Dibond ® is the sign industry’s leading aluminum composite material (ACM) for more than 15 years. It is comprised of two pre-painted sheets of .012″ aluminum with a solid polyethylene core. Made In the USA.
- Excellent for digital printing as well as mounting
- Flattest panel on the market
- Superior surface protects expensive digital and screenprinted graphics
- Provides excellent durability in outdoor applications
- Won’t bow or oil can
- Approximately one half the weight of aluminum
- Can be routed and returned to add dimension
SIGNARAMA uses this material for permanent outdoor signs, long-lasting interior signs, wall signs on rough surfaces and much more. Dibond has proven to be weatherproof, durable, and lightweight yet rigid. Plus, Dibond is found in a variety of colors and finishes. Visit our showroom to see a sample of Dibond and compare it, hands on, with many other substrates.
Today’s main focus routed signs and our in house router table. Router tables come in various sizes to accommodate different sized sign shops and ours happens to accommodate materials up to 53.5″ x 101″. Router tables can be used to do Push-through Letters, Engraving, ADA Signs, Channel Letters, Cut-to-Mask, Drilling, Reverse Carving and various other products.
Believe it or not people see routed signs every day such as Monument signs in front of subdivisions, dimensional letters for lobby signs, address plaques, etc. A routed sign starts its life as a solid piece of material and a cutter begins to cut away some of the material, and leaving other portions to create a 3 dimensional sign. Having a router table allows us as a sign shop to produce 1000’s of different designs with various different materials. If you need multiples of the same sign, a computer controlled router table allows us to make the all the exact same with some very tight tolerances.
Big or small let our experienced design and production staff here at SIGNARAMA Detroit manufacture your routed sign today!
Breitling has shared the finest hours in the conquest of the skies. A specialist in chronographs and technical watches, Breitling has succeeded at branding their insignia’s on a select few area fine jewelers here in Metro Detroit. Images of these finely crafted beauties are prominently displayed on the outside window of Lucido Jewelers in Sterling Heights and Mastercraft in Livonia. Unlike the fine technical devices provided by Breitling, these images use an incredibly low tech material called Window Perf.
The beauty of Window Perf (or perforated vinyl) is that it is incredibly low tech, comprised of 50% vinyl and 50% holes. Human eyes absorb light reflected from objects. When someone looks at the image on your window, their eyes absorb the light being reflected off of the printed image. The holes cannot be seen. The graphic looks like a solid image!
We like to think of it as SIGN MAGIC!
The sticky side of the graphic which faces the glass, is black. Looking out from the inside of a building or vehicle, your eyes absorb light reflected off objects outside, such as buildings, cars, trees, etc. Your eyes blend the black material on the inside with the images seen through the holes, creating the illusion that there is nothing on your window. The resulting effect will amaze you! These graphics apply to the outside of the window and will not effect, or be effected by window tints of factory window defrosters equipped on vehicles.
Contact SIGNARAMA to get your Window Perf installed, we love making magic happen for our clients!
Our topic of discussion today is about the uses of neon for signage. A quick recap of neon is a low pressure gas inside a glass tube with and electrode at each end of that tube. When high voltage is connected to the electrodes, it charges the gas to a point that it gives off light that can be seen.
There used to be a time when LED’s first hit the market that the material costs of neon vs LED, where neon would be the better choice. When LEDs first hit the market, they weren’t nearly as bright compared to neon as they are today.
Realistically there are only a few uses for neon in todays sign world, mostly for aesthetic. Lets say you are opening a 50’s style diner and want all the nostalgia to go with it, you simply cannot replicate the look and feel of neon with LED’s. Neon borders in bar/store front windows, Vegas style look of your location or an open face channel letter application are about the only other reasons I can think of to use neon for signage. The cost of trying to duplicate the look of neon with LED’s far outways the cost of doing it in actual neon in today’s dollars. As with anything, when the technology of recreating Neon with LED advances it will become cheaper therfore, LED would be the clear choice in the sign industry.
LED stands for Light Emitting Diode, which is basically a semiconductor that produces light. LED’s first were introduced in 1962 and mainly came in the red, but today the colors are endless. LED lighting is widely used and can be found in aerospace, automotive, marine, architectual and even household lighting.
Up front cost of LED’s could be considered on the exspensive side, but with the electrical operating costs being near 10% of what it costs to run neon, the costs can be recouped fairly quickly. You won’t be limited to a few standard colors with LED’s either like you are with neon. Lets say you have certain colors on the front of you building, you decide to paint and update the look of your building, but your red neon will no longer go with the updates. Now when you run a module inline with your LED’s you can chane from red to blue with the push of a button!
SIGNARAMA has been using LED lighting methods for our channel letters for over 5 years. We have extensive experience with multiple brands of LED’s and can absolutely troubleshoot any problems your existing channel letter signs might be having.
LED’s are also an excellent solution to replace your neon in your existing channel letter signs.
LED’s have an extermely long bulb life (100,000 + hours), require very little power (12 volts) to run and are extremely durable. LED’s can be run over with a car, submerged in water, and operate under extremely cold temperatures. These reasons and more are why more and more municipalities are converting many street lights and traffic signals over to LED.
Whether you are looking for Neon or an LED lit sign, let our expert staff at SIGNARAMA Detroit design and build a sign that is right for you!
Today’s topic of discussion is raceways. No, no, not places like Daytona or Talladega, we’re talking channel letter raceways and the colors they are available in. If this is your first electric sign purchase, a raceway is an option for mounting channel letters to the front of your place of business. It is a box that comes in various sizes, but is roughly 5 X 8 inches and varies in length depending how long your sign is. It serves two functions; one is for mounting the letters to, and the other houses the transformer or power supply needed for the lighting of the sign.
