What You Need to Know About Buying a New School Sign

What You Need to Know About Buying a New School Sign

School signs boost the prestige of your learning institution. They welcome people to your school, reach out to people driving by, share important updates with students and parents, and help foster community in a variety of other unique ways. Whether you want a sign to keep parents and students updated, track the score at the big game, showcase what your students are doing, or for any other purpose, Stewart Signs has exactly what you need. Keep reading to learn all about school signs and their benefits.

Should You Get a New School Sign?

School marquees give you a place to display your school's name, mascot, mission statement, upcoming events, and other key details. When people come to your school, they receive a warm welcome from the sign, and when they drive by, they get to learn a little bit about your school. Whether you choose a changeable letter sign or an LED sign, these signs boast a lot of versatility and can be used in a number of ways.

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How a School Sign Helps You Get Connected to Your Community

School signs are great for community outreach. Want to let the community know about an upcoming theatrical performance or a sporting event? Tired of parents not getting the announcements you send home? Need to ensure students are on the same page? A sign is the perfect tool for all of that. You can also solicit donations, look for volunteers, or even just release positive messages into the community. Of course, that's just the beginning of all the ways a school sign can help you and your students connect to the community.

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Communication and Community Outreach for Schools

Digital School Signs

When you invest in digital signage for your school, you enjoy a host of benefits. You can change the message on these signs quickly and easily. That allows you to share up-to-the-minute communications, and you can even schedule messages ahead of time or post updates remotely using cloud-based software.

With an LED sign, you also emphasize the prestige of your school. There are multiple types of signs available, which makes it possible to choose a sign that appeals to your intended audience, can be seen at key distances, and works with your budget. You can also customize many elements so that the sign reflects the unique spirit of your school.

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Other Types of School Signs

While digital and LED signs are becoming increasingly popular for many schools, they are not the only option. If you don't have a budget for an LED sign, you can still get great looking signage that helps with communication and enhances the inside or outside of your school. You may want to explore the benefits of a changeable letter sign. These signs showcase essential details about your school and allow you to change messages, but they are easier on the budget than LED signs.

Maintaining School Signs

Luckily, when you invest in a school sign, there is little to no maintenance that needs to be done. Depending on the location of your sign and the weather in your area, you may want to wipe off or clean the sign on occasion. Beyond that, you just need to think of engaging content to put on your sign. However, to protect your sign from vandalism, you may want to use lighting or simply invest in a quality school sign that is strong enough to handle physical threats.

Additional Resource:

How to Protect Your School's Changeable Letter Sign

What Does a School Sign Cost?

School signs are an investment into your school. The prices vary a lot depending on the type of sign you buy. As a general rule of thumb, the more technology the sign has, the more it costs. However, the size, placement, and functions of the sign can all play a role in its final cost. To get a sense of what a sign costs for your school, you should request a custom quote.

Additional Resources:

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Use It or Lose It: School Budget Deadlines
Need a New School Sign? A Grant Can Help!

Other Buying Considerations

When buying a school sign, you need to think about your budget and how you want to use the sign. On top of that, however, there are a number of other elements you should consider including the following:

  • Indoor or outdoor
  • Placement of the sign
  • The distance from which you want the sign to be visible
  • The number of years you plan to use the sign
  • Zoning regulations that affect the size or location of the sign - note that in most areas, schools are exempt from these requirements, but you should still check to be on the safe side.
  • Any weather considerations or concerns (hurricanes, excessive humidity, salty air, hail storms, etc.)
  • Which elements you want to be changeable
  • Customizations for your school name, logo, mascot, or other artwork
  • Type of sign (changeable letter sign, light box sign, monument sign, digital LED sign, etc.)
  • Software integration
  • Warranties or guarantees
  • The company you want to hire

When you're buying a school sign, you deserve quality and durability, and that's what you get when you choose a sign from Stewart Signs. In fact, when Hurricane Andrew destroyed a tragic amount of property in 1992, the only sign left standing in Homestead, Florida was a Stewart Sign. The Red Cross actually took over the sign and used it to communicate with the public. Isn't that the type of reliability you want with your school sign? And keep in mind that was over 25 years ago - our signs have only gotten better since then.

Want to learn more? Interested in getting a custom quote for your new school sign? Then, contact us directly. At Stewart Signs, we have been making school signs since 1968, and we would love to help your school enhance its look and get its message into the community.