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Monument Signs: Features, Benefits & Tips for Success

Monument Sign

Your Monument Sign is a Part of Your Brand

Signage is the one of the first ways that a business can “introduce” itself to the public and first impressions are very important! There are endless choices to make when it comes to deciding what the signs should look like and where they’re located. One type of commercial signage that makes a big impact is monument signs. Monument signs are intended to be long-lasting and complimentary of existing architecture. Sometimes an architect will plan out the monument sign design while they’re creating the building plan to keep everything consistent within the aesthetic of the architecture.

 

 

 

 

Monument Sign with metal letters

Monument Sign with metal letters

Monument Signs Inform, Direct, and Impress

 

Monument signs generally identify a business, development, or property. These signs are purely functional, but there’s lots of interesting features to add to a monument sign to help it stand out better among competition as well as to provide optimal visibility at night. Illuminated channel letters and dimensional logos ensure that your brand will be seen at night while cars drive by. Another interesting feature available for monument signs is an electric message center to communicate daily specials or show the local weather temperature. Monument signs are usually intended to be permanent structures, so they’re constructed from high-quality materials such as stone, concrete, high-density foam, or metal.

 

 

 

 

When illuminated at night, they’re like a 24/7/365 sales person who is working around the clock.

There are many distinguishing benefits to utilizing a monument sign for a business. Monument signs are highly visible to commuters and foot traffic. When illuminated at night, they’re like a 24/7/365 sales person who is working around the clock. Monuments signs can also be made to feature more than one business when used for a business park that might have multiple tenants. When a monument sign is constructed with high-quality materials, it communicates to customers that this business is established and here to stay.

One tip for getting a monument sign project started would be to start the process early. A monument sign can take a long time to come to fruition. There’s lots of steps to follow and local ordinance rules to comply to as well. Once you have a monument sign installed, take advantage of it! Take pictures or selfies with the monument sign in the background and share them on social media and encourage customers to do the same. Keep your monument sign clean and well-maintained and you can look forward to years of useful advertising!

Get your monument sign project started today! Call Connecting Signs for a free, fast quote at: 970-493-0133 or click here to request a quote.

Frontlit Channel Letters Fort Collins

Effective signage means many things. The message being displayed needs to be clear, readable, informative, and distinguishable from competing messages. These messages can be letters, words, logos, images or even moving images. A functional sign works because it identifies you or your business and it communicates to the public who you are and what you do. Outdoor signs are (maybe) the most important kinds of signs. Businesses that rely on walk-in customers need outdoor signs on their building that work in the daytime and at night. In most cases, outdoor signs are permanent. Channel box signs (or cabinet signs) are popular and work well, but channel (or dimensional) letters provide the most impact. They are versatile and showcase brand identities the best. The most popular kind of channel letters are frontlit channel letters.

 

Frontlit channel letters are illuminated and dimensional. There are many different options for colors and font styles. There are four parts to a frontlit channel letter: the back, the return (or the side), the face of the letter and the trimcap. The return is the side of the dimensional letter and comes in an array of standard colors, but can also be painted a custom color. The face of the letter is made from exterior-grade translucent acrylic. The face can be white or colored acrylic or custom-printed translucent vinyl can be applied to the letter and trimmed. Anything can be printed on the translucent vinyl, so the possibilities are endless! A trimcap connects the return of the letter to the face and comes in many standard colors, but can also be painted any color. The last part of a frontlit channel letter sign is the illumination. LED lights are the most common and the most energy efficient.

Again, these signs work best if you think about what they will look like in the daytime and what they will look like at night. Here’s a great example of an effective frontlit channel letter sign. Ander’s Auto Glass is a great Northern Colorado company that recently opened a new location in Fort Collins right along the main interstate highway. They needed a BIG sign that was readable from the highway. We were really excited to help them with their sign and they are very happy with the finished product!

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!

Barcelona Dimensional Letters and Window Covering

Barcelona Clinical Spa & Salon has 2 locations in Northern Colorado – Greeley & Fort Collins.  This is a full service Spa and Salon with services in airbrush tanning & makeup,  brow and lash treatments, clinical facials, different types of massage,  hair, and much more.  Their Greeley location recently moved into a new building and in need of some new indoor signs and outdoor signs.

Barcelona has a very nice Greek style for their name and logo.    The letters for the word “Barcelona” were taken off their old location and re-used for their new building.  Good idea for saving money for when a business is moving locations. The letters “Clinical Spa and Salon” were made new to match the style, material, and color of the Barcelona letters.  The letters look perfect on the front of the cottage style building.
 The inside of building has two entrances to the salon.  It’s a nice set up because it separates the salon (which can sometimes be a little noisy) from the spa area.  If your having a massage or other spa services, it’s nice to keep that area quiet.  Nothing better after a stressful week at work!  With two locations in northern Colorado, they are convenient and offer services for both women and men.
The windows on the doors needed something besides their name and logo. Something that was different than regular window vinyl.  Something that would look awesome and serve a purpose. The customer chose speciality etched/frosted window vinyl to cover the windows of the two doors.  Adding this type of window vinyl was perfect for these windows because it served a purpose in many ways:  It provides aesthetics – it has a look of art.  It also provides functionality – privacy, and ability to add their logo and name.
   Along with the benefits mentioned already, this window vinyl also has other benefits – affordable, easy to remove, keeps natural lighting coming in and the process to create the vinyl is easy:
  • We look at the window getting measurements
  • We take your design or design something for you
  • Our plotter cuts out the wording, logo or any other design you want to add to the glass
  • Our installer applies the vinyl to the window surface
  So, if your thinking about adding more privacy to your home, office or business with a creative, beautiful design, give us a call and ask about etched/frosted vinyl.
Connecting Signs internally illuminted signs are versitile and advertise for you 24/7 365 days a year

