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!
Helping people hear better, the Harvard Hearing Center located in Laguna Hills in Orange County helps the young and the old. Associated with the Harvard Eye Center, this medical practice believes vision and hearing are closely connected. They put their patients first and are staffed with doctors that bring a combined 100 years of experience to the table.
This is the type of medical practice where your hearing problems are treated with cutting-edge technology and from the latest in medical and scientific research. When it came time to add suite signs, safety signs and EVAC maps for the offices, the management team contacted America’s Instant Signs.
Suite and Safety Signs
The doctors were very clear in stating that these signs had to be customized to suit a clientele with a wide variety of problems. This meant that we had to pay close attention to vibrant colors, excellent contrasts and slightly larger sizing. Since we specialize in suite signs for doctor's offices in Orange County and its surrounding areas, this would not be a problem. For example, the restroom sign features a raised figure and raised lettering as well as Braille.
Individual office signs feature contrasting lettering and numbers. The testing room comes with an open/closed notation that the attending physician activates simply by sliding a window. A printed evaluation plan is limited in the number of colors that are used.
We paid close attention to the contrasts here. After all, EVAC maps for Orange County offices must be easily visible to anyone with a mere glance in the case of an emergency.
Do you need safety signs for doctor's offices? In Orange County, we have served – among others – customers whose businesses are either of immediate assistance to disabled patients or focused on young patients and their caregivers. What this wide variety of business atmospheres has shown us is that medical offices in general need specialized signage solutions that anticipate the needs of patients. We can do the same for you.
Clearly advertise your handicap parking and van-accessible spots. This helps disabled patients to feel welcomed before they even enter your office. It also ensures that no patient ever skips an appointment simply because available parking is too far away. These signs are weather-resistant and lightweight. We use aluminum for the body and then add vinyl graphics to the material.
There are some signs inside your facility that must feature Braille. This is set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Yet a proactive office manager ensures that more – rather than fewer – signs meet these standards. Having ample Braille markers in place ensures that visually disabled patients easily find their way around the office.
While raised letters and symbols as well as Braille are helpful, the use of contrasting colors greatly assists those who have lost only some of their vision. Combined with non-glare finishes, these signs help with wayfinding, room designations and also evacuation plans.
If you are uncertain how you could revamp your office signage to better meet the needs of disabled patients, talk to our friendly interior suite and safety sign specialists.
The exterior signs Orange County government buildings rely on for identification and wayfinding differ by agency as well as by setting. Some require simple instructions that guide the visitor to the reception desk while others need to point to various buildings on the same property. A municipal office located near the beach usually selects a different style of marker than an office that is located in the heart of the city.
The trick here is to transfer the easy-to-identify logo into different signage materials to create the look that harmonizes with the surroundings. How do we make this work for government signs in Orange County?
When you think of metal plaques, you usually associate their use in a commemorative function. These types of plaques might honor previous city leaders, founder or other dignitaries.
They may also outline the names of city council members since the beginning of the local government. Yet for outdoor signage, the type of metal plaque used can also be a Giclee plaque that is mounted to an aluminum surface. It displays the colorful seal of the city and beautifully highlights a metal directory or other nearby marker.
There is a wide variety of marker options in this category. Dimensional letters identify the government agency that takes up an entire office building. This is true of federal and county courts, city hall and similar venues.
These letters attach directly to the façade and may be made from outdoor-rated foam that is beautified with acrylic or metal laminate facings. Other options include acrylics and PVC. Train landscape spotlights onto the markers for nightly illumination and to create an interesting appearance at night. Another building sign is the lightbox cabinet. Usually crafted from durable aluminum with a polycarbonate facing, it is lit from the inside. Imprinted vinyl may be directly attached to the facing and identify the name of the agency, display the city seal and also provider information about the address.
Sandblasted markers are a hot trend among businesses located in historic areas of the city as well as those in areas where the vibe of the locale is more whimsy.
These markers look hand carved, combine a wide variety of colors and have a three-dimensional component. They are attractive, attach directly to the façade and stand out because of the unique workmanship that goes into making these signs. In spite of the labor-intensive process, the signs are not cost-prohibitive for the government agency that is watching the bottom line.
Dress up the windows of your location with the logo and name of the government office that it serves. It helps to preserve the privacy of those visiting the venue while it also brands, markets and advertises the location of the office.
While the City of Newport Beach chose a Giclee metal plague combined with an aluminum marker for their exterior sign, Orange County offices in other venues can choose sandblasted signs mixed with other materials for their markers. Call our friendly exterior signage experts today for more options that might just be perfect for your office.
Success Education Colleges (SEC) is located at 2101 West Garvey Avenue North in West Covina. A part of the North-West College, which was founded in 1966, SEC joined the family of schools in 2010. It is considered the holding company for the other schools, supports the campuses and is slated to be an all-around home office.
