How to Make Signage Last Longer

Great business signage has the potential to transform the way you operate. It stands out to customers and sends a message about who you are and the pride you take in your work. So it pays to invest in quality signs. And, to get your money’s worth, it’s important to make sure they last as long as possible. Taking care of your signage doesn’t need to be a major ordeal. If you follow the simple tips covered in this article, you’ll be able to keep your signs looking great, functioning properly and ensure they last for years to come.

Clean Your Signage Regularly

Most businesses keep their signage nice and clean because it shows they take pride in their brand. But there’s another good reason to keep signs clean: the dirt that builds up on signs will slowly ruin the surface.

You wouldn’t leave your car covered in dirt for long stretches of time, so you shouldn’t leave your signage looking dirty either. The dirt and dust that builds up on the surface contains all sorts of things, like pollutants from cars, pollen, sap and sand. They stick to the surface, eating away at protective paint coatings, and the dirt turns into a harsh abrasive when you try to clean it off. Your best bet to prolong the life of your signs is to rinse them regularly with fresh water. If your signs have internal cavities, open them up and carefully vacuum any dust, debris and cobwebs from the inside.

If it Lights Up, Keep it On

Light up signs look great and are a popular option. But if you do choose a sign that lights up, make sure to leave it on. Turning signs off to give the circuits a rest will not improve the life of the sign. In fact, the stress placed on circuits and light bulbs by powering them up and down can actually shorten their life. If you’re worried about the power consumption of the sign, speak to your signage expert about low-consumption LED options.

Regularly Check for Corrosion

If your signage is made of steel, aluminium, brass or any other kind of metal, you need to regularly inspect it for signs of rust and corrosion. Rust is a major killer when left untreated, especially on signs or support structures made from steel. If you catch rust in its early stages then it’s simple to deal with. Your signage expert will be able to service the sign, removing the rust and applying special paints to neutralise and protect the metal. Left unchecked, rust will gradually eat its way through steel, causing unsightly bubbling and damaging the structural integrity of the sign and its support structure.

Don't Use High Pressure Washers

High-quality business signage is built tough. It lives outside 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and that means it needs to stand up to Brisbane’s sun and storms. That’s good news when you need a sign to last for a long time, but pressure washers can definitely shorten their lifespan. Signs that are built to stand up to sun and rain from above can’t necessarily withstand pressure washing from other angles. Blasts of water can get into cracks and crevices that aren’t designed to be filled with water, ultimately leading to ruined electrical circuits, mould, damage and rust. On top of that, pressure washing dirty signs can have an abrasive effect. Combined with harsh soaps, pressure washing can shorten the lifespan of signs significantly.

Is it time for New Signage? Contact Signs Brisbane today!

Modern signage materials are tough and built to stand up to Brisbane’s harsh weather, but they don’t last forever. Exposure to everyday sun, rain and dirt can all damage signs over time. If your business’ signage is starting to look a little worse for wear, please don’t hesitate to contact Signs Brisbane. We’re Brisbane’s signage experts, and we can craft indoor, outdoor and vehicle signage that will look fantastic for years to come. We understand that your signs represent who you are as a brand, which is why we work with quality materials and coatings to create signs that can stand up to whatever your business can throw at them. Speak to our team today for signage options or for more information on our design process!

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