Truly Fantastic – Go for the Plastic!

Some people think that plastic gives a connotation of flimsy, false and newfangled. Not so, we think. Plastic has been around for a long time. Not only is it good-looking and long-lasting, it’s a great choice for a quality plastic sign.

Combining a light and a frame can give your polycarbonate sign a very professional look. Who would guess that the beautiful display in front of your store, office and restaurant is a polycarbonate plastic sign encased in a handsome frame.

Polyethylene Plastic Material

Plastic signage is more common than you might think. With fluorescent lighting over top of or behind it, plastic signs are amazingly visible and effective. The various colored sign materials have good color retention.

Polyethylene holds the colored dye well, allowing it to stay fresh and true to color for longer periods of time than some other sign material options. Plastic is also less expensive than other signs. The synthetic material is neither difficult nor costly to produce as metal or wood. Modern techniques have actually lessened the cost of production, passing along the cost savings to you.

The Durability

While weather or vandalism is not major concerns with plastic signs, if they are destroyed, they are inexpensive to replace, unlike metal or wooden signs. With polycarbonate or high impact acrylic back-lighted signs, all you need to do is remove the frame and replace the plastic sign then insert in the display frame.

Shapes and Sizing

Most plastic signs can be made in various dimensions or shapes. The most common shapes include rectangular shapes which can be posted on a gate, fence, or in a frame. They can be from thin to thick – from.001″ to ½” thick or more. Some materials like polycarbonate come in rolls, but most come in sheets, the most common size being 4′ x 8′.

Standard available plastic pre-cut sheet sizes are 24×24 inches, 18×24 inches and 12×18 inches, with other sizes available when required being sheared to size. The smaller rectangular shapes which are ideal for posting on a chain link fence are most often 10×14 inches, 4×8 inches, and 3×6 inches. Other available shapes include circles, triangles, octagons, badges, and shields. Of course, custom dies can be made to make whatever you want.

Sample Signs

Most regulatory signs, such as a “no smoking” sign, is included in the plastic category of signage. Others include the “No Trespassing” sign, “Employee Parking” signs, various warning signs, “danger” signs, or even those ubiquitous “Wash Your Hands” sign. These plastic signs can be seen just about everywhere in the United States and internationally.

For Customized Signage

If it’s another dimension that you are looking for, no need to worry. Custom orders are accepted by most good sign shops. The sign you need can most likely be made to order, so get your specs to a reputable sign company and they’ll get you what you need.

A polyethylene plastic sign, for instance, can be custom die cut to your specifications, so sketch up your idea and the experts will create it for you. Using double-sided tape to post the sign in the location of your choice is a popular way to install the signs when you receive them.

Extremely durable in both hot and cold weather, these signs are very tough. If you are worried about them melting in the heat or bending and breaking in the cold, there’s really nothing to fear. Even zero and below temperatures do not destroy, warp or ruin your strong plastic sign.

Color Matching

Custom color matching and patented Pantone colors are available on most plastic sign orders for printed signs. The set up costs should normally be included in the price quoted. As stated previously, most reputable companies that make these signs will offer die cutting, color matching, double-sided mounting tape, and hole-punching.


Once you look around, it’s hard to find a place that doesn’t have at least one plastic sign posted on the premises. These signs are welcomed almost anywhere, because it can be easily read, seen, and maintained. Technology keeps advancing, and the modern sign is truly beneficial to all business owners. The look is fresh, the cost is minimal, and the satisfaction and results are optimal.

LAST UPDATED ON: May 12, 2018

Barry Brown has been in the Sign, Banner, Decal and Display Business for over 20 years. It isn’t what he thought he’d do with his life, but he says he knows too much now to do anything else!

He has been marketing these products online since 1998, and the company he was general manager of in 1998 was the first sign company to be listed on Yahoo!

Barry is a great resource for information regarding Signs, Banners, Decals, and Displays, and is also

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