Outdoor Signs

Outdoor signs and indoor signs may seem similar to the untrained eye, but for those in the business, there are many differences between these two. Aside from the fact that one is placed outdoors and the other is used indoors, these differences include materials used, mounting, and even guidelines to be followed. These also need to be maintained in different ways in order to make these signs last.

For outdoor signs, the materials that need to be considered are those that can easily withstand the ravages of nature. Since these signs will be exposed to the sun, rain, snow and wind, materials that can easily survive these without deteriorating too fast are needed. Some of the most popular materials used for these signs include aluminum and hard plastic.

Indoor signs, on the other hand, are not exposed to the elements. This is why there is a wider variety of materials that can be used to manufacture these. Materials that are used for indoor signs need not be as durable as those that are used for outdoor signs however these still need to be strong enough to stand the test of time. Even indoors, these signs do slowly deteriorate, so some care in choosing the materials for these has to be taken.

When it comes to ADA compliance, both signs need to follow the strict guidelines set by the government in order for these to be considered up to standards. Complying with ADA guidelines for both indoor and outdoor signs is ideal, if your company wants to be avoid litigation and being in violation of this law. The compliance guidelines these signs need to follow are very similar to one another, with only a few differences that need to be noted.

For outdoor signs, ADA compliance means the right color contrast, finish and character size in proportion to the sign size and mounting height. Color contrast, as with indoor signs, is set at 70%. Finish should be eggshell, matte or non-glare. Character sizes should be proportionate to the sign size, according to guidelines found in this earlier blog about character height and reading distance.

For indoor signs, the same rules apply. These signs however, are subject to other rules like the need to use tactile letters, grade 2 Braille translations and even tactile pictograms. Outdoor signs only need to follow these rules if these are used to point out or mark permanent rooms that can be accessed from outside, like bathrooms and the like.