic Or Metal Real Estate Signs?

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Is Plastic or Metal Better for your Real Estate Signs

Real estate signs are a big part of the sign industry. Even in times of difficult economic status, real estate signs have to be purchased in order to help advertise. Making choices about your signs are not always simple. Sometimes it is hard to decide which material to use or what kind of sign will give 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?

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

The 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 getting the wrong impression in the value of your real estate signs?

There are sign shops who are selling the Coroplast realtor signs for a very low price, and as a consequence the aluminum signs seem to be quite expensive. This is an unfair impression for the consumer. In reality 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 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 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 economic state the price of aluminum has not raised significantly. Now that you know this you can start choosing which is the real value for your new real estate sign.

Choosing the real value for your real estate sign

When you're purchasing a real estate sign there are a number of 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 is a lot like 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 2 years outdoors. It has a lower price than aluminum.

Aluminum Real Estate Sign - Lightweight metal with a 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 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 inexpensive cost, aluminum is the real estate sign we would recommend.

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