Custom Office Signs - Sign Materials

When you order custom office signs, the most common option that you have for what it will be made out of is plastic. This is because plastic is a very versatile type of material that can be easily made into your signs with the use of a variety of marking mediums. This particular material is also chosen for many qualities that it has, one of which is its low cost and ability to mimic other kinds of more expensive materials.

Plastic is also chosen by many for their signage needs primarily because it can be easily marked with features that are required for compliance. ADA compliance is a must when it comes to a many kinds of office signs, and in order for a sign to be considered in line with the rules set by the government for such signage, these need to have what are called tactile features. Tactile features can only be added when a sign’s material can be engraved, and plastic is one of the few materials that can be easily engraved.

This does not mean however that you are stuck with using plastic for your signage. If you want to use other materials for your signs, and still need these office signs to have the features required for compliance, you can still use these following options:

Wood – this material can also be engraved with the many ADA features needed for rule adherence. You can have your tactile letters engraved on the kind of wood you choose to use for your office signs, but you need to paint over either the background or the characters in a color that has a 70% contrast with the wood itself. You can also choose to paint over the entire sign with contrasting colors that will help you comply with this particular rule, but that would defeat the purpose of using wood for its amazing looking finish. Braille characters can be added in using the raster method, which is essentially what is required according to ADA guidelines.

Metal – as long as the metal has a non-gloss and non-glare finish, you can also use this to create your ADA signs with. The marking methods that you can use for this include etching and engraving. Color contrast rules can be followed with the inking in of parts of the sign, and braille translations can be made with the raster technique, which is essentially the creation of holes in the sign and the addition of beads that can give you the rounded, domed dots needed for this feature.

Glass – glass can also be used to create office signs that are compliant with government rules, although you need to ask your sign maker about the methods that can be used to create these. Plexiglas may be better option though, if you want the look of glass without its fragility.

These are a few of the materials you can choose to use instead of plastic for your custom office signs. These can be made to have the features required for compliance although these are usually more expensive than plastic to use. You can also use a combination of these materials when creating custom signs. 

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