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Everything You Need to Know About the Process of Signage

11/23/2022

Everything You Need to Know About the Process of Signage

Just as money doesn’t grow on trees, signage doesn’t simply sprout on storefronts. Whether inside or outdoors, it takes time and skill to install any type of signage. But getting to that final installation stage requires a few steps that are always worth your time and effort.

Here is what you can expect to encounter throughout the process of signage:

Consultation Process

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The signage process usually begins with a consultation. During this initial conversation, you will discuss your communication goals, branding considerations, design preferences and the intended location for your new signage. Things like budget and timing parameters are also important details to talk about.

Designers will visit your location to assess sightlines, take measurements and, if necessary, determine power sources.

At this stage, the sign company’s knowledge of local ordinances can save you time and money. For example, there’s no sense in planning a 40-foot-tall LED sign if your city allows only smaller, non-illuminated ones!

Collaborating on Sign Design

Sign design for flooring company

The sign design process combines your ideas with a sign company's graphic design talents. If you are a new business or seeking to refresh a tired image, logo creation may be part of the signage design process. A good sign company will factor in your budget and their own fabrication capabilities to ensure what’s possible design-wise is also practical production-wise.

Creating Mockups

Sign mockup for storefront and interior

After going through the sign design process and finalizing the kind of sign you want and other crucial details, the next step would be to provide mockups to help you visualize the new sign and how it will look mounted. Mockups are often created with photo editing software so you can see how different signage concepts will look at the roadside, on a storefront or elsewhere before anything is installed.

Acquiring Any Necessary Permits

workers measuring for sign installation

Before giving you the go-ahead to install a sign, many cities require you to submit a plan to ensure it meets regulations regarding size, location, lighting and the presence of other signs on the property. There’s often a fee, of course, but once you’ve received your sign permit, you can confidently go ahead with the signage production process. Your local Signs Now team is well-versed in laws and ordinances regarding signage installation, so if you have any concerns about these details, let us know – we can help!

Signage Installation Process

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After your sign is built, you will need to have it installed, and hiring a licensed and insured sign installation team is the key to this process. In fact, many municipalities will make this contingent on their permit approval.

As you wrap up the final stages of the signage process, you’ll want to trust that you are working with a skilled, experienced sign installer that practices proper installation procedures. They should accomplish the job to local standards, adhere to your installation process timeline, prioritize safety and troubleshoot any obstacles along the way.

Ready To Start the Signage Process?

Look to Signs Now Downers Grove for expert help with every aspect of a sign project: including signage design, permitting and installation of signage.

Signs Now provides the direction and state-of-the-art technology to ensure your business is projecting the right image—from updating the custom signage in your store, restaurant or office to outfitting a new location with the latest solutions. We invite you to learn more about what Signs Now Downers Grove can do for you. To get started, contact us today!

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