ALVAboard have some characteristic such as:
Endure against repeated bending and folding
Absorbs almost no moisture (0.03%)
Stands against high temperatures up to 130°C
Resists to chemical substances
Does not produce dust like cardboard
Does not break or tear – high impact resistance
The hollow form generates light characteristic
Can be printed directly and laminated on the surface
Safe for direct contact with edible products (Special Request)
Easy to put sticker on
Easy to cut, bend, punch, and bond
What is Signage material?
A material in sign making refers to the physical surface the ink is applied to. Nearly all materials used in sign making have a specific inkset or laminate to use in order to maximize longevity. Materials are matched to the substrate as well, which include a range of longevity from 1 to 10 years. Specialty vinyls and laminates are used for textured surfaces, vehicle graphics, window overlays, and many other applications.
Corrugated Plastic (ALVAbord) signs are most economical and signs that we can get out fast and inexpensively. Foamcore, a traditional, and more economical foam board for short-term indoor use and displays; wood/PVC/metal composite materials for specific sign uses; speciality textured materials for unique artistic applications; static cling or temporary adhesive materials, wall murals and decals are some other options to consider.
corrugated plastic is an extremely versatile, extruded twin-wall polypropylene sheet. This material is predominately used for temporary and promotional signage. It’s ideal for every applications, such as:
- Menu boards
- Special event signage
- Directional and informational signs
- Indoor point-of-purchase signs
- Temporary and promotional signage
Corrugated plastic signs may be displayed in several ways:
- Self-supporting (with a cardboard easel)
- Suction cups
- Double-sided tape
- Framed and/or staked
+ Lower cost than other types of rigid signs
+ Quick turn around
+ Corrugated plastic looks like a higher quality sign from a distance
+ Easy to replace
– Can swell in heat if not anchored properly
A PVC “Foam” that is lightweight yet rigid and durable, it is ideal for medium-term signs for use both indoors and outdoors. It’s commonly used for menu boards, point of purchase, and tradeshow directionals. Other brand names for this PVC product are Sintra, Kapabloc, and Foamacell. PVC Polyvinyl Chloride sheets, smooth Plastic for long term indoor or mid-term outdoor signs, shape cuts well.
+ Smooth surface prints well
+ Comes in a variety of thicknesses, black or white
+ Can be printed single or double sided
+ Great for interior wall signs
– if used outdoors, it gets brittle in very cold temperatures
– care must be taken when mounting not to screw too tightly at corners
High Impact Polystyrene HIPS for indoor or outdoor temporary to mid-term signs. High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) offers a consistent, easily printed, smooth, matte surface for either one or two sided printing applications. This polystyrene product, available in 4×8 sheet form in three thicknesses, is especially suitable for digital printing of displays, POP graphics, signs, translights, tags and cards. It can also be contour cut.
+ Flexible, lightweight material can be rolled for transport
+ Contour cut or rectangular pieces make great POP easel standees with character
+ Used commonly for surveillance or no-trespassing signs
+ Can be grommeted for more strength in mounting to walls or fences
– Not rigid enough for post signage
– if scratched, product is weaker along scratch
Foamboard is an extruded, rigid, lightweight polystyrene foam board bonded between two layers of ultra thin polystyrene veneer. These are typically used for medium term office displays, kiosks, POP, exhibits, custom shaped signs, easel signs, and temporary signs.
+ Foamboard is an inexpensive product for short term easel signs or stand inserts
– Because Foamboard is a paper product, it dents easily and is not great for long term use
– Foamboard must be handled carefully in transport so corners do not get damaged
Backlit signs of polycarbonate or lexan can be printed with our Triple Strike method, or have cut translucent vinyl added. Lexan / Polycarbonate comes in translucent white or clear for use in sign faces on backlit signs. Signs for Success can print full color directly to the panel, or on translucent vinyls, or cut a variety of solid colors of vinyl to update your sign face.
+ Both are excellent for long term use. Depending on the condition, many times old panels can even be reused.
+ Our Triple Strike method of printing full color for backlit makes the image color and saturation perfect whether lights are turned off during the day or lit up at night.
+ Lexan is virtually indestructible.
– Polycarbonate yellows over many years in UV lighting outdoors.
ACM Aluminum Composite Material for rigid long-term outdoor signs. Aluminum composite material, also known as Dibond, Signabond, or Epanel, is made of two sheets of thin aluminum with a solid polyethylene plastic core. This material is ideal for mid-to-long term outdoor signs as it is not prone to warping in high heat, and moisture will not affect is like it does wood. It’s great for use in post & rail signs or wall signs.
+ Easy to print and laminate
+ Very long term signs
– Care must be taken in handling as edges can be sharp
FRP Fiberboard for long-term signs, is very strong and durable, used for larger signs. Fiberglass Reinforced Plywood Fiberboard can be used in place of MDO wood where larger than a 4×8 substrate is needed. The fiberglass faces provide long-lasting outdoor durability. Fiberboard is gel coated fiberglass on one or both sides and can be fabricated to almost any size, as long as there is a truck big enough to transport it.
+ Very rigid and strong
+ Extremely long term signs
– Very heavy product
MDO wood Sheets for signs will give 2-4 year life. MDO has an exterior-use, long-term grade plywood core, with a moisture-proof smooth surface. Plastic edgecap is optional. It’s perfect for construction site signs, real-estate signs, billboards, double post signs and more. Signs for Success will generally print a sheet of intermediate (3-5 year) vinyl to cover one or both faces (single or double sided), which provides an additional layer of protection for the painted faces.
+ Very rigid and strong
+ 2-4 year life until MDO starts to weather
– edges must be sealed or protected to help product last longer
Fabric provides a professional look for flexible, functional and fabulous signs and visual graphics. Whether the challenge is getting people to attend an event, introducing a new product or service, driving traffic to a trade show booth, branding a corporate office or drawing attention for a grand opening, fabric signs and graphics are ideal for helping your business or organization create the professional look you need for your brand.
+ Seamless look. The flexibility of fabric takes graphics to the edge.
+ Lightweight. A cutting-edge alternative to bulky metal frames and heavy graphics.
+ Easy to ship. Folds up to fit in small packages and arrives wrinkle-free.
+ Washable. Many fabrics are machine washable and durable.
Aluminum for signs comes in a variety of thicknesses, some with white baked enamel. This solid aluminum sheet features a smooth, baked enamel white surface (or clear aluminum) and is sold in a variety of gauges. Aluminum is ideal for long- to permanent-use signs such as traffic, parking lot, park, and reusable real-estate signs. White baked enamel faces come in .080, .063, and .040 thicknesses. Raw aluminum faces may be used if the sign needs to be made reflective by sheeting out with engineer grade reflective vinyl before printing.
+ Very rigid and strong, even though thin
+ does not bend easily
+ Very common in sizes under 36×24 for outdoor use, larger than that usually uses ACM material