Why Choose Faux Monument Signs in Atlanta GA?

Posted by on May 21, 2019 in Blog, Business Signs, Faux Monument Signs, Monument Signage | Comments Off on Why Choose Faux Monument Signs in Atlanta GA?

Brick, mortar, rebar, and maintenance were the hallmarks of monument signs from the past. Sure, they lasted for a long time. Sometimes, they outlasted popular tastes, a brand message, and even the direction a business took. Today’s business owner needs something more contemporary, flexible, but visually attractive. Let our team introduce you to faux monument signs in Atlanta GA. We believe that these check off all the boxes. How Faux Monuments Differentiate Themselves At the core of the sign’s design is foam. Do not let the name give you pause. This is an impact-resistant material that is rated for exterior applications. On the foam’s exterior, you will notice a hard coating. It prevents pests from doing damage. Most importantly, these materials withstand all types of weather without a problem. Faux Brick Monuments Look Just Like the Real Thing If you have an affinity for bricks but do not want to invest in the real thing, a faux monument is ideal. Faux bricks have texture. They come in slight color variations. Besides that, a grit-pattern allows for a grout-like appearance. Request a specific color for the bricks or go with a standardized pattern and hue. Technicians use stucco to create this look. The combination of faux bricks and stucco has the classical style that so many business owners look for. For a facing, we recommend the use of dimensional letters. Another option is the use of a dimensional plaque. Consider routed high-density urethane (HDU) for the plaque to heighten the visual appeal of 3D style elements. Faux Stones Give a Monument a Contemporary Twist You frequently see stone monuments at the entrances to covenant-controlled residential communities. They are contemporary and elegant. You decide on the stone pattern and look you want to present. Typically, there are river rocks, stones you might find in the area, or elegant marble slabs. Once again, stucco is a significant element of the build. From there, technicians manually shape the material to represent the stone texture you are looking for. The same is true for the color play you want as well as the grout presentation. By the way, you do not have to bring samples of the stones you want to use. A high-quality color photo will do the trick. Facings might consist of dimensional letters such as metal. Faux Wood Gives Your Location a Rustic Charm Using real wood for signage sounds like a great idea. The material offers warmth and an attractive look. However, it weathers quickly. Besides that, pests tend to use it for nesting material or food. Therefore, wood rots quickly and loses its great looks. However, you do not have to abandon your idea of wood signage completely. Faux wood is the ideal compromise. To give you the wooden texture, technicians emboss it into the foam. Next, they apply stucco with the wood color you choose. Doing so creates a wood-like appearance that looks convincingly real. A Closer Look at Faux Monument Signs in Atlanta GA Have we piqued your curiosity for a different type of monument? If the idea of real brick does not excite you, but you...

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Why Routed Signs Make Great Exterior Signs!

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in Blog, Building Signs, Business Signs, Exterior Signs | Comments Off on Why Routed Signs Make Great Exterior Signs!

