28
Feb

2012 Safeway LPGA Classic

The 2012 Safeway LPGA Classic at Pumpkin Ridge is in August. The Safeway Classic, a world-class women’s golf tournament, has helped raised $15 million for children’s charities in Oregon since 1972. Miracle Sign Co. has been making signs for the annual golf tournament since 2009.

The Safeway Classic, managed by Tournament Golf Foundation, takes place at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Oregon, about a 30 minute drive west of downtown Portland. The annual golf event got its start 40 years ago as the Portland Ladies Classic. The Safeway Classic is the longest running LPGA tour event in the nation.

A number of title sponsors and golf courses have hosted the annual tournament over the years with Safeway taking on sole sponsorship in 1996, raising more than $12 million for local children’s charities.

In 2009, Miracle Sign Co. started producing signage for Pumpkin Ridge during the Safeway Classic. That’s when the LPGA tournament moved from Columbia Edgewater Country Club to Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, a golf course managed by American Golf.

Pumpkin Ridge calls on Miracle Sign Co. to customize concession and building directory signage. We make menus, banners, and directional type signs such as Sensitive Habitat, Do Not Enter, and Keep Out. Because the Pumpkin Ridge signage is for exterior and interior uses, we rely on moisture-resistant PVC and Dibond, a lightweight aluminum composite that is weather-resistant and won’t bow over time.

Pumpkin Ridge reuses several of the signs we’ve made from the past three Safeway Classic tourneys. But with a national golf event of this size – 89,000 people attend the Safeway Classic – menus change, gathering spots get switched up, and sign graphics are redesigned. And Miracle Sign Co. will be ready to make new signage for the 2012 Safeway Classic.

12
Feb

Producing Banners for Rose Bowl 2012

Rose Bowl 2012 was a spectacular event for the Miracle Sign Co. family. Not only did the Oregon Ducks finally quack a win, but Tege Sauer at American Golf asked us to rush-order a series of Rose Bowl 2012 banners less than a week away from game day.

On the weekend before Rose Bowl 2012 our contact, Tege Sauer at American Golf, phoned us in a state of signage emergency. She needed twenty-two team-themed tent banners for their Rose Bowl 2012 pre-game festivities in Pasadena, California. And, she needed them in five days.

American Golf manages Brookside Golf Club which coordinates and hosts the Rose Bowl tailgating events at their golf course prior to the Rose Bowl game. American Golf also manages Pumpkin Ridge in North Plains, Oregon which is one of our regular customers. So, when Tege told us that Brookside’s local California vendor was unable to get the job done in time, we knew she needed our help. And, pronto!

Fortunately for us, we were up for the post-Christmas holiday challenge. Actually, we couldn’t think of a better way to ring in the new year than with a barrage of green & yellow and cardinal & white colored tent banners, featuring each football teams’ emblem.

One of many Miracle Sign Co. produced banners at Rose Bowl 2012.

For the Rose Bowl 2012 pre-game festivities, we printed, grommetted, and shipped “Cheese,” “Cocktails,” “ID Check,” and other food and check-in tent banners for event-goers to get where they needed to go. We used 13 oz Tuff Weave scrim banners to get the job done. Tege needed two banner lengths: 24 inches x 20 feet and 24 inches x 30 feet.

Looking back at the photos, it’s a, well… miracle that we pulled off such a high-profile rush order for Tege at Pumpkin Ridge and American Golf. We’re even prouder of our sign-making family – they’ve got game and to us, they’re the real winners.

A Miracle Sign Co. ID Check banner for pre-game festivities at Rose Bowl 2012.

23
Aug

Stencils: Custom stencil signs

Custom stencil signs are an easy and effective way to market your business and get customers to read your messages. At Miracle Sign Co., we custom cut stencils from durable plastics using our CNC router. You decide on the lettering, logo, and length, and our team will customize a stencil or a set of stencils to fit your sign project needs. Read on to find out if custom stencil signs are right for your project.

What are the advantages of custom stencil signs?

Custom stencil signs are easy to read. There is a lot of market competition out there and it seems like every business is trying to outdo the other with big billboards, neon signs, and flashy marquees. A simple, easy to read, block-letter custom stencil sign, however, is  a welcome relief to consumers.

Installation is also a relief for novice painters and do-it-yourselfers. The lettering, numbering, and design motif is already in place, leaving the positioning and painting up to you.

Custom stencil signs are also cost-effective and convenient. With the right tools and a little time, you can install the sign on your own terms, saving a pretty-penny on installation costs.

Many custom stencil signs are made from durable plastics that can be reused in the future too, reducing future sign costs. Stencils are also easy to maintain when stored properly.

What are the disadvantages of custom stencil signs?

Custom stencil sign applications appear flat and one-dimensional, which may not suit all business design aesthetics.

Surfaces that are textured, such as stucco, are not recommended for stencil projects because the stencil will not lie flat against the surface and paint will bleed from under the stencil and beyond the block lettering outline.

