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Exterior Signs Announce New Heights Physical Therapy’s New Location in Portland!

By | Channel Letter Signs, Exterior Signs, Illuminated Signs

It’s not much of a stretch to suggest you need your name on the outside of your storefront if you want to attract business and let customers know where you are. New Heights Physical Therapy was well-aware of this, so they scheduled an appointment with Specialty Graphic Solutions for exterior signs in Portland, OR.

Such Great Heights

With a new location on the west side of Portland on Cornell Road, New Heights Physical Therapy+ continues to expand thanks to their success providing the best quality of physical therapy to help their patients to feel their best at play, home, and at work. They treat everything from osteoporosis, auto injuries, repetitive motion injuries, back pain, bike injuries from crashes caused by gawking at their fabulous new signs, and more. Plus, their methods include microcurrent therapy, manual therapy, STEP therapy, and others. They essentially do it all.

We jumped at the chance to help out an enterprise that supplies such a valuable service to local residents when they came to us for channel letter signs for Portland, OR. We have a little history with New Heights. Back in March, they came to us for other exterior signs at their Northeast Glisan Street location. They knew we had the range of motion needed to provide a variety of signage types throughout all of Portland.

We Performed Signage Therapy

After an initial consultation, we learned that New Heights needed a couple different types of markers at their venue: an illuminated channel letter sign and a “flag” sign. We already had their artwork on file so it was easy for us to draw up some proofs of what their finished markers would look like. Once they approved, we were off and running.

First off, we created the illuminated channel letters. These were individual letters that make up the company’s logo. We shaped the letters to match the unique fonts New Heights uses in their logo. We then incorporated LED lights inside to illuminate the sign from within. This makes the marker easy to see at night and during the day. We used white acrylic faces to contrast against the natural, stained wood sign band on the building.

The letters were mounted to raceways, or mounting rails, that match the wood background to seamlessly blend in. Raceways are an excellent choice since they require little drilling into the façade of the building. The client was thrilled with this. The overall size of this channel letter sign is almost fifteen feet wide. The “New Heights” text is 16.25” high, and “Physical” is 17.5” tall.

For the flag sign we installed on the pole sign in front of the building, we used a polycarbonate panel with full-color digital prints on each side so cars driving down Cornell can see the New Heights name far enough ahead to avoid needing to slam on their brakes to make the turn. After all, whiplash would be counterproductive!

In the end, the client was completely satisfied. In fact, Kevin Poe, the Co-Founder of New Heights, contacted us to say, “The signs look fantastic!”

Could the exterior of your venue use some rehabilitation? Contact our mighty sign makers 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.

4 Types of Illuminated Signs for Your Portland Business!

By | Exterior Signs

When the sun goes down, do customers need a police spotlight to locate your business?  Or, maybe the dark appearance of your storefront at night causes people to wonder if they’re safe doing business with you. If either of these sound like your store, then please consider purchasing exterior illuminated signs Portland OR consumers will notice. Here are some of the top options your enterprise can’t survive without.

1. Channel Letters

If you think of KATU, KGW, KOIN, or other call letters for local television stations when you hear of “channel letters,” you’d only be almost completely wrong. You’d be partially right because we can assure you that these channels use channel letter signs on the exterior of their building to advertise their station.

Channel letters are the most popular type of illuminated exterior building signage. We can create attractive plays of shadows and lights on your building’s façade by using different styles of channel letter signs. For instance, the reverse lit, or halo lit, channel letters let the light out of the back of the aluminum letters. Or, you can go with the standard front lit letters that shine light through an acrylic face.

2. Lightbox Cabinet Signs

Lightbox cabinet signs will shine a little light on any marketing needs. The cabinets are typically made of extruded aluminum and painted with car grade paint and a powder finish to help these signs stand up against the nonstop winter rain. And, a plastic or acrylic face with your business’s name and logo give this marker its signature look. These signs can be mounted directly to your building.

3. Monument Cabinet Signs

Monument cabinet signs are the lovechild of lightbox cabinet signs and monument signs. They do a superior job of attracting the attention of motorists and pedestrians alike. Monument cabinet signs can incorporate a changing LED message board or a reader board, where you manually update your information on the sign. Either way, monument signs are the most effective way to let people know where you are.

4. Pole Cabinet Signs

If you’re located near a freeway or just want to be sure that people can find you from miles away, pole cabinet signs are your ideal solution. These are related to the lightbox cabinet and monument cabinet markers, only they’re mounted high up on a pylon. We’ll mount the cabinet, so the pole doesn’t obscure your message, and potential customers can read it from all directions.

We mainly use neon tubing and light emitting diodes, more commonly known as LEDs, for our markers. Neon tubing has its benefits with its unique appearance and brightness, but LED technology has really closed the gap on the differences between these two illumination sources. LEDs are slowly taking over the industry due to their versatility, energy efficiency, and low maintenance needs. For most signs, we recommend LEDs.

Are you tired of your clients having to go from door to door asking “Are you the business I’m looking for?” If so, please consider contacting the mighty sign makers at Specialty Graphic Solutions today for a free consultation on the many types of illuminated signs for Portland, OR.



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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