Pylon / Plinth Signs

Large outside free-standing signs displaying branding and directional information. These are used in public spaces, hospitals, malls and commonly at petrol stations as part of the wayfinding system or as a directory.

Pylon signs are tall free standing signs that are typically mounted on a single or double pole structure and placed at a high vantage point often to supplement existing building signage, such as at the entrance of a shopping center. They are also sometimes referred to as pole signs or monument signs. Of course the most ubiquitous outdoor pylon sign that is externally illuminated has to be traffic signage and the most common double sided internally lit ones are forecourt fuel price pylons outside of petrol stations.

Wise Studios has a wide breadth of experience in designing the right sign at the right scale from the right material to captivate passing traffic. We take into account a wide range of factors but an important consideration is that of durability. Pylon signs can be made of a variety of materials, including metal, aluminum, acrylic, or PVC, and can be designed to fit a wide range of styles and aesthetics. They are a popular choice for businesses looking to increase their visibility and attract more customers. Exposure to the elements needs thought as to whether to use a steel structure or other materials given precipitation, wind and humidity conditions.

Pylon signs are typically large and highly visible, often featuring a company's name or logo, as well as other information such as hours of operation or directions to a business location. They can often incorporate illumination, with either internal lighting or external spotlights to increase their visibility during the night or in low-light conditions.

Pylon sign manufacture

The manufacturing process for pylon signs can vary depending on the materials used and the complexity of the design, but here is a general overview of how pylon signs are typically manufactured:

  1. Design and Concept: The first step in manufacturing a pylon sign is to create a design and concept for the sign. This involves determining the size, shape, and overall look of the sign, as well as any branding or messaging that needs to be included.
  2. Engineering: Once the design is approved, the sign manufacturer will begin engineering the sign. This involves creating detailed technical drawings and specifications that will guide the fabrication process.
  3. Fabrication: The fabrication process can vary depending on the materials being used. For metal signs, the metal will be cut and welded into the desired shape, while for acrylic or PVC signs, the materials will be shaped using CNC routers or other cutting tools.
  4. Finishing: Once the sign is fabricated, it will be sanded, painted, or otherwise finished to create the desired look and texture.
  5. Electrical: If the sign is illuminated, it will also need to be wired for electricity. This involves installing LED lights or other lighting fixtures, as well as wiring and transformers.
  6. Installation: Once the sign is complete, it will be transported to the installation site and installed according to the engineering drawings. This typically involves pouring a concrete foundation, setting the sign in place, and wiring it to the electrical system.

Overall, the manufacturing process for pylon signs can be complex and time-consuming, but the end result is a highly visible and effective marketing tool that can help businesses increase their visibility and attract more customers.

Pylon signs installation

The installation process for pylon signs can vary depending on the size and design of the sign, as well as the installation site. Here are the general steps for installing a pylon sign:

  1. Site Preparation: The first step in installing a pylon sign is to prepare the installation site. This typically involves excavating a hole for the sign's foundation, and preparing the area for concrete pouring.
  2. Foundation Pouring: Once the site is prepared, a concrete foundation will be poured. This foundation will be reinforced with steel rebar to ensure that it is sturdy and can support the weight of the sign.
  3. Sign Assembly: While the foundation is curing, the sign will be assembled on-site. This typically involves attaching the sign panels to the pole or support structure, and installing any electrical components that are required.
  4. Sign Mounting: Once the foundation is cured, the sign can be mounted to the foundation. This typically involves using bolts or other hardware to secure the sign to the foundation, and ensuring that the sign is level and stable.
  5. Electrical Wiring: If the sign is illuminated, electrical wiring will need to be installed to connect the sign to the power source. This may involve running conduit and wiring through the pole or support structure, and installing a transformer to convert the electrical current to the appropriate voltage.
  6. Final Inspections: Once the sign is installed and wired, it will undergo a final inspection to ensure that it meets all local building codes and safety standards. This may involve testing the electrical components, checking the stability of the sign, and verifying that it is visible and legible from the desired distance.

Overall, installing a pylon sign can be a complex process that requires careful planning and execution. It is important to work with a qualified sign manufacturer and installation team to ensure that the sign is installed safely and effectively.

Adavantages to using outdoor pole signs

There are several benefits to using pylon signs for businesses, including:

  1. Increased Visibility: Pylon signs are designed to be tall and highly visible, which makes them an effective way to increase the visibility of a business. They can be seen from a distance, making them a great way to attract potential customers who may not be familiar with the area.
  2. Branding: Pylon signs can be customized with a business's logo, name, and other branding elements, making them an effective way to increase brand recognition and awareness.
  3. 24/7 Marketing: Pylon signs can be illuminated with internal lighting or external spotlights, which makes them visible even at night or in low-light conditions. This means that businesses can benefit from 24/7 marketing without incurring additional costs.
  4. Cost-Effective: Pylon signs are a cost-effective way to increase the visibility of a business compared to other forms of advertising, such as print or TV ads.
  5. Durability: Pylon signs are designed to be durable and long-lasting, even in harsh weather conditions. This means that businesses can benefit from a high-quality sign that will last for many years.
  6. Multiple Tenants: For businesses located in a shopping center, a pylon sign can be shared between multiple tenants, reducing the cost for each individual business while still providing the benefits of increased visibility and branding.

Overall, pylon signs are an effective and cost-effective way for businesses to increase their visibility and attract more customers.

Contact us today to discuss your pylon sign requirements and we'll provide you with a free no obligation quote.

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