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Sign Materials Guide

Your Guide to Choosing a Sign Material


All our signs are manufactured in our Yorkshire HQ, so we're proud to state that they're MADE IN BRITAIN. Here, we'll help you decide which type of material is best suited for your signs.


Self-adhesive vinyl stickers

These are suitable for INDOOR USE ONLY. We use industry recommended Metamark digital vinyl. It's a tough, flexible, high quality vinyl material with an adhesive backing.

Make sure the surface you're applying it to is smooth and clean. Self-adhesive vinyl is waterproof, however, we would not advise using a sticker outside unless you are confident that the surface is suitable. The surface needs to be non-porous. Vinyl stickers will not stick to wood, brick or stone walls, concrete or similar surfaces. If you're unsure, ask us.

We would not recommend you trying to stick a self adhesive vinyl sticker larger than 400x300mm yourself. It is not as easy as it may appear!

Click here to view the data sheet for Metamark MD-100 vinyl.

 

Plastic Signs

This is suitable for both indoor and outdoor signs. We're recently launched a  thicker grade 2mm rigid plastic to our product range, whereas our competitors quote thicknesses of between 0.9mm and 1.5mm. So with The Sign Shed you get 2mm thick PVC for the same price as the other lot's thinner, "less rigid" alternatives.

The plastic can be drilled for fixing holes or foam adhesive pads can be used on the back to stick it to a surface.


Metal Signs (Composite Aluminium)

This is designed for outdoor signage use. Aluminium composite material consists of two thin aluminium sheets bonded to a non-aluminium core. It is the industry standard material for outdoor signage. It can be drilled for fixing holes with relative ease. We use 3mm thick composite aluminium.

 

Foamed Plastic Signs (Foamex)

A particular favourite material for temporary construction site safety boards. It is strong, but lightweight. It's weatherproof and designed for outdoor signage use. The foam board is white with a matt finish. Our foamex is 4mm thick.