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Signage upkeep and fading prevention

outdoor signsDue to the weather effects of the sun, rain, snow and sleet, outdoor signs often bear the brunt resulting in fading. Here are a few preparation and maintenance aspects to consider when preventing the wearing of outdoor signs and keeping the message visible and relevant to all those who see it for as long as possible.

Public space signs are used a number of contexts, from visual displays, advertising, visitor information of to enhance the experience of a particular attraction. In terms of the environment in which the signage is used, domestic and commercial uses are both very common. This can be indoor or outdoor placement, portable or fixed signs. Professional signage design companies will advise on the best manufacturing and design methods that are treated specifically to ensure that fading does not occur, or is at least delayed for as long as possible. This does not mean however, that there owners of the signs cannot do their part in maintaining the sign to ensure longevity.

The material requirements are the first and most obvious thing to consider. Evaluate where the sign will be placed - if this is in an outside location, it is of huge importance that materials are not only selected for their aesthetic appeal, but for the physical properties that they possess. You must also consider the type of outdoor environment. For example different materials will expand or contract in various humilities. Look out for intensity of the sunshine. The life of a sign is often blighted by everything from pollution, weather, graffiti and often the occasional target practice for birds and the like. Material options span from wood, metal, laminates, stone, recycled plastic and more.

Some like to hand make signs - if this is for you than make sure you treat the wooden or timber sign with a wood preserver before the surfaces are primed and painted. This will establish a strong bond between the paint and the wood meaning the finish will last longer. For extra protection, apply a sealant to protect against the cracking, pealing and fading of the word.

Metal signs require a special paint which is specifically designed to be applied to the outside of the metal to protect from weathering effects. Note that different paints possess different qualities and last longer on specific products.

Pay close attention to where you would like to place your sign. Shady areas are great as not only will the sign be more resistant to weathering effects, but also, users are more likely to stop and read the sign if they too are also shaded. Think twice about placing your signs under a tree as dripping moisture will affect the long term health of the sign.

If your signage is a temporary installation or a mobile display, think about bringing it inside during the harsh winter months as the cold weather also causes cracking and damage to the design. Make sure you keep a small amount of supplies with you in your garage at all times to avoid emergencies. For more information about outdoor signage and maintaining your signs correctly visit the signage manufacturing and installation experts at www.fwdp.co.uk today.


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