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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.

Need a New Exterior Sign? What Are Your Choices?

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A recent trend among some hip restaurants was to be hard to find. They’d have a nondescript front door, no windows, and no signage. They were hoping that their food would speak for itself through the word of mouth it generated. They were also shooting for a very specific clientele. After some initial success, most of these eateries are now out of business.

The fact of the matter is if you want to attract customers, they need to know where you are! “Where’s Waldo?” is a fun series of books, but you don’t want to force consumers to play a frustrating game of “Where’s Your Enterprise?” To help you avoid this, our mighty sign makers offer a broad range of exterior signs for Vancouver, WA. Here’s our highlight reel:

Backlit Signs

Backlit signs is a broad term that includes lightbox cabinets as well as panel and letters with light that comes from behind. This is the ideal solution if you want your storefront to be inviting at night instead of resembling a shady operation where shoppers are afraid they might get mugged.

Awning Signs

Awnings are a must in the rainy Pacific Northwest. However, just because they serve a utilitarian purpose doesn’t mean they can’t help you build your brand. To turn your “yawning” into a marketing powerhouse, we can print your company name, logo, mascot, and anything else on your awning.

Channel Letters

You see illuminated channel letter signs just about anywhere you look in the city after dark. Whether you set up shop in a strip mall or shopping center, operate a downtown storefront, or run an industrial or commercial office building, they can aid you in grabbing attention at a reasonable price. The typeface of your existing branding is magically replicated with these aluminum letters with acrylic faces. Then, energy efficient, eco-friendly LED lights shine through the face.

Monument Signs

When you think of monuments, you may think of the giant Washington Monument obelisk. We’ve never done a project quite that big…yet, but the monument signs we produce are still noticeable and memorable. As you can see, we work with a wide variety of styles and materials. The best monument sign really depends on your branding, budget, and surroundings. We’re more than happy to make recommendations based on these factors.

Dimensional Letters and Logos

Every type of organization, company, and establishment can benefit from the durable and long lasting materials used in the construction of dimensional signs. Metal, sign foam, wood, PVC, and acrylic are the most common materials used for these letters. With sign foam, you can laminate letters that are up to four inches thick with metal or acrylic. Also, these markers can be standoff mounted for an added dimensional appearance.

These are just some of the alternatives we offer. We can also outfit your building with blade signs and other options. Want to learn more about building signs for Vancouver, WA? We aren’t hard to find! Contact us today for a free, no string attached 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.

New Exterior Building Sign for Kings Cross Automotive!

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Take a moment to envision going to a high-end restaurant and being greeted with a tattered banner as their only exterior signage. You’d probably think twice about dropping $20 on an escargot appetizer. Your outdoor signs say a lot about what kind of services and products consumers can expect to find in your fine establishment. Kings Cross Automotive recognized this, so they contacted the mighty sign makers at SGS for buildings signs for auto service centers in Vancouver, WA.

Kings Cross Automotive? What’s That?

Located on East Reserve Street in Vancouver, Kings Cross Automotive specializes in repairing fancy automobiles, specifically Land Rovers and Jaguars. Their team has more than two decades of combined experience. The staff of certified, factory trained technicians use the latest computer diagnostic equipment to quickly diagnose, service, and fix any faults. Their mission is to provide dealership quality repairs without the additional expense.

When a business that provides such valuable services to the drivers of the Pacific Northwest came to us for exterior building signs for automotive centers in Vancouver, WA, we were more than happy to help out. Kings Cross has only been around since 2014, and since their opening, they’ve used a banner on their building next to the entrance to announce their presence. They were ready to for a more permanent arrangement. They called the right people!

We’re Bringing Classy Back

Kings Cross contacted us for an acrylic sign featuring standoffs. We like to make sure our clients are completely satisfied throughout every step of the process. Even if their name isn’t “Kings Cross,” we still treat all customers as kings. We didn’t think acrylic would be the best choice, since the building is brick, and the brick would show through the transparency of the acrylic and make it hard to read the logo. So, in addition to giving them a mockup of the acrylic sign, we also showed them how sharp and elegant a brushed silver back panel would look and let them decide what they wanted.

We felt the brushed silver complemented the appearance of their website and other marketing materials, and in the end, Kings Cross agreed. They gave us the go ahead to move forward with their new marker.

We started with 3mm brushed silver finish aluminum composite sign material. Specifically, we used the popular AluPanel. For the front of the sign, we affixed custom routed quarter-inch thick painted PVC logo and letters. On the face of the PVC shield logo, we used a laminated, digital print to ensure we got the graphics just right.

To add an extra level of depth to the marker, we utilized six satin silver finish standoffs to mount the sign. In fact, as Kings Cross outgrows their current location and the need for a bigger venue becomes apparent, they can simply unscrew the mount caps for the sign and take it with them to the new site.

They were so happy with their new sign that they also had us update their cut vinyl graphics above the entrance to their Parts and Service Desk and on the front door. And, we’ll soon be wrapping their silver Land Rover with vehicle graphics.

Are you ready to attract those shoppers who rove the land like big cats to your storefront? If so, contact SGS today for appealing exterior markers!



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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