Which Sign Materials are Good for Various Weather Conditions? (Infographic)

Maximize the utility of your signs by using the right materials for your climate and weather.

Types of Signs

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Hardboard (also known as Duron)

Advantages

  • Strong
  • Lightweight
  • Inexpensive
  • Resists scratching

Disadvantages

  • Susceptible to water and humidity
  • Can swell
  • May peel and separate

Best applications

  • Step in frames
  • On sign riders
  • Hanging panels

Durability

  • 12 months

Best areas to use

  • Most climates

Plastic Materials

Advantages

  • Lightweight
  • Resists scratching
  • Withstands water, snow and humidity

Disadvantages

  • Thinner panels can bow
  • May creak or break with force or freezing weather
  • Can “yellow” in extreme sunlight or heat

Best applications

  • Hanging panels
  • Framed panels
  • Riders
  • Open house signs

Durability

  • 18-24 months

Best areas to use

  • Suitable for all climates
  • Ideal for temperate regions

Aluminum

Advantages

  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Takes a reflective coating
  • Withstands wet weather without rusting

Disadvantages

  • Panels can bow
  • Bend and tear when mishandled
  • Hot to the touch in warmer areas
  • May scratch
  • Not ideal in extreme heat

Durability

  • 24-36 months with proper care

Best areas to use

  • Works well in most climates

Steel

Advantages

  • Ultra-strong
  • Hangs straight
  • Takes reflective material

Disadvantages

  • Heavy
  • Can scratch
  • Bend and tear in extreme conditions
  • May rust in wet climates near oceans

Best applications

  • Almost all applications
  • Best where long life and strength are needed

Durability

  • 24-36 months with proper care

Best areas to use

  • Suitable for all climates, may rust in certain areas where corrosion is an issue.

Durabond

Advantages

  • Very strong
  • Light
  • Inexpensive
  • Takes a reflective coating
  • Withstands strong weather

Disadvantages

  • Can bend under extreme conditions
  • Bend or break under stressful conditions
  • Can scratch
  • Best applications
  • Used in most applications
  • Great for frames and hanging signs

Durability

  • 24-36 months with proper care

Best areas to use

  • Works well in all climates

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