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Just the Facts about Monument Signs!

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We can all agree that the Washington Monument is noticeable. If you had this as your primary identification marker, customers throughout the Pacific Northwest would flock to your store. However, few businesses have the room or millions of dollars needed to build such a structure. Plus, it would go against most local ordinances.

Fortunately, Specialty Graphic Solutions offers the next best thing: monument signs for Vancouver, WA. Read on to learn how you can put this affordable option to work for your enterprise.

What Makes Monument Signs so Great?

As you cruise around Vancouver, one of the most memorable exterior signs you’ll see is monument signs. Businesses usually use these signs as landmarks when they give out directions to their facilities. For example, your receptionist may tell clients to “Hang a right on Northeast 13th Avenue, and we’re on the left after the big blue sign.”

Here are some examples of the many different solutions you can pick from:

Concrete, Sign Foam, and Metal – One of the most affordable alternatives for monument signs in Vancouver, WA features raised PVC or sign foam logos and letters on an aluminum composite panel and held in place with a concrete base. They take center stage after dark when we add spotlighting or landscape lighting.

Routed Panels – Routed panels are one of the most versatile monument sign options. There are acrylic/PVC, metal, recessed, acrylic/sign foam, and illuminated solutions.

Sandblasted Signs – Sandblasted signs are an excellent choice for any organization that wants to project a warm, traditional look, such as retailers, medical offices, and real estate brokers. How are they made? It’s similar to how Rambo takes out a helicopter in First Blood Part II. Only, we blast sand and air instead of a rocket at natural wood or sign foam panels instead of a helicopter.

Reader/Message Boards – An LED message board is a must if you have constantly changing information that you want to share with passersby. With just a few keystrokes, you can program these signs. If you’re looking for a classic look, we have back-lit reader boards that require manual insertion of numbers and letters. We’ll hook you up with a full set of characters so you don’t have to sp311 1ik3 th15.

Let’s Shine a Little Light on the Subject

We can incorporate lighting into the design of your monument sign or install landscape lighting. The two main lighting alternatives we supply are LEDs and neon tubing. Our classic neon tubing gives your sign a warm and colorful light. On the downside, neon doesn’t shine as brightly when the weather is cold.LEDs and neon tubing. Our classic neon tubing gives your sign a warm and colorful light. On the downside, neon doesn’t shine as brightly when the weather is cold.

LEDs aren’t affected by temperatures at all. In addition, since they’re much more energy efficient than neon, you’ll save hundreds of dollars on your utility bills. Also, since LED lights last for up to a decade of continuous use, you will save on maintenance costs. And, the light they give off is virtually indistinguishable from neon.

If you’re interested in having our mighty sign makers design, fabricate, and install a new monument sign for your venue, pick up the phone today and give SGS a call!



Questions? Drop us a line at hello@SGSgraphic.com or call us at (360) 635-5556 and unless we’re up to our elbows in alligators, a live person will answer. If you leave a message we will call you back pronto.

Minnehaha Early Learning Center Lights Up with Backlit Electric Pole Sign!

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The worst part about opening up a new location for your organization is finding that there’s already a large primary identification sign on the property that has the name of another business on it. Great! Now, what’re you going to do? You could change the name of your organization to match what’s on the sign. Or, you can call Specialty Graphic Solutions to update the markers. Minnehaha Early Learning Center chose the latter option and contacted us for exterior signs for schools in Vancouver, WA.

Minnehaha Is No Joke

Located on Northeast Saint Johns Road in Vancouver, Minnehaha Early Learning Center is an early childhood learning center recently opened up by Educational Services District (ESD) 112. The goals of ESD 112 are threefold: student success, healthy communities, and operations expertise. For 40 years, they’ve been a key educational partner in delivering and creating programs that benefit children, communities, and schools in Southwest Washington.

When an organization that does so much for our area youth came to us for backlit electric pole signs in Vancouver, WA, we grabbed our pencils and rulers and got down to work. We’d performed work for ESD 112 in the past. Specifically, we refurbished a monument sign for the Hough Early Learning Center. You can see it on our Building & Monument Sign page or browse our gallery for more examples! The new location for Minnehaha needed new graphics on the pole sign that was already on the property. You better believe our mighty sign makers were up for the task!

