Tips on How to Install Signs

Installing Signs On a Wall or Building Side

There are a few things to consider when installing your signs on a wall. Two key factors are size and weight of the sign, and the type of wall you are attaching the sign to.

Installing Small Signs

For small signs on a very smooth surface wall, you can use double-sided foam tape. Apply the tape to back of the sign all around the edges in continuous strips as well as some additional strips in the center. Before you take the backing strips off, make sure you have marked where you are putting the sign. Use a level to ensure the sign is straight as you put one edge against the wall and slowly push the sign in place against the wall. Press all the edges firmly to ensure maximum adhesion.

Installing Medium Sized Signs and on Rough Surfaces

For larger signs (up to 24″ x 36″) or for rough wall surfaces, double-sided tape alone will not be enough to hold your sign securely in place. You also need a caulking gun with silicone or construction glue. Apply double-sided tape to the back of the sign along all the edges. You can also apply a few strips through the center of the sign.

Next, apply a generous  amount of silicone or glue to the center of the sign. Put the bottom edge of the sign against the wall and, with your level along that edge, slowly push the sign in place and press it firmly and evenly to ensure it is secure.

With this method, the double-sided tape will hold your sign in place while the silicone sets up. This is also a much more secure sign installation method to prevent theft or vandalism of the sign.

Installing Large Signs

Up to 48″ x 96″ full sheet alupanel signs or other materials such as glass that are quite heavy require anchors. The type of anchor depends on the type of sign and wall material.

For thin alupanel signs on concrete walls, you can use drive rivets. Pre-drill 3/8″ holes through your sign. Hold the sign in place on the wall and use a concrete drill to make a 1″ deep hole for a rivet at the top center of the sign. Insert your drive rivet and hammer it in place with a hammer.

This first rivet will hold your sign in place while you make sure it is level and drill the rest of your holes into the concrete and apply rivets as you go.

For drywall walls, use drywall anchors  instead of drive rivets.

Installing Signs on Garage Gates

Garage gate pickets are hollow to keep the weight low so the electric operator can lift the gate. Signs can be installed using self tapping screws or bolts right through the gate pickets to secure the sign.

The sign size and placement should fit within the height of a single panel. Each panel has hinges across it allowing the gate to bend as it rolls up when opening. If your sign must be higher than the height of a single panel, it should be divided into separate signs that fit within each panel.

Installing Signs with Sign Posts

We have a variety of sign brackets, posts, and sign bases for different applications. We also have a selection of security hardware to prevent theft of signs that are bolted to sign posts.

If you want to install a sign post in the ground with concrete, instead of using a surface mounted sign base, you can use the following procedure:

  1. Cut through asphalt or concrete if required using a concrete saw. Concrete sidewalks are typically at least 4″ thick and asphalt is typically 2″ to 3″ inches thick. Your hole should be 16″ x 16″ square.
  2. Dig out your 16″ x 16″ wide hole to a depth of 24″ (2 feet).
  3. Insert your sign post in the hole. Make sure it is vertically straight using a level on the side of the post and ensure it is facing the right direction.
  4. Use ready mix concrete and make up a batch in a wheelbarrow according to the instructions on the bag. Shovel it into the hole while someone ensures the post is centered and straight.
  5. Pack the concrete down and fill until the hole is full to the top. When installing your sign in a grassy area, leave a couple inches from the top free for grass to grow over the concrete. For concrete and asphalt surfaces, make the concrete level with the surrounding surface and smooth the top using a trowel.

Portable A-Frame Sandwich Board Signs

Our portable sandwich boards are constructed from alupanel rather than molded plastic and have a high quality finish. They are available in safety yellow or white alupanel.

They are 16″ x 24″ in size; highly visible in busy areas, yet portable and easy to both move and store.

Each sign is constructed using a full length all-weather piano hinge at the top and chain at the bottom. They feauture a handy carrying handle at the top and holes in the feet allow them to be chained securely onsite if required.

In addition to our stock A-frame signs that are ready to use for safety warings, janitorial, construction areas, and directional uses, we can also create custom graphic designs to fit your specific needs.

Portable Sandwich Boards

Portable Sandwich Boards Detail

Choose from a wide selection of ready-to-go portable A-frame signs. If you don’t see what you are looking for, we also do custom graphics.

Braille and Tactile System

Braille is widely used by the blind and visually impaired to read and write.

Braille and tactile signs are increasingly becoming a required standard in all public places. And we are one of only a few sign companies in BC with a manufacturing license for making braille signs. Our signs meet all accessibility regulations and are available in a variety of colours.

The Braille System

Each Braille character or cell is made up of six dot positions, arranged in a rectangle containing two columns of three dots each. A dot may be raised at any of the six positions to form sixty-four permutations, including the arrangement in which no dots are raised.

Braille Letters and Number

Anti-Graffiti Protection for Signs

Graffiti is a common problem for both buildings and signs. When it comes to signs, they often require replacement after being vandalized with graffiti unless they have a protective layer to protect the sign from felt pens, spray paint, and adhesive stickers.

Removing Graffiti from Signs

With traditional non-protected signs, many types of graffiti will not wash off, or with heavy scrubbing will destroy the sign graphics . Stickers can also be difficult to remove. And until the signs are replaced, they make the property look unsitely and run-down.

Graffiti on Sign

All of our alupanel signs for exterior use feature a robust anti-graffiti film that protects the sign from graffiti damage.  You simply wash off the graffiti and or stickers with soap and water, and the alupanel sign looks new again.

Anti-Graffiti Film

Our protective anti-graffiti film layer also protects your signs from weathering or fading. In heavy foliage and damp climate areas where moss and algae accumulation on signs can be a problem, this protective layer also allows you to clean up your signs quickly and easily.

Graffiti remover works on anti-graffiti filmed signs with water-based paint

Graffiti remover works on anti-graffiti filmed signs with oil-based paint

Graffiti remover can not remove the graffiti on regular filmed signs completely


Alupanel Signs are the Best Way to Stop Metal Thieves from Stealing Your Signs

Alupanel is the best material for professional grade street and exterior signs. These signs are made from a strong corrugated polyallomer core sandwiched in between 2 high gloss painted aluminum surfaces that are just 0.016 of an inch thick.

The Benefits of Alupanel Signs Over Aluminum

Alupanel signs have two great benefits over traditional solid aluminum signs:

  1. The first is price. As the price of metals rises, the thin veneers of aluminum used to make alupanel mean that you only see minor increases in price over time. This price stability is incredibly important for large projects that require long term planning.
  2. Anti-theft. As the price of metals rises, so does theft of such base metals as aluminum and outdoor signs are an easy target for thieves. Because alupanel only contains thin veneers of aluminum that are impractical to separate from the core, alupanel has no value to scrap metal thieves.

Alupanel Signs Look Great and Last for Many Years

Alupanel is both strong and lightweight. It comes in a variety of factory-baked vibrant acrylic colours that will not crack, chip, flake or peel.

Alupanel Colors

The strong CPA core and aluminum veneering give alupanel signs strong resistance to weathering. These signs have an average outdoor life expectancy of 10 years.

Alupanel Sign Veneer

All of our aluminum signs for street, exterior, and interior use at BC Site Service are crafted from alupanel. For durability, dependability, and anti-theft quality, there is no better material available today.