Spring Cleaning: How to Take Care of Your Custom Business Signs

We’re almost there!  Winter is finally (fingers crossed) coming to an end. The snow is melting, birds are chirping and your sign looks, well it looks like it just went through a long winter. Luckily for you, we are here to provide insight on service, touch-ups or repairs needed on your custom business signs.

What To Look ForHoyt Monument - After and Before

Freestanding signage that is close to roads or driveways such as monuments, pylons or directional signs can often be covered in salt residue, just like your car. If you’re seeing the white streaking or film on the sign, it is okay to take a hose or a soft cloth and some dish soap to wash the sign off. Signs that are fabricated by Spectrum Signs have a polyurethane finish which is similar to what they use on automobiles. It’s meant to be durable and provide longevity.

If your sign happens to have chipped or fading paint, give us a call. Our process of sanding, priming and repainting will have your signage looking fresh. 

Sign Replacement

The winter months can also be hard on sign graphics. Most graphics used on signage is a vinyl film or digital print. When the temperature fluctuates from 90° and humid to -10° and freezing cold, the sign panels and graphics expand and contract. This can cause the graphics to peel, fade and even crack if they are older. We can fabricate new graphics to match what was already on your sign or provide you a whole new color scheme if you’re wanting to try something different. 

Unfortunately, with winter comes ice on the roads. Sometimes a car can lose control and can bump, dent or completely damage freestanding signs. If a sign replacement is needed, we can come out to your location and do a survey of the sign that was hit and any existing structure that may be left over to determine if anything is reusable. From there we can provide options to you. 

Snow and Frost Upheaval

Parking signs are often the most impacted by winter conditions. If your parking signs were not installed at the correct depth or do not have a concrete footing, they can easily be pushed over by snowplows clearing parking lots. We install our parking signs between 36” and 42” deep to get below the frost line and always fill the hole with a concrete footing for extra stability. Any parking signs you may have that are leaning or unstable can have new holes dug and concrete poured to help stabilize. 

Now that the sun is starting to come out, you might notice your exterior signs may not look as sharp as they once did. If it's something you would like Spectrum Signs to come out and take a look at, let us know—we're always happy to help. 

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Patrick Woller

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Patrick is a Graphic Designer at Spectrum Signs, a custom business sign maker in Blaine, MN. After a call from his college placement office, Patrick joined the Spectrum Signs team in 2010. Patrick finds enjoyment in the unique challenges his job gives him through the use of out of the ordinary materials. When Patrick isn’t designing signs, he enjoys playing with his dog Willis, learning the guitar, and working on welding projects.