Window graphics are a great way for retail shops and businesses on the street to attract people passing by. Whether on foot, bike, or car, splashy graphics and exciting verbiage can turn any window into a virtual billboard, a canvas for the shop owner to advertise what’s inside with eye-catching clarity.

Window GraphicsEven though Minnesota does not get cold weather year round, when winter does come, it can be colder than most other parts of the United States. Still, our customers don’t stop changing store hours or moving to new business locations just because the thermometer falls, so this presents an interesting challenge for our Signarama St. Paul customers: how can we best install window graphics so that they last for years to come, even throughout the harshest of winters?

Cold air affects the plasticity (conformability) of the face film and limits the “flow” of the underlying adhesive layer, so we use external heat in the form of a heat gun or propane torch to apply window graphics below the “Goldilocks” temperature zone of 50-80 degrees Farenheit.

The surface temperature of the glass must be above 45 degrees Fahrenheit for the window graphics to stick properly. As long as it isn’t too windy, we utilize the artificial hear source to SLOWLY and CAREFULLY heat the glass until it is warm to the touch, then apply the graphics.

We’ve had great success applying cut vinyl graphics to glass using these techniques in colder months, but have found perforated vinyl graphics to be much more fickle. This type of graphic — since it is full of tiny holes already — typically doesn’t last as long even when applied at optimal temperatures using an edge sealer. In Minnesota, we’ve found that window perf typically looks good for about 2-3 years before the cold, the cycling temperatures, and changing humidity levels all begin contributing to a declining life span for the graphic.

For more information on window graphics for cold climates, or any type of weather, you can visit the Signarama website. You can also find the Signarama store nearest you with our online store locator.

Signarama Nashville Prints Vintage Map for Local Hospital

by Ben Turner June 23, 2015 Community
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At Signarama Nashville, we’re able to do a lot with our flatbed printer. We’ve printed outdoor signs, signs for a local brewery, and even a couple doors in our office. But we recently had a chance to reprint an old map for the new Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center. The […]

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ikeGPS and Signarama Partner to Offer Franchisees Spike

by Signarama June 11, 2015 Press
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Signarama names ikeGPS as a preferred vendor in a new partnership that brings its franchisees Spike, a laser measurement solution that quickly measures a signage location by capturing the width, height and area from a Smartphone or Tablet photo. In its nearly 30-year history, Signarama has focused on advancing the sign industry and providing a better […]

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How Signarama Everett, WA Helped the Greater Trinity Christian Learning Academy

by Terry Lott May 21, 2015 Community
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Signarama Everett is a fixture in our small community. We have a commitment to our town to help it grow and flourish. With that in mind, we donate a lot of time and product to the Greater Trinity Christian Learning Academy. This is a not-for-profit, early childhood educational facility that focuses on innovative way to […]

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Turn a Passerby into a Customer Using Creative Sidewalk Signs

by Alicia Peregory May 15, 2015 business signs

Portable, yet durable and cost effective, Signarama’s sidewalk signs provide an ideal solution for business owners looking to maximize store front messaging and visibility, as well as their advertising and promotional budget. Just as outdoor billboards capture the attention of innumerable drivers, so to can sidewalk signs hone in on the countless pedestrians that walk […]

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Weather Considerations for Sidewalk Signs

by Casey Valiant May 14, 2015 business signs
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Sidewalk signs can be used in almost any situation, and in almost any weather. However, there are a few weather-related factors to consider when purchasing your next sign. We talked about design factors in a previous blog post, and how you need to consider the size, creativity of your designs, and even the speed at […]

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Three Sidewalk Sign Design Factors

by Casey Valiant May 12, 2015 sign solutions
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A sidewalk sign is great for walk-in businesses, because as people walk by, something on the sidewalk sign will catch their eye, and they’ll make a quick detour into your shop or restaurant. Whether it’s a chalkboard, message board with movable letters, or pre-printed sign with 4-color graphics, a sidewalk sign has special design factors […]

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