Schools First Federal Credit Union is headquartered in Santa Ana. Membership is open to educational community members from a wide variety of California counties. Famous for their lower fees and better loan products, Schools First FCU highlights that it does not work for profits but for its members. In fact, the company is so committed to its customers and employees that it recently commissioned a plaque to memorialize the founding of the organization. This is when America’s Instant Signs got the call.
Bronze Metal Plaques Great for Building Dedication!
Bronze plaques for credit unions in Orange County are not an uncommon sight. Unlike banks, these organizations have a strong connection to their members and realize that commemorating their first days in business honors a huge accomplishment for the then-fledgling organization. We met with the management team of Schools First FCU, and it was decided that we would install a bronze plaque measuring 24 inches in height and 26 inches in width. The high-quality cast bronze plaque is 5/16 inches thick.
This is one of the building dedication bronze plaques Orange County builders like to install for their special projects. The natural bronze finish shows raised text with a recessed background that features a black leatherette texture. Single line borders frame the plaque. The mounts are concealed on the back, which gives the finished setup a seamless appearance that increases the visual aesthetics in this setting.
Are you thinking of adding a stylish plaque to your property as well? Whether you want to display it on an interior or exterior wall – or other mounting surface – we can help.
- Choose your style. Cast plaques display raised text and a recessed background. Etched versions feature recessed text in grooves that are usually filled with color. The latter is an excellent choice when you are adding quite a bit of text or highly intricate photos.
- Select your mounting style. The hidden mounting option is a favorite of our customers. The plaque simply looks like is part of the surface. Another option is the use of decorative screws that go through the surface’s face. When wall-mounting these displays, the resulting look is quite attractive and shows off the beauty of the marker.
- Pick your material of choice. Although bronze is the traditional signage material, you have other options as well. Stainless steel is ideal for avant-garde locales or those favoring a minimalist office décor. Brass and copper, too, have their advantages.
- Add a border. The standard bordering is single. But you have choices. Opt for a wide array of decorative touches by trying out different borders. We gladly show you how the addition of one border or another has the power to change the appearance of the design. Depending on your company’s other signage, its branding message and its marketing tone, choosing the right border helps to align your plaque with the business’ overall appearance.
Although it does sound a bit complicated, choosing the right plaque for your needs does not have to be difficult. Our experienced signage makers work with you to discover the right material, design and look for your next commemorative plaque.
Located at 3400 West Segerstrom Avenue in Santa Ana, the Behr Corporation headquarters are a familiar sight to locals. Of course, everyone knows about Behr and its patented color coordination tool as well as the company’s extensive line of paint products. When it came time to add one of the dimensional letter lobby signs Orange County businesses are buzzing about, Behr’s management team contacted America’s Instant Signs.
A Steel Look
We discussed the company’s preferred look and it was clear that this marker was going to be as unique as the paints the business offers. Since they had heard about the steel lobby signs Orange County high-tech companies have begun commissioning, we were given the go-ahead to manufacture this type of marker. We made polished steel dimensional letters that measure 15 inches in height. The famous logo is made from the same material. One inch deep, the faces and returns are highly polished and gleam in the light. We professionally installed the marker with interior wall studs and adhesives. The result is a truly impressive signage solution that expertly brands the company.
Are you thinking of adding a new lobby sign to your office setting as well? Perhaps the old one has given out or you have recently re-branded? The attractive nature of polished steel may be a good selection for your business, too. It is sleek, exceedingly modern and will last for a very long time. In addition, this look suits any color scheme or office mood. Whether you are going for a retro look, opt for a minimalist design or are in the technology sector and simply want to highlight your avant-garde attitude, this is the material of choice.
Choosing Acrylics or Plastic
Yet there are other material options as well. For example, did you know that physicians have had excellent success with acrylics and plastics? The use of warmer colors – for home health care agencies – or the use of pastels for pediatricians’ offices draw in the patients and assist with branding. The atmosphere is one of compassion, welcome and professionalism. In other cases, the acrylics can be used as laminates that are placed on foam, which is then mounted to the wall. This allows for the creation of a 3D effect that the correct use of spotlights only heightens.
