Frequently Asked Questions

Vinyl Numbers

What is High Performance vinyl?
High Performance vinyl is a, "cast" vinyl and proven 8-year standard for durability and workability. Cast vinyls are rated for outdoor use and are more resistant to fading because cast vinyl contains better pigment than an intermediate vinyl. Therefore, cast vinyls are dimensionally stable and resistant to shrinkage and fading. High performance vinyls can be applied to compound curves, rivets and corrugations.
What is the difference between High Performance vinyl and Intermediate vinyl?
High Performance vinyl is a, "cast" vinyl and proven 8-year standard for durability and workability. This vinyl is produced by pouring liquid vinyl onto a very smooth casting sheet. It is then moved through a heat curing system. With this process, cast vinyls are dimensionally stable and resistant to shrinkage and fading. Cast vinyls are rated for outdoor use and are more resistant to fading because cast vinyl contains better pigment than an intermediate vinyl. Intermediate vinyl or, "calendered" vinyl is less durable, less glossy, and less dimensionally stable than cast vinyl. This vinyl is produced by a molten mass of vinyl pulled through rollers until stretched to a thickness of 2, 3, or 4 mils. Therefore, Intermediate vinyls will shrink over time which causes glue to be left around the edges and dirt to accumulate. Intermediate vinyls can only be applied to flat surfaces and simple curves.

Can I purchase pre-spaced vinyl numbers vertically, with dashes or letters, half sizes and over 12"?
Yes, let us know what you want and we'll produce it. Just indicate vertical on your order.
How do I install vinyl numbers?
Peel off protective backing, apply to smooth, clean surface, squeegee down, (squeegee provided) and remove pre-spaced transfer tape.
Do you have other colors?
There are 90 colors to choose from at no extra charge. We will send a sample color closest to your request.
What size number should I order?
For every character inch, an average eye can read 30' away. Therefore, the average character/number is 2". Bigger is sometimes not better. Industry average is 2 to 3 inches.
How long does it take to produce the vinyl numbers?
Our standard lead time is no longer than 10 working days. However, we can ship by the very next business day, (a commitment of air shipping is required). Next business day shipping does not apply to custom colors and is subject to production work-load.


Number Plaques and Hallway Directional Number Plaques

What are the door number plaques made of?
High Performance vinyl applied to .040 white aluminum in the style and size to fit your needs.
Can I order a different size door number plaque?
Yes, let us know what size you require and we will produce it, (price may increase/decrease slightly).
Can I order a vertical door number plaque?
Yes, let us know what size you require and we will produce it.
Do you have other colors?
There are 90 colors to choose from at no extra charge. We will send a sample of the color closest to your request.
I have a logo.
We can incorporate most logos onto door number plaques, (price may increase slightly).
Can I have two colors?
We incorporate two colors onto door number plaques, (price may increase slightly).
How long do the door number plaques last?
Because the aluminum is not a factor, (it lasts 20 years) the High Performance vinyl we use has a manufacturer's guarantee of 8 years. However, we feel in normal U.V. exposure, this product could last 10+ years.
Do you sell plastic engraved products?
We used to use plastic products, but found aluminum and vinyl to be a far superior product in even the most severe U.V. environments. However, we use a type of plastic for some Building Identification that requires a special treatment and is not cost effective for door numbers.
How are door number plaques installed?
There are a couple of different ways to install the door number plaques. The most common is with two spots of double back tape on the back of the door number. For an exterior application, RT Adhesive Silicone is used between the two tapes to secure the door number.
Another way is for us to punch the door number with 1/8" holes, (generally centered left and right). The price will increase slightly. Pop rivets or drill screws can be used for this installation.
Can I install onto and irregular surface such as stucco or split block?
Split block and stucco requires pins to be glued onto the back of the door number and holes drilled into the building. This can be time consuming and expensive. Our suggestion is to find a flat surface such as the header or use a vertical plaque and install onto the door jam/frame. Some roll up doors have a large flat surface at the lock hasp, also. If there is no flat surface, you may consider a pre-spaced vinyl number applied directly to the roll up door.
How long does it take to produce the door number plaques?
Our standard lead time is no longer than 10 working days.
However, we can quick ship within two business days, (a commitment of air shipping is required). Quick ship is subject to production work -load and does not apply to custom colors, sizes and added logos.
Can I install a number plaque onto my cyclone fence for R.V./Boat spaces?
Yes, we will punch a " license plate hole on the top two corners of this number plaque. However, we suggest a larger number plaque for this application because the customer will be reading from over 40' away. We suggest at least a 3" - 4" number for this application.

Building Identification Signage
What are the signs made of?
High Performance vinyl, (color of your choice) applied to .063 white aluminum in the style and size to fit your needs.
I have a logo.
Because this product is usually larger in size, we suggest either double back tape with RT Adhesive Silicone or screws.
I want multiple colors.
Split block and stucco requires pins to be glued onto the back of the door number and holes drilled into the building. There are many ways to accomplish this, please call for details/technical help.
I would like a sign that is not on your web site.
3-Dimensional products are available. Let us know what size you require.

Banners
What are your stock sizes?
We make banners to fit your marketing needs.
What colors are available?
There are over 20 colors to choose from and three durable fabrics. For a multicolored effect, have two banners sewn together.
How do I install my banner?
Our banners come hemmed with grommets. Rope or bungee cords can be used as ties downs. In addition, we offer ropes sewn into the banner, reinforced corners and/or webbing for added strength, pole pockets for special installations and O-rings with webbing or snap hooks for super strength. NEW! - Easy to assemble all metal tube frame system that holds the banner in place with ball bungees. Just cement the pole pockets into the ground, assemble the frame and your banner is ready to hang!

Contact us at Sign Systems Inc. to learn more about our signage materials' unique specifications.