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Different Types of Post & Panel Signs

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Different types of post and panel signs

Post and panel signs are by far the most widely used form of exterior signage. There are a couple ways to categorize your post and panel signs; the first is by the number of posts, or more appropriately the manner in which your panel sign is mounted, and the second is by the material that it is made out of.

Throughout this post, we’ll give you a break down of each way to categorize post and panel signs and all you need to know about each of them.


Categorizing by type of installation…

This sort of categorization is rather self explanatory as to how the sign is mounted. However, there are subtle nuances that make each sort of sign specialized for certain situations.


Single post

Just as it sounds – a single post supporting the panel of the sign. This is generally reserved as a design for smaller signs.Double post

Post and panel signs mounted with two posts are the most popular of all post and panel signs, and offer more support for your panel.

 Ceiling mounted

This sort of sign is generally hung as a form of wayfinding signs or indicator signs, and is simply attached from the ceiling. Ceiling mounted panel signs can either be still or swinging, depending on the design you’re looking for

Categorizing by material…


Aluminum is by far the most widely used of all post and panel sign materials. The panel itself is actually made up of a plastic core covered by a hard aluminum shell, which gives this type of sign its extra stiffness and durability. Aside from being known as a quality material, aluminum can also be designed with a wide variety of materials. From paint to vinyl lettering or graphics, all options available for aluminum panel signs are sleek and sophisticated.


Foam Core Signage

Foam core panel signs are very similar to aluminum post and panel signs in the sense that they are very durable and can withstand a great deal of weathering. Foam core signs are generally used in monument signs, where they can either be left smooth or resurfaced with stucco. Although monument signs are the most common use for foam core signage, they can also be used with traditional posts to create a sleeker look.


MDO (Medium Density Overlay)

MDO signs are generally better for temporary signs. They are made up of a laminated wooden core, and come with a smooth white finish or can be designed with vinyl letters. Since MDO panel signs are designed for temporary use, they are very popular at construction sites or new businesses where the signage will only last a short period of time.


PVC by itself is far cheaper than other options for post and panel signs, but it also comes with more of a cost. PVC generally won’t last as long on the “panel” portion of a post and panel signs, specifically because it is easily warped in the heat. A simple solution for this in Texas is to use a PVC panel and frame it with a sturdier material. Another options is to simply use aluminum or foam core signs as the panel and PVC as the post to reduce costs.

LED panels

Turn your post and panel sign into an illuminated sign by adding LED panels to give you 24/7 coverage. These types of signs are extremely popular in parking lots and for wayfinding systems at hospitals or offices.

Now that you have a better idea of how to classify post and panel signs, and what each material and design is generally used for, you can take your design to the next step!


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