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Signage FAQ's: Answers to your Sign Questions

Tanner Otis
October 19, 2018 at 1:21 PM

Frequently Asked Questions About Sign Projects:

How long does a sign project take?

  • On average, a sign project from start to finish takes anywhere from 8-12 weeks. That being said it really does depend on the sign package requested (I know, i hate hearing "it depends" too!). In some cases things can move much quicker or in the most rare of occasions, take a bit longer. Usually any additional length is a result of variables out of our control, like issues with receiving the permits for the signage in a timely fashion from the local municipalities. 
  • To see a breakdown of the ETA for each stage of the sign project, please refer to our How Long Does it Take to Build a Sign? infographic that we put together a little while back.

Can I finance my sign?

  • Yes! We have partnered with Geneva Capital to provide you with a variety of fast, convenient and cost effective financing options for all of your signage needs. If this is something that interests you, please reach out to us directly as we'd be happy to answer any additional questions you may have about the benefits or process of financing your signage.

What information is needed up front in order to get started on my sign project?

  • To get started on any sign project, there are really just a few basic items we need to get the ball rolling. An address so that we can do some preliminary code research. An idea of the type of sign package your looking for so that we can begin allocating resources internally to develop an overall plan. If you have a logo or design already, we'll need all of the art files in a vector format so that our designers are able to scale them appropriately. Lastly, any additional information about the location. Like restrictions the landlord may have for the space or a site plan for project. 

What kind of maintenance is required with my new sign?

  • After the sign is installed, it should be maintenance free for a while. We offer a 1 year service warranty in case you run into any issues at the beginning but our signs are built to last and handle the elements of the PNW. Eventually, a light might go out or the sign may need to be cleaned, but those are all things are service team can help you with if and when they come up. If your sign were to ever get damaged, please don't hesitate to give us a call so that we can get out there and check it out as soon as possible. 

How big of a sign am I allowed?

  • This is dependent on what county, town or city your business is located. Each area has different sign regulations that businesses must adhere to when it comes to a new sign project. If you provide us with your business address we can handle the preliminary code research for you and let you know what kind of regulations and restrictions you may be dealing with from a signage standpoint.

Do I need to have my own sign design to start my sign project?

  • No sign design, no problem! We have a seasoned team of in house sign designers and branding consultants to help create the perfect sign for you. Whether you just have a logo or maybe you're just getting your business off the ground and need some help establishing your brand, we've got you covered.

What kind of return on investment should I expect from my new signage?

  • According to the Sign Research Foundation, most businesses report a sales increase of 10% when they add, replace, or update their signage.

How do we get the necessary permits for our sign?

  • This is one of the bigger obstacles for any sign project and that's why we have experienced permit specialists on our team to handle it for you. Our team will handle all necessary communications with your local municipalities so you won't have to worry about a thing. 
  • For more details on how we go about getting the required permits for your signage, please read our blog Sign Permit Process: A Look Behind the Scenes.

What signage types does Plumb Signs specialize in?

  • We like to refer to ourselves as a commercial sign shop. By that we mean that we specialize in large scale commercial sign packages rather then small or temporary signage.
  • For example: pylon signs, monument signs, large exterior sign packages including channel letters and/or cabinets, full site rebrand packages with multiple signs, high rise signs, scoreboards, etc. Please refer to our digital portfolio of sign projects to see some of the projects we've worked on.
  • We do have the capabilities to handle the smaller sign projects but we usually prefer to do that as part of a larger sign package or for current customers. That being said, we still love talking signage so if you're looking for a new sign and want to chat with us about the best course of action please don't hesitate to reach out. If it's something that doesn't quite fit into our wheelhouse we have a number of local sign partners that we can refer you to. 

Am I able to come to the shop to check out how my sign will be made?

  • Customers are always welcome to swing by and check out the shop! We just ask that you please coordinate a time with your account manager at Plumb so that we can make sure someone is there to show you around and answer any questions you may have.

Does Plumb Signs have any examples of signs they've done? 

    • Absolutely! Please check out our sign portfolio to filter for industry specific sign projects or visit our social media feed to see what signs we've been working on lately.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to give us a call or contact us via our contact us page here on our website. Either way we'd be happy to chat with you and answer any of your signage questions!

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