What types of sign projects work well with custom stencil signs?

Custom stencil signs are great for lettering, logos, and decorative sign projects. Popular uses for stencils include:

  • Storefronts, such as sidewalk numbers & addresses, directional markers, and logos
  • Interior uses, such as entry and exit ways, guide arrows, and business mottos and sayings
  • Public works, such as street signs, curb and pavement markings, and safety signs
  • Home décor, such as decorative wall trim, floor appliqués, and numbering for mail boxes
  • Auto and boat sign lettering, such as business contact info and license numbers – Besides, who wouldn’t want to know that Old Bessie is your co-pilot over troubled waters?

Custom stencil signs can be applied on all paint-friendly surfaces, including concrete, unfinished wood, clean glass, metal, flat drywall, hard plastics, and other painted surfaces; really, any surface that has a smooth flat surface.

What custom stencil sign tips are there for DIY installation?

  1. Use painter’s tape to keep the stencil adhered to the surface. Apply tape along the top and bottom of the stencil. Use a bubble level to ensure the stencil is straight. No level? Ask a friend to help with the horizontals.
  2. Use a high grade stencil brush to apply paint to the stencil. Stencil brushes have short round stiff bristles that help prevent paint from bleeding under the stencil’s edge.
  3. Use the proper paint for the stenciling job: interior paints for indoor stencil projects and exterior paints for outdoor stencil projects. Spray paint is an okay choice for exterior stencil projects, but you don’t have as much control during application as you would with a quality stencil brush, increasing the chances of clumsy application and bleeding paint.
  4. Using short quick dabbing strokes, paint inward toward the center of each stencil cut-out. Do this all along the stencil’s edge before painting its center. This technique prevents paint from bleeding under the edges of the stencil. Avoid sweeping the brush across the stencil.
  5. Paint two thin coats rather than one thick globby one, again to prevent paint from seeping out from under the stencil’s edges.
  6. For repeat stencil-work in multiple areas, wash the stencil in between applications. Use warm water and a bit of mild soap to prevent paint from caking to the stencil cut-outs. Be sure the stencil dries completely before the next application.

 

So, if you’re interested in custom stencil signs for your business, boat, or backyard, give us a call or email us. We’ll work with you to design high grade stencils for all your sign project needs. In the meanwhile, check out our last post on RTA vinyl lettering.

 

 

 

 

18
Jul

RTA Vinyl Lettering: Ready to Apply Vinyl Lettering

Ready to apply (RTA) vinyl lettering is a popular option for customers looking for a DIY sign-ready project. Miracle Sign Co. offers high quality RTA vinyl lettering products. We are more than happy to help you customize your RTA order based on your sign project needs. Read on to learn more about RTA vinyl lettering to find out if it’s the right product for you.

What is the difference between RTA vinyl lettering and vinyl lettering?

Both RTA vinyl lettering and vinyl lettering are made from the same material, polyvinyl chloride or PVC, a resin plastic. The ordering process is also the same – the customer selects the vinyl grade, color, and design. The difference, however, is in the installation.

RTA vinyl lettering is picked up by the customer in pre-designed precision cut sheets consisting of three layers: Paper backing, vinyl letters, and tape mask. The customer must install the vinyl lettering on their own – don’t worry, we give you a set of instructions. But installation can be tricky, especially for a newbie. Once you apply or stick it, it’s stuck.

We’re all for our customers installing their own signage – there’s real pride in do-it-yourself projects. However, if your sign project calls for a large order or large scale of vinyl lettering, we recommend a professional installation.

What are the advantages to using RTA vinyl lettering?

RTA vinyl lettering is budget-friendly, especially for smaller projects. It’s a time-saver too, for customers who prefer to install on their own time terms. RTA vinyl lettering is a great option for small non-commercial applications, home décor, and general purpose signage (e.g., restroom, exit, entryway, etc.).

What are the disadvantages to using RTA vinyl lettering?

The biggest disadvantage is the risk of poor or faulty installation. Uneven or crooked placement is likely to happen if the RTA vinyl sheet is not positioned securely to its surface. Air bubbles and wrinkles result when the surface is not thoroughly cleaned prior to installation. Air bubbles and wrinkles are also the consequence of poor application during the ‘smoothing-on’ phase.

Temperature also affects RTA vinyl installation. If the vinyl is too cold, it is not pliable. If the vinyl is too hot, it gets soft. Either way, you’re left with a material that has lost its sticking ability, its adhesiveness. The same can be said of the surface where the RTA vinyl lettering is to be applied. If, for example, the window is too hot, the vinyl will get gummy. If the window is too cold, the vinyl will stiffen. In either situation, the RTA vinyl lettering is difficult to work with and damage ensues.

Vinyl is one of the easiest signage materials to work with, but only under the right conditions (read tips to installation for more information).

