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Which outdoor sidewalk sign stand is “the best”?

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Asking which outdoor sidewalk sign stand is “the best” is a little like asking a carpenter “which tool is the best”. They’d likely say “it depends on what you’re trying to do”.

Other than print size, there are four main considerations when picking an outdoor sign stand.

  1. What kind of print do I want to use?
  2. How much do I want to spend?
  3. Do I need high Wind Resistance?
  4. Do I need a certain aesthetic?

Print Type:

When users ask “what kind of print can this stand hold” they might be saying they want a stand that holds a paper print because that is a limitation of the large format printer that they have available. Prints can be divided into TWO types.  They are either “thin flexible prints” or “rigid prints”.  Typically “thin flexible prints” are either made with laminated paper (card stock) or 030 styrene. The outdoor sign stands that work with thin flexible prints will almost always have a snap-frame to hold the print. The other type of print is a “rigid print” and signs that hold a “rigid print” will have either a slot to slide your panel into or they may just have a flat surface that you screw your rigid panel onto.  The a-frame signicade (pictured above) is a perfect example of a widely used rigid print sign stand. It is holding a 4mm thick corrugated plastic sign panel. While a person could tape a paper print onto it, that is not its intended use.

Cost:

This is a bit of a loaded question. For example, the signicade is usually about $10 cheaper than the signicade deluxe. So, while the regular signicade looks cheaper at first glance …the regular signicade requires that you come up with a way to attach your sign.  After you buy velcro or “well-nuts” or two sided tape to attach your sign to a regular signicade …you likely could have purchased the signicade deluxe which comes with a quick-change feature to hold your sign panels.  Another example is “snap frame stands”. They can cost two or three times the cost of a signicade, but unlike the signicade ….they hold thin paper prints.  So, if you have the equipment to print on laminated paper real cheap in your print room, then over the long run you’ll pay more for the signicade after you’ve purchased a large number of more expensive rigid prints from a printing company (signicades typically use prints on 4mm corrugated plastic panels).

Wind Resistance:

The stands that don’t hold water and have no springs and don’t swing will have the least resistance to the wind.  One example would be the poly “Quik Sign” stand. It is light weight and a light performer in the wind.  The fancy systems for fighting the wind (like springs) also tend to add a lot to the cost of the stand.  For example, the “wind master” line of stands performs great in the wind but also comes with a higher price tag than most of our other outdoor stands.  All of them are waterproof.

Aesthetics:

This is a very subjective consideration. In most cases you’ll want a neutral aesthetic so that you can switch your graphics around without ever clashing with the sign stand.  The black and white signicade a-frames are probably the most neutral in appearance.  The QLA and sidewalk swinger stands have a noticeably modern look.  The wind master line of stands have a certain cold/sterile/utilitarian appeal and look at home in front of industrial complex or corporate looking franchise. If you need something incredibly warm and rustic, I’d recommend crafting an a-frame stand out of well warn barn boards and a few hinges and a bit of chain.  For a country appeal, no plastic product will match that handmade look.

As always, if you still don’t know what sign stand to order, call Signs Direct for advice ..toll free 877-706-4601

Tom Dalton

I first started making signs back in the early 90's. On January first 2000 I started Signs Direct as an online company specializing in making sign purchases easy and economical. Signs Direct, Inc. specializes in traffic and parking signs, customized neon signs, sign holders and sign stands, as well as banners and sign making materials.

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8 Facts To Know About Corrugated Plastic Signs

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Corrugated plastic signs are everywhere. They are a very popular and affordable promotional and communication tool. Understanding more about this interesting tool will enhance your business and marketing awareness.

1. Have long useful lives

Plastic is perfect for withstanding all types of inclement weather. It will not rust, shatter when dropped and/or splinter. It will not fade from sun exposure. Plastic is water-resistant. This makes them ideal for advertising your special cup of hot brew on those cold, drizzly days. Treating your sign with the respect it deserves will provide you and your business with years of use.

