That’s an important question. Lack of proper research can lead to sign design that doesn’t meet regulations or fit customer needs. And worse yet—installed signs that don’t meet local codes may have to be removed. It happens. Here’s how responsible sign providers avoid this nightmare.
Signage Pre-design Qualifications
• Research local ordinances to determine limitations such as total square feet, height, and width allowed.
• Inspect the substrate, wiring, and electrical supply to determine feasibility and/or upgrades needed to install signage.
• Survey for line of site obstructions—observe landscaping and consider how trees and bushes in full foliage will affect the view. Scrutinize buildings, signs, and obstructions from all angles.
• Discuss design possibilities within restrictions of local regulations and budget.
Avoid Disappointment…or Worse
Unfortunately, most of us have been disappointed, at some time or another, when we’ve been ill-advised by a “professional.” Whether at home or the office, poor recommendations can lead to heartache and lost revenue. When it comes to exterior signage, this can be avoided. The four pre-design qualifications listed above are the basics. If a provider doesn’t follow these minimums—you should be wary.
Why Wouldn’t a Provider Take These Precautions?
Why, because it’s time consuming and requires special skills, knowledge, and understanding. Researching local ordinances to determine the proper codes for a specific location can take hours. Codes not only differ district to district, but block by block. For example, we recently had a request for a lit sign at a new retail outlet. Although there were lighted signs one block over—it was against code at this location because it faced a residential neighborhood.
Possessing the knowledge to determine electric requirements, installation feasibility, and design limitations isn’t something learned overnight.
Taking the time to question sign providers pre-qualification procedures can save problems, money, and time. Experienced and professional sign designers will adhere to strict research policies before considering putting pencil to paper—let alone fabricating a sign. If you’d like to learn more let us know—we qualify to meet your needs. Contact us here.