Many people believe that the primary concern in house sign material selection is decorative: that is, that what usually motivates people to pick one signage material over another is a matter of how that material looks, especially against the backdrop of the house itself. It is true that this is undeniably a factor—for many, the primary factor to take into account in the choice, even—but it would be foolish to think that it is the solitary one. Many practical considerations have to enter the decision, after all.
One of those would have to be the visibility of the signage itself, which can be affected by the choice of material. This is distinct from the aesthetic consideration in that it is concerned with how well the sign can be read and seen during different lighting and weather conditions, something that has to be considered in many locations. Signs can become less or more visible at night-time, under torchlight, under rain, under bleak skies, and so on. What material you choose has to consider your needs and preferences here. If it is important to you, for instance, that your sign is highly visible at night under torchlight or in the dark with car headlamps on it, you may want to stay away from shiny metals like brass and bronze, as they tend to produce a reflective glare that makes them not very readable.
Then there is the practical matter of durability. A more durable material, obviously, would be better in most situations, especially if you live in an area where there are many stresses that could threaten the sign’s integrity. Metal signs are probably not a good idea in corrosive environments—unless they are marine-grade stainless steel or aluminum, that is—and glass signs not good ideas in rowdier neighborhoods. Fiberglass is cheap but fairly strong, and this makes it a good selection for most people. Wood can be expensive and terrifically appealing, but it is subject to environmental degradation.
All of these things have to be taken into account when it comes time for you to select the material for your house sign. Balance all the factors that matter and, if necessary, ask your consultants at the signage shop for suggestions based on your requirements.
Discover the common materials used for signage and find out how to choose from among them as well. Getting the right material for your house can make a difference not just to the aesthetics of the result but also its durability.
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