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4 Questions To Ask When Getting A Custom Awning For Your Business

Posted by on Aug 5th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Questions To Ask When Getting A Custom Awning For Your Business

Small businesses can use custom-designed awnings to make themselves more visible, as custom awnings can be made in any color scheme and pattern. They can even have signs on them. Custom awnings aren’t cheap, though. CostHelper reports that custom metal awnings cost between $9.50 and $10.00 per square foot, and custom fabric ones run as much as $11,500. If you own a small business, here are four questions to ask awning installation companies to help you find an awning that will last for years so you don’t have to pay for another one soon. What Warranties Are Included with the Awning? Awnings are often covered by several warranties, with each warranty covering a specific component or service. For example, if you have a custom-designed, fabric, motorized awning installed, it might come with the following warranties: a warranty for the fabric from the fabric manufacturer a warranty for the motor from the motor manufacturer a warranty for all other parts from the manufacturer of these parts a warranty for the labor associated with installation from the installation company Each of these warranties might last a different amount of time. You’ll want to find an awning that has warranties for all parts and for labor, and you’ll want the warranties to be as long as possible. For labor, you can find companies in the industry that offer five-year warranties on labor. The warranties on parts will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Are Extended Warranties Available? In addition to the standard warranties that are included with the purchase of your awning, you might also be able to get extended warranties on parts and labor. Extended warranties typically aren’t included in the price of the awning. Paying a little extra for them is a good idea if you’re investing thousands of dollars in a custom-designed awning, though. If you have just one problem with the awning, an extended warranty might more than pay for itself by covering any repairs that are required. What Are the Companies’ Ratings with the Better Business Bureau? Looking up a company’s rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is an easy way to quickly assess how reputable the company is. The BBB explains that the rating takes into account many factors, including everything from a company’s time in business and transparency to its complaint record and licensing. Before buying an awning, you should check the BBB rating of both the local installation company that’s offering awnings for sale in your area and the manufacturer, which may not be located near you. Make sure they both have a good rating, because they both are responsible for ensuring that your awning works properly, and you might need to deal with either of them if there is an issue. Do You Have Any References? All established companies that offer awnings for sale in your area should be able to provide references. The references a company gives you should be for commercial clients that had awnings installed, not for individuals who put a shade covering on their home. The references should also have the same type of awning you’re considering getting, whether that’s a metal or fabric awning. Don’t just call these references to find out if they’re happy with the work provided. Actually go to them so that you can see...

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Protecting Your Banner Sign From The Spring And Summer Weather

Posted by on Apr 1st, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Protecting Your Banner Sign From The Spring And Summer Weather

During the spring, many companies order new banner signs to advertise their businesses. The dreariness of winter is over, so it’s time to boost your company’s curb appeal. Also, once the sub-freezing temperatures and risk of blizzards has passed, it seems like a great time to invest in a sign that will, with proper care, last at least a few years. However, you might not be aware that the spring and summer months carry their own hazards when it comes to keeping your sign in great condition. The main problems are wind and sun. Here are some ways you can mitigate the risk of damage from these natural elements. Guarding Against Wind If thunderstorms, hurricanes and other windy weather conditions are common where you live, your sign company will need to install your banner sign with that in mind. There are two common ways to protect against wind damage. The first is to fasten the sign securely with heavy-duty grommets. Since grommets can tear the sign, it’s important that all four corners be reinforced with additional vinyl or PVC. This double layer of protection can mean the difference between having your sign rip or blow down and having it withstand heavy wind gusts. The second way to protect against wind damage is to cut wind pockets into the sign. These are small half-circles that allow wind to blow through, rather than blow the sign down. Sign companies with experience installing signs in your location will know how many wind pockets to cut and where to put them to avoid distorting the letters or images on the sign. The number and size of the wind pockets will depend on local weather conditions, how large the sign is and how high the sign is being placed (because higher signs tend to be subject to more wind). Guarding Against Sun Another cause of damage to signs in the spring and summer is the sun. While your sign will look great with the sun lighting it up for all to see, it won’t look so great if those strong rays begin to make it fade. Also, the sun can cause the sign to become more brittle, which makes it more likely to crack, peel or break. Again, there are two common ways around these problems. The first is to use high-quality materials in manufacturing the sign. UV inks resist fading, and laminating the sign with a UV-resistant coating can help delay fading. Using the right type of vinyl is paramount to success, says Sign Warehouse. Calendared PVC is affordable, but it is more prone to fading than a higher quality material, such as cast PVC. Metalized polyester can be used with moderate success if you choose the durable version, as opposed to the decorative version. Talk to your sign company about these options. If the right type of vinyl for your area is used, that can help prevent the peeling, blistering and cracking that is common in signs placed in full sun. Perhaps more important is the sign’s placement. If you have a banner sign facing the south or west in a sunny climate, it’s very likely to fade and become brittle in a relatively short period of time. On the other hand, if you can situate the sign in such a way...

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5 Design Tips For An Effective Autograph Banner

Posted by on Nov 2nd, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Design Tips For An Effective Autograph Banner

Large celebration banners are ideal for graduations, retirements, birthdays, or a variety of work celebrations. One of the easiest ways to personalize a banner is by having event guests autograph different sections of it. It’s a great way to capture personal messages and decorate the banner. When planning an autograph banner, there are five different design elements you can use to make it most effective for autographs. This allows you plenty of space to fill up the banner with handwritten messages. Fonts When choosing fonts for the banner, you want to select thick letters that have plenty of space on the inside. Sans serif style fonts feature bold letters and thick designs that are easy to read on a banner. When typing out the banner letters, one thing to focus on is the letter kerning. This is the spacing between individual letters. By increasing the kerning, you can evenly space out letters and give plenty of space for autographs without overcrowding the banner. Blank Letters Along with evenly spacing out the letters, you can make banner letters blank and open in the middle. The blank space in the letters can leave space for autographs and allow you to fill the rest of the banner with images or symbols. The easiest way to create a blank letter look is through letter strokes. Once you have the text typed out, you can change the color of it to white. Then you can add an outer black stroke to the letters. This will outline each individual letter and give plenty of space on the inside for autographs and personal messages. Borders Help keep the autographs organized within the banner. Instead of allowing guests to just write wherever they want on the banner, you can add a simple border to keep it all contained. A line border is all you need to wrap around the banner. It will act as a nice frame that can encompass all of the text and make a nice visual for the banner. Adding borders also gives you more opportunities to incorporate different colors and designs to the banner. Backgrounds & Markers As you design the banner, you will want to select a solid background color. This will make it easier to read the text and provide a theme across the whole banner. The color you choose should be a brighter option so that the written text can stand out and is easy to read. White is ideal for a background color, but additional color options include yellow, pink, and light blue. Choose a color that helps match the theme for the party and still allows autographs to easily get written. When working with a professional printer, you can request a lighter background and they can help you pick out different shades. The markers you select for the banner autographs can make a huge difference, too. All of the markers that you choose to write with should be permanent ones, but there are different styles that can help with the look of the autographs. For example, if your background is darker, metallic markers can pop out from the background and appear visible. Banner Materials The material that you choose to print your banner on can make a huge difference for how the autographs are applied. No matter where...

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