We are here to help you and your team learn as much as you can about sandblast carved signs. The more you know, the more comfortable you are selling these types of signs.
Sandblast carved signs make a great option for customers looking to have something different, unique and will make a statement about their business.
If properly cared for, these signs will last 25+ years or more. For a well established business that has a long future ahead of them, sandblast carved signs make a great "investment" for their signage needs.
Each sign is handcrafted and the finished result is truly a work of art. This look will draw a lot of attention to the sign and make a big impact on customers.
Dimensional signage offers a wider range of options for design, layout and presentation of the signage. Allows for more creativity to come up with a stunning design for your customer.
Seal the deal by selling the ability to customize the sign any way they want. We can included things like gold leaf, digitally printed photos, acrylic overlays, brushed metal accents, anything you can dream up.
It's important to remember that these signs are not for every customer. These signs are a higher end option. Finding the right customer is key to selling these signs.
When considering between wood and HDU, you'll want to think about the finished look you want for the sign. When sandblasted, wood reveals all the natural, beautiful wood grain. The result is a finish that has rustic charm and unique character.
When we sandblast HDU, we can sandblast the HDU to have a stone/pebble type background surface as shown above. This is a great option for someone that wants the look of a dimensional carved sign without the old fashion look of wood.
HDU can also be sandblasted to have a faux wood grain look. For someone that wants the look of wood, with the advantages of the HDU material, this is a great option.
How much "support" the sign will have will help determine if wood or HDU is best. In the example above, the sign is only supported on the outside edges. In this case, wood is the best option since it is stronger, more durable and requires less support.
If the sign is being installed into an existing monument or full support structure, then HDU would be an acceptable material choice.
Or if the sign is being installed against a wall, HDU would be an acceptable material choice.
Sometimes the look of an extreme amount of wood grain can distract the design of the sign. Or make the sign look too busy visually.
For designs with "a lot going on", we recommend using HDU. The more consistent and even looking background surface doesn't compete with the design.
Another example of how the more consistent and even looking HDU background doesn't distract or take away from the complex sign design.
HDU has some limitations when it comes to size. Typically HDU maxes out at a length of 10' and a height of 5'. So to achieve larger sizes we need to laminate pieces together. We carry wood that is 20' in continuous length and can glue pieces together to achieve almost any height needed.
HDU is more susceptible to vandalism since it's not quite as strong and durable as wood. If someone throws an object at an HDU sign, there is a great risk of the sign being broken or damaged. If the sign is going in an area that could be more prone to vandalism, wood is a better option
HDU is a manufactured product that was specifically engineered for signage use. It was designed to be 100% waterproof and won't be effected by rot, moisture, bugs/insects, or other things that can damage wood.
HDU is a great product for projects that require specialized carving, shaping or a unique finished look. This is HDU that was carved and painted to resemble wood logs acting as a sign border.
Each sheet of the HDU material we use was partially manufactured with recycled plastic water bottles.
A great advantage of wood signs is they are much more refurbish-able. The sign can be removed, cleaned, repaired and repainted. It will look almost new again like the 20 year old wood sign shown above.
Wood has the ability to be burned as a way of creating a unique finished look.
HDU is a great material for doing 3D carvings and custom shapes.
Wood is a great material for laser engraving small and intricate designs
Both wood and HDU signs are meant to last a really long time, which makes them a great signage option. The average lifespan of these signs should be between 20 - 30 years. A key factor is maintenance. Since the signs are painted and/or stained, they need to be cleaned every so often to help preserve the paint. Every 10 - 15 years or so, the signs should be completely refinished. If this is done throughout the life of the sign, it will last a lifetime.
Each has it's own advantages over the other, so it really comes down to the particular project you are working on. Wood is much stronger and more durable than traditional HDU. Meaning it is less prone to damage from wind, vandalism, etc. HDU is a synthetic material that is constructed to be 100% waterproof, meaning it won't suffer any water damage over it's lifespan. Wood has it's own unique, natural beauty that has rustic charm. HDU has a more modern look when it's carved and blasted (with it's stone/pebble appearance).
For a typical project, the cost of a sandblasted sign will run about 3 - 4x more expensive than a traditional "flat-sign". A great selling point to use with your customer is the fact that the sign will last a really long time. So they have to think of this as an "investment" in their signage. Not only that, sandblast carved signs look so amazing and unique, that they will stand out more and get more attention from customers. In a crowded world of signage, having a different and eye-catching sign is well worth the added cost.
Depending on a few factors, the average production time takes around 3 - 4 weeks. If you have a particular deadline that is sooner than that, and it's reasonable, we can typically accommodate.
If the sign is small enough, we will package the sign and send it through USPS or UPS. For larger sized signs, we will custom build a wooden crate and send the sign via a freight company.
For a majority of our projects, we use old-growth western red cedar. This wood strikes a perfect balance between being soft enough to create our dimensional carving effects and being hard enough to withstand the hash elements of exterior use.
No, only air-dried wood. The kiln drying process is very hard on the wood and damages its grain structure. Kiln-dried wood is much more susceptible to cracking, warping and splitting. Our wood air dries for several years before we use it in the production of our signs, meaning it's naturally dried out and wasn't artificially cooked to remove excess moisture.
We only use old-growth wood in the production of our signs. Meaning the is wood for trees that grew hundreds, if not thousands, of years ago. This wood is extremely hard to find and is typically very expensive. We purchase it in such large volume that it makes it an affordable material for us to use. New growth trees have been planted and fertilized and grow at an unnaturally fast rate. This results in weaker grain strength and less density.
When we started making HDU signs, we tested all the available materials on the market and discovered that SignFoam brand HDU was far superior to others. There are other, less expensive options available, however the quality of the material results in a not so impressive finished look. We only want to use the best materials, not the cheapest.