Category Archives: Church Signs

Church Signs

When looking for church signs, there can be many factors to consider. Maybe you’re looking to refurbish an existing sign, or maybe you want a completely new sign. There are plenty of options to suit what ever your needs may be.

The styles of church signs can vary greatly. A common option is to use changeable letters. These are easy to install and simple to work with. Anyone can easily switch out letters to send whatever message you would like. The step up from this style is to use a lighted, electronic message sign. These can be large or small depending on the customers needs and budget.

Materials for the base of these signs pictured(called monument signs) are diverse. Choices include brick, wood, stucco, PVC, (even a cost saving stucco-PVC hybrid) etc; each material has it’s own appeal. Many church signs look great using dark granite with gold leaf letters. Temporary banners come in handy to promote events. Banners come in many different sizes depending on the needs.

church signWhat really makes church signs unique is their shape. Some are basic two post signs with changeable letters. One of my favorite signs (designed by us) is the Regency Church sign. It is made from PVC, sprayed with stucco and has two faux brick columns on either side. The sign has a full length fountain in the front that looks great. A lot of church signs have crosses and various icons incorporated into the sign design. These icons, just like the rest of the sign itself, can be made of any material – wood, metal, stone, acrylic, etc. The process of making these vary according to the material being used. We use a combination of hand crafting and CNC routing to get any unique look that is sought after.

The installation of church signs is the same as any other sign type. Installation times will vary depending on the size and location. Larger signs may require concrete trucks to pour concrete for a solid foundation, according to local building codes. If this is the case, a section of dirt  will have to be removed to insert a form for the concrete. The size of the form depends on the size and weight of the sign and is often specified by a structural engineer.

Before we do any installations, we have the area tested for any underground pipes, wires or cables. After we install the sign, we make sure the area is neat and clean.  Any dirt removed during installation is hauled away. Our philosophy is that the sign should look like it was simply set in place. When finished, it will always be clean, level and appealing; a great reflection of its owner.

What Makes a Great Sign?

Simulated woodgrain texture with message window

Your sign is quite possibly the only purchase that you will make once that keeps working for your business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days out of the year.  Better do it right, don’t you agree?

A 2005 Signtronix survey confirmed that an amazing 44% of your potential customers recognize your business by your sign, followed by word-of-mouth referrals which rank second with 38%.  That type of statistic is clear evidence that special care should be taken in matters involving your signage.  Your sign tells potential customers in a snapshot who you are, where you are, and what you do.

So what makes for a great sign?  The following are just a few points to follow:

-The sign must be completely visible to the customer it is trying to reach.  Sounds simple, but this means being big enough, at times tall enough, and well illuminated while maintaining its tactfullness.

-The sign needs to be clean and organized, so that it can be read at a moments notice; perhaps while your customer is driving or otherwise not paying attention.

-It is absolutely critical that the sign stands out from its surroundings.  This often times means planning colors and design work around the sign’s environment.

Effective signage is a complex matter that when mastered can be a huge source of recognition, and more importantly, revenue, for your business. Churches, schools and daycare’s especially gain valuable visability with the above shown changable message signs.   Shimp Sign & Design is in the business of making sure your signage is an attractive, beneficial part of your company.  Let us know how we can help!