Engraved Signs

You may have heard of engraved signs as well as embossed signs and thought that there is very little difference to both. The truth is these two signs are actually similar in some ways and different in other ways. While both are used for the creation of ADA compliant signs, these two are actually created in different ways. To help you better understand the differences between these two, here are some facts about each sign type:

Engraving is a method of marking that is achieved by gouging or cutting out grooves into hard material. When signs are engraved, these can either have characters that are recessed into the material or raised by means of gouging out the surrounding areas to create protruding characters. When it comes to ADA compliant signs, protruding characters are needed, which means that the surrounding areas are cut to create raised letters and numbers on these signs.

Embossing is a marking method that is often used on metal sheets, which means that the material needed for embossed signs would be metal. The method that creates the characters on these signs involves a top and bottom die that leaves the sign with an embossed message or image. How high the embossed image or message is often depends on the amount of pressure used to create such a relief, with more pressure usually resulting in a more pronounced impression.

Engraved signs are often chosen by most people for their ADA signage needs due to the fact that you have a wide variety of materials to choose from when it comes to signage manufacturing. Some of the materials that can be used for this particular method include plastic, wood, metal and even glass. For embossed signs, the choices you have for signage materials revolve around a variety of metals which can include stainless steel, aluminum and brass.

Your marking choice for your signage will often revolve around the kind of material you will be using for your signs. If you are thinking of using metals for your signage, then you might want to consider embossing as your marking method. If you are thinking of using plastic or wood, then engraving is probably your best bet. To help you decide better, you might want to ask the opinion of signage experts such as sign designers who work for sign manufacturing companies that use both marking methods for signage making.