When business owners contact Meridian Signs and Graphics to talk about building signage, they typically inquire about channel letters, LED signs, metal plaques, or dimensional letters. However, lately, we have been getting more questions about routed signs. It is true; routed signs make great exterior signs. Here is what you need to know. How the Routing Process Works Typically, you expect your style elements to display as three-dimensional features. This is true for layered signage and stand-alone elements. Routed signage is different. Our technicians cut material away from a surface, thereby creating grooves. We use a machine for this process, which differentiates routed products from carved ones that still require the personal touch. Next, we apply coloration to the product. Depending on your material of choice, we can apply color to the base material, the grooves, or both. Filling the grooves with a darker color and leaving the surface in a lighter tone creates an attractive wayfinding aspect. Switching this setup around boosts brand recognition and awareness. Choosing a Material for Exterior Signs Working with a router does not limit your selections. If anything, it expands on them. For example, high-density urethane (HDU) is an excellent material for this product. Because it is manmade, insects do not eat it. Besides that, it weathers exceedingly well. Most importantly, we can work HDU to mimic the appearance of wood. Although our shop gladly prepares wooden signs for you, we caution you to remember that the material is susceptible to insect damage and premature weathering. Router application also works well for acrylic, aluminum, PVC, polycarbonate, a variety of metals, and foam products. Who Uses Routed Signs Already? Countless businesses have already invested in this signage solution as the face of their brands. Residential communities. High-end condominium management companies, assisted living communities, homeowner associations, and neighborhood associations display routed signage at the entrances to their properties. Frequently, these signs take the forms of plaques that attach to a post or monument sign. Restaurateurs. Hanging out a shingle is the quintessential method for attracting business to a bar, pub, or eatery. A routed sign attracts attention because of its vibrant color play. Because the manufacturing method imbues the finished product with plenty of character, the signage stands out and hints at the brand message. Retailers. When others feature the typical signage all around you, stand out with routed works of art that highlight what you are selling. These signs look so different in the retail environment that they generate interest in what you might be offering that they could easily contribute to the impulse stop. Ordering Your Routed Sign Today If we have convinced you that routed signs make great exterior signs, it is time to see how your brand message could look when using this medium. Meridian Signs and Graphics serves the business communities in and around the Atlanta Metro area as well as Alpharetta, Duluth, Cumming, Milton, Buford, Suwanee, Roswell, Johns Creek, Woodstock, and Canton. Contact us today to learn more about your...

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PVC Lobby Signs for Atlanta Businesses Affordable and Attractive!

Posted by on Apr 9, 2019 in 3D Lobby Signs, Blog, Business Signs, Lobby Signs | Comments Off on PVC Lobby Signs for Atlanta Businesses Affordable and Attractive!

Why is PVC getting so tremendously popular in the signage industry? In the past, metal, acrylic, and foam were the dominant raw materials. Now, you see more and more orders requesting PVC lobby signs for Atlanta businesses. Are you ready to explore the hot material that is taking the local business community by storm? What is PVC for Signs? Polyvinyl chloride is a polymer. Its lightweight construction makes it ideal for signage development. Depending on the manufacture of the material, you might opt for a rigid version of the material or one that has a little bit of give. One of the attributes that make PVC so attractive for business uses is the budget-friendly nature of the product. Another aspect is the versatility. Depending on your needs, our shop can create a sign that can be as slim as one-eighth-of-an-inch in depth or as thick as one inch. In this respect, it is on par with all the other signage materials. Similarly, the surface is ideally suited for the application of printed vinyl overlays or paint. Therefore, complete color customization of your signage is possible. Examples of PVC Lobby Signs Already, a broad range of businesses is featuring PVC in their lobbies. Whether you run a law firm, retail outlet, or fitness center, this material adds elegance and pizzazz to the space. Best of all, it is easy to think outside the box with it. Because of PVC’s versatility, we can put together visually stunning approaches that wow. Color contrasts. Envision the use of gold and royal blue. Both tones are eye-catching. Combine them to present an aesthetically outstanding presentation. Most importantly, with the right type of paint and finish, we can let the PVC mimic the use of metal. Background incorporation. Separate style elements to incorporate a contrasting background color in the design of the signage. It lets the sign stand alone and emphasize a branding display that is unique and suitable for creating brand awareness. Indoor and outdoor applications. Plenty of businesses now request a lobby sign that mimics the look of the building sign. You can use PVC for both applications. It is waterproof, which makes it ideal for installations on exterior walls. Beyond the Lobby: PVC for Other Signage Applications The budget-friendly nature, as well as the durability, of the material quickly endear it to the local business community. If you are planning a trade show appearance, consider PVC rather than acrylic or other products. Because it is so lightweight, it is easy to move around, which lets you cut down on the number of staff members who set up your booth. Similarly, it transports well. Unlike foam core signage, it does not show dents as easily. Next, consider the use of PVC for customer education and in-store advertisements. The signs look sleek and elevate your message. Whether you need lobby ads for financial products or want to highlight certain product combinations with point-of-sale signage, PVC makes it possible. Find out more about PVC lobby signs for Atlanta businesses and the material possibilities beyond the reception area. Contact our sign shop today for the...

