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6 Durable Materials to Use for Outdoor Signage



06.08.2022

6 Most Common Materials for Outdoor Signs

When selecting materials for outdoor signs, it's critical that you take into consideration the many variables that are at play in comparison with indoor signage. Factors like weather, temperatures, wind, and ultimately the purpose of your signage will all impact the material you select.

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To help guide you in your decision making, here are six of the most common materials used to create durable outdoor signs:

1) Coroplast

A staple in the sign industry, coroplast is perfect for outdoor signs on a budget. Made of corrugated plastic, coroplast is both light-weight and weather resistant. Coroplast is best used for temporary outdoor signs including event signage, although the material can last up to 1-2 years outdoors depending on conditions. This product can be easily cleaned, is stain-proof, and will withstand elements like rain and snow.

Coroplast Sandwich Board

Key features of coroplast signs include:

  • Indoor or outdoor use
  • Water proof
  • Ability to add grommets for hanging
  • Can be printed double-sided

2) Bubbl-X

Bubbl-X is an ideal option for lightweight outdoor signs. This product is blue bin recyclable, making it an ideal option for businesses invested in their environmental footprint and sustainability. Bubbl-X is similar to coroplast in look and feel, but offers a smoother surface for printing, and instead of flutes, it has a core similar to heavy-duty bubble wrap. The result is a smooth, waterproof, light-weight sign that is slightly more durable than coroplast.

Key features of Bubbl-X signs include:

  • Indoor or outdoor use
  • Water proof
  • Recyclable
  • Ability to add grommets for hanging
  • Can be printed double-sided

3) PVC Board

PVC board is a white product that looks and acts similar to wood, but has a hard, smooth finish that is ideal for printing single or double sided. Stable for use indoors or out, PVC board can be cut, glued and screwed as if it were plywood.

Key features of PVC board signs include:

    • Indoor or outdoor use
    • Water proof
    • Can be printed double-sided

4) DIBOND

Dibond Billboard

DIBOND is an aluminum composite material that has a solid polyethylene core sandwiched between thin gauge aluminum on either side. This product offers a lightweight, rigid and durable solution that is very suitable for long-term outdoor use.

Key features of DIBOND signs include:

    • Indoor or outdoor use
    • Water proof
    • Can be printed double-sided

5) Aluminum

Solid aluminum is an ideal substrate for signs that need to perform outdoors for several years, such as parking lot signs, pipeline markers and site access signs. Most road signs you'll see today are made of aluminum because of their ability to withstand heat, hail, and rain. And for those looking for a sustainable option, aluminum's recyclability makes it an ideal choice.

Key features of aluminum signs include:

    • Indoor or outdoor use
    • Water proof
    • Recyclable

6) Crezone

Crezone Billboard

Crezone is an exterior grade plywood, specially treated and pre-painted white for use in outdoor signage. This product is ideal for use in cold temperatures because it is resistant to cracking and can easily be screwed to a backboard or bolted to sign posts. This product is often used for billboard advertisements, construction site signs, real estate signs, and a-frames.

Key features of crezone signs include:

    • Indoor or outdoor use
    • Water proof
    • Can be printed double-sided

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If you're not sure which outdoor signage product will work best for you, we're here to provide expertise and guidance. Get in touch with our team today, and we'll help you manage your signs from concept to completion.

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