What types of RTA vinyl brands are there?

Miracle Sign Co. has been in the sign-making business for thirty-five years. So, we’ve come to trust the best of the best when it comes to vinyl brands. We use Oracal, 3M Scotchcal, 3M Controltac, and Arlon.

We’ve got a great selection of RTA specialty vinyl, too, in every color of the rainbow. In need of frosted sunshine yellow RTA vinyl lettering to complement your frosted sunshine yellow store front? Got it. Been searching for blue metallic RTA vinyl lettering for the tailgate of your pickup to promote your tree trimming business? Got it. The selection is endless, the only thing you won’t find at the end of the rainbow of colors is a pot of gold.

Are there any installation tips for RTA vinyl lettering?

Yes, there are several tips that can help you achieve a better RTA vinyl install. Here are the most important:

  1. Read the instructions that accompany your RTA vinyl order.
  2. Be sure to read those instructions.
  3. Have the proper materials on hand prior to installation: isopropyl alcohol, cotton balls, 1” – 2” wide masking tape, and a Teflon squeegee or similar straight-edge tool.
  4. Be free from distractions. Talking on the phone, attending to customers, and even eating can increase the likelihood of poor or faulty installation.
  5. Ensure the temperature and weather conditions are ideal at installation time.
  • Ideally, any vinyl product should be at room temperature or between 50 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit, before, during, and immediately after installation. However, different manufacturers have different temperature guidelines for their vinyl products (this information is printed on the instructions that accompany your order). Moisture and humidity also affect the vinyl’s ability to adhere to the surface. A dry working environment is best at time of installation. And, just because you’ve wiped away the rain from the surface with the back of your hand, doesn’t mean it’s clean. Rain pollutants and hand oils are not vinyl-friendly. Be sure to store any remaining RTA vinyl lettering in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight. And, don’t store vinyl for long periods of time because it loses its adherence properties.

Remember, once you stick, it’s stuck. The good news is that if you do end up having to tilt your head sideways to read a crooked puckered up sign, you can always re-order and re-install. Just make sure the added cost is worth a second, third, or even… Yikes! a fourth DIY go-around of your RTA vinyl lettering.

 

Still unsure if ready to apply RTA vinyl lettering is right for you? Give us a call or email and we’ll do our best to help you figure it out. In the meanwhile, check out our last post about the difference between vinyl lettering and digital printing.

27
Jun

What’s the difference between vinyl lettering and digital printing?

There are a few things to know about digital printing and vinyl lettering for signage. At Miracle Sign Co., we use both for a variety of custom design sign projects. So what’s the difference between digital printing and vinyl lettering? For one, vinyl lettering has been around a lot longer than digital printing. As a matter of fact, we bought our first Gerber Vinyl Plotter over twenty years ago – it only had four letter-styles or fonts at the time. Today, it’s got over 1000!

We’ve since upgraded and also have two large format digital printers, a Roland and a Mimaki. But, we’ll get to that a later. Let’s first define vinyl and digital and then talk about the other difference between the two, including the pros and cons of each type.

What is vinyl lettering?

Vinyl lettering is lettering made from a resin plastic made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC). It’s pliable or flexible and similar to leather. Vinyl lettering always involves a plotter.

What is digital printing?

Digital printing is the printing of an image from a digital source – PDFs or graphic software – onto a surface material. Digital printing always involves a computer.

What are the differences between vinyl lettering and digital printing?

  1. Lifespan: Vinyl lettering lasts longer than digital printing. That’s because digital ink fades over time compared to lettering made out of PVC or resin plastic. For instance, an outdoor Tuff-Weave banner finished with vinyl letter may last up to ten years. But, this doesn’t rule out choosing digital printing for an outdoor sign project. Any digital printing will benefit from an extra layer of laminate-protection to increase its lifespan, especially if the digitally-printed sign is for short term use on a field or parking lot, enhancing its appearance and surface qualities at the same time. There’s so much more to laminate than meets the eye; so, stay turned for a future blog post on the topic.
  2. Cost: We wish there was an easy answer to this one, but there isn’t. It really comes down to your signage needs and wants. Granted, digital printing may have a quicker turn around time during the  production phase, but this doesn’t take into account if the image was custom-designed, the size of the print, lamination, and above all else, the purpose of the sign. If the sign is for outdoor use, you’ll end up having to replace a “cheaper” digital printed sign more often than a vinyl one – vinyl lasts longer. So again, cost depends on your sign project purpose first and materials second. Keep this in mind when shopping around for sign shops because at Miracle Sign Co., we see your sign project as a custom production process and not just as a finished piece of material.
  3. Appearance: The most obvious difference between the look of vinyl lettering and the look of digital printing is that vinyl lettering features two or three prominent colored letters on a solid banner background. We’ve heard vinyl lettering described as “blocky,” “basic,” “traditional,” and “simple.” On the other hand, digital printing has a photo-like quality. Many more colors can be used to show text, images, and pictures. The substrate or material used in digital printing usually “becomes one” with the digital image.

