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 aren't always easy. Sometimes it is hard to decide which material to use or what kind of sign will give the best impression. We are here to help try and clear up some of the questions.
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 a few 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. However that decision is still not necessarily a simple one. Some sign businesses have been pricing the aluminum and Coroplast signs in a way that gives a false impression of the value.
There are certainly sign shops who are selling the Coroplast for sale signs for a very low price, and as a consequence the aluminum signs come off as though they are extremely expensive. However this is unfair to the consumer. Actually, the price difference of a Coroplast or 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.
You might be wondering how these two signs can 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. There is also a relatively small price difference in the materials. 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.
When you are purchasing a real estate sign there are a number of factors that determine the value:
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. 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 is less expensive 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. Rated for ten years outdoors.
As you can see from a side by side comparison, the true value is with the. For professionalism, sign life span and the relatively inexpensivecost, aluminum metal is the real estate sign we would recommend.
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