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Refresh Your Window Graphics

By | Office Vinyl Graphics, Vinyl Care, Window Graphics, Windows and Doors

Window graphics fade over time.  What looked great at first gets tired and worn.  Take a hard look next time you come to work.

Signs of Graphic Deterioration

Signs of aging graphics include faded colors, brittle or cracked vinyl and lifting corners.  What causes vinyl graphics to fail?  The number one culprit is the sun.  If your graphics are south facing or get a lot of sun then all of the signs will eventually occur.  Printed color graphics on exterior windows should have a UV protective laminate.  That definitely helps.  The Mighty Sign Makers always laminate exterior window and door graphics.  This slows the signs of graphic deterioration.  Single color cut vinyl has some UV protection built it but it too will degrade over time.  When you see the corner or edge of the graphics starting to lift the failure has begun.  If the vinyl has been on the glass for a long period of time it will start to shrink and crack.  Vinyl shrinks over time.  It doesn’t matter if it is a vehicle wrap, a sign or window graphics.  At some point, the vinyl will shrink enough to begin to fail.  This usually takes a few years, less in a hot, sunny location.

Refresh Window Graphics

People typically don’t notice graphic failure until up close.  Any customer-facing window or door gets scrutinized every time someone sees it.  It’s not the first impression a customer has of your business, but it does create one.  Especially if there are signs of graphic degradation.  If you think no one notices, think again.  There is important information on your windows and doors.  Graphics may include your business name, address, phone number, logo and more.  People do notice.  It is time to refresh if something about your business has changed.  The Mighty Sign Makers did our own windows recently.  We want our exterior to showcase our business, our services, our logo, and our tagline.  Sign companies, ours included, are guilty of making then forgetting their signs.  The Mighty Sign Makers realize that our signage is critical to our business, so we did a refresh of all of our windows.

New Window Graphic Options

The companies that make the types of vinyl and materials we use must never sleep.  New and improved products hit the market constantly.  Manufacturers like Oracal, 3M, and Avery find new processes to improve their products and this leads to longer graphic life.  The Mighty Sign Makers value our customer partnerships.  We discuss these options with you before you make the purchase.

Ready to Refresh?  Contact the Mighty Sign Makers now 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.

Brand Building Blade Sign and Window Graphics for Glacier Tanks!

By | Exterior Signs, Windows and Doors

When you move your business into a bigger facility, you will inevitably lose some clientele. However, you can minimize any dip in sales at your new venue by making it abundantly clear that there is a new enterprise in the neighborhood, and you mean business! Glacier Tanks realized this, so they contacted Specialty Graphic Solutions for window graphics in Vancouver.

Glacier Tanks? Is that an Arctic Army Surplus Store?

Not even close. If you run a microbrewery, you’re likely quite familiar with what Glacier Tanks LLC has to offer. Newly located on Northwest 114th Street in Vancouver, they’ve been selling beer brewing tanks and accessory equipment for almost a decade now. This makes them invaluable to the Pacific Northwest where the microbrew is king. They provide a wide array of industrial grade tanks, valves, tubing, kettles, fermenters, burners, and much more.

When an organization that provides such important products to support our local brewers came to us for blade signs in Vancouver, WA, we put down our drinks and got right down to work. Due to their growing success, Glacier Tanks had outgrown their original location near the airport in Portland and needed something bigger. So, they recently moved their operation to a new facility right by the SGS headquarters. They needed new markers that wouldn’t break the bank since their relocating costs were so high already. We knew just what to do!

We Gave Glacier Tanks the SGS Treatment

One of the least expensive ways to put your name on your new venue and help clients old and new find your new spot is with simple cut vinyl door graphics. So, that’s exactly what we recommended for Glacier Tanks. We perfectly replicated their existing logo using Avery 700 high-performance vinyl, which is celebrated for its durability. We also added a directional arrow to point the way to the store and will call.

The smaller brewing tanks and other products that Glacier Tanks offers are often picked up directly by customers. To avoid confusion, they needed to clearly communicate their hours and where these clients should enter their big new facility.

To make the Will Call entrance easily visible for approaching customers, we created a blade sign that hangs perpendicular to the wall, so it pops out as visitors round the corner from the main entrance. The blade sign consists of a 3mm white aluminum composite panel with a full-color print and protective laminate adhered to it. The powder coated steel sign bracket that it hangs from is screwed directly into the wall.

We used a simple building sign also on a 3mm white aluminum composite panel to display the business hours. The cut vinyl text and info was applied directly to the face of the sign material. We then used 3M’s VHB tape, a commercial grade double sided tape, to affix the panel to the building.

In the end, their branding is easily viewable for all who come to pick up brew tanks as well as for those who drive by their facility. If you want to attract consumers to your new location, contact the mighty sign makers at SGS today for a free consultation on relocation signage.



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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