 

If you’re wondering about what sign materials and brands we use at Miracle Sign Co., check out the blog posts on Vehicles and Banners, Promo Signage, and Interior Signage.

1
Jun

The Sign-making Process: Nine Steps from Start to Finish

Ninety-five percent of what we sell goes through our very own shop from start to finish. You read right – 95%! Our expert sign team builds nearly everything from scratch. It’s a lot like grandma’s chocolate chip cookies. Our signs are made-to-order, custom-cut, and appetizing to the eyes. We’re quite proud of this fact and you should be too.

At Miracle Sign Co., the success of our thirty-four-year-old family business is simple. Keep it simple. So, we don’t deal with a middle-man, sending off your sign order to a Joe and Jane Schmoe in some remote location. Nor do we keep everything behind closed doors. We want our customers – that’s you – to be a part of the sign-making process every step of the way. It’s important that you know. It’s important that you’re informed. And, this is important for us at Miracle Sign Co. because this is your business, organization, and event we’re talking about.

Yes, we’re in the business of making signs, but we’re also in the business of catering to our customers. Most of our clients are returning customers. Once we get a client, we keep them forever and they end up telling their friends too.  Our work gets us work.  That’s one of the reasons we’ve got this blog – to keep you informed of what we do at Miracle Sign Co. So, continue reading to learn more about what our nine steps in the sign-making process are from start to finish.

Step 1: Assess

When you email or call about your sign project, we assess your needs. In other words, we do a mini-consultation to find out more about your project. This also helps you find out if we’re the right people for the job. We’ll ask you questions like:

What type of sign do you need, exterior or interior?

What is the purpose of this sign: promotion, long-term, etc.?

What do you want your sign to look like: traditional, contemporary, futuristic?

What type of materials are you interested in: wood, banner, vinyl, etc..?

What is your sign budget?

What size do you want the sign to be, approximately?

When are you looking to replace your sign?

Do you already have digital graphics, logos, and designs for this sign?

Questions like these help us, help you get your sign project started. Keep in mind that your initial answers to these questions can change during the sign-making process. Often times they do once we get to Step 2.

Step 2: Brainstorm

After we’ve talked or emailed, you get to relax and we get to brainstorm. We take your preliminary information and sit down with it. Literally. We take some time, sit down, and think about how to produce the best signage based on your project needs. Here are some things we think about:

Sample materials

Sign dimensions & widths

Climate

Sign-setting

Sign purpose

Pre-made logos & graphics

Step 2 is also the best time for us to vectorize logos for customers who do not have graphics saved as a high resolution file. Simply put, we take whatever files or drawings you have, convert them for graphics and sign use, burn them onto a CD, and give you the CD with the correct file.

Miracle Sign Co. does have an in-house art specialist for this very thing – we told you we start from scratch and provide everything that the customer needs. The cost is fifty-dollars and we highly recommend it, you know how everything’s on computer these days. Once you have that CD, you can use it again and again and not have to worry about having the right resolutions, file sizes, and formats.

Step 3: Options

After we brainstorm, we put together a packet of options for you. What does this entail? Well, some more sitting down and a lot of figuring out. Our team comes up with two or three options that best fit your needs, wants, and budget. Miracle Sign Co. prides itself on catering to the customer – that’s you! So, we email scale PDF files based on that mini-consultation we had in Step 1.

You might be wondering what we base our options on? That’s easy, it’s a range: High-end, middle-end, and low-end. Our customers appreciate a range of options, so that’s how we do it. We’re happy to snail-mail hard copies of options to you. And, for the bigger jobs, we can always come meet you and go over the options and specifics in person.

Step 4: Revisions

A project isn’t a project without revisions. No matter how big or small, we work with you on anything that you’re not sure about or want changed. Remember, we cater to you; so, we’re happy when you’re happy. That’s why Step 4 is an important step on your part. Be sure to let us know what option – high, middle, low – you’re opting for and any revisions you’d like to have done before Step 5.

Step 5: Bid

After you choose the best option for your project and decide what details need to be revised, you then confirm that you’d like to go ahead with the project itself. From here, we write a bid. We’re happy to write additional bids on any of the other options we provided to you – just ask.

Step 6: Contract

When you get the bid for your project, you review it. This is a great time to ask us any questions about the bid before signing off on it. If you need anything clarified or are unsure about material types, uses, or costs, we are happy to go over that with you – we’re easy to work with.

The bid is also the contract. When you sign off on it and send it back to us, that gives us the OK to get started on your project.

Step 7: Pre-production

We like to get things right the first time around at Miracle Sign Co. This saves us and you time, money, and one of those ever-lasting headaches – Ugh! And the truth is that we do get things right the first time around. Our reputation is based on getting things right and that’s why our customers keep coming back.

