Your One Stop Sign
Lafayette, IL. 61449
When someone calls me and says
"I need a sign" that brings a lot of questions to mind.
Who will make the sign look correct? What colors can I use?
Where is it going? How big should it be? What kind of substrate do I use? How am I going to mount the sign?
I don't want to make the
process sound difficult but those are some of the
questions you need to ask yourself when ordering a sign.
In this day and age of increasing technology there are
so many options available to you. From the ultra simple
corrugated plastic sign all the way up to fully
illuminated dimensional lettering. As you might have
guessed since the options are so varied so are the
prices. That is where I believe Die-Hard Graphics has
the edge. For a small sign shop in a very small
community we have a very diverse line of options and our
prices are very competitive.
You have decided that you are going to start a new company or rebrand your current company
or just plain old need a sign. Now what do I do? That is where we come in. We have several different ideas
on the best way to attack a new company image. We have seen all angles of approach during our 16 years of business.
||I've got this idea for a sign but...
You can go all out with a marketing company such as
Blender Marketing Group, these companies will
definitely create an image that is second to none
but they tend to be fairly expensive. If you are looking for a simple professional logo design
at a reasonable price there are several companies that specialize in this such as
Logo Loft. I have found a guy
in Canada (Shangri-La Studios) that creates cartoon logos if that is something you are interested
in. If you are looking for a logo created here in
house that is definitely a possibility as well. We have
created many company logos over the years and we are very
proud of them and the companies they represent.
Now the logo is ready to go and you
don't know how to make the sign look the way you want it to.
That is definitely where we stand out. We will take your
logo and the information needed and create a sign format for
best visibility and readability.
||Colors, Colors, Everywhere
So we have the need, the ideas, now we need to know what
colors are available. This question goes very deep. I say
that because we are able to print full color on vinyl in the shop.
This allows us to create your sign in any color
combination you might need. The drawback to this process is the warranty. We only get
a 3-4 year outdoor guarantee on this product.
However, if you are looking for a sign made
in cut vinyl graphics which is limited in the number of colors available.
But we haven't run across a sign job that we haven't been able to match using vinyl.
When you choose cut vinyl the warranty is for 8 years.
Please take a look
at our color chart and manufacturers on our
color samples page.
This is stolen from my favorite font house myfonts.com they use whatthefont to find
fonts that their customers are not able to figure out
themselves. If you have had any dealing with letter
styles you know that there are a LOT of font
styles. They can definitely make or break a signs look.
We take great pride in using the best font available for
the sign needed. If we don't have one in our archives of
thousands of fonts we will look in the various font houses to find one that will work best. We have links to font houses and other information on our
||Holy cow is that big enough?
When looking for a sign size is
definitely a major
factor in the decision making process. If you have a certain
area you need to fill that makes the decision very easy.
However if you are coming up with a size by yourself that
can be difficult.
The first concern is how far away do you
need to see the sign from. If you have a few blocks to the
nearest major road you will need to make the sign larger than if you are right next to the road. Makes sense right? Well, in addition to that you have to figure
in the budget. Obviously when you go larger the price goes larger as well so there needs to be a happy medium between the size and price.
||Your gonna make it out of what?
Now we have the design, the
colors, the letter style, and the size. Now we have to decide
what material the sign will be installed on. If you are mounting
the vinyl directly to a building that makes this job really
easy. But if you are not, the decision gets a little more in
depth. There are many different options when it comes to sign
board. But I have narrowed it down to the most popular 5
materials that we use. When it comes to outdoor rated, non
transparent sign board alumilite is definitely this sign makers
choice. It is guaranteed for 8 years against color fading and is
extremely rigid. However, that comes at a cost. Following that
is a couple of plastic materials. Sintra (basically sheet pvc)
and corrugated plastic. These materials are definitely
considerably cheaper but are not guaranteed outdoor so you take
a chance with the weather with these materials.
When it comes to transparent/translucent materials you really have
only two choices. Acrylic or Polycarbonate/Lexan. Both materials
hold up well outdoors. However polycarbonate tends to yellow
over a number of years, but it has more sizes available. Acrylic
only comes 5' * 10' at the largest so if you are going to need a
larger sign the polycarbonate is your only choice.
Below I have attached links to the various
manufacturers of the materials I use.
||Framework, why I gotta have a framework?
Frames / Stands / Brackets are the
final part of the sign decision process. What do you
want the sign to look like, why does it matter. When it
boils right down to it the way your sign is mounted is
just as important as the sign face itself. A nice sign
mounted to a less than desirable post leaves your
customer / friend whatever less than impressed. If you
take a sign and mount it on a tree that is telling the
person coming to visit your establishment that you
really didn't want to finish off the job. Now instead of
mounting the sign to a tree you take that sign and mount
it on 2 - 4" * 4" posts and use white pvc post covers
with a nice post cap and you have instantly changed the
look of the sign, it is professional looking and it
means you are there to stay.
If you would like an illuminated sign that is a different story. You
will have to have a fabricated sign cabinet that will
either need to be mounted to a building or have steel
supports fabricated for it. These cabinets are very
attractive when lit up at night using fluorescent bulbs.
Again, with almost everything the price of these signs
is a lot more than just a simple sign mounted on 4" * 4"
||Do I need to dig the hole?
Die-Hard Graphics is
very proud of our construction and installation
services. We use computer software and good construction
practices to make sure that when a sign goes in the
ground or on your building it will be there a long time.
We use the best materials from local lumberyards and other dealers.
We strive to use the finest fasteners that we can find
that will not rust or discolor the sign.
Any metal fabrication that needs done will be done through a job
shop located in Galva, Il. Their construction practices
are among the best. They supply laser cut, welded,
powder-coated materials for Komatsu a heavy equipment
So do you have to dig the hole or climb the ladder? Only if you
want to. If you would like us to install your sign we
have the experience to do the installation for you.
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