Speaking of foam, this material is an excellent stand-alone product when thinking about adding lobby signs for Orange County. Easy on the budget, lettering made from foam is durable and presents with the coveted three-dimensional effect. In fact, you can control the extent of this effect simply by telling us which depth you are looking for. Painting the foam is easy. We can easily color it to complement your office walls or paint it in such a manner that it becomes an eye-popping contrast. Artists and companies working in these niches have had excellent results with the use of colorful foam lettering.
All of this can sound just a bit overwhelming. Talk to our expert lobby sign professionals today. We gladly work with you to narrow down your selections of the ideal materials and colors for your next customized office marker.
Sunny Southern California has a love affair with non-lit channel letters. Orange County in particular favors this signage option over their lit counterparts. What makes the letters stand out? Why do merchants and building management companies love them? And how can you get some for your business? Your non-lit channel letter questions – answered!
1. The Play of Light and Shadows
DPR is a company that has set up its offices in a building with a bright white façade and a darker row of windows above it. Below – accented by columns – is the lobby entrance that also features darker glass. Their marker is made up of three individual dark channel letters that complement the glass above and below them. Due to the sun exposure, the letters, which are mounted just a bit away from the façade, cast a gorgeous shadow that draws the eye. There is no need for illumination when you have the bright white backdrop and the shadows.
2. Bold Colors
What draws the eye more than illumination? Bright colors. Sarnoff is located in the quintessential Orange County office locale complete with modern gray stone façade and tall palm trees. The turquoise and purple of the logo and letters are easy to see. When you keep business hours, this is all you need in the almost constantly sunny Southern California.
3. An Art Deco Look and Feel
The Morrison Apartments could be right out of the 1940s with the Art Deco front door design. Geometric shapes were in. The sign identifies the building right above the entryway and continues the Art Deco appearance. What is more, the middle row of unlit channel letters are dark – also complementing the color of the door below and balcony trim above – and set themselves apart from the mid-gray tones of the stucco. When a classy appearance matters, this is a great look.
4. The Corner Hallmark
Emcor is situated on the corner of an office park complex. Keeping business hours, this company does not need the after-dark illumination that is indicated for businesses that keep their doors open later. Instead, this company relies on the well-known shape of its logo and color setup of the lettering to signal visitors its location.
5. Size Matters
Aleks is a company that has chosen to place large-size channel letters at the top of its building’s façade. They are tall, easy to spot and harmonize with the muted tones of the building’s exterior. These letters are so big that they are easy to see during dusk. Illumination would break this visual spell.
As you can see, there are plenty of reasons why the Orange County business community is giving non-lit lettering a closer look. When you are ready to get started on your business consultation with one of the friendly signage professionals from America’s Instant Signs, give us a call. We gladly come out for a site evaluation, color consultation and height discussion. We take measurements and provide you with proofs that show you what your unlit letters could look like.
What is the importance of lobby signs? Orange County business owners have come to realize that the reception area marker does more than simply let consumers know that they have come to the right place. In addition to accomplishing this feat, the sign must also brand the business and help customers to realize that they have chosen the best company for their needs. Building trust is a key function of this signage solution. Lately, acrylic paneling has become quite the favorite among business owners. When price and versatility are important, this material does not disappoint.
1. Digital Logos on Acrylic
The clear acrylic board is the backdrop. It is installed with shiny aluminum offsets. The name of the business and the logo are digital images that are properly spaced and applied. Dimensional matte lettering and decals complete the look. Use this type of marker in a medical office or a clothing business.
2. Acrylic Logo Panel with Vinyl Lettering
The acrylic here is glossy and mounted with square metallic offsets. The lettering is added with die-cut vinyl. This creates a sleek and modern look that is perfect for the financial services office as well as the forward-thinking leasing company.