However, we do offer to take an extra step to make sure everything in your sign project is to your liking, especially for our new customers. So, we call this step Pre-production. We show you all of the sample prints, color swatches, and sample materials that will be used to custom make your signage before we start production.

Think of Step 7 as free insurance. It’s there if you want it, for peace of mind. But, you won’t need it.

Step 8: Production

Step 8 is a lot like Steps 2 and 3. You get to relax while we do all of the work. In production, our expert sign-design-making team orders your project’s materials. Once all the materials are delivered to either our Forest Grove or Portland production shops, we double check the materials for order consistency. If you’ve read our Sign Types and Materials posts, you already know we use the best materials in the business, such as 3M, Bantex, Oracal, Dibond, Sintra PVC, and redwood, to name a few.

Remember grandma’s chocolate chip cookies? We thought you would because while you’re thinking about your new signage, we’re custom-designing, routing, painting, and well… customizing everything in your project.

Remember the middle-man? We hope not, because we don’t have one. Miracle Sign Co., makes everything from scratch. 95% of everything we sell goes through our shop, from start to finish. So, you’re guaranteed that your order is truly made-to-order and will be delivered to you “hot” off our production rack – the only thing we don’t have is the milk.

Step 9: Post-production

Our turn-around-time really depends on your project. Custom-work takes time, so we set up a time line for you. Keep in mind, your sign turn-around-time depends on the size of your project, the time of year, and the sign’s final destination. Miracle Sign Co., averages about two weeks for larger projects.

We also take care of shipping and installation on your behalf. If you’re in Oregon, we’ll deliver your signage in person – we like road trips and Eugene, Sandy, the Coast, and Vancouver are some of our popular nearby destinations.

For local and nearby installations, we work with a certified, licensed, and reliable team of contractors. We’ve been working with the same professional team of contractors for many years now; they take care of the hard-to-reach and heftier installations. If there’s electrical involved, they take care of that too.

We also ship nationally and internationally. Again, just let us know and we’ll take care of the delivery.

 

So, there you have it. Miracle Sign Co.’s nine steps to the sign-making process from start to finish. We hope we’ve made starting your new sign project a whole lot easier by explaining exactly what we do when we work with you to create a custom-designed sign for your commercial, organizational, and residential needs.

27
May

Sign Types and Materials: Vehicles and Banners

There’s a sign for every occasion. Have a week-long event that needs a banner tough enough to withstand whatever Mother Nature brings its way? Miracle Sign Co. has a sign for that. Got a delivery truck that needs a large format decal dressing? We’ve got that too. Starting a small business and considering a vehicle wrap and a couple of banners for your home office? We’ve got you covered.

We hope you’ve learned a few things about the intricacies of sign types and materials after reading our last three posts about exterior, interior, and promo signage. For every type of sign, there are types of materials that go into making one. If you need an outdoor sign, you’ll need materials that will hold up to the weather. If you’re in the market for retail and point-of-purchase signage, you’ll want to opt for a durable material that works well with graphic displays. The same rule is true for vehicles and banners, which is what our last post in our Sign Types and Materials Blog Series is all about.

Vehicles

When it comes to sign space, there are no limits. More and more business owners, non-profits, and event companies are opting to use vehicles as sign space. And it makes perfect sense, seeing as the average person spends 101 minutes a day behind the wheel. Although being stuck in morning rush hour moving at snail’s pace through a downtown construction zone is less than ideal, it is the ideal time and place for a stunning vehicle graphic – might as well make that traffic jam work for you and your business. Vehicle graphics are a cost-effective way to advertise your business, products, and services. They’re also an effective-means of promoting an event, so why not have a billboard on wheels?

Large format decals are no longer confined to the sides of a cross-country18-wheeler. And, stunning vehicle-wraps don’t have to be restricted to the raceway. Delivery trucks, trailers, and vans are prime spaces for a large-scale logo or a cutting-edge graphic. If you have a home business, go ahead and dress up the sides of your personal car or truck with your business name and number – the tailgate and rear window are popular places too.

Our selection of vinyl for vehicle graphics are the best. We use vinyl from the best vinyl-manufacturers: 3M, Arlon, and Oracal. If you’ve read our other posts, you know that vinyl is perfect for sign layout and lettering because it’s long-lasting and moisture-resistant. Made from polyvinyl chloride or PVC, vinyl is a resin plastic that withstands weather and retains its shape and coloring.

At Miracle Sign Co., we use Gerber technology in our workshop to produce custom digital graphics for vehicles. Gerber Scientific is the industry’s go-to manufacturer for sign-making technology. And, it’s this technology that produces high-end graphic designs and lettering for digital graphic displays. We use the best to produce the best and we know you only want the best. Vehicle vinyl and digital graphics are an ideal advertising tool and marketing strategy for your commercial signage, so consider having your own billboard on wheels.

