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Designing Custom Street Signs with Style

June 29, 2018

Business establishments, homeowners associations, schools, and other organizations use custom street signs for various reasons. Although street name signs must conform to regulations, there is still room for variation to reflect the local culture or your organization’s orientation. You can add your own emblem, arrow, or design. Here are reasons to consider investing in custom street signs.

Benefits of Customization

  • multiple colors are available
  • choose a unique font style
  • add borders around signs
  • include range of address numbers
  • add messages such as “private road”

Additionally, custom signs can be used for novelty purposes, such as a street sign bearing your organization’s identity meant for indoor ambiance. You can also customize signs that resemble street signs for aesthetic reasons or to direct people toward a specific location within a complex.

The most important advantage of a custom sign for any purpose is the freedom to make the sign consistent with your establishment’s image. Unique styles can be memorable and add personality to the atmosphere, while reflecting your vision or values. Instead of a one-size-fits-all standardized sign, you have the opportunity to communicate more than the street name.

Planning Your Custom Sign

Your custom signs should be easy to read from several car lengths away. Choosing rust-free aluminum with reflective coating offers the most durability and visibility for day or night drivers. Before deciding on a design, you may want to meet with a professional designer to look at various samples to give you ideas. If the sign is actually for the street, you need to consider if it’s for an intersection, which would require two signs. Another decision to make is whether the letters will be lower or upper case.

You will work with a design expert who inputs your ideas into a computer aided design (CAD) software program. You will then proof the sign to make sure it fits your needs. The variables you will need to decide on to move to the next phase are:

  • material
  • dimensions
  • color
  • thickness
  • header
  • font type
  • one-sided or double-sided

The manner in which you post the sign will also be a factor, whether the foundation is concrete or other options. Make sure your ideas for street signs and posts comply with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration requirements.

For more information about custom street signs, call Zumar at our Arizona, California or Washington location.

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