Its life span is two years outdoors.  These are considered temporary signs and would compete with laminated paper signs and with very thin aluminum or tin signs.  They’ll last longer outdoors if used seasonally.  The printing will fade before the material fails, and Signs Direct printing will last two full years outdoors before fading becomes an issue.  The life span doesn’t cover issues caused by wind and/or damage due to being bent or crushed.

2. They are versatile

These signs make for the perfect last-minute message platform. You can quickly change messages as needed. A Quick Sign base makes it easy to pop in your message sign. After the event or day is done, all you need to do is remove the sign and fold up the base.

Plastic signs can be used either indoors or outdoors. This makes them ideal for companies that want to stretch their advertising and promotional dollars.

3. They are lightweight

When compared to other materials plastic is very lightweight. The sign can be picked up most anyone and transported to the appropriate place. You will not need a muscle-bound employee to do the work. Nor will you need a heavy piece of equipment to move the sign.

4. They have “flutes” or “corrugations”

Corrugated Plastic Signs have “flutes” or “corrugations” running vertically through the entire length of the panel. These hollow channels provide a function when attaching the panel to certain types of sign holders. Some sign holders have rods that slide through the hollow channels as a means of holding the sign. Some users run string or a wire through those corrugations to hold the sign in the air.

5. Fit any budget

These valuable marketing tools come in all price ranges. There is something to fit every budget. Consulting with a trained sign professional, like those at Signs Direct, can make finding the perfect budget-friendly sign less stressful.

6. Upkeep is not an issue

Many signs depend on regular maintenance and repair. Some need repainting or refinishing. Some may need to have dents removed. You can avoid these issues by using a plastic sign. Plastic does not require any painting or repairing. This can save labor, materials and repair expenses.

7. They can be customized

Some customers prefer custom plastic signs. These signs allow providers to add customer logos, contact information, company colors, special fonts and/or other appropriate data that improve brand awareness. The information is unique to each buyer. Professional sign companies, like Signs Direct, understand what it takes to optimize signs for marketing campaigns. Having a sign customized can be one of the best business decisions a company makes. Customers and viewers sure will love it.

Most sign companies have customized data requirements. Checking with the company beforehand will save you time and frustration. Many companies expect you to provide correct information. The companies have a responsibility to only print what they receive. You must proofread all information before submitting it. Every sign company has submission requirements that must be followed.

8. They have multiple uses

A number of businesses and individuals can benefit by using these signs. This includes political candidates, real estate offices, restaurants, parking lot owners, property owners, and fitness gyms. Anywhere a business is, you can be assured that some type of plastic corrugated sign is being used.

The world of corrugated plastic signs can be complex and confusing. Consulting with a trained sign professional can provide needed insight to enhance any marketing strategy.

Tom Dalton

I first started making signs back in the early 90's. On January first 2000 I started Signs Direct as an online company specializing in making sign purchases easy and economical. Signs Direct, Inc. specializes in traffic and parking signs, customized neon signs, sign holders and sign stands, as well as banners and sign making materials.

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New Econo Classic Portable Sign Stand

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The “Econo Classic” sign stand is 42.5″ x 26.5″ and holds a 36″ tall x 24″ wide sign panel (sign panels are not included).

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  • Change Signs in Seconds with “slide in” feature.
  • Molded-in stacking lugs nest into each other preventing sliding and shifting of stacked sign frames
  • Can use 36″x 24″ aluminum or 4 mm corrugated plastic sign panels
  • Molded handle for easy portability
  • Will not rust or splinter
  • Never needs painting
  • No bolts or latches need to attach sign

It is a little unusual to name a new item with the term “classic”, but I don’t think they were too far off the mark because I predict that it won’t take very long for this sign stand to become the “go to” sign stand for sign-makers everywhere.

Tom Dalton

I first started making signs back in the early 90's. On January first 2000 I started Signs Direct as an online company specializing in making sign purchases easy and economical. Signs Direct, Inc. specializes in traffic and parking signs, customized neon signs, sign holders and sign stands, as well as banners and sign making materials.

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