Homebuilder Signs Greeley Colorado

Corrugated Homebuilder Signs

Yard signs ready for delivery!

Baessler Homes is an established and successful property developer located in Greeley, Colorado. They have been building high-quality homes in the Northern Colorado area since 1968. Building a house or any large permanent structure is an important job that needs to be taken very seriously and these guys are one of the best! Baessler Homes contacted us to print some of their homebuilder signs not too long ago. Our flatbed printer was perfect for these flat and simple signs that also needed to be completed quickly as well as in high quantities.

Homebuilder site sign

4’x 8′ Post & Panel Sign

The order process is easy! We receive files through email or a file sharing site that allows large files to be sent to us, and our team of designers ensure that the design is correct by sending a design proof that specifies all the important information. Once the design is final, the files are sent to the flatbed printer! This machine is extremely useful. If we were to print the designs on digitally printable vinyl (like vehicle wraps), we would also have to laminate them and then lay the vinyl on the panel. There’s more steps than that, but with the flatbed printer we’re able to cut the sign panel down to size, and hit “print”, and that’s it! For local companies like Baessler Homes, we offer delivery as well.

Homebuilder Sign

Model Home Sign

Rigid signs can come in a variety of materials because sometimes you need a sign to be temporary, but still be able to withstand the elements. Metal signs usually come in aluminum so that they’re not too heavy. Corrugated plastic signs are made from coroplast and are easy to carry for easy transportation. Sometimes vinyl banners are the best signage choice for builders because they’re easily attached to perimeter fencing. To allow for airflow, mesh banners are the best choice for fence banner signage. If you’re ready to place your order for homebuilder signs, give us a call or fill out this form and get your signs ordered today!

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Recycling Sign scraps in Fort Collins, Colorado

Recycling

Recycling Sign Scraps One of the first things we noticed about the sign industry when we opened Connecting Signs five years ago was all the scraps and waste from making signs and how to start recycling sign scraps.  The trash cans were full and emptied out every day – sometimes twice a day!

Custom Business Signs in Fort Collins

Custom Business Signs Fort Collins

Starting a new business requires good signage to introduce themselves to the community.  New businesses and franchises are what people want to know about it.

Finding Success at a Trade Show

Trade shows are important and exciting events that allow you to directly communicate to your customers. However, if you don’t spend time prepping your presentation (and budget) you could find yourself frustrated by the experience. Trade shows and expositions are events tailored to showcase many businesses. If you don’t stand out among the other exhibitors, you could be passed up by valuable potential leads. Having a strong and effective exhibit display, one that is unique and stands out, is the key to finding success at a trade show. Here’s some examples of essential type of signage you need for your display:

Backwall Display

Usually, a 10’ x 10’ space is the standard booth size for an exhibitor at a show. An eye-catching backdrop is essential for stopping traffic! The best look for a backwall are popup fabric displays or fabric banners stretched in a modular frame. If you have three or more popup (or retractable) banners, you can set them up side-by-side to create a fast backwall display. These displays are specially made for trade shows, so they’re portable and easily shipped to your next destination.

 

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Trade show display with retractable banners and table throw

 

Canopy Tents & Flags

Outdoor events like races, concerts and festivals are also great opportunities to advertise to potential customers. Canopy tents are collapsible, durable and attracts people seeking shade. For even more signage options, vinyl banners can be installed along the supporting legs. Outdoor flags are also great signs to have at an outdoor event. Even though they’re not very functional, they will attract a lot of attention! Both canopy tents and outdoor flags come in different sizes and styles.

 

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Canopy tent at company party

Table Throws

Fabric table throws are a necessary piece to a well-rounded trade show display. Our table throws can fit a 6’ or 8’ table. We can also do custom sizes, just ask! Full color graphics are printed directly to the fabric using a special printing method. The edges are hemmed for a professional and seamless “look”. They are also machine washable.

 

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Table throw and outdoor flag display

 

Are you considering exhibiting at the next major trade show or convention? Get in touch with us and upgrade your display! We have the experience and will work with you to ensure you get the most bang for your buck.

Sign Design – Raster vs. Vector Art & Resolution

Have you ever tried designing something on the computer? It’s not as easy as you would think! Graphic designing has come so far from hand-drawn thumbnail sketches. Sketching out your ideas on a piece of paper is simple and un-constricting. However, if you want to transfer than design to the computer so you can further manipulate the artwork, you must understand the program you’re working in. The most basic way to get your design on the computer is to simply scan it or take a picture with your phone (smart phone) and upload onto your computer. Modern sign design is like this, except the graphic designer needs to be able to edit and manipulate every element of the design. Customers who already have artwork (for example: photos, logos, text) can send these files to the designer who can then use their skills and knowledge to adjust your artwork and design your sign or vehicle wrap.

