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Sign Information Guide

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does a sign cost?
  • How long does it take have a sign made?
  • What do you need from me to get a sign made?
  • Can I design my own sign?
  • I'm thinking about getting an LED message sign for my business, what do I need to run one?
  • Do you have any literature on ROI of LED signs?
  • Do I need a permit for my sign, and how much does a permit cost?
  • Can you run the power out to my sign?
  • Do you do contract install work for out of town sign companies?
  • Do you offer any "eco-friendly" sign solutions?
  • What is a channel letter or a monument sign (sign glossary)?
  • How much does a sign cost?
    There are many variables to determine the cost of a sign. Factors such as size, materials, location, and complexity of the design all weigh in on the cost. At Art-Kraft, we understand how important cost is in this economic downturn. We will work with you to build a sign that is within your budget without sacrificing quality.

    How long does it take to get a sign made?
    Once again, depending on the complexity of the design and permitting, it can take anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks. Digital printing and smaller signage that doesn't require permits can be manufactured in a few days.

    What do you need from me to get a sign made?

    It all starts with a phone call or an e-mail. Our salespeople will meet you to go over any and all details.

    Can I design my own sign?
    Sure! Although our designers are some of the best in industry, we always welcome customer's designs. In the event that a clients design is not "sign-ready", our artist will use your idea as a base to create a more functional design.

    I'm thinking about getting an LED message sign for my business, what do I need to run one?
    You will need a PC with Windows XP or Windows 7, a DVD-ROM. Most of the LED signs these days can be integrated into your existing network. We would need an available IP address (you can get that from your IT person). Depending on where the sign is being installed will determine if you need radio communication, or a wired connection. Your sales person will be able to suggest the best course of action after surveying the location. All the major brands of LED signs come with proprietary software. After the sign is installed, our technician will come to your business and train you on how to use the software (it's easy to learn.. trust us).

    Do you have any literature on ROI of LED signs?
    Funny you should ask.. Click here to download our "10 things to know before buying an LED sign" guide.

    Do I need a permit for my sign, and how much does a permit cost?
    That depends on your municipality. Most electric signs require a permit. Because sign codes can be rather complex, Art-Kraft has a full time permitting department to help keep the red-tape to a minimum. We charge the cost of the permit, as well as a nominal fee to obtain.

    Can you run the power out to my sign?
    No, state law prevents us from running performing any electrical work outside of your sign. If there isn't primary power to the location where your sign is to be installed, you will need to hire a state-certified electrical contractor. If the primary power is already at the location when the sign is installed, we can hook up the final connection that the electrician provided.

    Do you do contract install work for out of town sign companies?
    Sure do! We are the preferred installation company for many national sign vendors. Our experienced and well equipped installers have an impeccable reputation in the industry. Call us today for a quote!

    Do you offer any "eco-friendly" sign solutions?
    Yes. Art-Kraft is committed to energy and natural resource conservation. If your company is working to become more environmentally friendly, LED lighting is a perfect substitute over Fluorescent tubes or neon. There are also many other environmentally friendly sign materials available on the market today. Let your sales person know that you are interested in reducing your company's carbon footprint, and ask about what options are available for your sign.

    Sign Glossary

    Click the titles below to see an example from our gallery.
    Freestanding Signs
    Freestanding signs are usually the business's main identification by the road. Typically internally illuminated, these are commonly found in shopping centers and other retail environments. The most common traits are the individual support structures underneath the main cabinet. The support poles are individually covered, giving the sign the appearance of "legs". Depending on individual municipalities sign code, freestanding signs can be over 20 feet in height.

    Monument Sign
    Commonly found in single tenant businesses, the monument sign is constructed very similar to freestanding signs, except for the area that contains the support poles are covered as one unit. These signs tend to be shorter in height, and are typically illuminated.

    Pylon Signs
    Compared to Freestanding and Monument signage, the Pylon sign is the least expensive of the three. Construction consists of an illuminated cabinet atop a single support pole. The support pole is not covered with any kind of embellishments.

    LED Message Unit Signs
    Large computer controlled electronic signs that have animated displays. These displays are made up of hundreds of LED lights, either in a monochrome color such as Amber or Red, or full color RGB . LED Message units come in a variety of shapes and are priced according to Cabinet Size, Pixel size, and Color capabilities. Most common LED units today are RED, with 25mm or 35mm Pixels. The smaller the pixel size, the higher the resolution of the unit. The units can be controlled via a standard desktop computer using software provided by the sign manufacturer, and can be changed at anytime. An LED unit cost ranges from $10,000 to as much as $300,000, however they are revered as instant attention getters and are praised by many businesses for their ability to attract customers.

    High Rise Signs
    These signs are commonly found along freeways or interstates. High-rise signs are easily identified by the height (well over 35' or more) with large exposed support poles.

    Wall Signs
    An internally illuminated box sign with acrylic faces mounted to a wall. Signs are constructed from extruded aluminum, and contain HO Fluorescent lamps. The sign face is covered with translucent vinyl graphics.

    Channel Letters
    Three dimensional aluminum internally illuminated letters with translucent acrylic faces. The letters are typically lit using either neon tubes or LED lights. Letter depth is usually around 5 inches, and can be mounted flush to wall or with a aluminum raceway to reduce the amount of building penetrations needed.

    Reverse Channel Letters
    These are built in the same fashion as standard channel letters, but without the acrylic faces. The faces are constructed of aluminum, and the illumination is mounted on the reverse side of the face. The letters are then mounted against a wall on stand-offs, allowing a halo effect at night.

    FCO or Pin Mount Letters
    Fabricated Cut Out letters are non-illuminated computer routed " thick acrylic with pin mounts. These are the least expensive of all the letters, and are commonly found in interior offices or other areas where illumination is not an issue.

    Vinyl Decoration
    This is sticker like material in roll form that is cut by a computer controlled plotter. The material comes in a multitude of translucent or opaque colors. Depending on the quality of the vinyl, it can last on a sign or window for well over 7 years.

    Wide Format Digital Printing
    This is the process of printing a graphic on a roll substrate (typically an adhesive vinyl) using special solvent based inks, allowing any graphic or design to be reproduced. The printer functions similar to a home office ink jet, but at much higher speeds and resolutions. The finished product can then be applied to a rigid substrate such as an acrylic face or aluminum panel, or on a vehicle. Products such as banners or posters can be printed directly to the material itself. Most items that will be exposed for extended periods of time to the elements are then laminated with a protective UV resistant vinyl to extend the life of the print.