Since 1990 all carriers or operators of commercial motor vehicles that operate solely in the state of Michigan are required to have their USDOT number on their vehicles. At SIGNARAMA we understand many cities in Metro Detroit are enforcing this law on local businesses. We can help you avoid the costly ticket by following the guidelines below and installing your USDOT numbers in vinyl on your vehicle.
Who needs to obtain a Michigan Intrastate USDOT number?
A Commercial Motor Vehicle means any self-propelled or towed motor vehicle used on a highway in commerce as defined in Act 181, PA 1963, CFR 49, part 390.5 when the vehicle:
- Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating, or gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight, of 10,001 lbs. or more, whichever is greater; or
- Is designed or used to transport more than 8 passengers (including the driver) for compensation; or
- Is designed or used to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver, and is not used to transport passengers for compensation; or
- Is used in transporting material found by the Secretary of Transportation to be hazardous under 49 U.S.C. 51 transported in a quantity requiring placarding under regulations prescribed by the Secretary under 49 CFR, subtitle B, chapter 1, subchapter C.
What are the requirements for lettering my vehicle?
49 CFR part 390.21 states the marking must display the following information:
- The legal name or a single trade name of the motor carrier operating the selfpropelled CMV, as listed on the motor carrier identification report (Form MCS–150)
- The motor carrier identification number issued by the FMCSA, preceded by the letters “USDOT”
- If the name of any person other than the operating carrier appears on the CMV, the name of the operating carrier must be followed by the information required in the above paragraphs, and be preceded by the words “operated by”
- Be in letters that contrast sharply in color with the background on which the letters are placed;
- Be readily legible, during daylight hours, from a distance of 50 feet (15.24 meters) while the CMV is stationary; and
When you think of certain cities, states or even countries you think of a few signs that make that place even more magical. Hollywood and Las Vegas are some of the worlds most popular landmark signage. As a small town or city around Detroit you want your city sign to be the talk around town.
Here at SIGNARAMA we are all about making statements. Sometimes really big statements! We can help you come up with the most out of this world ideas for your landmark signage. If you want to make a statement like the Hollywood sign be sure that we can make your city stand out and have visitors not only talking about the awesome sign you have with in your city but have them taking pictures by it also.
Ok, maybe you are not looking for the Hollywood sign but a great sign to know that you are entering your city. We can do that also. We have built everything from simple now entering signs to large city monuments. We can also include full color LED sign within the monument to show city events for the community or even simple changeable track to the sign.
Whether you are looking for the Hollywood sign or your basic monument sign for your city allow SIGNARAMA to help you make the greatest sign your city will be proud of! Give us a call, we will be sure to make sure that your business has the landmark signage that others use to give directions in your city!
What is Styrene your ask? Styrene is an inexpensive, light weight, easily transported type of material made from expanded plastic. Although most commonly used to create tradeshow displays, Styrene’s flexibility allows it to be easily rolled for transport or storage. This cost effective material gives a high quality finish appearance that can be cut into custom shapes.
Styrene is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. With several thicknesses to choose from, it is waterproof and fairly durable. The smooth flat surface can be printed on both sides providing for high quality, professional looking, double sided signage. In addition, a matte or gloss laminate can be added to further protect the surface from UV rays or potential wear & tear.
Styrene is an adequate solution for short term inexpensive signage. Alternative substrates may include Coroplast, PVC, Acrylic, Lexan, Aluminum or Dibond which are described elsewhere on our website.
You have your Venue, the wedding cake baker and even a Dj to play all the right songs on wedding day, But do you have your sign company? Many new Brides are thinking of great ways to include wedding signage as seen on Pinterest into their budgets.
Many different signs and graphics can transform a venue into your awesome space, the space you have been dreaming of. You may have seen at different weddings that you have attended the classic just married signs, banners and directional yard signs to get you to the reception. The new modern bride takes it a step further uses her sign sign company to come up with floor graphics for the dance floor, walls and ceilings. These floor graphics are also seen on the aisle for the ceremony or on sides walks entering different locations. Just think about the awesome invitation you sent out with the graphics you have just gotten right with your graphic designer and add them to your dance floor to make a statement.
Another example of a modern take on wedding signage is many brides use signs in their Ceremonies with cute messages to their guests. A popular message that brides display is ” Today two families become one, So pick a seat not a side” or “Uncle Matt Here Comes Your Girl” which is usually displayed on the ring bearer as he walks down the aisle. Just these extra things can make another wedding ceremony into something to talk about.
There are all different ways that wedding signage can add direction or just plain detail to any brides wedding. We encourage brides to get on pinterest or any other wedding site to get ideas and bring any thing they find into us at SIGNARAMA. Allow us to be your sign company and take any of your ideas and make it into the reality you were dreaming of!
One of the hottest new trends in home and office interior decorating is applying quotes to walls! At SIGNARAMA in Troy, we will work with you to design custom wall words for the area you plan to dress up. There are many applications to utilize custom wall words. Some of the most popular places to apply them are in your entryway, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, laundry room and office. Whichever room you choose, the new addition to your wall is sure to spark the attention of visitors in your home or office.
At SIGNARAMA, we use only the highest quality substrates to produce your custom wall words. We will take the time to execute your vision with the best customer service in Metro Detroit! Our team will help you choose the proper font, color and layout for your custom wall words. The lettering is made out of a similar material as stickers. We make sure to apply transfer tape so you can easily apply them yourself. They stick best to flat smooth surfaces and work great on walls, mirrors, windows, wood and metal. We have an unlimited array of colors and styles to choose from, the design possibilities are truly endless! You are not limited to just text either. At SIGNARAMA we can produce borders, shapes, frames or other graphics to compliment your custom wall words. Whatever your theme is, we can make your ideas come to life!
