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Flexible Letters Fit Many Types of Signs

8-inch-portable-sign-letters-flex 8-inch-flex-black 8-inch-condensed-flexTypically, 8 inch Portable Sign Letters go on a Portable Marquee Sign. Flashing arrow style signs, like these, are popular everywhere. They almost have that vintage Route 66 feel to them.

If you don’t love the look of the corrugated fiberglass, you can certainly make your own sign with our flex tracks. These tracks can be pre-drilled and mounted on wood, metal or whatever substrate you like; the tracks can also be glued. To really stand out, paint your sign any color you like and get one of our many colored flex letters!

Flex letters come in a variety of sizes, so you can space your tracks however you wish. Remember that every 3 inches of letter can be seen from about 50 feet away. Therefore, an 8 inch letter can be seen from about 135 feet away.

Tracks and letters are always in stock to ship the same day before 3pm. Portable signs are made in America, so you don’t have to worry about a cheap sign; they take approximately 10 business days to make.

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Reserved Parking Signs Customized to Meet Your Needs

custom-reserved-parking-numberCustom Parking Signs are one of the most popular products that we offer. There are several header options, like Handicap, Reserved Parking, and Personalized Parking Only. These signs have multiple uses, such as marking your specific parking spot, designating No Parking zones, showing Valet Parking or indicating Tow Away Zones.

There are many easy to use templates to make custom parking signs for your business, customers, employee and tenants.

The sign is made of .080 aluminum and is reflective. The vinyl is our standard vinyl; it can last in harsh weather conditions and has a 7 year guarantee. There are several color choices available.  Don’t see a color you want? Call us! We’ll try to find something that fits you!

Signs are pre-drilled with holes centered at the top and bottom. Pick up a channel post and screws at your local hardware store for a free standing sign, or mount it to a fence or wall.

Our signs are competitively priced and usually ship within 1 business day.

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Pronto Letters for all Weather Conditions!

pronto-blackPronto Sign Letters were used on Zion Lutheran Church marquee sign to announce their service hours in Wisconsin. The eight inch tall letters can be easily read from 150 feet away.  Pronto sign letters are available in six different sign fonts. The ADM style shown here are the widest and easiest to read. It is best to use big wide letters if your marquee is set back from the road and motorist are passing at a high rate of speed.

Gemini Pronto sign letters have been made for years, and they are heavy duty and ready to take on all types of weather. They are great in rain or snow, heat or dry and calm or wind.  A lifetime guarantee backs up these letters, and there’s many accessories available for them, including sign track, change arm poles and letter storage cabinets.

Marquee sign letters are available from 3 to 10 inches high and are ready to ship same day from Alphabet Signs.

 

Interlocking Number Stencils Make Curb Stenciling Easy and Fast!

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A great summer job to make some fast cash is by offering to paint house address numbers on the curb. Prices typically get $15 to $20 for about 20 minutes of work. I may write a how to paint house curb numbers in a future blog but we can get you started with a four inch curb number stencil kit.

Houses with multiple numbers can make curb stenciling difficult. Interlocking number stencil kits make that process fast and easy. The stencils hook together to create even spacing and professional looking numbers. Number kits are available from 2 to 48 inches high and are ready to ship same day from Alphabet Signs.

 

Flat Cut Acrylic Sign Letters

Black flat cut acrylic sign letters look professional on this beautiful entry structure. Acrylic sign letters are a great way to get a sleek look without paying for more expensive metal letters. Several fonts, sizes and colors are available, as well as 4 different thicknesses. We offer hardware for most surfaces, and it’s included in the price. Orders over $100 ship for free!

You can custom design your lettering on our website using our sign designer.

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How to Install a Reflective House Number Sign

911 House Number Signs are critical for emergencies. Fire, EMS or Police will be able to locate you much faster, if they can easily spot your location.

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These signs come in green, blue or brown with white numbers/letters. The whole sign is reflective and can be made horizontally or vertically.

Most importantly: how do I mount this sign? Sometimes customers have trouble finding the pre-drilled holes in the sign. The picture below shows where the holes are drilled out, but the vinyl is covering the hole. You will need to take a knife and poke out the vinyl that’s covering the hole. The two holes are located on the left for vertical signs and on the top for horizontal signs.

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Mounting these signs is simple. Just run screws or fasteners through these holes, and the sign can be mounted to your mail box post, lamp post or fence. To mount to a fence like shown above, just use a washer and a nut on the other side, and you’ve got an easy-to-see sign.

A simple, easy-to-install reflective address sign can make a life saving difference for your precious family. Your custom house number sign is made from aluminum alloy 5052 is a superior metal for outdoor signage because of its strength, hardness and corrosion resistance against weather extremes particularly in marine areas. It measures 6 inch x 18 inch x .040 inch thick and the reflective house numbers are printed on both sides. Its background is engineer grade prismatic reflective (Type II) and is available in three standard colors, green, brown and blue.

Emergency responders want to help, so let’s all help them by clearly identifying our houses and businesses!

How do I Order a Bronze Plaque?

