Outdoor signs Orange County property management companies rely on not only assist with wayfinding and branding, but they also underscore the look and feel of a well-maintained property. Cases in point are the Ortega Cottages, which are managed by Voit. This property management company is known for its speedy maintenance program implementations, and the Ortega Cottages were no exception. When it came time to add markers, the company contacted America’s Instant Signs.
The images here allow you to follow this project from beginning to end!
New Outdoor Signage that Shines!
We visited the Ortega Cottages for a site evaluation and to take some measurements. Once there, we noticed that the existing signage was tired, old and worn out. So, we manufactured and installed a new main sign as well as directional and parking markers. These post and panel signs are made of 1/8” aluminum with square posts, finials and decorative bases. In the process, we removed the old signs, took out the old footings, set the posts, added a concrete footing, attached the faces and finials, and disposed of the old signs.
The old post and panel signage
The property now has attractive new outdoor signs. Orange County neighbors and visitors to the location appreciate the way that these markers blend in with the colors of the location. The post and panel signs feature a tasteful brown color with beige typeset. The parking markers are a bit lighter and clearly highlight the parking area that is allocated for residents and visitors. Cottage numbers are also easy to read. Directional arrows make wayfinding easy.
Need Exterior Signs in the OC?
What a difference a new outdoor sign makes!
Is your property in need of a signage upgrade? Our friendly outdoor sign experts specialize in the setup of entire signage collections that include monument signs, post and panel markers as well as secondary wayfinding aides. Working with the color scheme that you have chosen for your property, we create markers that stand out even as they blend in with the look and feel of the location. The result is an attractive setup that is modern, eye-catching and clean-looking. Some management companies have found that a signage upgrade – along with a new paint job – can completely transform the atmosphere of a property.
Modernize an Aging Property
Their old parking lot sign is drab!
A large number of residential and vacation properties in Orange County were built in the late 1970s and early 1980s. At that time, there was a distinct color scheme that would (then) identify the property as being a modern locale for discerning consumers. Now, this color scheme seems outdated. When upgrading a property from that era, adding new signs underscores the use of a new modern color palette.
Reduce Visitor Frustration
Easy to read and attractive parking lot signs!
It is easy to get frustrated when looking for the right suite or apartment in a sprawling complex. Although most doors will feature numbers, it is advisable to help visitors early on to locate the right wing or building. The use of post and panel markers with suite number ranges facilitates this assistance.
We also added matching directional parking lot signage!
Parking disputes have a tendency to get heated. Amenities usually have safety rules. Use signs to highlight the proper allocation of parking spots to residents, visitors and nearby businesses. Moreover, post rules for amenities that govern not only the proper facility use but also limit hours of operation.
A closeup look at the installation...
Prepping for the new signs!
Installation was a breeze!
Bright, crisp and new outdoor signs!
And, we even haul away your old outdoor signs!
Do you know what can be tough on Southern California’s exterior signs? Orange County weather! Famous for its hot sunny days – in winter or summer – this is one venue where fading and discoloration can cause problems for businesses that want to invest in the right signage to look sleek, elegant and keep customers coming back. Case in point is a recent group of businesses that have set up shop in a lovely bungalow-style building. Sun exposure to the façade is extreme. Yet the businesses, which specialize in OC Waxing, Spray Tanning and Orthodontics, called America’s Instant Signs.
We devised a marker setup that not only brands the businesses but also imbues the building with a good bit of personality in the process. We installed a set of 3/8"-thick flat-cut aluminum letters that we then painted brown. The result is a sign coloration that matches the beautiful tile roofing. For the detail work that was required for the logo, we used a white vinyl overlay. Installation was a snap with stud mounts featuring 1/2" spacers. The signage is installed directly to the building’s exterior stucco facade at a height of about 12 feet.
