Different Types of Yard Signs

by Casey Valiant on June 5, 2014

Yard signs come in several different shapes and sizes, but all perform the same function: they advertise or promote a particular sale, campaign, or special event. And depending on how you want to use the signs, there may be one style in particular that will better suit your needs.

There are four basic yard signs you’re likely to see, although there are plenty of variations on the theme. If you’re having trouble deciding, your Signarama sign professional can help you.

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  • Corrugated plastic signs. These are the basic low cost yard signs seen in most political campaigns, garage sales, and other short-term promotional events. The 4mm corrugated plastic sign is slipped onto an H-frame (also called a step frame because you step on it to stick it in the ground). They can be printed on a digital printer or even screen printed for high volume jobs.
  • Bag signs. These yard signs are pre-printed plastic “bags” that slip over a heavy wire frame. They’re ideal for political campaigns or large promotional campaigns because they’re typically screen printed, which is a lower cost option. That often means single color signs (e.g. red or blue background with white letters), but two-color signs are also possible.
  • Steel frame signs. These are your basic Realtor yard signs. Not only are the frames made from steel, but the sign faces are too. That’s because they’re going to be out in the elements, week after week, for several years. Depending on the number you need, the signs can be screen printed or digitally printed. If you go with digital, you can print in full color, including photos.
  • 4′ x 8′ signs. The largest of all the yard signs, these are usually suited for bigger yards or busy roads where visibility is an issue. We typically only see these in political campaigns along a highway, or in front of a store announcing a grand opening or going out of business sale. These yard signs can be made from half-inch corrugated plastic, Alumalite panels, or occasionally MDO, and can either be printed on directly with a UV printer, or we can print to vinyl and laminate it to the substrate.

For more information on how to put yard signs to work for you, please visit the Signarama website. You can also find the Signarama store nearest you with our online store locator.

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is the co-owner of SIGNARAMA Evansville. He graduated from Purdue University with a Computer Graphics Technology degree in 1999. He spent 3 years modeling in Salt Lake City (okay, 3D modeling for flight sim trainers for the US Navy) before moving to Texas to work with an international student ministry on the campus of Texas A&M. His wife, Kristi, is an award winning picture book author and illustrator. Whenever the occasion presents itself, Casey rides hippos bareback.

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