Frequently Asked Questions About Signage

 

ARE YOUR SIGNS REALLY MADE OF WOOD? WHAT IS HDU?

Most exterior carved signs today are fabricated out of synthetic materials such as HDU (high density urethane) or PVC (polyvinyl chloride) for longevity & ease of maintenance. They maintain the same charm as wood — without the maintenance issues. HDU is the material most often substituted for exterior carved or sandblasted signs. It is a closed-cell, rigid-foam product that is watertight and does not crack or warp.


WILL YOU SHIP MY SIGN ANYWHERE?
Yes, we will ship nationwide & internationally.

CAN YOU HELP ME DESIGN MY SIGN?
Yes, our award winning design department can help you through the design process. We can use your existing art or create a brand new image for your property. We consider legibility, appropriate fonts, architectural elements, theme & colors to create the final display. Please feel free to browse our Gallery for inspiration.


WHAT DO YOU NEED IF I AM PROVIDING MY OWN SIGN ART?

  • If you are bring us physical artwork, be sure it is clean black and white line art, created as large as possible.
  • If you are providing digital files: Vector or outline EPS, or .CDR (CorelDraw) files.
  • We can convert your high resolution JPG or TIFF files, but they will incur additional art time.

CAN I INSTALL MY OWN SIGN?
We will ship your sign to your location along with mounting instructions, touch-up paint, & any hardware or mounting brackets required. Most installations require only basic carpentry skills (drill, wrenches, level).

CAN I PLACE MY SIGN ANYWHERE I WANT?

In many cases, there are restrictive covenants, underground utilities, landscaping requirements, and lighting needs to be considered for your sign location. There may be minimum or maximum square footage regulations for your sign’s size. In addition, signs installed near roadways are often subject to property line setback regulations. Woodcraft Sign Shop can advise you about these important considerations during your first meeting.


SIGN CONSTRUCTION & STYLE

Woodcraft Sign Shop uses top-quality materials to construct your sign to ensure its maximum useful life and attractiveness.

  • Sign styles in general are flat, curved or dimensional. They may be painted or unpainted, or be printed upon directly.
  • They may be created with substrates including HDU (high-density urethan), vinyl, aluminum, or PVC. Sign elements may be enhanced with paint or genuine gold leaf (which does not tarnish) for an elegant look. Additionally, certain coatings may be added to help protect that beautiful signwork from the elements as well as ultra-violet ray damage from sunlight.
  • Dimensional signs are textured, often multi-layer signs which have been routed or hand-carved; Three-dimensional letters or embellishments may also be attached above the surface for a truly unique appearance. A variety of texture finishes and colors can be combined to achieve amazing beauty and texture.
  • Flat signs may be printed or painted and then sealed for protection against the elements. They may provide an attractive yet somewhat less expensive option than dimensional signage.

(Left) Nice example of a basic routed sign with hand-applied gold leaf. Gold leaf does not tarnish and last for years. (Right) A truly dimensional sign where additional layers, surfaces, textures and colors achieve a striking three-dimensional effect. Please feel free to contact us at Woodcraft Sign Shoppe with any signs questions.

Beautiful routed sign with gold leaf letteringBeautiful dimensional sign by Woodcraft Sign Shop, Chester, Va


HOW SHOULD I DISPLAY MY SIGN?
Woodcraft Sign Shop has virtually endless attractive choices for sign display. The examples below were produced in our shop (to see even more sign display examples, visit our Sign Gallery):

 

HANGING SIGNS

There are many attractive hangers available for suspended signs which can also add decorative value.

Example of hanging signs from Woodcraft Sign Shop, Chester, VaBeautful hanging textured sign by Woodcraft Sign Shop, near Richmond Virginia


WALL-MOUNTED SIGNS:

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BRACKET-mounted signs are usually screwed into an existing frame with small brackets. This makes it possible to easily replace or remove the sign if necessary.

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POSTS and PYLONS. Post-mounts can be as simple as wooden poles to ornate wrought iron textured fixtures, with a bracket from which to mount your sign.

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MONUMENT-style signs are usually permanent structures. They might be constructed of masonry, stone or other durable materials.

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DIRECTIONAL SIGNAGE.

In addition to signage announcing a destination or entrance, carefully considered and thoughtfully placed directional signage is always appreciated. Woodcraft signs can provide identification and directional signage that is attractive and functional for your business, neighborhood, community park, shopping mall, or wherever orientation is needed.

Attractive custom directional signage for neighborhood communities by Woodcraft Sign Shop, Richmond, Va100_0060-large

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