Banners

Have an outdoor sporting event coming up? Go big with a banner. Planning a  grand-opening extravaganza? Go big with a banner. Throwing an anniversary party? Go big with a banner. If you’re looking for a custom banner to advertise your business or promote an event, Miracle Sign Co., has got you covered. We start with the best banner manufactured materials, Bantex and Tuff-Weave.

Bantex 13oz banners are ideal for digital graphics and text because color clarity is achieved from the material’s printability. Bantex banners are also smooth and strong. Tuff-Weave banners are also an excellent choice because the material is extra durable – it’s a vinyl that is reinforced with polyester webbing and bonded hems. Tuff-Weave vinyl is available in a variety of grades from 10oz – 22oz. Choose from matte and gloss finishes and single- or double-sided banner displays.

Miracle Sign Co. also uses a select quality of banner stands, grommets, and pole pockets to keep your banners in place on or above ground. So, no matter how high or how low, you can say it big with a banner.

 

At Miracle Sign Co., the sky’s the limit when it comes to producing custom high-quality signage for our customers – that’s you! So, go ahead and say it with a sign, or two, or three. No matter the sign type – exterior, interior, promo, vehicles, and banners – we’ve got the materials, and most importantly, the experience to turn your sign dreams into a reality. Check out our work and see for yourself. Feel free to give us a call or email us with your sign questions.

20
May

Sign Types and Materials: Promo Signage

Welcome back to our blog series. If you’re just joining us, we’ve been talking about the sign types and materials we use at Miracle Sign Co. to produce high-end commercial and residential signage for our customers. – that’s you!

We’re three posts in and today’s blog is all about promotional or promo signage. All signage is meant to capture the attention of potential customers and the public. The difference with a custom cut promo sign is that it lets your target audience know exactly what your business or organization is promoting. Are you a new business owner, looking for a series of sharp eye-catching signs to invite the community to your store’s grand opening? Are you this year’s coordinator for the annual golf tournament – one of our favorite sports – and need a durable outdoor entry sign? Or, perhaps you’re looking for a sidewalk sandwich board to let the public know that the art gallery is on the second floor of the town center building?

At Miracle Sign Co., we understand your vision and we want to see it through with you. We take it upon ourselves to let you know which sign designs and materials best suit your needs. Whether it’s an A frame sandwich board, interior digital graphic, or a series of ground signs for an outdoor event, we’ve got you covered.

Promo

An A frame / sandwich board sign is the best way for the public to get up close and personal with your business or event. In an age of flashy technology, blinking lights, and over-the-top billboards, a free-standing A frame / sandwich board sign is a welcome change – less is definitely more. A frames / sandwich boards are a simple yet effective way to let the public see what your business is all about. And, it doesn’t matter if they’re coming or going because both sides of an A frame / sandwich board will grab their attention. These promo signs are budget-friendly too.

We offer you a wide selection of materials for your A frame / sandwich board signage. Laminated wood is a durable product made from thin layers of wood bonded together with a strong resin. Laminated wood is durable, long-lasting, and light enough to carry, but heavy enough to stay in one place. Plasticade A frame signs are made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), a durable thermoplastic. They feature locking-hinges that prevent it from clasping outward. HDPE is also recyclable.

Quick Sign A frames are compact and feature user-friendly changeable panels, made to order of course. These signs are perfect for businesses and organizations that prefer signage variety without having to spend the excess to do so – all you do is change the sign panels. Quick Sign A frames are easily portable with molded-in handles and can be placed on top of display tables. Unlike small steel a frames, Quick Sign A frames are made of HDPE, so they won’t rust nor scratch your vehicle’s interior when you’re transporting them from Point A to Point B and even Point C.

Another way to promote your business or event is with graphics. High-quality Graphics are attention-grabbers. At Miracle Sign Co., we only use superior graphic-based brands: 3M, Arlon, Oracal, Gerber, and Neschen. Graphics say a lot about your business and organization. Whether it be a brand logo, motto, specialized text, or image you want to promote, we work with you to make it a lasting impression.

Graphics must be visually-stunning to convey your business or organization’s message. Our selection of vinyl and digital media gives you plenty of graphic-based material options. And, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, we’re happy to help you choose the best vinyl and digital media for your promo signage. For instance, vinyl is perfect for sign layout and lettering. Made from PVC – a resin plastic – it’s long-lasting and moisture-resistant. It’s also recyclable. 3M, Arlon, and Oracal are all makers of superior vinyl products. We’d also like you to know that we use Gerber technology for our digital media production.

And, the best way to enhance graphics is with laminates. A laminate is a clear protective film placed over graphics. Lamination is usually the last step in producing a high-end graphics promo sign prior to installation. A high-quality laminate does three things: Protects the graphic, increases its color visibility, and adds a reflective quality to the graphic. We use several trusted brands including, 3M laminate, Arlon laminate, and Neschen laminate.