3. Acrylic Panel with Dimensional Foam Letters
A high gloss finish accentuates the white acrylic board. The company’s name is fashioned with dimensional foam letters that are then treated with an acrylic laminate. The result is a highly-glossy sign that looks great against a darker single-color backdrop. Whether you are a computer software creator or a retail giant, you cannot go wrong with this type of sign.
4. Non-Glare Acrylic Sign with Layering
Layering is a technique that allows us to use multiple types of acrylics to create the marker. It is an eye-grabbing technique that turns your sign into a work of art even as it brands, educates and advertises. With the shiny white acrylic panel as the backdrop, this particular marker received a second brown panel on its lower third. It is treated with a non-glare finish that sets it apart from the underlying layer. Lettering is done with vinyl. At the top, we used vinyl of different colors to recreate the company’s name and logo. This is excellent for schools and multi-national corporations.
5. Acrylic Panel with Routed Black Acrylic
This is yet another technique that underscores the versatility of the medium. The clear backdrop holds a routed black panel that is then treated with dimensional letters. This sudden shift from the typical rectangular shape to an individualized style is a great attention-getter. The overall appearance has a three-dimensional quality that looks great on the wall of any company.
There is little doubt that acrylic paneling is well worth a second look. Signs are unique and bring out the message of the business. Customized shaping (as you notice in the routed panel) underscores the unique nature of your company and also commands the attention of the eye. Dimensional letters come in a wide variety of thicknesses, which gives your marker amazing depth. By the way, did you know that acrylic can mimic regular glass, frosted glass or something else altogether? Talk to our experienced logo panel experts today for more information. We gladly sit down with you and discuss your options for acrylic logo panel lobby signs in Orange County (as well as its surrounding areas).
With the holiday season fast approaching, now is the time to get your branding and advertising signage ready. Competitors’ orders are coming in quickly, and you cannot afford to lag behind. What are the best holiday sale signs for Orange County? A surprisingly unusual signage combination is getting quite a bit of attention this year.
They are inexpensive, quick to manufacture and add splashes of colors to the inside – or outside – of your storefront. These are the types of marketing products to consider when the budget is tight, but you have a message that you want to get out there this holiday season. Manufacture varies – depending on your needs.
- Paper. It is inexpensive, and colors display beautifully on the white surface. If you want it to be a bit longer-lasting, let us laminate the finished product.
- Foam boards. After the printing, we can also laminate the paper and place it on a foam board. When placed on an easel outside of your store, it attracts foot traffic as it advertises special products, services and deals.
- Vinyl. Imprinting your message on vinyl adds durability and can turn your sales sign into a seasonal marker that is still good for usage next year. Vinyl is also a great option for your A-frame that is ready to be placed into the oncoming foot traffic.
Place a poster inside of your store, in the window and also hang them from the ceiling or near the end caps. If you are a service provider who offers holiday specials, these signs can make the difference between gaining new customers and having shoppers simply walk by. By the way, many service providers have found it useful to hang posters that advertise the availability of gift certificates.
The second part of the signage combination, decals usually take the form of storefront graphics attached to window panes. What makes this advertising option so unique is the availability of multiple sizes as well as shapes. To protect the surface against sun fading, consider the addition of a UV-protective laminate.
- Vinyl. The material of choice is sturdy vinyl. The backdrop can be clear or white, depending on your graphics setup.
- Varying finishes. Do you prefer a matte finish or a glossy look? With the Orange County sun in mind, a matte finish can be a better choice when this is how your storefront is angled.
Getting creative with decals is actually quite simple. Hand out car decals that may be placed via static cling into the car windows of your customers. This is a great way of branding, creating name recognition and celebrating the holiday season. For the storefront window panes, these decals come in handy when it is time to set the mood of your business. Since there is no snow in sunny Southern California, it is up to you to put the shoppers in a festive mood.