Channel Letter Raceways can come in many colors to help make them disappear against the front of the building they are being mounted to or you could use the raceway as an accent color as well. The materials can be ordered in a variety of standard colors or, if needed, they can be custom color matched and painted per landlord or architect’s specifications.
As confusing and overwhelming as a channel letter sign purchase may seem, let our expert sales and design staff here at SIGNARAMA Detroit ease the process and help you pick the sign and raceway color that is right for you!
The main common theme between LED and Neon is that they are both a source of light for signs (and many other items), but that is about it where their similarities end. They both have their place in the sign world, and in this portion of our multi-part blog we will see the basic Pros and Cons of each.
We will give a brief description of each here and go into more depth of both in future posts.
LED – Stands for Light Emitting Diode, which is basically a semiconductor that produces light. There are for more LED’s in everyday life than you may realize, such as car instrument clusters, watches, calculators, etc.
Pros to LED lighting for Signs:
- Extermely long bulb life (100,000 + hours)
- High light output with low voltage input
- Very low maintenance
- Extremely durable
- Unlimited color options
- Doesn’t use mercury or any other toxic chemicals to produce light
- Low power consumption
Cons to LED lighting for Signs:
- Up front costs invested in future proofing
- Some are somewhat directional (focused beam)
- As with anything, there are cheaper/less reliable brands
- Some higher wattage LED’s run hot and need a heatsink
Neon is a low pressure gas inside a glass tube with and electrode at each end of that tube. When high voltage is connected to the electrodes, it charges the gas to a point that it gives off light that can be seen.
Pros to Neon lighting for signs:
- Wide operating ranges
- Sometimes they don’t need a special power supply
- Can run on AC or DC
- Can be made into custom shapes
- “Old school” look and feel cannot be duplicated
Cons to Neon lighting for signs:
- They output very little light for amount of power required
- Limited colors available based on gas and glass color configurations
- The glass tubes can be fragile
- Generally only one color can be used at a time
- Very high maintenance costs
- One small crack and the entire piece is broken
These are just a few things to give you an idea of the good and the bad of each. In the sign world there is a time and place for LED and Neon lighting and at SIGNARAMA Detroit our expert staff can help you choose which is right for you. If you have questions about neon signs or are wondering why we choose LED’s for channel letters give us a call!
A few years ago, I became interested in Michigan’s fledgling film industry. Being a creative person, I saw this as a new venue to express my creativity. I took several classes on the inner workings of the motion picture business. Camera, lighting, sound, special effects, pyrotechnics and weaponry. I also realized how much work went on behind the scenes. I was fortunate enough to be in the art department and art director on our class final film project. One thing I realized is that every film project, no matter the budget, needs…SIGNS. There seems to be a sign for everything. Real places need to become fictional or “other” places. SIGNARAMA can make this happen!
This is where signs come in. Watch any movie and you will see signs. Business signs, road signs, vehicle graphics, posters, graffiti, flags, banners, props and products, etc. And that is just what you SEE. Numerous signs are also need behind the scenes to direct cast and crew to specific location shoots. These are usually in “code” so you don’t get a big crowd of locals jamming up the shoot.
I have worked on graphics for a few locally filmed movies such as the police cars in Scream 4. FYI: If you look at the police car numbers in the movie, they all are Michigan area codes.
I’ve designed and produced signage for The Wannabe’s, a tweener show shot in Howell, MI at the “Highland Academy” which was in reality is Renaissance Alternative High School. Exterior shots were from a school in California. However, all the interior shots were at the Renaissance Alternative School.
For this transformation, signs made this real high school look like another. Hundreds of signs were needed for, class rooms, flyers, posters, flags, banners for their drama stage productions, food and drink containers in the cafeteria, anything that would make this high school look real.
We at SIGNARAMA welcome the film industry and also welcome you to check out or facility for any future film project (no matter your budget) you may have. We have the background, experience and understanding to help achieve your creative dreams.
We have worked with many independent films and even a few big budget films like Machine Gun Preacher and Transformers 3 right here in Detroit!
Take a moment to look away from your computer screen and at the nearest wall. What do you see? Do you see a blank canvas that needs a little personal spark? If not, you are one of the few.
There are many different options of what you can do to improve the walls of your home, office or restaurant, but before you break out the paint or wallpaper, consider looking into a wall mural from SIGNARAMA Troy Michigan.
Wall wraps are a great way to make a bare wall interesting, and provide an opportunity to display your company logo or information in a new, fun, creative way. You have limitless options of what you can display: colors, shapes, styles, text, logos, information, timelines, maps, mission statements, you name it! (Sorry, I got a little carried away there.)
Another one of the great benefits of our wall wraps is that we now have a reusable material. If you end up moving your office from let’s say Detroit to Troy, your graphics can move with you. And if you do move, please contact us so we can get your new Troy sign installed!
Imagine the possibilities of what your wall could potentially have. While there’s always paint, it’s just not the same. Make your wall leave that lasting impression on your client’s mind today by stopping by our relocated sign showroom in Troy, Michigan or calling us at 248-585-6880.
LED signs can be tricky, and just downright frustrating… especially if you already have a message center sign and simply cannot get it to work properly. That is where our years of experience in this market really shines. We have serviced nearly every type of electronic message center sign across the Metro Detroit market, and are proud to consider ourselves experts in this industry.
There are reasons why schools, churches and retail businesses across the greater metro Detroit area call Sign-A-Rama for Message Center signs. We get the job done!