A WOODEN SIGN - when hung outdoors will peel, split, crack, rot, or warp over time. Insects tunnel through the wood. Water gets beneath the paint or clear coat and the wood sign swells. Additional cracks break the moisture seal and accelerate deterioration. Wooden house signs require frequent maintenance. In extreme climates or with clear-coated wood you may need to refinish your wood sign every year or two to keep it looking good. Most house sign owners today do not have the time, tools or skills to keep a wooden home sign looking its best. That is why we rarely use wood to craft our 'wood style' signs. We recommend a superior material called High Density Urethane.
WE CRAFT SIGNS FROM HDU [a closed cell foam with recycled content] laminated to a firm PVC backing for added rigidity and superior hardware hold. 'High Density Urethane' is waterproof, insect-proof and fire retardant. It carves, paints, and machines like wood. Our sign panels are the same weight as Redwood or Cedar with comparable dent resistance. Our standard product looks and feels just like a painted wood sign. Especially if you choose the 'brush texture' for your design. SEE LEFT. For an additional 'custom artwork' fee our artists can create a faux wood grain. Your house sign will look just like a clear coated wooden home sign. SEE BOTTOM LEFT. Weathering is superior to wood in exterior applications as it will not crack, split, swell or rot in the elements. See samples of 'HDU-Style' wooden house signs on our sign photo gallery.
WE COAT OUR HDU 'WOOD STYLE' SIGN panels with Dulux Weathershield paints. These paints were developed for the harsh Australian climate - the manufacturer advertises a 15 year guarantee against cracking, blistering or peeling. These UV resistant paints use mineral pigments so most colors will show no significant fading for 8-10 years.