Commemorating events, remembering loved ones and dedicating buildings are all great uses for bronze plaques. Many customers have questions, though. Are they hard to design? Does it take a lot of time to prepare?

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Alphabet Signs makes ordering bronze plaques super easy and affordable! Just enter the desired size on the website, type in the text and choose the other listed attributes, like border design, background color and mounting option. If you would like to send an already prepared file, just type “see attached” in the text box. After the order is placed on alphabetsigns.com, reply to your order confirmation email with the file, and we will prepare a proof based off the file.

Special fonts or images do not add to your cost! You are charged simply by the dimensions of the plaque. Images for plaques must be in vector format. If you don’t have your image in a vector format, you can check out www.trace4less.com. This company will convert your .jpg, .bmp, .pdf, etc. into a ready to use vector file, like .ai or .eps.

You can place your order for a plaque on our website 24 hours a day: http://www.alphabetsigns.com/signs/p/MP01.html.

We offer several different mounting options. Blind mount is a very popular option, as viewers can only see the beautifully finished plaque and no hardware. A solid wall mount option is available, as well, if you prefer a visible screw head on the face of the plaque.

In addition to the blind mount and solid wall mount, we have the option of getting hardware for a hollow wall. The screw head is visible on the front of the plaque, and there are flanges that go into the wall to help secure the stud. There’s also a wood mount option, as well as a lovely garden stake.

Once the order is placed, the art dept will prepare a proof for you. We will not produce your plaque until the layout is approved. You can make any changes you would like during this time. Please note that we cannot prepare a proof before you pay for and place the order online.

Plaques usually take 8 business days to produce once the layout is approved. It takes 1-2 business days to receive a proof after ordering online. Transit time is usually 3-4 days. Bronze plaques always have free UPS shipping to the continental United States.

Bronze plaques come with a lifetime guarantee. These plaques will withstand wind, rain, snow and most other types of weather. If the plaque corrodes, fades or gets any other damage due to weather, simply take a picture of the damage, and we will make a new one for you at no charge. Note that these plaques are not meant to be put into the ground and walked on or moved over.

If bronze plaques are a little outside the budget, we also offer aluminum plaques. These are the same high quality and come with a lifetime guarantee. Aluminum plaques can be coated with a baked enamel bronze to get the bronze look without the bronze cost! There are over 25 colors available for aluminum plaques, and all the same hardware options are available as with the bronze plaques.

The borders for bronze and aluminum plaques are the same. We offer No Border, Single Line, Inset Single Line, Single Line Bevel, Single Line Wide and Double Line. To see these borders up close, simply go to that product on our website for larger images.

Finding Numbers, Dollar Signs and Other Punctuation for Record Boards, Menus and Pricing Guides

Even though LED signs are showing up everywhere, many people still love the old school feel of a letter board with push in letters. Getting enough numbers, periods or dollar signs can sometimes be tough when you’re making a board for records or prices.

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Alphabet Signs offers some solutions to this typical predicament. We carry bags of a 100 of the same character, which means you could get a bag of a 100 A’s, periods, 1’s, or whatever characters you always seem to be short. These bags are available in white Helvetica only and in sizes 1/2 inch, 3/4 inch, 1 inch, 1 1/2 inch and 2 inch. Remember that bags of characters have a 5-7 business day lead time, and they are not returnable, as they’re a custom order.

If you just want a varied amount of punctuation, there are symbol kits, which boast a variety of characters, like periods, commas, ampersands, etc. These kits comes in white Helvetica and sizes 1/2 inch, 3/4 inch and 1 inch.

Finally, we offer a number kit. This kit has ten of each digit 0 through 9. They are available in the 1/2 to 2 inch sizes and white Helvetica.

The best way to figure out what you need is to make a rough “map” of your sign. Figure out what is going to be there all the time and what is going to change. Do you want bigger text for a “header”? Are you going to need more 1’s and 5’s for records, more zeros for times or more dollar signs and periods for prices? These are all questions you should figure out before you start putting together an order.

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Letter kits are a great place to start. They offer a variety of letters, numbers and punctuation. The kit will have more vowels and popular consonants, like R, S, T, than the lesser used letters, like Q and Z. These kits come in neatly organized hard plastic boxes; each character will have its own section in the box to help you quickly change messages on your letter boards.

People often worry about these letters melting or warping in the heat. If you buy an outdoor letter board from us, it will come with a poly carbonate window that has ultraviolet inhibitors in it. This special shatter-resistant material will help preserve the life of your letters. Changing your messages often will also help, as certain characters won’t have a chance to become more brittle than others from the hot sun.

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If white Helvetica letters aren’t quite what you had in mind, we also offer Gothic and Roman letter kits. While these fonts only come in kits and not in bags of 100, number kits or symbol kits, they are another option for font style, if block style does not suit your style.

Any of these fonts or combinations are only available in uppercase lettering. If you’re looking for lower case, we have them in our menu letters. These are available in black, red, blue and green. You will also find our Pepsi and Coca-Cola letters in that category, which is an uppercase only product.

In addition to the menu letters, we have black letters and silver or gold letters.

