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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.

Rain or Shine – Window Graphics That Pop in Portland

By | Window Graphics

Bikes are serious business. Especially in Portland, Oregon a city that is rated as being the best in the nation as bicycle friendly town. Roughly 7% of Portlanders commute to work via bike compare to the national average of just .5%. (Check out even more nifty facts here.) Henry James Bicycles knows how serious the biking business is and got in touch with us to create multipurpose window graphics at their busy shop.

For Henry James, the window graphics were going to create a half wall, be an entrance sign, and create a sense of privacy for their business. Their roll up glass door had some panes they wanted to fill in with some opaque panels, but they still wanted a nice and unique look to grab the eyes of people passing by. They also wanted to put graphics on their door as well.

Our team got out the tape measures and took the dimensions of all the glass panels we would be putting graphics on. For the roll up door, Jason our design wizard then took a photographic image carefully cut it up into nine rectangles to be sure everything looked smoother and not distorted because of the window frames. It took a careful eye because there were two different sizes for the panes but all together the look is flawless.

 Window framing adds to the look of these awesome graphics.  Window framing adds to the look of these awesome graphics.

The door also features the address in a nice crisp font that is easily readable from the street. We printed this out on an opaque grey backed vinyl and added a UV coating so it could stand up to the elements even better. The SGS team loves the grey-backed vinyl because it does a great job to filter out some and create privacy as well. So Henry James gets to enjoy the sun, just not at full strength.

For the door, we did the same thing, except we didn’t need nine pieces. Instead, it was just one measurement and making sure the website dress and phone number were placed above the handle so that didn’t slice through the design. Just how do these go on so smoothly? The adhesive on the vinyl is in a pattern with a tiny little channel that means air bubbles can be pushed out. With a steady hand in sweeping motions, the mighty sign makers ensure that there are no flaws and that the graphics are really stuck to the surface so not even the harshest Portland rains can make them slip. In the end, Henry James Bicycles has new windows to create security but also double as large sign to show off their space.

Glass door with full color graphics henry james Open for business!

Does your business need window graphics that can do more? Talk to the team at Specialty Graphic Solutions. Drop us a line at hello@sgsgraphic or call us at 360-635-5556 for a free 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.