What material are signs made from?
Our broad range of workplace signs are available in 3mm or 5mm foam board, 3mm aluminium composite, 1mm rigid PVC or sometimes called rigid plastic and self adhesive vinyl.
What is the best sign material?
When choosing the best material for your workplace sign you should consider the following factors. Is the sign temporary or permanent? Would you like it screwed in place, tied in place or stuck with adhesive? The overall size as some materials are better for larger signs and whether it is to go inside or outside your business premises?
This ultra durable aluminium composite board (sometimes called Dibond, which is a brand of aluminium composite) has a polyester core and two outer skins of 0.2mm aluminium, enamelled with a white face. This material is an excellent choice for either larger signs or applications where the sign must be self supporting such as mounting to a fence. Suitable for mounting to all surfaces, both internally or externally. Aluminium composite is suitable for fitting either with screws and stand-offs or double sided pads or tape. Aluminium composite is one of the most durable and weatherproof sign solutions, so can be used both indoors and outdoors. It is suitable for both small and large signs.
Foam board, or sometimes called foamex, is a rigid PVC board with a foam inner. it is lightweight, yet strong and relatively easy to cut and shape. It is suitable for small and large signs and though it can be used outdoors, it is not as durable in the long term as aluminium composite and unlike aluminium composite, is not stable to temperature changes. Foam board is ideal for internal signs and temporary external signs.
Rigid PVC is suitable for indoor and outdoor use. It's the most commonly used material for safety and warning signs because it performs well both indoors and outdoors, is cost effective and versatile. Rigid PVC signs can be secured using double sided tape or pads or screws.
Self Adhesive Vinyl
Self-adhesive signs are printed on to a thin plastic type film and backed with a permanent acrylic based adhesive. Similarly to a sticker, a self adhesive vinyl sign comes supplied with a backing paper, which is removed before application. It is suitable for application to clean, smooth surfaces both internally and externally and a popular choice for warning, prohibition, safety and PPE signs.