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.
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
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
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)
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.
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
practical for large signs
Advantages over ordinary signs
be modified at a later date
practical for large signs
marginally to cost
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