Using decals and posters to promote your holiday sales in Orange County is inexpensive, easy and quick. Talk to our friendly holiday signage experts today for more information and suggestions!
You have seen them everywhere: window and wall graphics. Orange County businesses love the ease with which these products can be installed and the overhaul of the atmosphere that they offer. If you have been thinking about adding them to your establishment but have been unsure if they are really what you need, consider the many benefits associated with the graphics.
Let’s say that you own a pizzeria. In the course of time, you have considered re-branding your eatery to turn it into an Italian restaurant. Pizza will still be one of the dishes that you serve, but you are expanding to other traditional dishes as well. A whole-wall graphic can make a huge difference in this setting. Close your doors one night as a pizzeria, and open again the next day as a bona fide Italian restaurant with a mural that transports guests instantly into the kitchen of an Italian chef or into the dining room of a Sicilian eatery. Adjust the menu board, add some window graphics, and the re-branding is going to be quick.
If you run a shoe store that specializes in formal footwear, a wall graphic can put shoppers in the mood to buy. While a bland wall may be functional, a treated wall has the power to set the stage for a formal occasion where the right footwear makes all the difference in the look of a suit or cocktail dress. Add to the wall graphic several images of your targeted product, display some point of sale signs on the shelves and your promotion is up and running.
Window graphics can be decorative but also informative. Display pictures of your most sought after products so that shoppers know what they can expect to find inside. Remember to have the name of your business, logo and business hours posted on the window panes to assist consumers with timing their shopping trips.
Decals and lettering are the most common window graphics, but you have other options as well. One of the most effective advertising means involving the windows is the installation of a perf. Referring to a perforated vinyl sheet that allows you to look outside but causes passersby to take in a large advertising mural on your window panes, you enjoy the benefit of covering up windows that provide an obstructed view of the store’s inside because of shelves. Nevertheless, your customers see a well-done marketing message that might turn passersby into shoppers.
It is clear that there are plenty of benefits to the installation of wall and window graphics. Orange County based America’s Instant Signs invites you to sit down with one of our experienced graphics professionals to learn more about the wide variety of tasks and functions that these products can take on at your business location. We gladly visit your location for a site survey and then work up some sketches with your goals and preferences in mind. You select the sketches that most closely align with your vision, and we will manufacture, prep and install the finished graphics products. You see, another benefit of these graphics is the quick turn-around time that they offer.
There is nothing quite as durable and sophisticated as cast or etched metal plaques. They are commonly seen in museums, but are now finding their ways into churches as well as schools. If you have been given the option of adding metal plaques to your signage setup, you have plenty of options.
Custom Metal Plaques for Churches in Orange County
Etched metal plaques are your best bet when envisioning a finished product that contains a lot of detail work. Since churches usually include scriptures as well as information to be immortalized by the plaques, etching creates the look that lets even the smaller letters stand out crisply and perfectly. But there is more to etched plaques than the detailed rendition of the printed word. If you are thinking of including photos, the etching process renders a lifelike portrait. This comes in handy when your plaque memorializes your faith community’s founder or individuals who are instrumental in the church’s history.
Etched plaques are made with durability and longevity in mind. After the words and pictures are etched into the material, the grooves are then filled with a special paint. Once dry, the surface is covered with a clear coat finish that not only preserves the paint but also limits the access of air and the subsequently resulting discoloration. As a consequence, these products are suitable not just for the church’s interior but also for the exterior. They have been found on memorial rocks, tombstones, outside walls, exterior benches and in church gardens.
Custom Metal Plaques for Schools in Orange County
When you want text or an image that is raised, cast metal and machine-tooled products fit the bill. The results are attractive and invite touches. When you are thinking of bringing plaques into a school setting, this is always a big plus. By whittling away at the background and leaving the images and letters in the foreground, the right illumination makes a huge impression on onlookers as well.