Would you be able to tell that we did these various logos at different times? The answer is a resounding “no.” This is indicative of the benefits associated with the material. Aluminum is classy, can be worked into a marker that is cheaper than an illuminated channel letter sign, requires little maintenance, is protected from rust, is simple to paint in virtually any hue and easily withstands the Southern California sunshine. As a result, this signage will retain its good looks for a very long time – long after other materials have faded or become damaged due to the constant sun exposure.
If you want the exterior signs Orange County business community members have come to trust, contact our friendly signage consultants. We work with you to discover your marker needs for your business’ setup.
We gladly visit your place of business. This helps us when we make suggestions for material choices, letter heights and display options. While in some situations a channel letter sign is the perfect marker, in other instances – as is the case with this group of businesses – aluminum is a better choice. The same is true for post and panel markers or lightbox cabinet signs. Until we see the property, it is very hard for us to make a good recommendation.
Sometimes, our customers already have artwork that they want us to incorporate into the sign. At other times, customers want a bit of advice in this area and need help to put together the look that eventually represents them. They have a vision of what a finished sign could look like but very little in the way of tangible examples and downloadable artwork. No problem! Our signage makers listen intently to your descriptions and are certain to capture your vision in one or more of our proofs.
In some cases, lighter is better. Then again, when your façade is made up of a charcoal gray color, it is better to go darker with a brown tone that is friendly and aesthetically pleasing. Bright colors, too, have their places in this mix. It depends on the atmosphere that you are trying to create. Much of what goes up on the outside depends directly on the color choices and ambiance of the inside.
Confused? Don’t be! Call us for help with your next exterior Orange County signs.
You know, of course, that planning your marketing campaigns takes time and careful consideration of available products and consumer surveys. The same is true for your open house advertisement or your service establishment’s special two-for-one deals. Whom are we kidding? There are times when you realize that your closest competitor just hung a sale banner and unless you want to lose a bunch of your customers to the other guy, you had better kick off a major deep discounts or specialty sales campaign of your own. This is where same-day signs are a must!
While it is possible to re-use some of the sale signs that you have commissioned over the years, others simply do not translate well to your current need. Perhaps they mention older products or are seasonal in nature. This is where the speedy signage makers at America’s Instant Signs can help. We routinely work with the local business community to create same day signs. Orange County business owners have come to rely on our ability to help them sketch out the perfect markers in the morning and then show up with the finished products in the afternoon.
Are you thinking of holding a back-to-school sale but just noticed that last year’s banner is ripped? Do not lose your competitive advantage by going forward without the needed marker. Instead, give us your artwork – if we did your original banner, we still have it on file – and we can recreate this banner in a short time. By the way, if you have been thinking of upgrading the material or look of the banner, now is a good time to enhance your marketing materials’ look!
Whether it is a sale poster or a point-of-sale sign, we can get your retail location up and running with the must-have posters that set apart its interior from that of the nearest competitor. Add splashes of color, advertise your discounts, let folks know about the special deals and do not forget to suggest product pairings for increased profits. Posters also make ideal decorations for new service offices. Printing posters quickly is our specialty.
Attach them to a rigid back board, an A-frame marker insert or simply a piece of cardboard. Place them on the sidewalk, on easels near the store’s entrance and near service desks to advertise your discounts and specials.
Whether you operate a store or service business, let consumers know ahead of time what your hours of operation are. While adding window graphics, remember to also put up information about your website, social media sites and phone number.
There are also other signage orders that we may be able to accommodate on a same-day basis. Examples include customized table throws for your trade show display and yard signs that advertise your realty group’s open house. Talk to our friendly signage consultants for more information and to get your order started. Remember: The earlier in the day you make the phone call, the more likely it is to get your order done quickly.
There are hundreds of furniture stores listed across Orange County. Add to this the bevy of mattress stores, and it makes sense that this is one niche where you cannot afford to get lost among the competition. Generally speaking, there are two reasons why these stores need to have excellent stand-out signage:
- Location. Plenty of mattress retailers have set up shop in strip malls. Having discerning customers find the locations quickly makes the difference between making a sale and having the consumer drive on – perhaps to a big box store.
