Some decisions are more important than others when you create a custom sign. The grade of material you decide to use is vital because it determines the durability and longevity of your sign.
What is a material grade, anyway?
First, you chose a type of sign material for your sign aluminum, acrylic, etc. Now you're ready to choose the grade of material.
The grade of material describes to the level of color protection on your custom sign. All of our sign materials are of excellent quality and will most often outlast the vinyl graphics on your sign, despite the grade you choose.
This is because our sign materials are made to last a long time. Aluminum, for example, will last decades. But the pigments in the vinyl graphics that are laid on your sign material will naturally fade over time, the sun and other elements. This is why we offer the added protection of high quality grades.
So what are my options?
We offer three grades of material at TheSignChef
Each grade of material is rated for durability. You'll pick your grade depending on how long you'd like your sign to last.
Economy Grade signs are uncoated and rated to last up to three years outdoors. Economy grade is right for you if your sign is not for permanent use or if you need to frequently change the design on your sign. With economy grade, you are relying strictly on the strength of the pigments in the vinyl graphics. If you're happy with replacing or getting rid of your custom sign after three years, choose economy grade.
Standard Grade signs are coated in scratch resistant, clear DuraShield UV Protective Laminate and rated to last up to five years outdoors. Standard Grade is right for you if you want more protection against the elements and you'd like more durability.
Premium Grade signs are coated in Premium Grade 3M UV Protective Laminate and rated to last six to eight years outdoors. They have maximum protection and withstand extreme temperatures very well. Premium grade is right for you if you're looking for a more permanent custom sign and the highest level of durability.
If you're still not sure what grade of material to use...
Try to look strictly at how long you want your sign to last. The other stuff doesn't matter all that much.
...Feel free to contact us with any questions!
Our sign specialists are happy to help you determine what grade best fits your needs. We're here to help!