It is possible to add enamel colors for additional visual aesthetics. In the alternative, just darken the background and allow the stand-out metal to remain in its original color. To preserve the beauty of the finished product, add a finish that brings a satiny or glossy look to the marker. Background textures further heighten the beauty of the piece. Choose from sand-like textures to those that are pebble like. Finally, we create a border that uniquely suits the atmosphere of your school setting. Hang these plaques in an auditorium, in the main hallway, in the cafeteria or even outside where students walk in.
Honoring influential people connected to your church or school with plaques is a wonderful testament to the impact that they have made. Educate newcomers to the history of the institution, and encourage the imitation of the character traits that made these individuals stand out. If you need help designing the look of your plaque and choosing between etched and cast manufacturing methods, talk to the friendly experts at America’s Instant Signs. We gladly sit down and work with the artwork that you already have – or design your plaque from scratch with custom artwork.
What is the point behind building signs? Orange County business owners have long since realized that these markers begin a dialog with consumers that the savvy company can then continue on the inside of the store or office. This dialog is now getting a new boost with LED changeable reader board signs in Orange County and its surrounding areas. At America’s Instant Signs, we frequently get questions about the benefits of this signage type and whether it is worthwhile to replace existing products for one of these markers. Here are our answers.
Q: Are LED signs suitable for outdoor mounting?
A: Yes, they are. One of the benefits of this type of marker is the fact that even though the signage is high-tech, it can be left outside in all types of weather. While Orange country gets more sunshine than rain, it is noteworthy that not even the sea breezes and marine layer moisture will harm it.
Q: What can the LED sign give me that other signage has not accomplished?
A: In a word: exposure. The combination of lights and colors draws the eye in any type of weather and surrounding. If your store is located at a busy intersection, you know that motorists only have a split second to take in your signage. Colors, graphics and lights beat out conventional signage options.
Q: I run a food truck. Is this something for me to add to my setup?
A: Did you know that we make portable LED signs? Park your food truck, set up shop and add the LED sign to grab the eye of motorists and attract attention from hungry pedestrians all the way down the block.
Q: Is the changeable reader board really something that my business could benefit from?
A: Yes, it is. Business owners have discovered that it is very easy to generate interest in special events, deep discounts or seasonal sales campaigns with the use of LEDs. But it does not stop there. Churches and other faith communities like the markers because they allow staff members to change the names of sermon series or announce fundraisers and special events. The same is true, by the way, for schools. Educational institutions have come to appreciate that the use of LED changeable reader boards allows them to announce the latest cookie dough fundraiser, express pride in the school’s sports team and let the general public know about carnivals and other outreach events.
Q: If I order a sign like this, what can I do with it?
A: Change your message any time you like. Even if you decide to change it every hour on the hour – as you might for a fundraiser – you can do so from the comfort of your office with little more than the software connected to the marker. Plan ahead and pre-program messages, too, if you like. Enjoy red or amber colors. Conversely, spend a little extra and get a full set of colors and hues.
Q: How do these signs fit into my location’s setup?
A: We can incorporate the LED sign into a monument marker. If you prefer, with can also attach it – much like a lightbox cabinet – to your building’s façade. And our California C45 Sign Contractor license guarantees you are working with the pros!
Why do companies use exterior signs? Orange County business owners know that these markers fulfill three distinct functions:
While there are large numbers of options open to businesses, the experts at America’s Instant Signs have noticed that a good number of companies favor acrylic and PVC letters. What makes these materials so special?
Acrylic and PVC Letters
Acrylic letters are excellent choices for the business owners who envision sleek and glossy markers. These letters come in a wide variety of colors and sizes. If necessary, we can customize the paint to suit a logo. You may already know this look from lobby signs. Acrylic lettering used with or without panels is a common selection for the company that seeks to project a professional as well as innovative image within their offices.
