Office and Corporate Signs
Other than a receptionist the first thing that greets potential clients and customers inside a business location is the lobby or reception area sign. Typically these signs are placed behind the receptionist or on a nearby wall and display the business’s logo. A lobby sign is the second-most important on premise signage for a brick and mortar style business or office setting. If you consider the exterior sign in your building to be your best foot forward then you should certainly follow it up with something just as eye catching on the interior. While an exterior sign on your building may have brought a potential customer or client through the door, the image you project doesn’t stop there. You need to reaffirm your brand identity, professionalism, and quality with an interior office sign. There are many ways to design and build interior office lobby signs, but, today we’re going to discuss specifically dimensional lettering. In short, dimensional lettering is a term for an individual letter or logo which has depth and is mounted on its own to a surface. Address numbers on houses are the example people are most familiar with. In a future post we will discuss illuminated options, back signs, standoffs, acrylic signs, metal signs, and more traditional interior office signs.
Metal Laminate Letters and Logos
Letters with laminate are a common option for individuals who are looking for a professional letter in an interior setting. The laminate of choice, typically 1/16″ thick is permanently mounted to acrylic, foam, PVC, of another medium and the the letters are routed, cut, or otherwise shaped to the look of each letter. Metal laminate mounted on acrylic can give the look of solid metal in a multitude of finishes. These can be produced at a lower cost than solid metal letters. Acrylic lettering is available anywhere from 1/8″ to 2″ thicknesses. Another option is metal laminate on PVC, which once again gives a solid aluminum look at a lower price. The cheapest type of lettering in the same family is metal laminate on Gatorfoam. It’s an even cheaper alternative than the acrylic or the PVC with metal laminate, but it doesn’t look quite as finished. A great tip for using metal laminates on dimensional lettering is to paint the edges of the other material a similar color to the face, this gives the appearance that the material is thicker and made of one piece instead of two pieces. For instance, a foam letter with a polished aluminum letter face is typically finished with silver painted edges to give the appearance of a thicker letter. Or you can opt to go the other route by using contrasting colors for nice bright vivid displays.
Now that we have an understanding of what metal laminate is in relation to dimensional lettering we can discuss the multitude of laminate options. The best way to set your interior office sign lettering apart from the competition is by using a specialty laminate finish from Chemetal. Chemetal features a catalog of over 200 metal designs and they have a huge spectrum of colors, different brush stroke finishes, distressed finishes, anodized tints, and patterns. Additionally they have traditional brass, bronze, and aluminum. All of these laminates can be finished with brushed, polished, and anodized looks. If you’re looking for a unique sign, and want to get away from the standard brushed aluminum or painted aluminum lettering, the Chemical laminates offer unlimited potential. Their catalog features various bright colors and extreme brushed pattern finishes with swirls and waves. They also have distressed finishes that mimic the look of Cor-Ten steel and imprinted metal finishes with raised textures. The majority of these laminates can be applied to foam or plastic letters to create a striking one-of-a-kind look that complements any professional environment.
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Plastic Lettering and Logos
Metal laminate lettering works great for corporate and professional environments such as Law Offices, Doctor Offices, Dentist Offices, Architecture firms, etc. However, there are alternatives for businesses which do not wish to use the high end metal or faux metal types of letters. For instance, a daycare location might choose to go with a bright and glossy style of lettering or logo for their reception area. Metal doesn’t portray child friendliness and would look out of place. Alternatives to metal lettering are acrylic laminate on gator-foam, painted PVC, painted Gator-Foam, or painted acrylic. All of these are available in various thicknesses, which can be finished with matched Pantone colors, or business specific colors. Solid color options are more popular with schools, restaurants, and other informal settings.
An important —but often overlooked— portion of dimensional lettering is the installation method. The two most common methods of installation are with high bond 3M VHB tape or stud mounting. Stud mounts work by drilling holes in the wall, filling the holes with silicone, and then placing the letters in the corresponding holes. Both methods require a template which will indicate to the installer where to drill holes and/or where to mount each letter. This ensures the final product is level, straight, and looks professional. If you are not located in the Lawrence, Topeka, or Kansas City Metro areas, your letters and template can be easily boxed for shipping and mailed directly to you. You can handle the installation yourself, or we can arrange for a professional installation almost anywhere in the United States.