Sometimes choosing a sign gets confusing when you're trying to figure out exactly what you're getting. Important details to ask about is how the sign is engineered and what materials are used – and how it will be installed into the ground. The following feature-benefits outline the differences between a fully manufactured sign versus a local, stick-built sign.
- Quality Control – A team that checks the work of those building the sign for any quality concerns.
- Superior Engineering – Thought-through and time-tested manufacturing that starts below the ground right up to the top of the sign, giving it substantial longevity and wind load rating (at least 120MPH).
- Superior Fit and Finish – Details like even paint and seams with the sign fitting together well, giving it a professional, finished appearance.
- That "New Sign" Look – Quality materials including a baked on, powder coat painting process, keep the sign looking brand new much longer.
- Lifespan – A manufactured sign's lifespan is measured in decades, which means an overall lower cost of ownership and more years of use before replacement is necessary.
- UL Listing – A complete, UL listed product offers peace of mind that you can count on.
- Warranty – One warranty, covering defects in workmanship or materials for all components.
- Technical Support – U.S.-based, in-house technical support and a robust Q&A website means you don't have to worry about getting help when you need it.
Local "Stick-Built" Signs
- Limited Quality Control – Generally, there is no QC department and defects may not be caught before getting to the customer.
- Limited Wind Load – The structural integrity and installation method may cause the sign to topple in windy conditions, especially over time.
- Components – Supplies tend to come from the lowest bidding vendor, which change often as a result, making part identification and replacement a challenge.
- Consistency – If there is a lack of templates, engineer drawings and other benchmarks, each sign is built a little differently than the one before it.
- Longevity – Most stick-built signs are only made to last a few years, both outside and inside.
- Third-party Warranties – Most have multiple warranties, one for each of the various components being used.
- Third-party Support – Your technical support may be outsourced or handled by the same contact who is also concentrating on closing newer sales.