 

Understanding Vector and Raster Artwork

Consider the size of a business card. Now think about the size of a billboard. There is a huge difference in size between those two products. The artwork (size) for the business card cannot possibly work for the billboard. That has everything to do with the format the artwork in the file. Vector artwork (a term known very well by graphic designers) is the best to work with in large-scale printing because it can it be used for small-scale printing and large-scale printing. Vector artwork is created using special software programs. Vector art is made of points and lines; elements that scale to any size without losing clarity. Vector artwork is ideal and necessary for large-format printing. On the other hand, Raster artwork is made of tiny squares called pixels. Any image you look at on a screen (your phone, television or computer monitor) is a raster graphic. Raster graphics can absolutely work for large-format printing, but the image must be high resolution. Here’s a graphic to help understand vector vs. raster artwork:

 

Vector vs. Raster Graphics

Vector vs. Raster Graphics

Understanding Resolution

Raster artwork is made of tiny squares called pixels. Pixels are like puzzle pieces, that, when arranged correctly and put together make a picture. You can see individual pixels if you zoom in as close as possible in an image. Resolution is the term used to explain how many pixels make up an image. Low resolution means that the image you’re looking at has less pixels per square inch. High resolution means that the image has more pixels per inch. It’s important to know, however, that you can’t simply convert a low-resolution image to a high-resolution image. Only high-resolution can be converted to low-resolution, not low to high. Low resolution images are ideal for designing for a screen (like a website) or small-format printing (like business cards). High resolution images mean a larger file, but they are necessary for large-format printing.

Vector vs. Raster

Image Zoomed in to show pixels

Banner Stands Fort Collins

The benefits and uses of a banner for your business or personal needs are endless!  A brief list of advantages is: inexpensive, easy to make, versatile, any size, indoors, outdoors, reuse, temporary needs and much more.  They can be used for just about any type of business:  retail, churches, schools, colleges, events, construction sites, and […]

Outdoor Flags & Mesh Fence Banners for Construction Sites

In these busy times, new buildings are going up faster than most of us realize and before we know it, there’s a new mall full of shops or a new neighborhood full of houses. These property development sites need signage just like any other business. People want to know what new businesses are being established and when projects will be completed. When done correctly, these signs will not only inform your audience. They will help grow your business through effective signage! 

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Site signage includes, but is not limited to: post and panel signs, flags, mesh fence banners, trailer graphics, vehicle graphics, etc. Most construction sites require some safety signs along the perimeter of the area being developed. Safety signs need to have clear lettering and must be displayed along all entrances. Sometimes they need to be reflective to stand out even more at night.  Read more about construction site safety signs.

construction site outdoor signs and flags

One stand-out star in site signage is mesh fence banners and outdoor flags. Outdoor flags are a different product that are usually installed on tall vertical posts. Since they blow and will spin in the wind (because they’re made of fabric), you will want to avoid having any contact information on them. A one-color logo and bold, bright colors in the background are the way to go! These allow for a unique and creative way to show your brand. Mesh fence banners are made from a synthetic mesh material that allows for more airflow when installed on a fence. They may seem too thin and transparent when viewed from close-up, but from far away they look solid. Mesh fence banners also provide the privacy that most construction sites require.

Having clear and highly visible signs can be a tricky thing to manage. On one hand, you must abide by the rules and regulations of the city and on the other hand you must stand out as much as possible. Local governments make it easy enough to understand the sign code, but having a reliable and informed signage partner who can navigate and acquire all the signatures and permits will make the process so much easier for you.

Connecting Signs is proud to be that reliable signage partner for you and your business. Being a small business, we know how hard and daunting a simple task can be. Our experienced sign experts are here to answer any and all questions you may have about getting your signs up and working for you. Give us a call or request a quote here to connect with us!

Elements of an Effective Business Storefront

An effective storefront is one that utilizes many kinds of signage. These business signs (indoor signs and outdoor signs) engage customers and attracts new customers. It is so important to appeal to your customers and meet their needs. You will also want to stand out among your competition. There are many things that you must consider when mapping out your signage structure. Here’s an example of effective storefront signs for your business.

Pre-Opening Signs

Mesh fence banner colorado and storefront signs

If your business is being built from the ground up, you will want to inform the public of what is happening as well as information about when you’re opening. You can also take this opportunity to inform your potential customers about the services you offer. Vinyl banners or mesh fence banners are useful in this instance because they are made to be temporary and cost-effective.