- Specialization. There is more to mattresses than meets the eye. Several manufacturers have shown themselves to be a cut above the rest. If your retail location has the rights to sell these products, advertising them is a must.
It makes sense to pay special attention to your exterior building signage. Mattress store channel letter signs for Orange County retail locations should be easily visible, colorful and lit. After all, many stores stay open after dark and need to make it easy for shoppers to find them.
- Channel letter store sign. Brand your store name by including a logo and the colors that you have chosen for your corporate persona. While you do want to include the brands of some of your chosen manufacturers, they should not outshine your retail location’s name. A channel letter sign gets the job done beautifully. If you like, we can manufacture smaller channel letter signs that advertise the high-end mattress manufacturers you work with.
- Lightbox cabinet markers. Designed to be larger, these signs allow us to customize a sizable vinyl face to showcase not only your business’ name and logo, but also to highlight some of the brand names that you carry. This easily differentiates you from competitors who fail to advertise the high-end brands that consumers can find in their venues.
While retail store channel letter signs for Orange County are a good beginning, you might consider supporting their messages with additional signage.
- Posters. Displaying mattresses – or other related products – on posters is a great way for customers to get a good look at the items before they even enter your store. This may bring up some questions that your staff is then perfectly positioned to answer.
- Point of sale signs. Combining different products from your store is a great way to help shoppers think through their bedding needs. It also helps up-sell the various items that accessorize your main product lines.
- Window graphics. Display store hours, your company’s name, contact information and other important information on your door with window graphics. Add decals to your window panes to highlight discounts and specials that you currently run. If you are having a close-out sale, be sure to mention the brand as well as the dates during which this special promotion will run.
Getting started on your signage order is easy. Talk to our professionals for an insight into the marker choices that your competitors are making. From there, it is easy to decide on your signage approach and begin drafting the perfect marker setup that bespeaks your niche, specialty products and accessories.
High-end suite signs for Orange County buildings are more than just status symbols. They are hallmarks of companies that are ready to take their branding to the next level. While these markers are not necessarily for everyone, they do have a solid appeal to the company that is ready to wow customers, clients and potential business partners. Examples of these types of signs abound.
Tenant Suite Signs for the Leasing Company that Values Style
If you are a leasing agent, you profit by presenting your building as a high-end venue. While there are many aspects of the building’s presentation that go into the creation of this atmosphere, tenant suite signs are one important factor. In this setting, we suggest the use of markers that use ¼-inch backer panels made from non-glare, clear acrylic that is back etched and frosted. The actual tenant’s text is crafted from brushed aluminum vinyl that is applied to a wood laminate. We then mount this setup to a black ½-inch thick acrylic piece of material.
Since compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a major consideration in public area signs, we offer markers with Braille for your suites that are ready to be leased. While the name of the business does not have to be in Braille, the suite numbers have to be. We manufactured them with raised black tactile text and numbers featuring CA Grade II Braille dots.
Interior Suite Signs for the Discerning Business
For the business owner who is in need of impressive interior suite signs, we suggest the use of backer panels made from ¼-inch non-glare clear acrylic that is back etched. The text is then created with cut grey vinyl that is placed on the first surface. The result is a wonderful display of light and shadows. In fact, this type of marker throws a shadow on the wall to which it is mounted.
The logo and text can also be made from brushed aluminum vinyl that we then apply to a wood laminate surface. It is then mounted to a black ½-inch thick acrylic strip. For public areas, we would add Braille to meet the requirements of the ADA. For those markers that are not in areas accessible to the public, we can omit this treatment.
Why Elegant Custom Suite Signs for Orange County are becoming a Necessity
To say that Orange County attracts more high-end consumers than Los Angeles County would be stating the obvious. The OC has always been known as the place to find sophisticated, elegant and stylish wares and services. With a higher than average disposable income available, this is also a consumer pool that requires appropriate wooing. Standard markers or those that you cheaply buy at the office supply store simply will not do.