PVC letters are famous for their durability. While aging foam letters that have surpassed their useful lives frequently get picked apart by birds, PVC cannot be damaged by any pigeons or other birds that live in your area. Moreover, a quick coat of paint refreshes old PVC letters that no longer look as professional as you would like. Choose this material when you are on a tight budget and simply do not want to think again about investing in any type of exterior signage in the next few decades.
Additional Features and Solutions
In addition to full acrylic lettering, it is possible to cut down on your cost by attaching acrylic laminate to an outdoor-rated foam product or another substrate. This still provides you with the look of chic acrylics but at a much lower price. A common product here would be Gatorfoam. Thicknesses will vary, depending on the sizing of the marker as well as the three-dimensional effect you are trying to achieve. Thicker letters stand out more and cast more dramatic shadows than other thinner products.
Both acrylic and PVC give your venue a professional look. Both may be glued onto the façade’s surface for a flush mount or hung with studs to get an offset look. We have noticed that office building management companies frequently prefer PVC letters because of their durability as well as the professional no-nonsense image they portray. This makes them useful for buildings that house a wide variety of companies in various office suites.
Acrylic lettering is usually chosen by the stand-alone company that has its own storefront. Here, the signage is created to uniquely fit the character, mood and atmosphere of the business. It hints at the products and services that the consumer can expect to find on the inside. At the same time, this marker is colored with the logo and décor of the business in mind. This level of personalization is perfect when using acrylics. So, one can see for exterior signs, Orange County businesses and organizations have many choices.
When you are ready to start your order, talk to our friendly acrylic and PVC letter specialists. We visit you for a site survey and give you plenty of options that make the most sense for your company. We focus on the size of the space you want to allocate for the signage, the exposure to the sun and of course whether you want to use custom colors or choose from the palette of readily available hues.
Which are the exterior signs Orange County office building management company representatives love to commission? Are they channel letters or lightbox cabinets? No! They are, in fact, formed plastic letters. What is it that makes this signage solution stand out for these venues?
These letters are inexpensive. Yet in this case, inexpensive does not mean cheap construction and flimsy materials. Rather, the letters are durable and handle any weather conditions that your building’s façade might be exposed to. They do not fade and even come with impact resistance.
Wide Range of Uses
In addition to being excellent options for the building’s outer walls, the formed plastic letter exterior signs Orange County consumers see can also be placed indoors. Their light weight makes it possible to mount them to any type of wall. Whether you want them to be placed on an interior lobby focal wall or to the exterior wall of a historic building, the letter weight makes these markers exceedingly versatile.
One and one-half inch to two-inch metal-threaded studs can be attached to the letters’ backs. This allows for easy installation if you are working with brick or wall mortar joints. If you select letters that are smaller than 24 inches in height, you may be able to selected pad mounts for rails. For additional security, mix pads and studs. For a roof installation, the 90-degree mounting bracket is an excellent alternative.
Large Selection of Style Choices
Whether you need letters that measure two inches or 48 inches tall, these markers deliver. There are 75 type styles that are supported by this signage solution. This ensures a proper rendition of your company or building name that is also in keeping with your website or letterhead display. Add to this the choice of more than 40 standard colors as well as custom paint, glossy or matte finishes and even flat or round faces, and you know that you can stand out from the crowd for sure. If you need to have a special color perfectly matched, we can help you with that, too.
Once they are professionally installed, these letters brand and market your building. They help you to be noticeable among the neighboring buildings. They can also set the mood for your venue. Whether you want to highlight the serious nature of the offices within or point to the more creative businesses that have set up shop in the building, use these letters to communicate the atmosphere that is inside. To further enhance the look of your property, consider the installation of targeted landscape spotlights that illuminate your plastic letters at night. Doing so not only assists with wayfinding, but it also beautifies the exterior of the building and can become part of a plaza setup.
If the sheer wealth of options has you confused, do not worry. The expert formed plastic letter professionals at America’s Instant Signs gladly help you. We sit down with you and help you match the look that you want to create. We talk you through style and color choices as well as installation options. In short, we make the entire process easy. Call us today!