How to Choose the Right Aluminum Signs
Custom aluminum signs are tried-and-tested tools in getting your message across in a quick and straightforward manner. Whether you’re promoting a restaurant, a newly opened retail space, or designating parking spots inside your property, metal signs are an affordable way to communicate information for the long run. eSigns provides a wide variety of aluminum signs for all purposes:
Metal A-Frame Signs – Change your displays in an instant. Metal A-frame display panels can be switched out quickly, giving you flexibility in changing seasonal promotions, daily specials, and product availability.
Real Estate Signs – Outlast the competition in every way with durable signage. Our aluminum real estate signs can last up to 10 years – five times longer than regular plastic yard signs.
Metal Signs - Personalized metal signs can be used to display practically any purpose. You can use them for branding, directional signage, or even ornamental uses. They come pre-drilled, making it easy to put up on sign posts and walls.
Parking Signs – Aluminum material is perfect for outdoor parking signs. They are weatherproof, fade-resistant, and can last up to 10 years, ensuring your ‘No Parking’ message is clearly seen day-in and day-out.
ePanel Signs – These are comprised of two pre-painted sheets of 0.008" aluminum with a solid polyethylene core. ePanel signs have a premium look to them, making them the best option for indoor signage.
Guide to Designing Outdoor Aluminum Signs
Custom aluminum signs are straightforward in getting your message across but also offer a lot of versatility in use. Combined with strong branding, a single metal sign can be used to designate ownership, provide instructions, and give directions. Because of their durability and eye-popping vivid color, they are a cost-effective way to drive traffic and attract attention to your business. Designing aluminum signs for maximum impact need not be complicated. Below are a few guidelines to steer you in the right direction:
Create color contrast – Hazard and stop signs immediately catch your eye for a reason. The color combination’s contrast instantly catches your eye and makes you look. Use this to your advantage. Some of the popular and effective color combinations for signs are blue and yellow, red and green, and black and white. Complementary colors work well, too. You can check the color wheel for other colors that are aligned with your brand identity.
Simplify – Resist the temptation of adding your face on real estate signs or copy-pasting the whole restaurant menu for your A-frame. Focus on designing to grab their attention, then you can reel them in. Visual clutter on your signage will only distract or overwhelm your audience.
Make your logo the hero – Give your brand logo or company name the spotlight. This helps boost brand recognition and name recall. Focus on making your audience associate your logo with the services you provide.
Parking Signs 101
Not all parking signs mean the same. While some are straightforward such as handicap spots, some have a little more nuance about them, such as residential parking permit signs and street cleaning signs. Take note that these can only be put up in private property unless you have the specific permission from the local government or property owners’ association for gated communities.
Limited Parking Hours – You can only park in for a specific amount of time. Usually, the coverage is between 2-4 hours.
Temporary No Parking – These parking signs display specific timeframes where parking is allowed.
Street Cleaning Sign – A specific day and time is displayed on the sign. Parking is not permitted on that side of the street on the said day to give way to street cleaning.
Handicapped Parking – Only vehicles with a handicap permit are allowed to park.
Residential Parking Sign – Neighborhood residents can park once a permit is acquired.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I design my own aluminum sign?
You can start designing your own aluminum sign by choosing from our thousands of free templates and using our online design tool. You can improve upon the available designs or start one from scratch. The online design tool lets you create a truly custom sign – you can add images, change fonts, and play around with color and shapes. Once you’re happy with your artwork, hit save and export to complete the order process.
What are the most popular aluminum signs?
Among our most popular products are aluminum parking signs and metal A-frame signs. Both signs provide a lot of functionality, can be used indoors and outdoors, and last for years.
What is the best aluminum sign to use?
It would depend on your intended use. For company names and logos to be placed outside your office, ePanel signs provide the perfect combination of durability and sophistication. Metal A-frame signs are ideal for sidewalk or outdoor advertising for cafes, restaurants, and other retail outlets. For general use, use 0.40” aluminum material. If the sign will be placed outdoors for long periods of time, such as parking signs, opt for thicker 0.80” aluminum.
Do you provide free product samples?
You can also request a free eSigns sample pack, which contains most of the substrates and materials that we use for our products. Samples of aluminum materials, however, need to be specifically requested. Please call our customer service hotline at 800-494-5850, and we will be happy to accommodate you.