Sign & Digital Graphics

July '17

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76 • July 2017 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL W e've all become quite used to see- ing the grandeur and solidity of a monument sign, whether it be outside a medical clinic or directing visitors to a housing development, a city park or a corporate business park. And while many of those signs look like they've been built out of brick and mortar or assembled by a woodwork- ing craftsman, chances are that they're P R E F A B R I C A T E D M O N U M E N T S Working with special- ists to craft a one-of- a-kind piece that will stand the test of time B Y A N D Y S T O N E H O U S E Andy Stonehouse is a Colorado- based freelance writer. Signs By Benchmark suggests a production schedule between five and seven weeks to get a prefabricated monument from design to installa- tion. (Photo courtesy of Signs By Benchmark) probably prefabricated foam, cut and perfectly painted to look like they're the real thing. Unlike a concrete, masonry or wood sign, prefab foam signs will also better withstand the elements and, as an added concern for signs placed close to busy roads and thoroughfares, pose less of a safety risk than a heavy solid-body sign. Considering the precision involved, prefabricated monument signage is defi- nitely a specialty business, with a select group of companies nationwide doing custom work for commercial and gov- A LASTING

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