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Best Types of Double-Sided Signs in Vancouver WA

By | Banners, Post and Panel Signs, Sidewalk Signs

We like to go for walks. One reason we walk is because we’re competing with each other for Fitbit supremacy. We also like to catch all of the Pokémon, but for the most part, Vancouver is just a beautiful city to walk around in.

Being in the biz, we can’t help but look at signs as we meander. Occasionally, we happen down one-way streets going against traffic and are surprised to notice how many signs are one-sided. Motorists are able to see these businesses’ messages (provided they’re not going the wrong way), but pedestrians going the opposite direction can’t.

To us, this sure seems like a wasted opportunity to market to people on foot. This is why we’re going to talk to you today about the best double-sided signs in Vancouver, WA. Strap on your best walking shoes and come along!

Get’em Coming and Going with Double-Sided Banners or Flags!

As with most flat objects, banners and flags have two sides. You may not realize this because many organizations like to hang their banners on a wall where you can only see one side. That’s an okay option if you’re willing to accept your workers doing only half of the work they’re capable of. Though, when you think about it that way, it doesn’t sound too appealing, does it?

We can digitally print whatever graphics you want on both sides of your hanging banner, or we can apply cut vinyl letters, numbers, and logos. Double-sided banners work great in hallways, between trees, and over roadways. For exterior uses, we create banners with holes in them that allow the wind to pass through without destroying your investment.

Get in the Way with Sidewalk / A-Frame Signs

Often times when we’re on our walks, we trip over A-frame signs when we’re too busy looking at the building signs. This forces us to read what’s on these sidewalk signs. These markers naturally have two sides that are viewable. They can incorporate whiteboards or blackboards, or A-frames can be designed to accommodate inserts that you print off on your office printer. If your office printer doesn’t work and is just gathering dust, we’re more than happy to provide you with professional inserts.

The Many Sides of Post and Panel Signs

Yeah, having two sides to your signage is nice, and most post and panel sign systems stop there, but due to the nature of these markers, your post and panel sign can have as many sides as you want. Two sides are great for primary identification and wayfinding purposes. However, we get lots of requests for three-post, three-panel signs that identify construction projects. These are visible from all directions and can feature architectural renderings of what the finished building will look like.

This is just the beginning when it comes to double-sided signs in Vancouver, WA. We didn’t even have time to get into blade signs and lightbox cabinets. But, if you call the mighty sign makers at Specialty Graphic Solutions, we’ll come up with options that are specifically tailored to your business and venue. For a free consultation, contact us today!



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.

It’s Sign Refurbishing in Portland for Barnhart Crane!

By | Post and Panel Signs, Sign Refurbishing, Sign Updates

Located at 8330 N.E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Barnhart Crane & Rigging is famous for its use of 18-ton to 1,800-ton cranes as well as custom-designed modular lift tower technology that has gotten the business quite a bit of press coverage. With so much hardware on hand locally, it made sense to the business’ management team to consolidate its cranes into a North Portland yard locale. The company found a perfect venue – complete with a dilapidated sign that had seen better days a few decades ago.

Why Yes, We DO Handle Sign Refurbishing in Portland, Oregon

 This old sign really needed an update!

This old sign really needed an update!

The company’s management team knew that our sign pros could handle this project and entrusted us with the refurbishing job. Before coaxing the setup into the current century, we gave it a thorough once-over for safety. After all, there is little point in putting a pretty face on a structure that the next wind gust sends tumbling to the ground. Once we were able to verify that the sign’s “bones” were in excellent shape, we got to work.

The setup involves an upper section that measures 16 feet in length and 70 inches in height as well as a bottom section that measures 12 feet in length and 36 inches in height. The frame was designed for this split layout, which we decided to keep intact. One of the biggest advantages this product brings to the table is the double-sided display option. Always on the lookout for versatility in signage, our team was pleased with this design.

It’s Clean; It’s New; It Spells out “Barnhart Minds Over Matter”

 What a difference!

What a difference!

Going for the gusto, we printed full-color digital graphics for the upper and lower sign sections. As usual, we selected Oracal vinyl because of its outstanding properties. We followed up the imprint with an Oracal laminate to enhance the longevity of the display and preserve the great look of the colors. When the motto you feature is “Minds Over Matter,” you really cannot afford to show off the company’s presentation in a ho-hum manner.

Once printed, we installed the vinyl on 3mm Alupanel aluminum composite paneling. (You know how they say that cockroaches will survive us all in the case of a cataclysm? Well, roaches have nothing on 3mm aluminum panels.) This paneling then went up onto the sign frames. The upper portion now spells out the company’s name in white on red, while black lettering presents the company’s tagline in black print. The bottom sign identifies the location as the Portland branch of the enterprise and offers a website address.

Effective Marketing and Branding with Great-looking Signs

The new look of the sign is professional, stylish, and perfectly suited to brand Barnhart. These types of signage updates in Portland, Oregon, are more than just cosmetic. When you look at the before and after pictures of this job, you can almost feel the tiredness radiating from the old, ugly sign. Its new look, however, bespeaks an energetic company that is on the move and ready to tackle the day. This is the kind of brand message your customers can get behind.

