Aluminum Signs Vs Plastic Signs - Custom
By Jason Lasm - http://www.multicolorsigns.com/
When choosing the substrate for your sign there are many choices available. You could choose plastic,
wood, acrylic, Custom Aluminum Signs aluminum, corrugated plastic (Corroplast), foam board and
more. Two of the most popular choices for sign substrates are definitely Aluminum and Corrugated
Plastic. These are the two I would like to compare and discuss in this article.
There is a big difference between corrugated plastic signs and aluminum signs. For starters one is made
from plastic where the other is made from aluminum. One is not necessarily better than the other. They
just have different areas they are designed to be used in. Let's take a closer look.
First let's discuss the rigidness of the two signs. An aluminum sign is much more rigid than a corrugated
plastic sign. So we must keep this in mind when choosing between the two. I would never install a
corrugated plastic sign in a sign stand on a windy day or mount it to a pole. It could buckle and blow
away much sooner than an aluminum sign would, in the same stand, under the same weather
Now let's look at price of each sign material. An aluminum sign will typically cost more than a corrugated
plastic sign. A corrugated plastic sign is also going to be less expensive to ship. Without question a
corrugated sign is meant to be a budget sign alternative. When you need a sign that will last outdoors I
would say that corrugated signs are the least expensive option available. This savings is also passed on
when considering sign stands or mounting hardware. The stands you purchase for light weight
corrugated plastic are usually much more affordable than the stands you would purchase for an heavier
If you are looking for a longer term solution I would have to say aluminum would win the battle for
longevity. Not necessarily because of the image coming off or fading, rather because of the overall
structure of the material. A corrugated sign is more likely to fold, buckle, and blow away. An aluminum
sign mounted in a quality stand may cost a bit more, however it will last much longer than a corrugated
Ease of installation is not a big issue on either an aluminum sign or a corrugated plastic sign. However
the corrugated plastic sign is definitely much easier to handle and install. Now would also be a good
time to mention that a corrugated plastic sign is less likely to get damaged or scratched during
transport. It is a much lighter and more flexible product, therefore it is much more forgiving when
rubbing against other objects. With the exception of being crushed or bent in half. All of our signs are
very well packaged with corner protectors when needed and air pillows to prevent this from happening.
I would definitely prefer using a corrugated plastic sign for mounting from a ceiling indoors. It is lighter
and safer than using an aluminum sign. However if wind is present the aluminum sign would be a bit
more stable. Aluminum also tends to have a more quality and a more professional look.
So… What’s Next ?
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