Ideas to liven up your wall space:
- Welcome guests in your entryway
- Decorate above your bed or dresser in a bedroom
- Add a sweet accent with a name or monogram in a baby’s room
- Put some fun into a game room with your favorite team mascot
- Spice up your kitchen with cooking terms
- Create comfort in your living room with inspirational quotes
- Make a statement in you bathroom with refreshing words or phrases
Like most people who stop in to our shop who have a logo they are trying to pull colors from, we often ask do you have your Pantone Printing colors set. With faces of confusion and minds thinking about ” What the heck is a Pantone? It sounds like cooking equipment and why would I need to cook my logo colors?” We often pull out the rainbow colored Pantone deck and match the colors as close as possible to the logo that the customer is presenting us. Why is that deck so important to the printing world? Why is Pantone Printing so important to us?
First off – More than liking you are getting a ton of signs, business cards and websites with your logo on them for your business. The Pantone process makes sure that your are getting the exact color combinations from each source. You made get your Sign and business cards from SIGNARAMA and your website from a local SEO website guru. Now making sure the color in your logo is not turning from purple to pink or orange to red you use Pantone color process. This process allows the purple you wanted to use be the same creative color everything in the printing process. Purple is not called purple but Pantone 2603 C, one of the many shades of purple with in the Pantone process. You will notice with no question that you will get the same color every time when you use a different source for printing your logo. No more pink or crazy shades of purple. You will get Pantone 2603 C for all your Pantone Printing needs.
So stop the guessing and allow SIGNARAMA to help you pick out the best Pantone colors for your logo and get out of the mess of matching colors every time you need something printed.
Why is it that everyone hates parking?
No one ever seems to enjoy it. When following the parking signs in Detroit, there always seems to be problems. Some times it’s a game where you are trying to find that open space and you are stalking others walking to their car in hopes of getting their spot! Other times it’s a race to get your meter paid before your get a ticket. And what about the parking section of the driving test back when you were first taking it!? What a nightmare!
At SIGNARAMA, we know that parking isn’t a favorite activity of customers, but we also know that by having effective parking signs in Detroit, such as by making a spot open for visitor parking, it can really help the moral of your customers. Happier customers equal better sales.
One of the keys to having an effective parking signs is big readable text with strong contrast. This is really important because people do not want to go on an Easter egg hunt to find where they can park.
It is also advisable to keep your signs on brand. At SIGNARAMA Troy we produce all of the Famous Dave’s To Go Parking Signs in Detroit and the surrounding metro area. Whether you have one location, or several locations, keeping your brand consistent is always important from when people first park and see your sign, throughout their entire visit of your location.
Various options for parking signs include using reflective substrates and vinyls to help the signs stand out at night. The most common color combinations when a person chooses that route is red/white, blue/white, and black/white.
If you are interested in having more sales due to less grumpy customers, consider installing some effective parking signs in your parking lot. We will help you throughout the entire process from the design, to the production, to digging the hole and installing the sign! Stop by today for more information.
Thinking about getting a new sign for your building, but don’t want to go through the hassle of pulling your permits? Here at SIGNARAMA we are experts in pulling permits in any city with in any state.
I need a Sign Permit Expert in Michigan!
We can pull sign permits for everything from temporary real estate & banner permits to electric sign permits. Most cities in the Metro Detroit are very familiar with us and our reputation for building nothing but the best code enforced signs around. We make sure we follow every code that the city enforces on any type of sign. We are UL listed which is a great plus when pulling any permit with in Metro Detroit. Most cities require all installed signs to follow the UL code of electrical fabrication. This is a certification we have carried for years.
We also will go to any sign permit planning meeting if the city requires it. At those meetings SIGNARAMA explains all procedures in making the sign as well as installing it on the building. We are always prepared with samples of materials and photographs of what the site looks like now with out the sign and what it will look like with the new sign on the building or property.
So stop in and lets talk sign permits! SIGNARAMA is always ready to take on any sign with permits. Many of our largest sign projects were awarded to us based solely on our expertise with securing proper city sign permits and our familiarity with the Detroit sign codes. We are very proud of the strong relationships we have built with all of our local Michigan building departments and value the confidence they have in our abilities to produce top notch signage. You can trust the sign company that most of the local municipalities call on when they need signs!
There are many different materials you can use on the exterior of any building. Do you not have a clue on what to use on your building or parking area? Being a outsider to the sign world, you may ask yourself ” What exterior sign materials can I use?”. Let us here at SIGNARAMA help you with all your decisions on the great signage will be putting outside your building.
Exterior sign materials come in many different sizes, shapes and colors.
Below I am going to give you the ins and outs of each material which should fit your needs. These materials are among the most popular temporary and long lasting sign solutions.
Dibond – Has a glossy white finish being weatherproof & with a durable coating. Comes in variety of colors & finishes being a very lightweight rigid substrate. Dibond is used for outdoor signs for building surfaces rough or smooth. The most popular exterior sign materials at SIGNARAMA.
Aluminum – Has a glossy white finish being weatherproof & with a durable coating. Comes in variety of pre-painted colors. Aluminum is typically used for parking signs and small exterior signage.
Acrylic – Has a Glossy polished white finish with a high-end look and feel. It is also the material that will stay bright white the longest. Acrylic is typically known to be used for Illuminated signs, channel letters & boxes.
Coroplast – This is a very inexpensive option. Very temporary and lightweight. Typically used for staked yard signs and a great solution for a more rigid banner like material. This is your most popular temporary option at SIGNARAMA.
Having a little more insight to the materials of the sign world you should be able to make a better or even great decision about your next exterior signage on your building or parking lot. So call or stop in today at SIGNARAMA and allow us to help you with finding the best exterior sign materials for your next few projects.