Outdoor Building Signs

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Next up, you will want to get permanent building signs mapped out and planned. This includes the design and attaining the required permits from the town or city offices. Monument signs provide great visibility from the road. If you’re located in a business park, your property management company should already have a monument sign by a nearby road that has multiple tenant panels. For your building sign, it’s a good idea to consider investing in dimensional letters. Backlit dimensional letters or an internally lit channel box are great options.

Window Graphics & Indoor Signs

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The following signs are also very important to your business. Window graphics, in the form of cut vinyl, applied to the front door are great opportunities to inform your customers of your business hours as well as a helpful identifier of your location. This is especially true if you share a space with other businesses. Indoor signs, like lobby signs or wall graphics are also effective tools to enforce your brand. Menu boards are also a form of indoor signage that we can design and manufacture. If you’ve ever been out to eat, you know how important a well-designed menu is!

Vehicle Wraps & Vehicle Graphics

Partial Truck Wrap

Finally, if you want to reach out to your customer base even further, you should seriously consider getting graphics on your company vehicle. Vehicle graphics, box truck graphics and trailer graphics are always very customized; no two projects are the same! With digitally printed graphics you can have your full color logo printed or you can choose from a variety of colors and finishes in ready-to-cut cut vinyl. Vehicle graphics stand out as one of the best methods for advertising. A full wrap may be pricey, but the return on that investment is one that you cannot pass up!

Site Signs, Safety Signs and Mesh Fence Banners – Denver, Colorado

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Signs play such an important role in the communication of our society. On construction sites, it is very important that the signage placed around the site is clear and easy to read. Safety signs help remind workers to wear hard-hats and other proper protective equipment. Site signs displayed on the outside of these construction sites inform the public to stay out as well as information about the work being done. There have been hundreds of recorded accidents in the past, so it’s important to the company to remind workers and the public of the rules and regulations.

Mesh fence banner and site signs in Denver

 

Construction sites usually have a fenced perimeter. Mesh fence banners are a great way to compliment the perimeter with additional information or to give some privacy to the workers. Mesh banners also provide some privacy and wind protection. These banners are similar to vinyl banners, but allow for more air to pass through the material. This, however, does affect how the final print looks. Colors will not be as opaque as digitally printed vinyl banners, but from a distance it doesn’t really matter.

Fence and site signs in Denver Colorado

 

Here at Connecting Signs, we utilize a flat-bed printer that allows us to print directly onto the sign panel. This enables us to print, cut the panel to size and add finishing touches a lot faster! The printer also uses UV ink. UV ink does not need to have lamination to protect it, it is fade and weather resistant all on its own. The prints that come out of this printer last just as long, if not longer, as the prints that come off the latex inkjet printer. Depending on the variables of the job, we’ll work with you to go through your best options.

Do you need signs or banners for your job site? Give us a call or click here to request a quote and we’ll get the right signs made for you!

Outdoor Yard Signs! Road Signs! Lawn Signs! Banners!

Currently, we are deep into a presidential election, and we all know what that means… Lots and lots of advertisements on the radio and television as well as tons of signage! This time of year can be really fun/stressful/frustrating for everyone. Don’t hate on us though, we are just the sign company! Lawn signs are heavily used during political campaigns. If you are annoyed by them, well, then that just means that they are doing their job. Business owners can utilize the same methods to get their brand or message. Outdoor yard signs and banners are cost effective and quickly produced.

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There are lots of effective opportunities to display your logo and contact information. In the case of house painters, roofers, remodeling companies, and landscapers you can put a yard sign with your information on it in your client’s yard (of course these are temporary and you need to get permission). That way, you are visible to prospective clients who may be in need of your services! The other great perk of these small signs is that you do not need a sign permit from the city, and you can (pretty much) put them anywhere in the ground.

outdoor yard signs

Yard signs can be made single-sided or double-sided and will always come with H-stakes. H-stakes are H-shaped aluminum stakes that go into the yard sign (which is made of corrugated plastic) and into the ground, about 12”-18”. There are other options for displaying yard signs. Some of the higher-end stakes come in a variety of colors and materials. The standard size for these signs are 24” wide by 18” tall. Don’t let that size fool you, we can produce yard signs in a variety of sizes! We can even make custom shaped yard signs!

Funny outdoor yard sign signs

The one thing to remember about this time of year, is that in November it will all be over and we can all go back to our regular lives! But, it’s important to remember how effective yard signs can be. How can they help you? Get new customers, meet new people, make your statement! Give us a call or click here to request a quick quote!