Getting the correct sign materials


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PVC Foamboard

The most frequently used sign material. Designed for interior and exhibition signage but useable in almost all situations.


Available in standard colours, plus black, white and grey.

Ideal out of direct sunlight.

Attractive matt appearance



Signage can be picked by evil fingers so place it high or laminate it, if there is a risk from idle fingers

Red will fade in direct sunlight within 12 months. Other colours will dull in direct sunlight over a period of years

There is an unsightly bulging on very hot days when used outside and in direct sunlight. This goes down at sunset. It can be partly overcome by fixing with oversize holes.

Aluminium composites

These have largely replaced white faced aluminium, offering a matt finish that exudes quality


Stands up to any weathers

Appearance stays good after years

Keeps its rigidity

Ideal for functional outside information carrying signage


Inappropriate image for interior signs.

More expensive than PVC foamboard


CAUTION: There are two grades. Hoarding board is much cheaper, BUT it is only available in white; it is only useable for single side signs; the aluminium face is much thinner than for the proprietory brands. For long outdoor life detailed signage, it is not recommended.


Used for temporary signs; Contractors boards, Estate Agents boards etc.


Cheap: about a quarter of the price of foamboard.

Cuts with a stanley knife or similar

Ideal for temporary signs

Easy for DIY signmaking


No rigidity, larger signs needs back support

Should never be used for large boards

Easy to put a nail or screw straight through it

A bend is effectively a break

Not good for the corporate image

Carriage: Several pieces the same size need to be put together for transport particularly with larger sizes.

Acrylic (Note perspex is a trade name for ICI's acrylic range)


Exudes quality

Available in a wide range of colours

Ideal for prestigious image carrying signs


Can be broken by a determined brick if not supported behind

We only use the more expensive cast acrylic. The cheaper extruded acrylic fractures under stresses and should be avoided

Expensive, about double the cost of foamboard

Clear Acrylic and Polycarbonate

Ideal where signs might be tampered with. The signage is applied to the back (mirror imaged) which is then sprayed or covered in vinyl. The front provides a smooth surface which can be wiped with ease.


Signage canít be picked at.

Graffiti easier to deal with


Sign cannot be amended

These are more expensive than acrylic or dibond boards.

Not appropriate for large boards

Vinyl covered foamboard

Advantages over ordinary foamboards

Prevents fade in sunlight

Can be made in any colour


Little cost advantage over acrylic

Not practical for large signs

Laminated signs

Advantages over ordinary signs

Prevents interference

Gives a quality impression


Signs can't be modified at a later date

Not practical for large signs

Does add marginally to cost


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