At America’s Instant Signs, we recognize that when you need high-end custom suite signs, you want the best. This is why we use a mix of wood and laminate – among other materials – to achieve a look that impresses, bespeaks your company’s brand and assists with marketing and name recognition on the way. Available in both Braille and no-Braille setups, these signs are perfect for all interior building applications.
Did you know that America’s Instant Signs does exterior sign refurbishing for Orange County area businesses? Just this week, we received a call from ECS, a group of IT project implementation experts, whose offices are located at 26024 Acero in Mission Viejo. The company had a great exterior marker. Unfortunately, the Southern California sun and some birds had contributed to its deterioration. Since the logo was newer and still adequately represented the company, we left it intact. The lettering, on the other hand, could not be salvaged. Here's a look at their old exterior foam letter sign:
We replaced the degraded sign letters with all new exterior-grade letter foam. It is well known that foam letters are among the most economical signage choices currently on the market. At the same time, they last for a long time and look great. Yet when it comes time to replace them after a few years, it is a good idea to follow the example of ECS and not hesitate. After all, you do want to have a sharp-looking sign that represents your business.
For this job, we used cut foam with aluminum facings. We painted them in gray. They are 16 inches tall and three inches thick, which beautifully works with the 18-inch tall logo. We added a stucco coat to the letter edges since this helps to prolong the life of the foam. It prevents the sun from drying out the material and keeps the birds at bay. As part of our installation and refurbishing service, we removed the existing foam lettering and attached the new product.
Now, let's take a look at their new eye-grabbing exterior foam letter sign:
Have you been thinking of upgrading the look of your building sign? Exterior foam letter sign repair for Orange County businesses is a great way of keeping your look intact with a crisp sign. At the same time, you do save some money since there is no need to completely design a marker from scratch. In fact, the odds are good that you still have some of the artwork on file in your office. Here are the most common reasons why a sign may need to be repaired or refurbished.
Even well-designed and perfectly installed markers do eventually fade in the California sun. Give it a decade or two, and it is time for an upgrade. When you notice that your sign is starting to lose some of its pizzazz and the colors appear to be faded, there is no need to compromise on the look of your business façade.
Foam letters in particular are susceptible to bird attacks. This is frequently due to untreated edges. While we like to add a stucco edge that discourages birds from picking at the letters, other companies may not do so. In these cases, the birds begin to pick at the marker and use the foam as nesting material. It does not take long for the sign to look disheveled.
Some signs need to be refurbished because a business changes course, adds new principals or provides new services. The attorney who takes on a partner, the dentist who adds cosmetic dentistry to the service menu or the eatery that changes its menu focus all need to have a sign that is refurbished to display the new way of doing business.
Ready for a signage makeover for your Orange County business?
When you are looking for a sign company, you want someone who can understand your vision, translate it into a great sign and then install it on your property. You also want someone who will help you with – or preferably take on in its entirety – the permitting process. While many companies claim to be these professionals, only a few actually have the credentials to back up their claims. How do you know that you are doing business with a reputable signage company? For starters, ask if the business is one the sign companies with a C45 sign contractor license in Orange County.
The C45-Sign Contractor license is to be carried by signage companies that manufacture and install markers that include electrical components and wiring. That said, this license is also to be carried by signage manufacturers who specialize in non-electrical signs. It does not matter if these markers are attached to a pole, post or the building’s façade. While it may seem like a bit of overkill, the State of California actually seeks to protect you, the business customer, from falling victim to a fly-by-night sign company that produces shoddy work and does unsafe installations, which may then give rise to liability problems when your customers or clients get hurt by falling pieces.
Getting this license separates the wannabes from the professionals. First and foremost, a licensed electrical sign contractor needs to have four years of experience working in the signage field. It is possible to meet this experience criterion as a worker or as a supervisor. An exam tests theoretical trade knowledge as well as a business law and general business practices understanding. Thus, a professional with this type of license is sure to be a well-rounded expert in the sign manufacture field, which includes a thorough understanding of applicable laws, permitting regulations and safe installation practices.