What We Did for Minnehaha

After an initial consultation during which we checked out the pole sign and took some measurements, we came up with some ideas for ESD 112. You see, the sign had to be visible in daylight as well as with light shining through it when it was lit at night. To determine the right color saturation, we consulted with the customer to find out their preferences.

To avoid the logo being washed out when the light shone through the sign panel at night, we ended up printing a darker shade of the logo. We produced a full-color digital print on translucent vinyl with a protective laminate. The vinyl was then mounted to a brand new 10-foot wide by 5-foot high sign panel made of 3/16” thick polycarbonate. We then worked with ESD 112 to install the new sign face at a time that was convenient for them.

In the end, we received a glowing report card from our client. Job well done!

We Can Give You the SGS Treatment

Is your new venue covered with signs from the previous tenant? Don’t change your company name just yet! We can come to your site, closely examine the existing markers, and determine whether we can simply reface the signage or need to replace them all together. We believe in providing eco-friendly and affordable solutions to our customers so we’ll seek to refurbish signs whenever possible. If this is out of the question, we can design high-quality signs from scratch that’ll last you for many years to come.

Want to get your new location started off right? Contact SGS today for a free consultation!



Questions? Drop us a line at hello@SGSgraphic.com or call us at (360) 635-5556 and unless we’re up to our elbows in alligators, a live person will answer. If you leave a message we will call you back pronto.

Types of Exterior Building Signs for Your Vancouver Business!

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Where do potential customers first learn about your company? If you have a massive budget, it may be from product placement in the latest Michael Bay movie. If you’re like the rest of us, though, you have a tight marketing budget and have to rely on traditional ways to get your name out there, such as exterior building signs. Vancouver, WA property managers and business owners who want to make an outstanding first impression turn to the mighty sign makers at Specialty Graphic Solutions for their markers. Take a look at these examples of our handiwork to see why:

Monument Signs

CriterionBrock wanted a classy way to help their clients find their storefront. As a flooring company, they wanted to demonstrate that they thought outside of the box, so we helped them project this image with a unique monument sign.

Monument signs are usually installed along a busy roadway near the entrance to your parking lot and are substantial enough to serve as landmarks. For instance, the receptionist might tell clients to hang a left at the big silver monument sign when offering directions over the phone.

Panel Signs

RoofLine Supply’s new facility was close to a major freeway. The best way to get motorists to take the next exit and visit their showroom was with giant, high contrast panel signs. We installed them high up, so drivers could see them from far away and wouldn’t need to slam on the brakes or cut off other cars to get over to the off ramp.

Panel signs are a popular option because of their sophisticated appearance and versatility. Since aluminum is durable and affordable, we typically use aluminum composite panels as the backing for this signage.

Dimensional Letter Signs

Shields Manufacturing came to us with a somewhat intricate logo when they needed a sign for their new location. Dimensional letters also incorporate logo elements despite what their name may suggest. Our friendly professionals captured the logo and typeface with acrylic.

Dimensional letters signs are usually made of PVC, metal, acrylic, wood, or sign foam. Sign foam can be covered with acrylic or metal laminate and can be as thick as four inches. To make the letters really stand out, they’re mounted with spacers.

Blade Signs

If your storefront is along a busy sidewalk, a sign flush mounted to the façade isn’t likely to attract a lot of foot traffic. Passersby simply won’t be able to read your exterior building signs. Vancouver, WA boutiques are avoiding this problem by calling SGS up for blade signs. These markers are installed perpendicular to the outside wall of your building, so people walking by can spot you. Just check out the aluminum composite panel we fabricated and mounted for Spangler Vineyards’ Tasting Room.

Do you have something in mind that isn’t pictured here? Too bad! This is all we produce! But seriously, we can supply you with custom signs of any size, shape, color, material, or style. If you can imagine it, our experts are up for the challenge. Even if other sign shops have said it’s simply not possible, we’re the kings of making the impossible possible. To get started today, contact SGS for a free consultation.



Questions? Drop us a line at hello@SGSgraphic.com or call us at (360) 635-5556 and unless we’re up to our elbows in alligators, a live person will answer. If you leave a message we will call you back pronto.

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