Golf anyone? Because our golf promo signs are par for the course – pardon our pun, but we love golf and it shows. Choose portable two-panel Quick Sign A frames to promote your golf course’s seasonal tourneys and charity events. Corex golf promo signs are perfect for that once-a-year weekend event. Corex is lightweight, water resistant, and perfect for temporary outdoor signage. Made from corrugated plastic, Corex signs come in a variety of colors and sizes and are printed with special UV fade resistant ink. We use H-stakes made of quality-gauge steel wire to support and install your Corex signage. All Corex signs are made from Coroplast, the company leader in corrugated plastics.

Is your city hosting this year’s annual pro tournament? Tee it up with an overhead Bantex 13oz banner. Bantex is the leading manufacturer of high-grade vinyl banner materials. Bantex 13oz banners are ideal for digital graphics and texts and are the go-to banners for outdoor signage – they’re smooth and strong. Miracle Sign Co. also uses a select quality of banner stands to keep your golf promo signage in place and at eye level. All of our golf promo sign types and materials are… well, better than a birdie on a two-par hole.

 

Advertising, sales, consultations, sporting events, and grand openings are all occasions that benefit from great promo signage. Let Miracle Sign Co help you make the most of your promotion – we hope to have given you a head start with this post on promo sign types and materials. In our fourth and final blog series post, we’ll be discussing vehicle and banner signs.

 

13
May

Sign Types and Materials: Interior Signage

Glad to see you back with us here at Miracle Sign Co. We’ve been working on introducing you to the sign types we offer and the materials we use in our family-owned sign shops in Forest Grove and Portland, Oregon.

As you know, signs are an important part of your commercial and residential needs – they say something about your business, event, and home. As with any form of communication, a sign needs to be clear. It also helps if your signage is easy on the eyes. And, all of this comes from a well-thought and well-designed sign. In our last post we outlined all the materials that go into making an exterior sign. Today, we’ll talk about interior signage.

Interior

Whether you’re looking for interior signage to both complement your business motif and fit its space or need a few sturdy signs to stand out from the rest at the annual trade show, Miracle Sign Co., has you covered. Just like exterior signs, indoor signage should reflect the best of your commercial and residential sign needs. From start to finish our family-run business and its team of sign experts work with you to produce the perfect signage.

There are several sign styles and materials to choose from and we’re happy to guide you along the way. What’s most important is knowing the purpose of your sign. Do you plan on using your signage as a directory? Or, perhaps to identify your business. Do you need a series of signs to show points of purchase in a retail setting?

At Miracle Sign Co. we understand that you want the best for your customers, returning and new – your business relies on this. Naturally, you need a building directory that is recognizable, informative, and understandable. Directories should also be attractive and complement your company’s design and visual theme. This is why we only use the high-end quality materials that work well indoors and get noticed by your customers and the public. Two interior sign materials that are also used outdoors are Dibond and Lexan. Dibond is a an aluminum composite that’s half the weight of aluminum and its makeup helps to produce stunning graphics. Lexan is engineered plastic that doesn’t peel, chip, or fade over time. It’s also shatterproof.

Another durable material available when designing a directory is frosted plexiglass. It’s lightweight, easy to work with, and a great alternative to traditional glass. Frosted plexiglass offers privacy where needed and yet it’s stylish and bright. Wrisco brushed aluminum is an excellent choice too for an urban industrial or contemporary look. Two traditional materials still commonly used in building directories are wood and glass. Both are timeless and elegant. The possibilities are endless as a  combination of two, three, or more of these materials can be used in designing your directory signage.

While building directories point people to places they need to go, your corporate identification says it all. Company logos, brand titles, or franchise symbols are the marks of your business and organization – it’s the first thing people should see when coming in through the front door. So, we only use the best of the best when it comes to your corporate identification indoor signage. Choose from acrylic, Sintra PVC, and aluminum.

An acrylic corporate identification sign presents a high-gloss finish. Acrylic is smooth, thin, and lightweight, making it easier to mount or install compared to traditional glass. It’s also perfect for lighted sign displays for a luminous effect. Sintra PVC is made from polyvinyl chloride, a durable synthetic material ideal for both interior and exterior signage. Sintra resists dents and scratches and like acrylic, it’s lightweight. Sintra PVC is a great choice for digital and screen printed graphics. A third option is aluminum. When used for interior signage, aluminum is long-lasting. It’s rustproof and waterproof too. Aluminum is extremely durable and projects a premium finish for your corporate identification.