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Coming Soon Signs for Atlanta: What’s Available?

Posted by on Apr 2, 2019 in Blog, Building Signs, Business Signs | Comments Off on Coming Soon Signs for Atlanta: What’s Available?

Each day, prospective customers walk and drive past your incoming storefront business. They make up your future customer base. How can you engage with these shoppers today – even before you open your doors for business? With “Coming Soon” signs, you can do that and much more. Encourage Online Engagement with the Brand You plan to open your new store in a few months. Introduce shoppers now to the store’s name and logo. Do so with a sign that highlights when you anticipate celebrating the grand opening. Most importantly, include a website address that lets future customers check out your inventory or services menu. From the website, you might seek to engage the shopper on social media or via email. Fill Vacancies before the Building Project is Finished For the property management company, the use of “Coming Soon” signs is essential for filling vacancies even before construction crews break ground. Of course, the signage you might use for this purpose will look different. For starters, begin with an architect’s rendering of the proposed building project. Next, provide a basic description of the available suites. Finally, identify the professional who is the go-to contact for this specific project. Most property managers design a splash page for these buildings that they link to other pages for interested tenants. Build Your Company’s Reputation through Co-Branding If you are building a manufacturing plant or similar commercial venue, become a member of the local business community through co-branding. Incoming brands develop their reputations by showing ties to existing businesses. By connecting your logo to the symbols of well-established corporations in the area, you gain the trust of the local consumer base. Since they become your customers as well as employees, it is never too early to begin this process. As always, your corporate name, logo, and colors should be the largest on the board. Style Elements of Excellent “Opening Soon” Signs Each business is different. Therefore, each has unique needs. That said, there are some commonalities. Contact information. Customers should be able to connect with you. For some companies, this engagement may take place on social media. For others, it might be a website address, email list, or recorded message. Prospective opening date. Whenever possible, narrow down your opening date. If this is not possible when you commission your signage, ask sign shop specialists to create a graphic to add to the sign later when you can make this determination. Brand details. Introduce your colors, symbol, and name. By featuring this information now, it will be familiar when you begin print ads or coupon mailers. Ordering “Coming Soon” Signage Meridian Signs and Graphics is your go-to solution for all signage needs. We provide products for incoming businesses that need to establish a brand presence at their new locations. Our shop serves the business communities in and around Atlanta, Alpharetta, Canton, Cumming, Johns Creek, Milton, Duluth, Marietta, Roswell, as well as Fulton County and Forsyth County. Contact us today to schedule the design process for your next signage product!...

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The Ultimate Guide to Channel Letters for Metro Atlanta

Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in Blog, Business Signs, Channel Letter Signs | Comments Off on The Ultimate Guide to Channel Letters for Metro Atlanta

