STG Signs & Graphics designs, fabricates, and installs signage. The majority of our signs are printed, or at least contain a printed element. Our printing is overlaminated when required for UV and scuff resistance. We either print directly onto the sign material or apply a printed overlay. Based on the ink and sign material used STG Signs can produce a wide array of sign types. Our signs can be divided into three basic categories: 1) light-duty signage, 2) medium-duty signage, and 3) long-term exterior signage.
Light duty signs
Our light signs are made from foamcore or coroplast. Both materials can be die-cut to shape. Foamcore comes in 3/16″ white or black sheets. Foamcore signage is typically for short-term usage, usually indoor.
Coroplast signs are typically printed on white 3/16″ sheets. Coroplast has flutes, allowing the insertion of an “H” stake. Coroplast can be used indoors or out.
Medium duty signs
Gatorfoam, pvc, composite aluminum, and acrylic are our most common medium duty sign materials. These materials are good for added stability and overall strength. Signs made from these materials can last for years indoors. If finished properly these signs will endure for several years outdoors as well.
Gatorfoam is a fantastic material for high-end display signage. It is flat and strong. Standard thickness is 3/16″. We also use a lot of 1/2″ black gatorfoam.
PVC is a great sign material. It comes in several colors and thicknesses and can be cut, routed, formed, and glued. Most pvc sign applications are indoor but specialty pvc materials are used for long-term exterior applications.
Aluminum composite sheeting consists of two thin sheets of aluminum laminated to a pvc core. This relatively new material has become very popular. It is cost-effective and very rigid. It is also very easy to cut and route. Our main application is display signage where extra rigidity is necessary.
Acrylic is the material we use to make “second surface” signage. The clear acrylic allows the print to be applied to the back of the material and be viewed from the front. Clear matte acrylic is often used to minimize glare. Acrylic comes in various thicknesses. The edges can be rounded, bull-nosed, beveled, or polished. Acrylic signs are often mounted with stand-offs.
Heavy duty signs
Our robust sign materials are heavy aluminum, MDO plywood, plexiglass, and polycarbonate sheeting (lexan). These materials are meant to last outdoors. STG Signs & Graphics uses premium materials for our outdoor signs. So we match up our premium sign materials with premium paints, cut vinyl, and digital prints for our heavy duty signs.
Aluminum is a great sign material – it will not rust. It is fairly lightweight and easy to fabricate. Thick aluminum, .060 or.080, is very rigid and the baked-enamel paint is a wonderful sign surface.
Flat wood signs have been around for a long time. Hand-lettered with enamel paints in days gone by, the boards are typically printed today. MDO comes standard in 1/2″ thickness and is a great outdoor sign material when finished properly. The trick to making MDO last is to completely seal the edges. Any moisture will delaminate and ruin the wood sign face.
Plexiglass and Polycarbonate sheeting
Heavy plexiglass and lexan sheeting is used for large illuminated sign faces. The translucent plastic is extremely strong and comes in various large sizes.
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