The most common types of signs and the differences between them.

POLE SIGNS - Click Here

Freestanding pole signs are often mounted atop a single steel pole or column. These signs can also have double poles as a support structure.

A pole sign's effectiveness is enhanced by the fact that pole signs usually offer better visibility than other signs since they can be seen from greater distances.


Monument signs are freestanding signs that are detached from a building. Typically the base will be the full width of the sign and often constructed of a permanent material such as concrete block or brick.

PYLON SIGNS - Click Here

Pylon signs usually look like a large monument sign. By definition, a pylon sign is a freestanding sign that is detached from a building and having a support structure that is a solid-appearing base constructed of a permanent material, such as concrete, block or brick. The biggest difference between a monument sign and a pylon sign is it's height.

WALL SIGNS - Click Here

Wall signs are those that attach to an interior or exterior wall of a building and project not more than a code-defined distance. City ordinances can differ and define a sign differently based on it's dimensional size, but in general terms, wall signs mount to a wall.

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There are several different kinds of signs and understanding their differences can make a huge difference when it come to planning and designing your sign.
Various methods of sign illumination


Not all signs are meant to be seen at night but most exterior signs are engineered to be effective for night use. There are a few different methods of sign illumination and it's important to know how each method differs. You will need to check with your city to determine which methods are acceptable.


Internally illuminated sign cabinets are equipped with an internal light source. Light sources are installed behind the cabinet's or channel letter's sign faces and affixed to the sign or structure.


Externally illuminated signs refer to a method lighting a sign with a source of illumination that comes from outside the sign cabinet.  This is usually achieved by installing directional lights on the outside of the sign.


Neon signs are electric signs lighted by long luminous gas-discharge tubes that contain rarefied neon or other gases. These gases are the most commonly used for neon lighting, which was first demonstrated in a modern form in December 1910 by Georges Claude at the Paris Motor Show.


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