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Weatherproof signs for outdoors – the options


Say it loud and clear in every season with weatherproof signs

Rain, wind, frost, snow and sunshine all cause wear and tear to external signs. But that doesn’t mean you should stop sharing new messages outdoors when the winter months come.

There are lots of weatherproof signage materials suited to outdoor conditions that have been designed to stand up to the worst conditions. Read on to find out what they are.

Long-lasting and re-usable posters or banners

When you have a new announcement, event or offer to share, banners and temporary signs are the fast and easy way to do it.

It’s possible to print banner and poster designs on to unrippable, waterproof vinyl. These signs can be fixed pretty much anywhere, including on walls, railings or entrances, or freestanding supported by posts. Because they are hardwearing and bendable, you can store and reuse them.

Printing with a UV inhibitor

Outdoor signs have to be strong and waterproof to stand up to rain and wind. But the sun can cause damage to signs over time too. To combat this, we print with a UV inhibitor ink, meaning that the signs are protected from sun bleaching and the design lasts for longer.


Permanent outdoor signs

Any building, entrance or directional signage always needs to be weatherproof. If your signage is going to be installed on a permanent basis, there are several different material options. The one you go with depends on the desired style and your budget.

Aluminium – sturdy and rust-proof, this metal is ideal for creating quality signs that go the distance.

Acrylic – this material can be printed full colour with polished edges for a premium look. It’s also available unprinted in various colours, including what is called a ‘live edge,’ which captures certain lighting. You can opt for a solid shape acrylic sign or cut out lettering.

Wooden – although wood might not be as long-lasting as man-made materials, it can be treated to create weatherproof signs that look highly attractive.

Recyclable weatherproof signs

Finding a material that stands up to harsh weather conditions and is eco-friendly is tricky. But there is one material that is weatherproof and recyclable. Bubble board is a non-PVC board material made of polypropylene. It’s fully printable and can be cut and drilled, making installation easy.

Bubble board is perfect for businesses that have seasonal or frequently changing outdoor messages to share. Because it’s recyclable, less waste is produced each time you update your messages, thus reducing your business’ carbon footprint.

What weatherproof sign material is best for my project?

As you can see, there are several options to choose from. The best way to know for certain what’s right for your design is to speak to a professional printer and describe exactly where and how your signs or banners will be displayed. They will be able to advise you on the best course of action.

Do you have any an outdoor sign you’d like to discuss with us? You can get in touch on 0113 278 3133 or via sales@digitalplus.co.uk.