What is the danger of hiring an unlicensed contractor?
Violation of California law. As a business owner, it is up to you to know whether a contractor has the right licensing in place. You can easily check this via the Contractors State License Board’s online database.
Potential liabilities. Getting the C45 sign contractor license requires experience, training and tested knowledge. If you go with a company that does not have the license, you may be held liable if someone gets hurt on your property due to shoddy workmanship or installation practices. Another liability is the possibility of having to pay for injuries sustained by workers of the unlicensed contractor. The absence of the right license prevents the contractor from obtaining workers’ compensation insurance. Thus, if a worker falls off the ladder, this employee might look to your liability insurance for coverage.
Questionable permitting practices. While it is true that some California cities do not require you to pull a permit for a non-electrical sign, they all need to issue these permits for signs that involve electrical hookups. An inspector must sign off on the proper installation of the finished marker. A company that does not have the right permit may seek to hide this fact by not pulling permits and doing the lion’s share of the work on a weekend day, when city hall and the building inspector’s offices are closed.
Needless to say, America’s Instant Signs is one of the companies that do business by the book. We do have the required C45 licensing.
There used to be a time when you could advertise your store or service venue without giving much thought to banner and sign permits for Anaheim, CA. Due to the growth of the city and the vibrancy of the local business community, city officials have put into place a permitting process that now governs the types of banners and signs your business may display – and when.
Special Event Banners
These types of banners include promotional and grand opening displays. You are required to hang these banners below the roof line of your building. A grand opening banner can receive a 30-day display permit. A promotional banner is limited to a nine-day display. The permit application highlights further that you are limited to displaying one banner per street front. This sign cannot exceed 36 square feet in size. Fees for the permits are $90 per application.
Other Sign Regulations
In addition to the temporary banner setup, the city also regulates the display of feather, A-frame and window area signs. Inflatable props, too, must meet certain requirements. Of course, your biggest sign is most likely the building marker that identifies the name of your company and its logo. In some cases, business owners also work in the address of the location to aid shoppers with wayfinding.
There is nothing more frustrating than commissioning a great building sign only to have the city issue a “cease and desist” order that requires you to dismantle the marker. This occasionally happens when merchants work with inexperienced signage makers or order their markers from an online company that does not work out of the city or even the state. These professional cannot be faulted for not knowing the local rules and regulations.
Avoid the Legal Hassle with America’s Instant Signs
We are local professionals. We know that the majority of exterior signage calls for a permit from the city. As a result, our seasoned marker experts know what types of permits to apply for – and when.
- Electrical signs. No matter the size of your lit channel letter marker or lightbox cabinet sign, if it involves electricity, the sign needs to be permitted and the installation inspected. And, because we have an C45 electrical contractor sign license for California, we can take on any illuminated sign project!
- Dimensional lettered signs. Not all cities ask you to obtain a permit for this type of marker. In fact, each local city hall has its own rules with respect to this signage. Knowing what applications to fill out – and where – saves you money in mistakenly paid application fees and time.
- Informational requirements. Each permit application calls for a specific set of data. Some want photos attached while others will accept drawings that are to scale. Still others need information about adjacent properties.
Our signage experts know what types of permits are required by the various Orange and Los Angeles county cities. We know how to conduct an on-site survey and document the information that the different permit forms are looking for. While Anaheim has a very structured process in place, other cities have a process that is completely different. Avoid the headache and time spent in city hall – talk to us first!
Located at 10230 Artesia Boulevard, the Bellwood Medical Center is home to numerous medical office suites on three floors. There are internal medicine specialists who share a floor with a radiology office. Vascular surgeons, eye doctors and family medicine professionals are well represented in this setting. Patients appreciate the fact that there are multiple medical disciplines present in one building. Rather than having to seek out radiology services in a different facility, it is now possible for a family physician to simply send a patient to the first floor for the care needed.
