The signage industry contains many complex terms when referencing different business sign types, materials, and designs. It is vital to understand the benefits of each and consider factors such as weather conditions, placement, and more. A sign type that has been growing in popularity is High-Density Urethane (HDU) signage. HDU signs are durable, strong, weather-resistant, and waterproof, making them perfect for those shopping for a new signage system. While there are other materials such as wood and stone used in the creation of signage, the capabilities of HDU rise above expectations.

Versatile outdoor business signage that lasts

The great thing about foam signage is the diversity of designs you can achieve with the same substrate. Foam signage can be adapted to represent any material, ranging from wood, metals, acrylics, ceramics, and stone.

Not only do you have flexibility in design materials, but HDU lettering itself does a phenomenal job of adding dimensions to your signage. Maintaining the integrity of detailed design features and the benefit of significant weather resistance puts HDU above traditional materials. Common designs usually begin with a polystyrene base building material, being easily carved by a CDC router for details and texturing. Then, a coating material is applied, any faux finishes are incorporated, and finishing touches are added, such as lettering and illumination.

What’s High-Density Urethane sign boards?

HDU was explicitly created for use in the signage industry. Because it was engineered with adequate consideration for the condition’s signage must endure, it has key characteristics:

  • Can mimic popular designs at a fraction of the cost.
  • Waterproof  
  • Resistant to swelling and shrinkage with extreme heat and cold.
  • Strong impact resistance
  • Excellent chemical protection
  • Best for use in rough weather conditions such as rain and snow that would damage other signage systems.
  • An additive that repels insects
  • Environmentally friendly: Made of recycled materials, is entirely recyclable, HDU & its coatings do not emit harmful CFCs into the air.

Cost Savings of foam business signs

Another significant aspect of foam signage is that it is a cost-effective solution. Because alternate options like wood and metals are pervious to time, it costs more to keep them safe from the elements through coatings, installation repairs, and refurbishments. Decomposition, cracking, rotting, oxidizing, and other maintenance efforts will add more to your budget than anticipated. Signs made with HDU are manufactured to maintain the same standard of quality for several years. The addition of being composed of recycled plastics, being 100% recyclable, and not emitting gases into the air will prevent harmful environmental repercussions. From the base to intricate lettering and details, any element of signage can be composed of HDU to save costs while preserving sign quality.

Paint Coatings that can make outdoor signs weatherproof

Although HDU is already superior at withstanding elements and conserving quality, the various coatings that can be applied only continue to enhance the sign. A specific coating to note is Armor Coating, known most notably for its resistance to extreme weather conditions such as hurricanes, tornadoes, snowstorms, and flooding. The layer provides a strong shell that protects from impact, so monument signage is safe from accidents. This strong coating is also able to resemble the textures desired through carving to an almost indistinguishable degree.

When choosing to work with a wholesale signage partner, it is important to consider how they supplement your product range. HDU is a great alternative material as it will not only allow for your partner to create high-quality signage more cost-effectively, but it has a plethora of benefits that will extend the life of your signage. If you are looking for a signage partner who can expand your product offerings and can guide you through selecting the best signage package according to your needs, make sure to contact us here.