The difference between Standard, Brushed and Reflective Aluminum Signs

Aluminum signs are quite popular in the market and come with a variety of types and specifications.

Our company offers custom signs made of various metallic materials among which is aluminum, one of the most popular ones. Metallic signs made of this material are long lasting, weather resistant and have a solid professional look. Along with these advantages, we offer custom aluminum signs made of different types of aluminum sheets, which are Standard Aluminum signs, Brushed Aluminum signs and Reflective Aluminum signs.

Standard, Brushed and Reflective Aluminum signs have a lot of common specifications yet they are quite different and unique. Moreover, all three are made of versatile, durable sign materials that can be mounted, hung, posted or framed. Last but not least, these metallic signs can be used indoors as well as outdoors and have a rather presentable look.

Let’s observe each of them separately.

Facts About Standard Aluminum signs

Standard Aluminum Signs are unique because of their lightweight, thin yet durable material and double side display print option.

Technically speaking Standard Aluminum Signs are made of two thin aluminum sheets sandwiched between a sheet of reinforced plastic known as polyethylene. The polyethylene core resists bending and other damage in ways the aluminum alone simply can’t. In other words, Standard Aluminum Signs are not made of a simple solid aluminum sheet, they’re made of a composite material known as E-pane which is much stronger and more durable than a simple thin sheet of aluminum. This aluminum sheet is 2mm thin and very light.

Other characteristics of this aluminum sign are the appearance of the raw material. You may probably assume that Aluminum signs basically have a typical metallic look yet it’s not the case. The appearance of the Standard Aluminum Sign is solid white, thus any area of the sign that isn’t printed on will have that solid white appearance. You can, however, choose a different background color for the sign if you do not want it plain white. You can suggest colors and the design for printing on the aluminum as well.

One more important specification of the Standard Aluminum Signs is connected with the aluminum printing itself; the sign can be printed double side. This type of metallic signs are the same on both sides and can have mirrored or totally different displays on each side. This also makes these signs more versatile in terms of placement, since both sides are displayable.

Standard Aluminum Signs are widely used both indoors and outdoors as real estate signs, directional and informational signs, service signs, pool and spa signs, building signs etc.

The installation /mounting methods of Standard Aluminum Signs are also diverse depending on your needs.

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Facts About Brushed Aluminum signs

Brushed Aluminum signs are unique with their appearance and presentable look. These signs leave solid, professional and quality first impression on your business and give more industrial and modern look to the place.

Brushed Aluminum signs have almost the same technical structure as Standard Aluminum signs; they are made of E-pane, which has aluminum sheets in it and makes the metallic sign more durable and long-lasting. Yet there are a couple of technical differences to consider. The material of this metallic sign is a bit thicker (3mm) which makes Brushed Aluminum signs just a little bit heavier compared to the Standard Aluminum signs. Also, the appearance of the raw metallic sheet is different, it has a standard metallic “silver” color with a brushed finish which is probably more what you’d expect from a brushed metal sign. Printing on aluminum, in this case, is done with most of the same inks and colors as in case of the Standard Aluminum sign, however, the unprinted parts of the sign will show as the metallic color instead of white.

An important note about brushed aluminum printing is that they cannot display white ink. If you have a part of your sign’s design that is white, it will not show up as white when printed. Instead, it will show up as the background color, which is the aforementioned metallic silver.

One more significant feature of Brushed Aluminum signs is the absence of double-sided aluminum printing option. Brushed Aluminum signs are built to be displayed on one side only making them ideal for wall-mounting. The back side of these signs does not have the brushed aluminum appearance, and cannot normally be printed on.

Brushed Aluminum signs also are meant to be used both indoors and outdoors. These signs are more often used for offices, lobbies, reception areas, waiting rooms, hallways, bathrooms etc. Similar to Standard Aluminum signs Brushed Aluminum signs are unique in terms of durability, quality, and long lasting lifespan.

Facts About Reflective Aluminum signs

The aluminum material of these metallic signs is basically two sheets of .008 inch aluminum combined with a polyethylene core, just like in case of Standard and Brushed Aluminum signs. However, in case of Reflective Aluminum signs direct aluminum printing is not an option. Instead, the design first is being printed on a special reflective vinyl and then it is posted on the metallic sign with its adhesive back. Also, the Reflective Aluminum signs are one-sided, unlike the Standard Aluminum signs. For safety purposes, the Reflective Aluminum signs come with rounded corners.

The main highlight of Reflective Aluminum signs is the visibility of the sign in the darkness.

Just like above-mentioned aluminum signs, a Reflective Aluminum sign is rather durable and long lasting and is meant to be used both indoors and outdoors. It’s flexible in mounting and in use as well.

You can find more detailed information about our Standard Aluminum signs, Brushed Aluminum signs and Reflective Aluminum signs following the hyperlinks.