Be honest; does your signage more closely resemble our before picture? No problem! Contact us today to find out what we can do to give your sign a makeover.



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.

Post and Panel Signs Great for CPA Firms in Vancouver WA

By | Exterior Signs, Post and Panel Signs

Do customers complain about having trouble finding your building? Do they have to slam on their brakes and perform Oscar-worthy stunts in their car to make the turn into your parking lot? If so, it may be time to install signage that people can actually see. This was the case for Brewer Caley when they contacted the mighty sign makers at Specialty Graphic Solutions for exterior signs for CPA firms in Vancouver, WA.

Brewer Caley? Is That a Californian Brewery?

Not even close. Located on East McLoughlin Boulevard in Vancouver, Brewer Caley CPAs is a full-service accounting firm. They’re licensed in both Washington and Oregon. Their number one concern is building strong relationships with associates, staff, and clients. With relationships, they believe that integrity, trust, and accountability follow. The offer a broad range of services, including succession planning, bank financing, payroll, QuickBooks services, tax problems and IRS correspondence, tax preparation, and more.

 The old sign just wouldn't do!

The old sign just wouldn’t do!

When a firm that does so much for local businesses and individuals came to us for post and panel signs for CPA firms in Vancouver, WA, we put down our calculators and went to work. Brewer Caley had recently updated their name and logo. They used to be called Caley & Associates. Also, their old sign at their location near Clark College was small and hard for westbound traffic to see. We had just the solution.

We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Post and Panel Sign

 This new post and panel sign is double-sided!

This new post and panel sign is double-sided!

During an initial consultation with Brewer Caley, we learned all about their goals for the project, and we got to see firsthand the poor job their old sign was doing. We recommended a post and panel sign because these markers are cost effective, easy to read, and professional looking. The client liked the proofs we provided them with, so we began the fabrication process.

We started with a durable aluminum composite sign panel that would be large enough to make the client’s name more visible and readable from larger distances. We then applied full-color digitally printed graphics on both sides of the panel featuring their new logo and contact information. The graphics were covered with a protective laminate to ensure that they’d last for many years to come.

We next coordinated with Brewer Caley to install their new marker when it would cause little disruption to their work. We chose to install the post and panel sign closer to the corner of the lot so it would be more visible to westbound traffic. The sign was mounted on side rails on treated lumber posts that were installed in concrete.

Now, as clients rush to get their tax information to Brewer Caley, they’ll be able to see their building with plenty of time to stop. The client was completely satisfied with the job we did.

CPAs are ramping up for the busy tax season and quality signage is a must. No matter what industry you’re in, make it easy for new customers to find you during your busy season. Install markers that make you stand out. If you want SGS to help you with this, contact us today for a free, no-strings-attached quote!



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.

Why Post and Panel Signs in Portland OR Are So Popular!

By | Post and Panel Signs

If post and panel signs were in high school, they’d be voted the prom king and queen. And, they’re not the king and queen that everybody secretly hates. No, everyone knows they’re deserving of the honor. This is because they selflessly help out local businesses in a variety of ways. Specialty Graphic Solutions is the proud parent of these markers. Today, we’re going to look at some of the reasons why post and panel signs for Portland, OR are popular.

What Are Post and Panel Signs Used for?

Post and panel signage systems are used for just about everything. Take a moment to look at some of the post and panel markers we’ve produced in the past, and check out some of these solutions:

Primary Identification – Thanks to their prestigious monument sign, Prestige Senior Living really lives up to their name. Their marker serves as the primary identifier on their property. These are typically installed near the entrance to your parking lot next to the road. To ensure drivers can see your building with plenty of time to safely slow down, we have post and panel monument signs of any size.

Directories – Do guests know exactly where to go in your apartment complex? As a property manager, it’s your job to help guide the way. Sandalwood Condominiums realized this, so they contacted our mighty sign makers for distinguished post and panel markers featuring detailed, to-scale maps and their unique branding.

Identify Tenants – From time to time, our client Felida Office Suites has professional tenants who come and go from their building. Each time there’s a change in occupancy, they have to completely replace their signage, right? Wrong! All they have to do is shoot us an email with the new tenant’s logo, and we produce a new panel for them. It’s as easy as pie…that you buy at the store.

Regulatory and Safety Signage – Take a moment to look at the post and panel sign with the numbers listed at the bottom and three trees logo up top. This is another piece we produced for Sandalwood Condominiums. This marker serves a number of purposes: it points out where some units are located, lets unauthorized visitors know they need to scram or they’ll get towed, and it warns drivers that they need to slow it down.

The Possibilities Are Seemingly Endless

When it comes to post and panel signs for Portland, OR, we can do just about anything. We only use high-quality materials that can stand up to the harsh Pacific Northwest winters as well as Sasquatch attacks. In fact, no bigfoots (bigfeet?) have ever damaged any of our signs.

