What is architectural signage?
Architectural signage is high quality hand and machine crafted signage, generally made from metal but does include the use of glass, hardwoods, various special finishes and usually has a single overall design form and structure. Ranging from Built up lettering made from various metals including gold stainless steel, metal plates, flat metal lettering and wayfinding signage. These can be made through various processes including CNC routing, laser cutting, water jet cutting, engraving and hand crafting.
Illumination for architectural signage can be either LED’s or Neon, the best choice for a higher quality, brighter, more efficient end product is neon, however due to its size limitations, in very shallow, small letters LED’s make a great alternative.
What is corporate signage?
Corporate signage is generally considered as signs that are in or around a site that is not a retail environment the signage tends to be quite large scale. The types of signage that are generally used are also used in both the retail and architectural areas of the sign industry. Types of signage can include the following:-
Monolith signs – These are large pillar signs that have company names and logos on, that can usually be found at the entrance to large companies or retail parks.
What is retail signage?
Retail signage varies greatly in quality and impact. It is generally signage that is at the front of any high street shop ranging from one off small local stores to national and global chains. They can be made from a variety of materials and incorporate parts from both the architectural signage and corporate signage areas of the industry.
What materials can be used in the construction of my sign?
We have the ability to use many different types of materials, from extruded plastics, acrylics, glass, wood, co-polymers, copper, brass, aluminium, steel and composite materials. Materials are available in various different colours and finishes.
What fonts can I choose from?
We have an extensive archive of fonts to choose from allowing you to specify the font style you’re looking for, or we can suggest what would best suit your company style. We can also recreate old artwork designs.
Can you replicate our corporate identity?
Yes! We can replicate your corporate identity. We can even follow any guidelines provided for the use of branding and logo’s. By supplying us with a line .eps file our design department can recreate your corporate identity turning it into your new sign solution.
What will the final product look like?
Upon confirmation of order we can provide you with a photographic/Artistic representation proposal of your sign.
Can I use copyrighted images and logos on my sign?
Yes, but you will need to seek permission from the owner first.
Will my sign require planning permission?
Generally all illuminated signs visible from the road will require advertisement consent from your local council. The planning consent you may be able to attain will depend on your location if your located in a conservation area or a listed building, the variety of signage consent you may be able to get will be reduced or come with provisos. If you are concerned about these issues, please speak with one of our representatives or your local council development department.
How long will it take to manufacture my sign?
Our manufacturing time, under normal circumstances, is 7-10 working days, however during busy periods this may extend to 10 – 15 working days. For particularly large projects or urgent projects, a mutually agreed time frame can be organised. All time line estimations are from receipt of an agreed deposit or purchase order.
What quality controls do you have in place?
We utilize an in house control system, with interdepartmental checks ensuring that all signs are manufactured to the highest standard. All our signs where possible are manufactured following British standard guidelines. The BS Standards followed are :-
- BS 559:1998 – Specification for design, construction and installation of signs
- BS EN 50107-1:2002 – Signs and Luminous-discharge-tube installations operating from a no-load rated output voltage exceeding 1kV but not exceeding 10kV
- BS EN 50107-2:2005 – Signs and Luminous-discharge-tube installations operating from a no-load rated output voltage exceeding 1kV but not exceeding 10kV
- BS EN 50425:2008 – Switches for household and similar fixed electrical installations. Collateral standard. Fireman’s switches for exterior and interior signs and luminaries’
What guarantee does my sign have?
Our signs are completed to the highest possible standard and are currently supplied with a 1 year guarantee from the date of the completion of the installation.
Will my sign require any maintenance?
Most signs generally should have some maintenance schedule. Depending on the type of sign this can range from just a light wipe over to a thorough cleaning and relamping. Maintenance should be carried out at regular intervals throughout the year. If in doubt about your maintenance requirements please do not hesitate to contact us and we can provide this as an after sales service on your new or existing sign. We also offer an emergency callout service for any neon breakdowns and by having an in-house neon shop, most callouts are completed with 72 hours.
What is the life span of my sign?
The life span of a sign is determined by a number of factors, these are the location, quality of the materials used and maintenance schedule for the sign after installation. Generally you should expect a sign to last around 10 years with regular maintenance, however many companies will replace their signage every five years to keep the image looking clean and up to date.
What policies does your company have in place?
We have in place the following policies that can be produced upon request: Health and Safety policy, Environmental Policy, Equal Opportunities Policy and Quality control Policy. We can also produce, upon request, or when an installation requires, a method statement and risk assessments.
Do you provide any other services?
A1deSIGNS is more than just a sign manufacturer we can offer you the complete sign service from brand management and design through to installation and maintenance. Additional complimentary services we provide include our cold cathode lighting and maintenance and our more recently introduced bespoke glass furniture service.