Channel letters are the most popular building signs in the Metro Atlanta area and beyond. Why is that the case? For starters, they are ideally suited for featuring your corporate persona through font and color presentation. Secondly, these signage solutions offer illumination as part of their makeup. Therefore, they are easy to see even from long distances. Because there is a lot of interest in these products, we put together this guide to channel letters for Metro Atlanta business owners. Anatomy of a Channel Letter The typical channel letter starts with aluminum construction. Our technicians shape the product to feature the lettering you need in the unique font you have chosen for the business. Next, we add LEDs to the letters’ interiors. With the body complete, we close off the letters with polycarbonate facings and paint the products. However, the exact construction of the letter depends on your choice of illumination. Lighting Options for Channel Letter Signs Is it possible to order unlit channel letters? Yes, it is. However, the vast majority of business clients opt for illumination. That said, you have choices. Face-lit letters. These letters allow the light to escape through their fronts. They are by far the most common selection. As the LEDs turn on, they backlight the polycarbonate facing from within. Therefore, it results in a bright, bold presentation of the facing color and letter shape. Back-lit letters. In this setup, the construction is reversed. We close the front with aluminum that we paint in your corporate colors. The backs receive a transparent polycarbonate sheet to protect the LEDs. Technicians mount these letters with standoffs to let the light reflect off the wall. It results in a halo effect that frames each style element in a soft glow. We can play around with the length of the standoffs to soften or sharpen the halo presentation. Open-face lettering. You do not see these a lot. However, when you do spy them, they make quite an impression. These signs are designed to emulate the old neon signs that had their heydays in the 1950s. Technicians use specialty LEDs to imitate the appearance of neon tubes. Most importantly, the facings of the letters are not actually open. We use clear polycarbonate to protect the light sources. Thinking through the Installation It is essential to know what your lease says about channel letter installations. Many management companies now shy away from flush-mounts because they require us to drill multiple holes in the façade for each letter. That said, other leases do not specify these details. In these cases, the makeup of your building’s front dictates the installation style. Once again, you have multiple options. Flush mounts create a clean look. They are excellent when our technicians can access the backs of the letters from behind the façade. If this is not possible, we suggest the use of a raceway mount. It refers to a long, narrow box that contains all the lighting hardware. We paint it to match your façade, which can create the optical illusion of blending in perfectly with the backdrop. The advantage of this installation option...

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How to Get a Sign Permit in Metro Atlanta

Posted by on Mar 14, 2019 in Blog, Business Signs, Sign Permits | Comments Off on How to Get a Sign Permit in Metro Atlanta

Adding outdoor signage to your location is essential. It alerts passersby to your presence. In this way, it assists with wayfinding. Most importantly, it introduces and reinforces your branding and marketing messages. However, the city places limitations on the signs that you can install. Similarly, it requires an application for a permit. Would you know how to get a sign permit in Metro Atlanta? Why Bother with a Permit? Zoning rules require any business to apply for a permit before installing a sign. The Atlanta city inspectors define a sign as any product that communicates with the public. For the average company, this could refer to building signs, monument markers, marquee signs, and similar products. The goal is the safe display of signage in such a way that it does not interfere with motorists or pedestrians. Similarly, it ensures that business areas retain their visual aesthetics. Most importantly, the applicant must demonstrate that the proposed signage is safe and will not create a distraction that could lead to accidents. Failure to apply for a permit results in a possible visit from a zoning inspector. This official may direct you to remove your signage until you obtain a permit for it. Failure to obey can result in fines and other penalties. How to Get a Sign Permit in Metro Atlanta in Three Steps The initial step in the process is filling out an application packet. It consists of a variety of forms that city official require to streamline the process and keep it fair and consistent for everyone. Next comes the development of the plans. For most business owners, this is the most challenging aspect of the process. Zoning department officials require two copies of drawings that feature accurate scaling. They must depict the site and the location of a proposed freestanding sign. If you are applying for a permit for a building-mounted product, you need to submit two copies of the street front elevation – drawn to scale. Finally, there is the submission of the paperwork and the payment of the fee. This is not something that you can do online. Instead, you have to visit the Zoning Enforcement Division and hand in the application with the permit fee. From there, it is a waiting game. Officials may take as long as a month to review the permit application and plans. When the application is approved, you will receive a sign permit after verification of the fee’s full payment. Need Help with a Sign Permit? Contact Us! For most business owners, this process is time-consuming and confusing. If you ever tried to order a building sign through the internet and started the process, you know what we mean. This is why most business clients prefer to have us handle the entire project from start to finish. No matter where you are at in the process right now, we can help. If you have a sign in hand, we can help with the plans as well as the application. If you still need a sign, our team gladly handles the design, manufacture, permitting process, and installation. Contact us today to...

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