Not surprisingly, the meeting rooms and other administrative facilities are of vital importance to the success of SEC and the associated schools. When it came time to put together interior wall displays for Orange County schools that would suit the atmosphere of a forward-looking organization, the management team contacted America’s Instant Signs.
Interior Wall Displays That Shine!
After talking to the professionals, we sketched, manufactured and installed several wall displays for their meeting room, which is the first treadmill room we ever helped to brand and decorate. It is used for administration meetings where attendees exercise on the treadmills while planning future activities, budgets, expansions and other school business. We started with ¼” PVC-routed mosaic tiles that were painted in accordance with the customer’s specifications. They are mounted flush to the wall.
Next, we added ½” PVC circles that were painted orange. Adding messages to the circles was done with ¼” clear acrylic circles that were attached to the orange circles with aluminum standoffs. The messages itself were digital prints on the back and computer-cut vinyl lettering that we applied to the front.
The messges are actually taken from the SEC’s mission statement. A quote by Mitchell Fuerst, who is the president of the organization, is placed above the display on the wall. The lettering is blue and perfectly complements the blue squares on the wall. A quote attributed to his wife is placed on an orange square in the same manner as the vinyl lettering is applied to the orange circles. The company’s actual logo, a flame, is made from metal laminate that we attached to an acrylic substrate. Backed in frosted vinyl, the logo is attached with spacers that set it off from the wall.
This project is a fine example of the customization that your office can undergo with little more than a few harmonizing signage solutions. Whether you want to spruce up a cafeteria, a break room, the conference room or the lobby, adding a variety of signage elements makes the space interesting, gets your message across and inspires employees as well as those visiting your locale. Schools using this setup have the power to motivate students and faculty members alike. This kind of visual arrangement also works well during back-to-school night when many parents – sometimes for the first time – visit the classrooms and campuses that their children attend during the day.
Make Your Walls Inviting
Choosing the right tone and design elements can seem like a daunting task. It does not have to be! Talk to our experienced interior wall display experts to find out about available options and the way that we can incorporate your motto, logo and tag line.
Make your mission statement visible for all to see, and do not shy away from making the voice of your founder, CEO, president or principal heard with the help of quotes.
You are ready to open your business but know that you need to have signage so that folks will find you. Perhaps you are in charge of an office building and have been tasked with finding the right type of marker that underscores the atmosphere of the venue. What should you choose? There are a number of exterior signs Orange County companies can rely on for this task. Usually, these markers are attached to the building itself.
Types of Exterior Signs
By far one of the most common signage solutions for Orange County businesses, these markers are constructed from sturdy aluminum. It does not rust and does not fall victim to deterioration because of the heavy sun exposure. Add colorful acrylic fronts to stand out. For even more attention, choose the lit version of these letters. We will install the light sources inside the hollow letters, which then results in colorful illumination after dark. You may also consider the installation of unlit channel letters when you are not in need of this option.
These do not come with their own light sources. Rather, they add a three-dimensional effect to your building’s façade. Choose from acrylic or foam substrates and acrylic or metal laminate fronts. These letters can be stylish, sleek, super modern or artistic – it just depends on your selection of colors and materials.
Attached Lightbox Cabinet Signs
This is a favorite for schools and entertainment venues. The lightbox cabinet usually consists of an aluminum box with an interior light source. On the outside, we use a vinyl covered facing that provides information about the venue. Typically, there is the company’s name, logo, contact information and anything that is germane to the setting.
On the other side of the equation are outdoor signs. Orange County business community members understand them to be the type of signage that is actually detached from the building. Examples are plentiful.
This marker should be placed near the entrance of your parking lot. It allows drivers to recognize your company’s name and logo from a good distance away. This lets them change lanes and enter your parking lot rather than accidentally driving past your venue.
Post and Panel Signs
These markers identify not only the name of your business and your logo or niche, but they can also assist with wayfinding on the campus of your property. For example, if you operate a school campus, a medical office complex or a warehouse store setting, you need to direct visitors to the right locations. Inform about patient drop-off areas, the way to the business office and also where to pick up ordered goods. Multiple markers with arrows make wayfinding a snap.
Detached Lightbox Cabinet Markers
Choose this solution when you want to display your information on a pole. This is often a favorite of companies that are located near highway off-ramps and other locations where it pays to go tall in your marketing.
Talk to the experienced exterior and outdoor signage experts at America’s Instant Signs today. We gladly discuss your options and give you solid advice on the best marker options for your particular venue.
The exterior signs Orange County consumers respond to the most are bold, noticeable and fit the location where they are installed. A good example for this rule is TeleMarque walk-in medical care. Locations have already opened in Aliso Viejo, Newport Beach and Rancho Santa Margarita. But the office that still required signage was the new Santa Ana location. This is when the clinic’s management team contacted America’s Instant Signs for assistance.
