Technical specifications:

About

About

The main advantages of using Aluminum are directly connected to its superior properties like - easy formability, strength, lightweightness, recyclability, natural corrosion and scratch resistance. Features of Aluminum sheet make it the most popular and widely used sign making material. Aluminum is ecologically and economically fascinating. It’s a corrosion and weather resistant with high electrical and thermal conductivity. Also, Aluminum is not a toxic material, do not release any smells. As Aluminum is the lightest industrial material among the metals, with the strength to weight ratio superior to Steel. Moreover, Aluminum has one third density over steel, thus making it the ideal material to be used when high strength, durability and lightweightness are required. Read some of the advantageous features outlined in the following sections:
Corrosion resistance

Corrosion resistance

Aluminum has excellent resistance to corrosion. Moreover, it is resistant to acids but not alkalis resistant.

Weather resistance

Weather resistance

Aluminum panel sheets are naturally well suited both for hot and cold environmental conditions. Due to its tensile strength, it still retains toughness with decreased or increased temperature.

Sizes

Sizes

The maximum size of Aluminum is 48"/96".

Thicknesses

Thicknesses

Aluminum can be in the following thicknesses: 0.032", 0.040", 0.060", 0.080" or more.

Rigidity

Rigidity

Aluminum is the most rigid and strong material for sign making n. This is handy at particular outdoor applications where durability is required.

Weight

Weight

Although aluminum is the lightest engineering metal, but as a material for signage industry - and so compared to any other non-metal material - it is heavier of course. For 0.040” 12X12” Aluminum sheet weights 0.6 lbs.

Formability

Formability

The thermal conductivity if Aluminum is ideal for both cooling and heating application, which we use while sign fabrication.

Recycling

Recycling

Due to the remarkable features of the Aluminum, it is obviously recycled as it is that there is no massive difference between virgin and recycle Aluminum.

Functional specifications:

Outdoor usage

Outdoor usage

Aluminum sheets are used in everything from street sign to exterior branding. Businesses display Aluminum signs on the building facades with their brand name or logo, can use as a directional sign, or individual letters or number to show address. Aluminum Signs are also popular for Safety, Construction and Parking signage as its durable and enough sturdy. Aluminum sign can have custom finishes like rustic effect or painted to emphasize the niche of your brand. Aluminum is essential part of illuminated letter sign fabrication as well, as it serves as a base construction and frame.

Indoor usage

Indoor usage

Aluminum signs have ever-increasing number of applications even indoors. The individuals and business owners like to modify the interior layout as it has highly solid and professional look. Aluminum signs make magnificent accent walls for any indoor application. Aluminum lettering is also popular for interior branding. As it is eco-friendly material - business tend to order any custom Aluminum print with their messaging to their heart’s content.

Services we provide for Aluminum:

Printing

Printing

We use digital full-color printing for Aluminum signs. The prints are UV and fade resistant guaranteed to last for 7+ years outdoors only!

Painting

Painting

Due to our newest painting machine, we can paint your sign to any custom shade. You can choose your desired color formula from 80.000 shades.

Cutting

Cutting

CNC Rotary machine cuts with high precision and accuracy. The working area and the properties clearly show that there were no mistakes or damages made on the surface.

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FAQs

How are Light Boxes fabricated?

Light boxes have an appealing graphics and internally illuminated structure. Light up box is most of the time made of translucent Plexi and, for more specific uses, Lexan material. This helps to withstand vandalism and gives lifetime warranty on the quality. The support system is most of the time made of Aluminum sheet ,which gives you peace of mind of knowing that you made the best choice and lasting investment in the future of your company or organization. To depict the logo on the sign, we use UV inks for direct printing on Backlit decal, plexiglass or Lexan. The ink is dried with ultraviolet rays during the printing, which makes the printed graphics sun and fade resistant. Besides printing, we offer vinyl letterings to write anything you want on the light box sign.

Is Reflective Sign enough durable for outdoor use?

Surely! reflective Aluminum consists of Dibond or Aluminum and reflective Vinyl - Aluminum as the most durable industrial material and Vinyl as a sun and fade resistant material - come quite handy for outdoor use. The signs will definitely withstand the different weather conditions.  

What is the best material for Yard Signs?

Being an outdoor sign, yard signs require relatively durable and weather-resistant materials such as aluminum for long-term usages, PVC and coroplast for mid-term usages and more affordable prices. The lightweight and affordable price of coroplast or corrugated plastic make it one of the most popular materials for yard signs if you don’t plan on spending too much money on real estate bandit signage. For more information get in touch with our specialists

Can Dibond have a Brushed finish?

Dibond is a Polyethylene core enclosed by two sheets of Aluminum. Thus Dibond Aluminum can have mill, matte and, of course, brushed finish.

What is the Standard Aluminum sheet thickness?

We offer Aluminum panel sheets with common 0.032” and 0.040”, 1/8”, 1/4”, 1/2” thicknesses. However, there are other available thicknesses in case you have special needs and requirements.

Are color Aluminum sheets available to the signage industry?

Front Signs offers the Standard white, bright silver, black and gold colors of the Aluminum sheets. Also, we offer painting services, which means we can offer Aluminum signs with any color you require.

Aluminum or Dibond: Which one should I use for my outdoor sign?

Aluminum and Dibond materials are durable and portable for outdoor usage. Dibond is a bit lightweight material compared to Standard Aluminum panel. Both Custom Aluminum and Dibond Signs give more resilient and industrial yet simple look.

What is the difference between Aluminum Mill, Brushed and Reflective Signs? Where can I use each of them?

We offer Mill, Brushed, Glossy, Matte finishes for Aluminum signs. All three serve different purposes. Read the specifications of each of the signs and areas of applications at our blog post Standard VS Brushed VS Reflective Aluminum  and choose the one based on your establishment layout and brand style.

What are some common Signs made of Aluminum?

Aluminum Logo signs, name plaques and interior decorative artworks are the most popular signs our customers entrust us with. Not speaking of Channel Letters and Lightboxes, where Aluminum back and side constructions are required by law.

What are Aluminum signs?

Aluminum is strong, extremely naturally resistant to rot and corrosion metal. Compared to other metals, it is lightweight and makes the perfect choice for any indoor or outdoor branding signage. This a resilient material which looks great after years, comes with smooth polished finish and great print quality.

Which are the best materials for 3D Letters?

You won’t be surprised to know that acrylic is very suitable and popular material for 3D letters for its transparent and translucent finishes. A feature that allows the light to pass through it, thus make the ideal illumination for dimensional signs. Alternative can be lexan material. On the other hand, aluminum is the other most popular material for dimensional letters. It is also extremely durable and weather-resistant. For internal Usage – you can use any types of material in our disposal to create outstanding brand presence.

Which are the best materials for 3D Channel letters?

You won’t be surprised to know that Acrylic is very suitable and popular material for Channel Letters. Acrylic is a transparent and translucent material. The transparent feature allows the light to pass through it, thus make the ideal illumination for Dimensional signs.  Alternative to Acrylic material can be Lexan. On the other hand, Aluminum is the other most popular material for Channel Dimensional Letters. It is also extremely durable and weather-resistant.