Block construction is an economical, efficient, and durable method for constructing buildings here in the desert. Many buildings also use block facing for a finish look, even if the building is in fact frame construction. It is fairly common for industrial buildings, warehouses, and even schools have external walls faced with brick, stone, or block. This makes it interesting to put up signs on these buildings. One approach is to produce an aluminum sign panel and attach three dimensional formed letters or even wrap it with digitally printed vinyl. These signs are mounted to the building using masonry anchors. They can vary in size all they way up to very large signs made from multiple metal panels. We installed a sign like this very recently for a Dadee Manufacturing company of Phoenix, AZ.
Their building is brick, painted white. Blue Chip Signworks designed a set of signs on heavy gauge aluminum. We used all premium vinyl materials in the production of the signs to insure the sign’s durability in the face of the extreme weather conditions and strong UV sunlight here in the desert. We installed the sign using our truck by drilling and inserting anchors into the block and screwing the aluminum panels to the building.
Another approach to putting signage on a building like this is to use pan signs. An aluminum formed pan is three dimensional and this adds rigidity to the structure. In similar fashion to basic aluminum signs, the graphics can be added with three dimensional letters, logos, or digitally printed vinyl. The pan signs often have an underlying structural frame. The frame is attached to the building with drilled anchors. The pan is then fitted over the frame and secured using small screws around the perimeter. This also makes it very easy to remove the sign pan for cleaning, updating or building painting as needed. Here is an example Blue Chip Signworks installed recently.
It’s worth mentioning that there are now some very good conformal wrap materials that can be used to directly wrap the masonry with printed vinyl. This is a third approach, and for some shorter term signage and graphics, it may be a good choice. Give us a call to discuss signage options for your brick, block, or masonry building facade.