What Materials Should You Use For Your Outdoor Signage?

Your outdoor signage needs to fit your business perfectly to attract customers. Although the first thing you think of when it comes to outdoor signage may be what it should look like or where it should go, what your outdoor signage is made of can be just as important. No matter how appealing, eye-catching or informative a sign is, it can’t do its job if it can’t stand up to the elements or breaks your budget. That’s why it’s so important to consider the materials used for your outdoor signage along with the design and placement. Here are some common examples of outdoor signage materials, their advantages and their disadvantages.


Aluminum has many advantages as a material for building outdoor signs. It’s relatively inexpensive, it won’t rust and it’s available in many color options. This makes it a good choice for outdoor signs because it can withstand rain and humidity without rusting, and can fit into almost any business’s budget. The biggest downside to aluminum, however, is that because it is so lightweight and flexible, it is susceptible to being blown down or beat out of shape in heavy winds.


Made of translucent plastic, acrylic is most commonly used in lightbox applications where signs need to be lit up from the inside. Although it can be used in some outdoor applications, acrylic doesn’t have the same durability as many of the other materials on this list and typically costs more. Acrylic tends to be found more often in indoor signage or in high-end signage where appearance is more important.


Most often used for temporary signage, banner material is made of nylon-reinforced vinyl. Although it is easy to print just about anything on it and it is very affordable, banner material won’t last long outside before fading or tearing. As such, banner is best used for signs announcing special events such as holiday sales or grand openings.

Choosing the right materials for your outdoor signage can be just as important as what you put on it. With our comprehensive know-how and extensive in-house capabilities, Graphic House, Inc. not only can help you choose the right materials for your signage, but also see it through from concept to installation. Contact us today to get your project started.