Theater marquee sign letters can safely be installed with a change pole arm

Theater Marquee Letters are great for old style marquees that are set up with Slotted Tracks. We offer Slotted Theater Marquee Letters, Slotted Marquee Sign Track and the Change Pole  Arms for Theater Marquee Letters. No more scary ladders!

The Slotted Change Arm can be a little confusing to use, but the pictures below show detailed images of how the contraption works and how it will save you a ton of time putting letters on your marquee.

The “mechanical hands” grip around the letters by pulling on the chain to firmly hold onto the letter. Lift the letter towards the sign; then, secure it on the marquee. To remove the letters, simply lift them off the track and to the ground.

We offer Snap Lok Letters, as well as Slotted Theater Letters. Snap Lok Letters go in Snap Lok Track only, and Slotted Theater Letters go in Slotted Track only.

Snap Lok Track is made of clear acrylic that comes in 8 foot lengths and should be attached to a flat surface using glue or fasteners. The letters hook onto this track, like pictured below.

snap-lok-trackThe Slotted Track is also made of high impact acrylic that’s clear, but Slotted Letters slide onto the tracks because it’s beveled at a 45 degree angle, like this picture.

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Another handy tool we offer is the change arm for Pronto Letters. The three sizes we offer Pronto Change Arms start at 6 foot and are all telescopic. Your choices are 6 foot to 12 foot, 6 foot to 18 foot and 6 foot to 24 foot. These come with a 3 1/4 inch suction cup and are only made to be used with thick letters, like Pronto Letters.  Flex letters cannot be used with this pole.

If you’re using Pronto letters, we also offer cabinets. They come in 4, 6, 8 and 10 inch sizes. If you’re using a 4 inch letter, it will fit in a 4 inch cabinet, even though the plastic height is 5 inches, for example.

Of course, we offer the tracks for Pronto letters, as well. These tracks are available in 4 foot or 8 foot lengths. You will need to pre-drill holes in the tracks, then rivet or screw them onto your flat, smooth surface, or you can use an acrylic cement to attach the tracks.

Any of these products, including letters, poles, cabinets or tracks come with a lifetime guarantee. The manufacturer has been making signs for over 50 years, and they stand by their product line. If your letters crack in the cold, the pole is faulty or the tracks split under normal use, just take a picture of the problem, send it over to us via email, and we’ll get it warrantied for you.

How to install building sign letters with studs?

One of the most common questions we get about mounting building letters is: how long are the studs? Stud lengths will vary depending on the size of letter.  The taller the building sign letter then the longer the stud required. For example, a 6 inch letter will probably have a 2 inch stud; whereas, a 24 inch letter might use a 4 inch stud. Alphabet Signs can provide any stud length from 1 inch to 6 inches.

A picture of a 2 inch stud is shown below. It’s a threaded aluminum rod that screws into the back of the and cannot be seen from the front. The sizes available are 1 inch, 1.5 inch, 2 inch, 3 inch, 4 inch, 5 inch and 6 inch.

studs-pads-building-letters-signsThis picture shows a stud with a pad. Pad sizes will also vary depending on the size of the letter. If you want a bigger or smaller pad, we can accommodate those needs, as well. Pad shapes can vary depending on the stroke of the letter and the size of the letter. Narrower letters with skinny strokes might have blocks that aren’t visible from the front. Large letters, like our 24 inch letters, will probably have larger round pads, like shown in the picture because they won’t be seen from the front.

When installing the building sign letter with studs you should leave a gap between the back of the letter and the face of the wall. This gap will allow any rain or sediment to run behind the letter and not collect and stain around the sign letter. The space between the back of the letter and the face of the wall is called a standoff.

You normally push the stud mounted sign letter into the predrilled holes into the  wall and stop at your fingertips. For a preset standoff we can provide spacers. Spacers are aluminum tubes cut to slide over the studs. When you push the letter into the wall with the stud sticking out of the back, the letter will stop at the spacer, creating a fixed standoff. Spacers are available from 1/4 inch to 2 inches long.

Any of these hardware options are included in the cost of the sign letters, and you just need to let us know when you order what you would like.

If you would like a combination of the two, we offer two options: combination and combination-all. Combo is a stud on the top of the back of the letter and a pad on the bottom. You would need to drill a hole for the stud, and put some silicone on the bottom pad, then push the letter into the wall. The stud will secure the letter in top of the wall, and the pad will be glued at the bottom.

For combo all, which is a popular choice among our customers, you will get studs for the tops of the letters and pads for the bottom. This gives you the freedom to swivel the pad on the stud and create standoff. You would drill a hole for the stud, put the pad on the stud, put a little silicone on the pad, put silicone in the drilled hole, then push the entire assembly into the wall. This can create a dramatic effect with even a 1/2 inch or 1 inch length of standoff.

If none of the options meet your needs, some of our letters offer no hardware, double face tape or rail mounting. Most information is available on our website, but if you have questions or need a rail mount quote, call us! Rail mounts are popular on corrugated metal buildings or very uneven surfaces. Letters mount to a clear acrylic rail then the rail is mounted on the building.

 

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