Of course, this type of office setup can be confusing for the patient to navigate – without proper signage. For this reason, the leasing office’s management company contacted America’s Instant Signs to create one of our medical office directory signs for Orange County professional buildings. It features a brushed nickel appearance with the Bellwood name attractively offset through a dark red coloration. Underneath this name display, you will notice an easy to read black on white display of the medical offices broken down by floors. The primary physicians’ names are listed, as are their specialties and suite numbers.
Our friendly signage specialists have found that when there are clearly defined and easy-to-read building directory signs for Orange County medical professionals, patients are less likely to become confused and usually like to return. The opposite is true as well. A confused patient will not have a lot of confidence in the care that is offered by the professionals – even if they are excellent. This patient is highly likely to seek out care at a different venue, where the signage makes it easier to navigate the building’s floors, which in turn heightens the confidence of the consumer.
Of course, if the flat wall-mounted directory is not to your liking, you do have options. Larger hospitals have found it useful to choose wall-mounted directories with multiple panels that have a slight bend. When lit from the front, they actually create an attractive display of light and shadows. Moreover, one of the panels can be an architect’s rendering of the space with numbered locations that correspond to the suite numbering on the main panels. Pylons also make for great directories. They come in handy when you need an indoor/outdoor solution or want to replicate signage in the middle of a busy lobby.
Since directories are mainly a wayfinding tool, it is imperative that they are mounted at strategic locations. We recommend displaying the directory once at the entrance of the building, once at the elevator banks and once on each floor near the elevators and emergency stairs. A small notation that helps a patient to identify the present location is always a good choice. High-tech signs can be a good solution for some settings.
Some business providers are now experimenting with interactive markers that allow patients touch screen access to their locations of choice. Once activated, the marker will then chart the easiest course. While this may work well in a hospital setting, it may not be necessary for the standard medical office building.
Located at 2915 Red Hill Avenue in Costa Mesa, the Amir Rug Gallery is part and parcel of the Stonemill Design Center. This cottage-style collection of retail spaces is dedicated to consumers hoping to fulfill their interior design needs. In order to achieve this goal, the businesses have set up shop there are all themed to fit into the design niche. There are the rug store, building supplies, home goods vendors and window retailers. The rug gallery fits in perfectly by providing fine hand-woven rugs at excellent prices. They are a perfect piece of anyone’s interior design scheme. When it came time to add signage to its location, the management team contacted America’s Instant Signs for assistance.
How We Helped
We did a site survey and looked at the other markers that are currently in use on this property. Since the Stonemill Design Center seeks to create a harmonious look with all of the vendors, we followed suit and created a front-hanging sign that consists of two-inch-thick sandblasted redwood. It has a dark brown background with gold letters. It fits in perfected with the other sandblasted signs for the Stonemill Design Center in Orange County. At the same time, the marker helps the vendor to stand out and actively court the shopper who is either just browsing or is in search of rugs and similar floor coverings.
Considering a Sandblasted Marker?
Are you considering the addition of a sandblasted sign to help make your retail venue stand out? Perhaps you are a part of a strip mall where uniformly sized cabinet markers are the norm, and now is the time to put up your sign as well. In short, you need to find a marker that plays well with the signage used by surrounding businesses but is sufficiently unique to help you stand out. Frequently, you are limited by the design requirements set forth by a leasing company or by the mounting locations that your building currently offers. We can help.
Our expert sign makers start out with a site evaluation that helps us to get a feel for the look and atmosphere of your immediate neighborhood. We observe the colors, material choices and mounting heights. This allows us to take in the markers used by other businesses. While you want to stay within the general tone of the neighborhood, you want to be just sufficiently different to stand out.
We would also take a look at your lease agreement. Unless you own the property, there are probably some rules that your leasing agent has put into place. They might govern the location where a marker may be located, its size and – in some cases – approved material options. Local officials, too, have a say in the size, shape and mounting location of your sign. If you truly do not believe that you can make the impact that you intend to have, we can apply for variances and appeal the rule with your leasing agent. Once we have the permits required to build the sign that you want, we manufacture the item and then install it.