Choosing a sign company in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Greeley

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Most people don’t realize sign companies even exist until they need a banner for an event, or they open their own business and come to the realization that they need their own sign out front to help customers find them. It can be overwhelming since there are so many different types of signs – storefront signs, window vinyl lettering, monument signs, electronic messaging centers, LED signs, dimensional letters, vehicle graphics, lobby signs, wayfinding signs,… the list goes on and on! It doesnt have to be so complicated – once you know (or think you know) the type of sign you need, it narrows down the choices to help you find a sign company in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Denver, or Cheyenne.

      • Look at existing signs – Look around Fort Collins to see what types of signs work best. Be sure to check out as many of your competitors as possible. Nothing is more disheartening than to spend your time and money on what you thought was the perfect sign, than to drive by your competitors shop and wish you had done something differently.

 

 

      • Go online – The internet is a great resource to find information on the different types of signs: how they’re made, images of effective signage, etc. It also will give you a good idea for which sign companies in Fort Collins specialize in the different types of signs.

 

 

      • Ask questions – Interview the prospective sign companies to get their ideas on the best type of signage for your business and location. If a sign company doesn’t have time to discuss and consult with you, maybe they aren’t the right match for your project.

 

 

      • Look local –There are many national sign companies, but you may want to look for a company in your region in order to get the service and solution that meets your specific, local needs. Ask them about their experience in the area and look at their portfolio of signs. A sign company with local experience should have an idea of what kind of signage works best for that market and be able to help you make choices.

 

 

      • Service – Another factor to consider in a Fort Collins sign company is the services they offer. Do you need a new look? A new logo? If so, find a sign company that offers graphic design, logo creation assistance, and other imaging services. Sign companies can also provide installation, maintenance, and repair.

 

 

      • Marketing experience – Signs are an essential part of any marketing plan. You might want to check to see what types of marketing experience the local sign companies have. Do they only do large monument signs? How about interior signs? And of course, the ever-increasingly popular vehicle wraps and graphics.

 

 

      • Sign pricing – Price is always a factor in any purchase and you will probably compare prices, but do not let price alone be the factor for your sign. Each sign is a custom creation, so find a sign company that will explain the materials and fabrication methods in the signage they are bidding. A sign is an investment that works for you 24/7 and should last for a long time (if needed). It is better to pay a little more for quality materials and design than to end up with a sign that doesnt command attention and represent your logo and brand to it’s fullest.

 

 

      • Get references – Ask the sign company to show you completed projects and get references. Follow up on them and you should be well on your way to finding a sign company in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, or Cheyenne that you will be happy with.

 

 

Keep in mind that every good sign company fully understands that your business’s success is the number one priority for them… you succeed, they succeed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business Signs Fort Collins – Using Dimensional Letters

Dimensional Letter Signs

Dimensional letter signs can add a new element in your quest to attract new customers, and setting your business apart from the competition. A variety of materials can be used to create a 3-D effect to your signage lettering, inluding Metal, Plastic, Wood, Foam, and more. Dimensional letters will get noticed, and are in most cases make more effective signage than a standard flat sign panel.

Let’s take a look at some applications that can benefit from using dimensional lettering in their signage, and why.

Building Signs

There are a variety of construction materials and architectural styles in the buildings in this part of Colorado. You’ll find historic buildings next to brand new structures, old brick next to shiny new glass. Creating a building sign of complimenting materials and dimensional lettering can really add to the attractiveness of the structure. This can make it more inviting to enter, easier to rent space for, and create an overall polished impression. Choosing the right combination of materials, font and colors is critical, and one of the reasons to work with an experience sign company.

Corporate Signs

Sign letters that are three dimensional can convey a look and feel of strength, longevity and power. It is one of the reasons that dimensional letters are so popular for corporate signs. They can convey a message that can been viewed as institutional, contemporary, forward thinking, and unique. Let us know what you want to say without words, and we will help you get it across.

Lobby Signs

In many cases, your lobby or reception area signs are your first impression. This is not an area for inexpensive plastic signs. Three dimensional lettering can add the right touch of pinache’. Using cursive or italic can help convey a message of sophistication and professionalism. Sign letters that are 3-D, created in the right font, can actually communicate warmth, and a welcoming effect.

Monument Signs

Monument signs are perhaps the ultimate in multi-dimensional signage. You’ll see them used at the entrances to gated communities around Ft. Collins, as “welcome to” signs for towns, and as corporate signs. If you want to convey a message of strength, safety, quality, and importance, well thought out monument signs may just be your best option.