An issue we often encounter with companies is whether they should have an acrylic fronted box or a flex face sign.
Background – Whether acrylic front or flex face, the sign is going to be made by using extruded aluminium box frames with either LED’s or fluorescent tubes installed for illumination if required.
Size Of The Sign – The bigger your sign, the less suited it is to begin an acrylic fronted box and the more suited it will be to be a flex face sign.
Design of the sign – If you want simple text then vinyl on an acrylic box will be fine for you, if you want colour graphics then this will involve printing onto a vinyl and then apply it. You can also print straight to the acrylic on a flatbed, however, the density of the ink might not be sufficient when illuminated. With flex face you will be printing directly onto a backlit banner using a digital printer, this is then installed into the sign case.
Aesthetics – If the size of your sign exceeds 3m in width then you will need to have a join in the acrylic, this will then raise the issue of where to have the join and whether you will be able to avoid joining through an image or text. With flex face, your print is on a continuous banner material up to 5m x 50m, so more than adequate for any retail sign or shop front sign.
Print density – When having your box backlit, there is going to be a trade-off as to whether you want the corporate colours the correct shade when your box is illuminated or when it is not. You will need to have more density of ink than your corporate colour if you would like it to match when illuminated as light will ‘shade’ down the colour of your sign.
The shape of sign – If you require a shaped box, you will be able to achieve this easier with a flex face sign, certain shapes can be achieved in acrylic but more shapes can be achieved with flex face. If you want a concave or convex box, this will be impossible beyond a certain radius in acrylic but not with flex face.
Sign Facets specializes in all types of signage, whether it be wallpaper or light boxes, we do it all! Visit our website on www.signfacets.co.za to get a quote.