• PVC Foamboard
  • Aluminium composites
  • Correx
  • Acrylic
  • Clear Acrylic and Polycarbonate
  • Vinyl covered foamboard
  • Laminated signs
  • PVC Foamboard

    The most frequently used sign material. Designed for interior and exhibition signage but useable in almost all situations.

    Advantages

    Affordable

    Available in standard colours, plus black, white and grey.

    Ideal out of direct sunlight.

    Attractive matt appearance

    Lightweight

    Disadvantages

    Signage can be picked by evil fingers so place it high or laminate it, if there is a risk from idle fingers.

    Red will fade in direct sunlight within 12 months. Other colours will dull in direct sunlight over a period of years.

    There is an unsightly bulging on very hot days when used outside and in direct sunlight. This goes down at sunset. It can be partly overcome by fixing with oversize holes.

  • Aluminium composites

    These have largely replaced white faced aluminium, offering a matt finish that exudes quality

    Advantages

    Stands up to any weathers

    Appearance stays good after years

    Keeps its rigidity

    Ideal for functional outside information carrying signage


    Disadvantages

    Inappropriate image for interior signs.

    More expensive than PVC foam board

    CAUTION: There are two grades. Hoarding board is much cheaper, BUT it is only available in white; it is only useable for single side signs; the aluminium face is much thinner than for the proprietory brands. For long outdoor life detailed signage, it is not recommended.

  • Correx

    Used for temporary signs; Contractors boards, Estate Agents boards etc.

    Advantages

    Cheap: about a quarter of the price of foam board.

    Cuts with a Stanley knife or similar

    Ideal for temporary signs

    Easy for DIY sign making


    Disadvantages

    No rigidity, larger signs needs back support

    Should never be used for large boards

    Easy to put a nail or screw straight through it

    A bend is effectively a break

    Not good for the corporate image

    Carriage: Several pieces the same size need to be put together for transport particularly with larger sizes.

  • Acrylic

    Advantages

    Exudes quality

    Available in a wide range of colours

    Ideal for prestigious image carrying signs


    Disadvantages

    Can be broken by a determined brick if not supported behind

    We only use the more expensive cast acrylic. The cheaper extruded acrylic fractures under stresses and should be avoided

    Expensive, about double the cost of foam board

  • Clear Acrylic and Polycarbonate

    Ideal where signs might be tampered with. The signage is applied to the back (mirror imaged) which is then sprayed or covered in vinyl. The front provides a smooth surface which can be wiped with ease.

    Advantages

    Signage can’t be picked at.

    Graffiti easier to deal with


    Disadvantages

    Sign cannot be amended

    These are more expensive than acrylic or dibond boards.

    Not appropriate for large boards

  • Vinyl covered foamboard

    Advantages

    Over ordinary foam boards

    Prevents fade in sunlight

    Can be made in any colour


    Disadvantages

    Little cost advantage over acrylic

    Not practical for large signs

  • Laminated signs

    Advantages

    Over ordinary signs

    Prevents interference

    Gives a quality impression


    Disadvantages

    Signs can't be modified at a later date

    Not practical for large signs

    Does add marginally to cost