We at Miracle Sign Co. also know the importance of your retail and point of purchase signage – these are the signs that impress your customer-base and drive sales. So, it makes sense that the level of quality, craftsmanship, and design of your retail and point of purchase signage is one of the most effective ways to increase the level of success for your business. In other words, promotional signage will only be as effective as its quality. Our sign team experts use a variety of high-end materials to produce high-end retail and point of purchase signs. One of our most versatile materials is Sintra PVC foam – we use it for both indoor and outdoor signage. Sintra is light, easy to cut, and is perfect for graphic displays. It’s also tough. Vinyl is another popular and reliable choice for sign layout and lettering. It’s cost-efficient, durable, long-lasting, and moisture-resistant. Vinyl is a type of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) – a resin plastic – made to resemble leather. Miracle Sign Co., only uses the most high-quality vinyl brands: 3M, Arlon, and Oracal. An added bonus to using vinyl is that it can be recycled.

 

Miracle Sign Co., has been in the sign industry for over thirty years. We got our start outfitting local businesses in our neighborhood in Forest Grove, Oregon. Our family’s business success comes from keeping customers like you informed. We hope our blog series on sign types and materials is doing the same for you. Stay with us for our next post on promotional signage.

9
May

Sign Types and Materials: Exterior Signage

Signs have come a long way since the days of the beware of dog mosaics displayed at doorsteps in ancient Pompeii. Then there were the wooden directional signs guiding Medieval travelers at every fork in the road. At the turn of the 20th Century, reverse glass signs were all the rage on Main Street and neon debuted at the Paris Motor Show in 1910. Fast forward eighty years later and the Magners are working behind their first vinyl plotter at Miracle Sign Co. in Forest Grove, Oregon. Even though the materials used to make signs have changed over time, Miracle Sign Co. uses only the best materials in the work we do for you. In other words, all of our signs point to Yes!

At Miracle Sign Co., we strive to design and customize signs that reflect your business and personal needs. A good-looking sign is a quality-made sign. There’s really no way around it. And to be honest, we wouldn’t have it any other way. We want our craftsmanship to show in every letter, layout, crevice, and corner. So, it’s important for us to be upfront about what goes into making a sign. Our first step is to decide the location of your signage to determine your sign type. We offer a variety of sign types, including exterior, interior, promo, vehicle, and banner. Then we go over the types of materials we use in designing and crafting your signage.

In our effort to meet and exceed your signage needs, we’re writing a blog series on sign types and materials. In the next several posts, we’ll go over the materials we use for specific sign projects starting with one of the most popular, exterior signage.

Exterior

An exterior sign should not only look good, but should also withstand the elements. Season in and season out, a commercial sign above your business door or posted at the entrance of the parking lot needs to appeal to the public and be durable. Miracle Sign Co., specializes in three exterior sign styles: Dimensional, Long Term, and Wood / Sandblasted / High Density Urethane (HDU) foam.

Our dimensional signs really stand out from the crowd. That’s because they’re made from quality brand materials such as  Sintra, a high density lightweight PVC foam used for outdoor displays and photo-mounting. Similar to Sintra is Gatorfoam, a heavy-duty foam board bonded between two layers of wood-fiber veneer. Gatorfoam is scratch and dent resistant, making it an excellent choice for graphics and screen printing.

If you’re interested in going green with your signage, there’s Precision Board, a nonabsorbent machine-friendly High Density Urethane (HDU) foam. This material complements LEED building requirements – it has a certifiable Carbon Balance and produces less waste when cut. Miracle Sign Co., also custom designs signs with aluminum. Our traditional aluminum signs are great for parking lots and curbsides. We use Dibond sheets, an aluminum composite material that can either be finished with a brush metal effect or coil-coated paint. Dibond is perfect for digital and screen-printed graphics and won’t bow over time. This aluminum composite weighs 50% less than traditional aluminum.

In it for the long haul? We’ve got just the sign for the job. When you’re looking for a sign to last a lifetime or two, rest assured our long term signs do. That’s because we rely on Dibond, Lexan, and one-shot lettering enamel. Dibond aluminum composite material is a great choice because its lightweight yet durable, smooth yet weather-resistant. Lexan is the toughest plastic around because it’s shatterproof – it’s used for bullet proof glass and eye protection-wear. When it comes to signage, Lexan is engineered to resist peeling, chipping, and fading. The perfect paint to complement long term signage is One Shot Sign Enamel. One Shot performs in all types of climates, provides great coverage, and offers a range of vibrant colors.

If you’re looking for a high-quality sandblasted wood or faux-wood HDU foam sign, the Miracle Sign Co. team will make sure you get the cut above in signage. We use clear grade red cedar when you want a clean, polished, and natural-looking sign. Red cedar is easy to work with and weather resistant. Similarly, redwood is another option if you’re in the market for a natural wood sign. Redwood is also easy to work with and easy to paint. Two other material options that achieve similar sandblasted-wood effects are Precision Board and HDU foam. Both materials are made from extremely durable and waterproof foam. High density sandblasted foam signs are a great alternative for clients on a budget since it’s less expensive to make, ship, and replace compared to high quality woods.

Feeling enlightened about our exterior sign types and materials? We sure hope so! And we hope to see you again for our next post in our series on Sign Types and Materials – it’s all about interior signs.