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Have You Browsed Our Glossary of Signage Terms? Learn What We Can Do!

By | New Business Signs, Promotional Signs, Signage Design, Signage Terms

Do you know sign language? Please stop giving your computer screen the peace sign. We can’t see it, and we’re not talking about American Sign Language. We’re talking about the language we use in the signage industry. Did you know that we have a whole page devoted to sign language terms in Vancouver, WA? It’s true. Today’s blog will entice you to check it out. We double-dog dare you to peruse it!

Why Should You Learn about Signage Terms?

If you’re like us, you don’t like wasting your time learning about things that aren’t relevant to your life or your interests. There’s just too much fun stuff to see, do, and learn. However, if you’re interested in buying effective signage for your business, spending the five to ten minutes learning the language of signs can ensure that you end up with markers that you want.

How will learning sign language help you? Let’s say you went to France and didn’t know any French. The French are used to these situations and will work with you to make sure you have a pleasant experience, but you won’t get the most out of your experience. You won’t know how to express yourself precisely or to know exactly what others are saying. The same holds true in the signage industry. Our mighty sign makers are happy to work with people of any level of knowledge, but you’ll have a better understanding of what’s going on if you know the lingo.

If this doesn’t have you convinced, how about we give you some FREE MONEY? If you go and read our commercial sign glossary right now, you’ll find discount codes hidden among the definitions. Okay, so maybe discounts aren’t exactly free money, but they can save you hundreds of dollars.

What Can You Learn from the Glossary?

Our list of signage terms is packed full of useful information. For instance, you may have gotten a quote from us referencing “cast vinyl” or “calendered vinyl.” What do those terms even mean? Our glossary will let you know that cast vinyl is a premium vinyl for complex surfaces that need a longer life, such as boat graphics or vehicle wraps. Calendered vinyl is an intermediate film used for short-term projects.

We often reference “stand off mounts” in our blogs. This is especially true when we’re talking about lobby signs with a dimensional appearance. But, what are they? A little look at the glossary lets you know that stand off mounts are sign mounting hardware with two or more pieces that allow the marker to be stood off a wall.

What about “truss displays”? You sometimes mention these when discussing your trade show display options. Our handy sign language definitions will let you know that truss displays are sturdy exhibits made of extruded aluminum hardware. They are a heavy duty, attention-grabbing, and smart solution for serious exhibitors.

Now that you have a sneak preview of our glossary of signage terms for Vancouver, WA, what’re you waiting for? Go look for yourself! And, of course, if you have any questions, the mighty sign makers at Specialty Graphic Solutions will be more than happy to answer them for you whether or not you’ve done your homework.

Contact us today for your signage project!



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.

Manolo Walls Pops with New Business Signs and Graphics

By | Exterior Signs, New Business Signs, Windows and Doors

Opening up a new storefront without the right signage is worse than walking around town naked. At least when you’re walking around naked, you catch people’s attention. When your storefront doesn’t have signage, no one will notice you. Sure, you could “keep Portland weird” and just have naked people stand in front of your store, or you could get ahead of the ball and have vibrant, full-color signs. Manolo Walls chose the option that would attract the right kind of attention and contacted Specialty Graphic Solutions for new business signs and graphics in Portland, OR.

Manolo Walls? Tell Me More

Located on Southeast Gideon in Portland, Manolo Walls is the gloriously designed brainchild of Nelli Pavlenko. With more than a decade of experience in the home décor and home improvement industry, she has worked side-by-side with design professionals and homeowners to produce beautiful results for her clients. Some of the custom wall coverings she offers are wallpaper, 3D wall flats, acoustic panels, ceiling tiles, and much more.

When a business that’s keeping area homes looking their best came to us for new business signs and graphics for Portland, OR, we were more than willing to help. Manolo Walls had recently moved into a new location and Nelli needed a whole host of signs for the new place. Fortunately, she called the mighty sign makers at SGS for help.

What We Did for Manolo Walls

Nelli wanted to make her new venue shine with exterior branding. So, that’s exactly what we did. For the windows, we used vinyl graphics featuring a full-color laminated print logo and their phone number and website information. These were installed on the exterior of the glass entrance door.

Next, we created a building sign with the Manolo logo. The panel is three feet by three feet and three millimeters thick. It’s an aluminum composite Alupanel with laminated digital print. We affixed the panel directly to the building wall. This was a simple way to brand the business without breaking the bank.

We installed all of the new signage for Nelli. In fact, we did it all ahead of schedule. Now, customers can easily find the store, and she’s building her brand by using her unique logo and not just some cut vinyl wording on her door. Nelli was completely satisfied with her new signs. She even sent us the following note: “Thank you! The signs look amazing!”

Don’t Let Your Store Go around Naked

As soon as the paint dries on your lease, give SGS a call. We can work with you to make your grand opening go as smoothly as possible. If you’re moving locations, you‘ll want a banner informing your current clients of the impending move. At your new spot, “coming soon” and “grand opening” banners are great solutions. And, of course, we can provide you with all of the permanent interior and exterior markers you may need from ADA signs to A-frame sidewalk signs.

If you need to outfit your new venue with top-quality signage, contact SGS today for a free consultation and estimate!



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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