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Special Application Banners

Friday, November 05, 2010

St. John's vinyl signThere are times when a banner is just a little more than a printed piece of vinyl with grommets to hold it up. A customer may have some extreme weather issues that must me addressed or they may also want to use the banner to get their message over at different times of the year.

Weather, especially high winds can play havoc with a banner that is not designed to take the stress. The double sided banner attached is on the corner of a church property that is exposed to the north and west. This banner is of a heavier material and uses a sewn in pole pocket on the top for support. The banner also has mesh sown into the bottom seam that are attached to D-rings that will support the bottom. These are pulled down tight to eliminate flapping and the mesh takes the strain along the bottom edge.

If you notice the red portion of the banner; that is a removable/replaceable material that will allow the customer to use the banner during other times of the year. This addition can be removed and stored and then used again next fall if desired. Another special message can be applied to the banner for other times throughout the year. Banners can be an effective way to get your message across but when designed correctly even in tough locations.

Get That Road Sign Noticed!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Pleasantville Farms road sign decorated for fallAs the season rolls into the fall there are many options to help bring attention to your sign and in turn to your business.

Balloons and ribbons are always a mainstay to help draw attention, but they need to be replaced on a regular basis. This time of year, businesses should take advantage of the season, using materials that are readily available and are identifiable with fall and the coming holidays.

Pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks and other fall foliage can make your sign stand out, and let potential customers know that your business has seasonal merchandise. Fall flowers such as mums and ornamental cabbage can also add color and distinction to your sign, helping to get it noticed. This is especially true if your business is off the main routes and is associated with being "out in the country."

Take advantage of what the fall brings naturally, and let it help step up your presence by improving your sign to attract more business.  

Farm Signs

Tuesday, November 02, 2010
farm sign for Wild West Farms in MDFarm signs have been around as long as farms have been. In the past it may have been as simple as a pile of stone placed in a specific pattern so everyone new the owner of the property behind the stones. We all remember the post and rail fence with the high board entrance that the cowboys rode under in the westerns.

Options: The Right Sign for Your Farm

Today there are a number of options available to farms that range from post and panel signs, blasted or carved signs placed on a monument or the simple hanging sign. The sign we will deal with today is the simple post and panel sign. The photo you see here is an example that we've created here at Blue Water Signs. 

These signs can take on different shapes from the panel being a simple square to some that have routed and sculptured edges. Panels are often made out of a marine grade painted plywood that has very good durability and is very stable in the weather for many years.

Other panels include cedar and redwood. Then there are aluminum clad polymers that are becoming more popular because of their cost and ability to withstand the elements. In an earlier post there were examples of routed signs in the park that can be used for farm signs.

The graphics on these signs can be printed, or cut from vinyl or a combination of both. When designing to use a printed sign the print must be protected from the elements, including the UV rays from the sun. There are two ways to achieve this protection: a liquid laminate that is sprayed or rolled onto the print, or a hard laminate that is rolled onto the print (either hot or cold). Either one of these solutions will add years to the life of the print on the sign.

Being located in a rural community, Blue Water Signs has lots of experience with designing and installing signs for local farms. We also know how important it is for that sign to reflect the character of the farm, yet still present a professional image to local customers. Please contact us for the opportunity to develop the perfect sign for your farm.
  

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