Channel Letters Work Nicely for Exterior Signs
After discussing their branding needs and looking at the logo options, we installed illuminated channel letters. There are two heights: 14 inches and 11.6 inches. The font is Arial while the lettering is done in white with bold black returns. We added a logo box that measures 14 inches by x 14 inches with a red translucent face, matching returns and a white cross on face. This is the logo that patients will be familiar with from TeleMarque’s website.
Illuminated channel letters have the advantage of being highly noticeable even in bad weather, after dark and in a crowded space where the business is in close quarters with other companies. Yet even there, you have choices. Front lit channel letters are pretty much the industry standard. The letters’ housing is made up of durable aluminum while the front features acrylic faces in the colors of your choice. Neon tubing is placed inside the hollow letters. The electrical sign is then readied for a plug. Put the sign on a timer, and it will faithfully come on whenever you want.
Building Signs That Shine
For a more ethereal look, some companies now choose halo-lit letters. Here, the construction method is reversed. The aluminum body is open in the back. We mount the signage at an offset of about two inches. The light that now shines from the back of the marker gives off an otherworldly appearance that is soft and illuminates the individual letters with a halo effect. Companies that have chosen this style of lighting usually include boutiques, upscale restaurants and specialty stores. Due to the difference in lighting, this type of sign can help you stand out considerably.
No matter which type of light setup you choose, you do enjoy the durable nature of aluminum. It neither rusts nor rots. Moreover, it does not fall victim to the termites that are so common in sunny Southern California. Aluminum can be painted, which allows us to adjust the look of the letters to either blend in with the color of your façade or visually stand out. When you do not think that you will need a lit sign, opt for the non-lit channel letters instead. These are favored by those in charge of office buildings. We are frequently asked to offset mount the lettering so that they create a soft shadow with just the ambient lighting in place.
Talk to our friendly exterior signage experts today. We gladly visit your location, take some measurements and show you sketches and photos of products that might fit your venue perfectly. You are also welcome to visit our shop for examples of already made signs in the style that you prefer.
Is there anything more important than the first impression of an educational institution? When your training involves financial education, market analysis and rules-based trading, it is vital for you to choose the right lobby and suite signs. Orange County consumers demand the best when seeking out training in Forex trading, futures and options, and the Online Trading Academy (OTA) wants folks to know that they offer the guidance that consumers need in today’s market. How excited we were when the lobby sign we created for OTA was a focal point in their grand opening video!
Professional Lobby Sign Boosts Their Image
To help their lobby reflect this attitude, the Online Trading Academy contacted America’s Instant Signs. For the focal wall of the reception area, we designed a multi-faceted marker that does justice to the company’s branding needs. The upper portion of the company’s name is made of eight-inch-tall letters. The letters right underneath are made of the same material, but it is sized to 6.75 inches in height. We used ¼-inch flat-cut stainless steel that we then routed and brushed.
The tagline underneath is displayed in 2.7-inch tall letters that are applied directly to the wall. We did not use standoffs to create a unique look that makes the metal appear to organically be a part of the polished wall.
Adding the World Map
After discussing the branding a bit more with the company’s management team, we created a world map for an adjacent wall. It is positioned next to the Online Trading Academy’s logo. Manufactured from ¼-inch flat-cut aluminum that we routed to resemble the world map shapes, we used threaded mounts to attach the material to the drywall. The crisp lines are the result of water jet-cutting.
World map lobby signs for Orange County businesses are a strategic means of representing the global reach and appeal of their efforts.
Matching Suite Signs
Since this level of careful branding also calls for customized office signs, we created custom acrylic and wooden suite signs that display the wood paneling, feature the color of the lobby marker and feature the logo in an innovative way.
Can we mimic this level of specialization and customization for your reception area signage? Orange County business community members know that we work with our customers to discover exactly the right approach to take during the design phase of the sign order.
- Current artwork. We gladly work with your already existing artwork. This is particularly crucial during a re-branding effort, when you want to keep the look and feel of your signage close to the original but nevertheless want to touch it up a bit to stay in step with current tastes.
- Site evaluation. A site evaluation is a crucial key for creating the right type of signage. Only when we see what your customers or clients see, do we know whether we need to go big, small or stay somewhere in between. In addition, by getting a good feel for your location, we also succeed at complementing your current foyer’s design scheme with the custom lobby sign.
- Signage customization. A reception area sign is usually only the starting point for the companies that we work with. Frequently, as is the case with the Online Trading Company, this marker is the focal point. The other signs for this school support the branding effort and underscore the mood that the foyer is trying to create.
No matter your industry, we always offer free consultations to help your lobbies, reception areas, conference room and suite signs shine with professionalism and flair!