Now that you have designed and manufactured your business sign, you need to have it installed. There are many techniques available for sign installations, with some of them being more common than others. Depending on the type of sign you have chosen, you may have many installation options, or your choice may dictate the method. For instance, individual letters can be installed several ways, while cabinet and sandblasted signs are typically flush mounted. Additional factors that will influence your choices come with the exact placement of your sign. Will it be interior or exterior? Is there a roofline or soffit space limitation? Is the wall flat or curved? These are just a few examples. Viewing distance and lighting preferences are also something to consider.

Three most common installation methods are: Stud mount, RACEWAY and FLUSH MOUNT.

Studs-  This method uses a series of pegs that are inserted into the wall and the sign is attached to it. Many times they are hidden from view, but other instances include them in the design with caps showing on the front as added bling. Either way, they lift the sign components off the wall, giving added dimension. Used most often with acrylic and plastic exterior and interior letters, as well as interior flat signs made of polymetal or acrylic. Peg installation is also often the best solution for curved wall signs.

RACEWAY- A raceway is a long bar that is attached to an interior or exterior business wall that the sign components will be attached to. Like the pegs, it also lifts your sign off the wall adding dimension, but it can also provide a means to skillfully and aesthetically house any wiring necessary for the sign to be lit. Many retail centers require their tenants to use this system and paint the raceway the same color as the exterior wall, so that it disappears and does not distract from the overall look of the entire building’s exterior. Raceways are popular with letter signs and combination signs. Raceways can hold letters, symbols and cabinet signs, making them one cohesive combination sign.

FLUSH MOUNT- This method is just that, flat to the wall. Directories, plaques and murals are usually directly mounted to the wall. It is usually a smooth surface and there are unobstructed views, so raising them off the wall is not an issue. Directories and plaques are on the smaller side and are usually viewed close up, while murals can be an entire wall and viewed from anywhere. Other large signs, inside or out, are flush mounted to take up less space. Concerns about floor space in an office, lobby or restaurant, like the need for having ample space for exterior landscape and sidewalk areas, can make flush mounting the best choice to provide maximum clearance. Some signs inherently have dimension and therefore might not need the peg or raceway technique. Formed plastic, channel letters, cabinets and sandblasted signs are 3D and  even direct mounted are anything but flat.

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