People often ask about the difference between vinyl types. Here’s a shortcut: it’s like baking. The three types of PVC (monomeric, polymeric, and cast ) have similar ingredients—the difference is in the manufacturing process. Cast PVC is the highest-quality type, and it’s the kind we generally use. It is poured into a casting tray, similar to a cake tin. Monomeric and polymeric PVC types are less expensive because the PVC is “calendered,” or flattened, similar to a pizza crust. Chemicals are then added to keep the PVC from shrinking. By and large, monomeric and polymeric PVC products last between three and seven years. Cast vinyl, however, lasts closer to a decade. That’s why we prefer it for any long-term installation.
Wayfinding redesign projects benefit from designated leaders, established standards, and experience-based user feedback on proposed solutions. A building’s redesign can be a cornerstone of wayfinding. Design elements that facilitate wayfinding can include lighting, color, functional pathways, and even acoustics. By considering the building and its users together, a wayfinding redesign can be intuitive and effective.
Plastics often get a bad rap, but many are environmentally friendly. High-density urethane (HDU) and expanded polystyrene (EPS) are prime examples. In fact, over a sign’s life cycle, some plastics are greener than wood. Because HDU and EPS suppliers know having minimal environmental impact is a competitive advantage, they manage their manufacturing processes to reduce waste. Also, many manufacturers use a high percentage of post-consumer recycled materials in their products. Financial and Environmental Benefits of HDU and other Plastic Signage Materials In addition, from a construction, financial, and environmental viewpoint, the new materials offer tremendous advantages. For example, HDU weighs less than wood, yet is longer-lasting and requires virtually no maintenance. Unlike wood, the new plastics are impervious to water and insects.
Our talented creative team is already hard at work creating signs you’ll see in 2017, but they recently got together to discuss some of their favorite signage projects of 2016. ADA Signage Required in most buildings, ADA signage must be created and installed according to strict guidelines. At Metro, we strive to create ADA signage that is not only a functional, but also a beautiful, addition to interior design. We enjoy the challenge of designing ADA signage that incorporates elements of our clients brands, that is also compliant and enhances building utilization for all. Awnings Awnings and enclosures can update a business image, invite customers into a new entrance, and serve as new and additional signage. In some cases, helping a
We hope your 2017 is off to a stellar start! Here’s a look at one of the first signs that came out of our fabrication shop this year.