Signage Materials

Are you looking to produce ADA signage but are unsure of how to find the perfect combination of unique design and lasting signage materials that is also pleasing to the eye?

We offer a wide range of signage materials for those looking to outsource their ADA-compliant signage orders. This ensures that clients receive the right type of signage for their particular needs, which results in higher customer satisfaction.

In addition to staffing each department with skilled technicians who have experience working with various materials, we utilize top-of-the-line equipment that can cut, shape, engrave, and finish virtually any type of material substrate.

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What material options are available for signage?

The signage materials available from Erie Custom Signs are as follows:

Chemetal

Chemetal is a unique alloy that will help provide your client’s signs with an attractive metallic finish. It combines the reflective sheen associated with popular metals with a clean, sharp appearance and a versatile lightweight construction. Engraved signs or signs with graphics gain a new dimension with chemetal ADA signage.

Metallic finishes in signs are often associated with authority and professionalism. If your client’s company is looking to exude luxury or have a contemporary look, that would make chemetal a good option for their signs. The polished, shiny surface captures light and draws attention to the information on the sign.

Erie Custom Signs offers chemetal signs in finishes such as aluminum, brass, copper, pewter, and many more that come in different styles and colors.

Rowmark ADA Alternative

The ADA alternative solid core acrylics represent the essential colors used in ADA-compliant signs. Leading plastics supplier Rowmark makes ADA and Braille signage simple with a series of approved core colors in moldable acrylics. Choose your colors, images, text, and design to create custom ADA-compliant signs fitted to your client’s business.

Vibrant, visible shades and quality acrylics give you the power to create specially designed signs that reinforce the brand image, atmosphere, function, and audience of your client’s company or organization.

Choose the consistent colors and appealing blends to help strengthen first impressions and make staff feel at home in a unique environment. You can create a series of colorful signs for your client’s creative agency, continue the relaxing décor of your client’s office or lobby, or simply update your client’s look with new room tags and directories.

High-Pressure Laminate

High-pressure laminate is often chosen for signs because it is easy to clean and it retains its color for a long time, ensuring the longest possible lifetime for ADA-compliant signs in your client’s facility. We get materials from top brands such as Pionite, Formica, and Wilsonart, all of which combine the beauty of stone and marble textures with a lightweight construction perfect for signage.

High-pressure laminate is attractive, durable, and low maintenance, making it an excellent choice for clients who want eye-catching signage for high-traffic areas.

Corian

Corian surface materials are known for their durability and beauty. They are particularly popular for signage because of their ability to be easily cut and engraved while balancing a lightweight and long-lasting end product. At Erie Custom Signs, our Corian signs encompass a wide array of colors, patterns, and shapes to complete any interior design and provide ADA-certified accessibility in any situation.

Corian signs allow facilities to add sandstone, marble, or granite accents without the weight or expense of those materials, as it mimics the grains found in polished stone. Additionally, visual information translates very clearly on to the surface, making it an effective sign choice without compromising beauty.

Frosted Acrylic

Frosted acrylic mimics the appearance and fragility of glass without running the risk of cracks, shattering, or sharp edges and without the unnecessarily high expense. At Erie Custom Signs, we engage in precise laser cutting to create intricate designs on frosted acrylic signs.

Painted or engraved text and pictures make for an especially strong contrast on this material, so they are extremely clear while also providing a modern, simple appearance. Rowmark, a leading plastics manufacturer, specializes in functional acrylics and supplies us with the top-quality frosted acrylic sign materials we need to create ADA-compliant signage.

Cast Acrylic

Cast acrylic is a harder material that offers a number of benefits, which is why we frequently use it for ADA signage.

In addition to being much easier to cut, cast acrylic holds up better to chemicals than some other materials. When laser etched, this material also results in lettering with a matte white finish, making it ideal for signage that must adhere to ADA regulations regarding easily legible text without glare.

Further, the risk of crazing is eliminated when cast acrylic is used, so clients can obtain the affordable signage they need without fear that their displays will develop cracks along the edges.

Extruded Acrylic

Though we try to use cast acrylic in most applications, we also offer extruded acrylic for those who prefer the appearance of this material.

As extruded acrylic is a softer material, a more delicate cutting process must be used. Fortunately, Erie Custom Signs has the equipment and skills to ensure that extruded acrylic signage is cut and shaped according to a client’s specifications.

Unlike cast acrylic, extruded acrylic presents with clear/gray lettering when laser etched. As a result, there’s very little contrast between the lettering and the sign material itself. Given ADA rules regarding the level of contrast needed in signage, we typically recommend painting the lettering to ensure sufficient contrast.

How to choose the right signage materials

Sign shops often receive questions from customers about which signage materials they should choose for their project. The material you recommend to your customer will depend primarily on the design ideas they have and their budget for the project.

When making recommendations, consider the following:

  • Where will the sign be located?
  • How long will the sign be up?
  • What type of design does the client have in mind?
  • What is the client’s budget?
  • Does the sign need to comply with ADA guidelines?

Want to see what these signage materials look like up close?

"Erie Custom Signs rocks! The signs they made for me look absolutely fabulous! I’m so grateful for their patience and flexibility during the design phase, and the quick turnaround to get my order here in time for the final inspection. They have been great to work with, and I hope to do so again in the near future." Dawn Gilman, Crystal Lake Engraving
"Erie Custom Signs did an awesome job. Thanks to Mike and the team for such prompt service. They’re now my go-to for ADA signage." Greg Haskell, Hwy 35 Signs
"The Erie team is always expedient in their responses, and they continually meet our extremely tight deadlines. Their work is of the highest quality and their customer service is top notch! We really appreciate having a fabricator like Erie Custom signs. They are always up for a challenge and continually produce our unique sign designs." Beth Geddio
Erie Custom Signs is amazing! My subcontractor received the signs ahead of schedule, which will ensure that they are installed on time. Thank you again for your assistance in this quick turnaround. I will be using your company again in the future! Brian Whitecap, Tusick + Associates Architects, Inc.

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