Custom Awning Sign Buyer’s Guide: 4 Things First Timers Must Consider

Custom Awning Sign Buyer’s Guide: 4 Things First Timers Must Consider

Today’s post is designed to stop you making any costly mistakes with your first custom awning sign order. Read on to learn which 4 factors you need to consider before you start designing your dream awning to guarantee great results.

How Will Awning Size And Shape Affect My Design?

The size and shape of your awning will greatly affect the final design. Proper use of empty space is key in proper design composition, and the amount your sign has should be a conscious decision, not the product of an uninformed choice of “canvas” (i.e. awning) size. Additionally, graphics and other complex custom designs may need to fit around the curves, edges, and corners of your sign so that nothing is cut off, misaligned, or overemphasized by the shape of the awning.

What Materials Fit My Needs?

Before you start your free consultation, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the different awning sign materials you’ll have to choose from. Each of them offers different strengths and weaknesses, and they all come at different price points.

The most popular options for custom awning signs include:

  • Vinyl and polyester composite. Vinyl and polyester composite awning signs are quite cost-effective, especially when you consider that they’re extremely durable, waterproof, and fire-retardant. They can be cut to any shape or size, and are available in a wide range of colors. However, you should expect to pay slightly more for this material.
  • Cotton blend canvas. Cotton blend canvas awning signs were extremely popular throughout history because of their affordability and waterproof characteristics. However, cotton blend is not the most durable material on the market. If you need a more rugged material that can stand up to the elements (maybe your business is located in the “Windy City”?), look elsewhere.
  • Acrylic fabric. Acrylic fabric is more durable than cotton, but not quite as waterproof as vinyl. However, it does resist mildew and fading from UV light, which makes it ideal for advertising through hot and humid summers.

What Does My Awning Sign Color Say About My Brand?

Visual advertising research has shown that people are preconditioned to react in certain ways to specific environmental triggers. Color is especially powerful, able to evoke powerful emotions at a glance. Choosing custom awning sign colors that evoke “on-brand” emotions is a great way to enhance your branding and engagement levels.

For instance, greens trigger an association with nature and plants, which makes green tones perfect for brands that promote eco-friendly or organic products.

Zoning Ordinances And Sign Laws

Not all townships and cities have sign laws that will affect your awning’s design and installation, but some do. Restrictions can apply to colors, materials, total sign size, and more. As such, it’s always good practice to double-check all relevant sign laws before you pull the trigger on your custom awning sign production.

If you have any questions about what laws affect your design and installation, contact a Signworld partner near you. All of our owners are experts in local sign laws and will steer you clear of any liabilities or production delays that come when redos are required.

Get More Help Designing Your Custom Awning Signs

Visit the Signworld Business Alliance Website for help locating awning sign experts near you. All of our partners offer extensive graphic design support and 100% awning sign customization using materials of the highest quality. They can also provide help with installation and answer any questions you may have about zoning laws and ordinances that apply to your business signage.


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