But seriously, some of the most popular materials used in the construction of these markers are PVC, aluminum, and wood. We can also top off your post and panel sign with fancy post toppers. And, if you need to be visible after dark, LED spotlighting and reflective paint are smart solutions. The alternatives that are best for you will depend upon your surroundings and branding. We can help with this.

Contact SGS today for a free meeting if you want to put this cost-effective signage solution to work for your enterprise.



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.

Add a Post and Panel Sign to Your Vancouver WA Business!

By | Post and Panel Signs

Can you think of anything more customizable and long-lasting than post and panel signs? Okay, so maybe Mt. Rushmore might fall into that category, but who can afford that? Besides, consumers will never be able to find your business if you place Mt. Rushmore in front of it. So, for the sake of avoiding argument, let’s just say post and panel signs are one of the most heavy duty signage options for your enterprise. And, fortunately, if you’re looking for post and panel signs for Vancouver, WA, Specialty Graphics Solutions has you covered!

What Can SGS Do with Post and Panel Signs?

We thought you’d never ask! The short answer is “just about anything.” The long answer is:

  • Directories – If you’re the property manager for an apartment complex or a neighborhood of condominiums, as is the case with the Sandalwood Condominiums marker pictured, how do visitors know where to go? A sophisticated post and panel sign featuring your branding along with a detailed, to-scale map will guide the way.
  • Safety and Regulatory Signs – You see that sign with the three trees logo at the top and the numbers listed below? That was Sandalwood Condominiums again cleverly sneaking their logo into signage that achieves a few purposes by warning drivers to slow it down, pointing out where some units are located, and letting unauthorized vehicles that they should move along or they may get towed.
  • Primary Identification Monument Signs – Prestige Senior Living really lives up to its name with its prestigious monument sign that serves as the primary identifier for the establishment. These are usually placed next to the road near the entrance to your parking area. We have post and panel monuments signs of many sizes to make sure motorists can see your business with plenty of time to brake!
  • Tenant Identification Markers – Felida Office Suites has professional tenants who move in and out of their various units from time to time. They could have whole new post and panel signs for Vancouver, WA installed each time there is a change in occupancy, but that would get expensive quickly. Instead, we simply create a new tenant name sign to add to the panel, and everyone is happy.

We Can Make Post and Panel Signs out of Anything!

Okay, so maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement. We couldn’t take a length of twine and a piece of gum and make a post and panel sign. We aren’t MacGyver. On the plus side, we do use much higher quality materials than the TV star. PVC is often used for these markers. In addition, wood and aluminum signs are also popular. Your durability needs and the surrounding environment are the main considerations when picking the right materials. We’ll help you with this.

We can also add fancy post toppers or reflective paint to make your sign pop both day and night. Or, we can incorporate LED spotlighting if you still want people to find you after dark. If you want to put this affordable signage solution to work for your organization, contact the mighty sign makers at SGS today for a free meeting 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.

The Versatility of Post and Panel Signs

By | Post and Panel Signs

Is your business hidden from the road by a few large Douglas fir trees? How do people even know what you’re up to? Unless you’re running a top secret spy agency that doesn’t accept visitors, you need a way to let potential customers know where they can find you. If you’re working with a budget and want to present a certain type of image, post and panel signs for Vancouver, WA may be exactly what the doctor (or property manager) ordered.

Post and Panel Signs Are Adaptable

You may assume that post and panel signs only come in one size, that we go to the post and panel factory and pick up the one model they make, then we hope that it’s right for your enterprise. This simply isn’t the case. We know that every business is different, so we have a broad range of options to ensure you get what’s best for your organization.

If you’re located along a street with high speed limits, we know you’ll need a larger sign so motorists can see where you’re located with plenty of time to slow down and turn into your parking lot without having to reenact scenes from The Fast and the Furious movies.

There are double and single post setups. The double post markers provide a somewhat old-fashioned appeal that’s ideal for performing arts centers, family physicians, day care centers, and more. In addition, since they’re easy to update, post and panel markers are perfect for business entrances, directory signs, and multi-tenant buildings. When information changes, we can simply slide one panel out and replace it with another. There are even specialty shapes and post caps for an extra fancy look.

They Won’t Break Your Budget

With the amount of lost business you could suffer from consumers failing to find your storefront, one could argue that you can’t afford NOT to have post and panel signs in Vancouver, WA. However, they’re inexpensive nonetheless. The costs will depend upon what materials you use, what custom features you want, and the size of your sign.

One of the more affordable post and panel materials is aluminum composite. It doesn’t warp, fracture, or rot. It can also withstand pouring rain, direct sunlight, freezing temperatures, blazing heat, and anything else the Pacific Northwest can throw at it. Pests, birds, and bears all leave these signs alone. We also offer PVC, HDU, and wood options.

Put a Light on It

Unlike Elton John, you can let the sun go down on you when you have ground or side lighting to illuminate your post and panel signs at night. This is a must for business that invite clients in after dark, which comes pretty early in the winter months. Our mighty sign makers have the knowhow needed to install LED lighting systems that make your marker easy to see the energy efficient and cost effective way.

Do we have you yearning for more information about the wonders of post and panel signs? If so, please contact our friendly professionals 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.

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