Step 1 | Applying for Sign Permits
The last steps in any sign purchase process are the permitting, fabrication, and installation of the sign. The sign had to be built by metal fabricators and have the LED’s installed. The fabrication process takes about 2 ½ – 3 weeks after permits have been approved by the city. We do not start any sign fabrication until this step has been taken care of. Most cities have moderately strict codes for sign placements. If you want to learn more about your city’s sign codes it is best to talk with the city planning office directly. If you’re located in Lawrence, KS you can find a copy of the plans on the City of Lawrence, KS Official Website, or contact us directly as we are more than happy to advise on sign related code ordinance issues.
Step 2 | Fabricating the Sign
The aluminum sign faces had to be cut by routing the letter shapes from the faces then they were welded together to form the shape of the sign. After all the cutting of the steel was completed, it was then time to create the acrylic push-through lettering. The push-thru acrylic lettering effect is created by milling down a 1 ½” thick sheet of clear acrylic sheeting to a thinner gauge. The lettering for “LARKEN” was not milled, but all of the negative space around the lettering was, which allows the words to be raised from the surface of the acrylic sheet.
Once the milling process is complete, the letters are placed through the corresponding routed and painted aluminum sign faces. This is how the “push-thru” lettering effect is achieved. The final step is to add a white light diffusion film to the face of the lettering which allows them to glow correctly. This allows the sign to display white during the day, and display bright white at night (without blinding traffic).
The aluminum sign faces had to be cut by routing the letter shapes from the faces then they were welded together to form the shape of the sign.
Photo of the completed sign after fabrication illustrating the illumination. The contrast between the lettering and the sign provides for easy readability whether seen at day or night.
Step 3 | Installing the Sign
Once the sign had been fabricated, it was time to move onto installation. Since the sign location was on a higher part of the building and made of steel, it was necessary to use a bucket-truck to get the sign into place for mounting on the building. The sign was installed on the building using a mounting brace. To add extra support, the sign was also bolted through the entire wall of the building to ensure the weight could be held and remain sturdy for years to come. There was a lot more that went into getting the sign on the wall, but that’s a separate topic. At the end of the day, each installation project presents its own challenges, and care should always be taken when selecting the proper mounting hardware for each project and mounting surface.
The sign was installed on the building using a mounting brace. To add extra support, the sign was also bolted through the entire wall of the building to ensure the weight could be held and remain sturdy for years to come.
Conclusion | Project Completion
The sign is now up, and everything looks exactly like planned. When working on these types of projects, it is important to have a project plan, and know the basic steps outlined in this document. With a clear plan and professional sign designers who care about how your business looks, it is likely you too could end up with a sign that you can be proud to display your business. We are very proud of the work we did for Larken and feel very proud everytime we drive by their business on the way to work. Make sure to check out Larken’s Official Website to learn more about this great company!
This is a photo of the final product after the sign was installed. It is easy to see why all of the underlying processes are so important when designing a new sign.