Our aluminum substrates are .040 and .080 thick. All of our aluminum is coated with a high quality, baked on high gloss enamel. Aluminum is typically used for real estate signs and job site signs. .080 is recommended for outdoor signs that will be mounted to poles such as traffic signs.
Corrugated plastic, or coro-plast, is an inexpensive outdoor-durable sign substrate. It is most commonly used in temporary outdoor signs such as golf outing signs and political signs. It is a very lightweight material, but it can withstand the elements for several months.
We use two different grades of vinyl depending on the application. For indoor signs, standard vinyl will work on any application. We exclusively use premium vinyl for all outdoor applications as harsh weather can damage standard vinyl causing cracking or fading.
(Note: This is only a rating and should not be mistaken for a warranty.)
These are the specifications from the manufacturer that the vinyls have been tested and under normal conditions, the material should not peel, crack, delaminate, or fade for the period of time listed. We have found in most cases, the vinyl will considerably outlast these time periods.
Reflective vinyl is also available and is great for outdoor use in applications where nighttime visibility is necessary.