Engraved Plastic Signs

One of the best possible choices for the creation of signs that are ADA compliant is the engraved plastic sign. The reasons why this kind of a sign is considered ideal for the manufacture of signs that are in line with the rules set by the ADA are rather numerous. Aside from the fact that plastic is a very versatile material to use for the creation of signs, and is one of the most popular choices at that, it is also one of the most cost effective of signage material options.

When you say cost effective, the most common idea that pops into the head of people hearing that term is “cheap”. While engraved plastic signs can indeed be cheap (or cheaper than other choices you have), it is not necessarily so. We are not saying that these signs are not low-cost or can be had at very friendly prices. What we are saying is that, aside from being easy on the budget, these signs are considered cost effective because these can last a long time, making what you spend on these signs well worth it since you won’t need to shell out more money for another set of signs too soon.

The reason why these plastic engraved signs last long enough for them to be considered cost-effective is due to their durability. These signs, especially when made with good quality plastic, can be durable and tough enough to last years. When coupled with a good maintenance plan, plus making sure that these signs are not exposed to elements that can expedite its deterioration such as sunlight and adverse weather conditions, you may find these signs lasting you a very long time.

The main rationale behind why we think these signs are ideal for use in the creation of ADA signage is not in its durability or cost effectiveness however, but rather in its ability to be molded in such a way that makes it compliant with ADA regulations. Since engraving is a marking medium that allows for the making of raised and recessed parts, and since ADA signs require tactile elements that have raised and recessed parts, it is then quite logical for engraved plastic signs to be considered a great choice for ADA signage.

Aside from this, plastic signs can be made with the use of several substrates without the sign ending up as heavy as some other signs made out of layers of either metal or stone. The use of layered substrates makes it easier for you to create signs that have the right color contrasts, with the top layer either being 70% darker or lighter than the underlying layer. When these signs are engraved with your signage designs, the underlying layer will then show the contrasting color needed to make these signs compliant, allowing you to have your signs made quickly and within regulations in one snap.

It is also worth noting that with the use of engraving as a medium of marking, you can easily create the dots needed for the Braille translations on these engraved plastic signs. Since it has been mandated that the Braille translations need to be domed, it has become the norm to have these made using the raster technique. This is when holes are made in the pattern of these characters and raster beads are placed in these holes to create the domed dots that are required by the government for compliance.

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