As a business owner, you know that your brand and how it is presented are important. However, did you know that one of the most effective and efficient ways to advertise that brand is with high-quality signage? 

With a large portion of the nation slowly lifting shelter in ordinances, signs that detail your updated safety protocols and hours of operation are now more important than ever. While it is imperative that your business is equipped with the necessary signs to reopen, you will want to ensure that any sign you purchase is made to last, and quality signage and durability all depend on the materials.


It should be no surprise that aluminum is among the most popular materials used to make outdoor signs. The material is lightweight, strong, and not too expensive. If you’re considering using aluminum for your outdoor sign, you have three popular options to consider:

  • .04-gauge The smallest gauge, this option is great for real estate and political campaign signage.
  • .080-gauge This second thickest option is excellent for street signs.
  • .125-gauge The thickest option is commonly used for heavy-duty signs like those seen on the highway.

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Vinyl is a great material for outdoor signs because it is inexpensive and easy to adjust for a new design. Vinyl may not last as long as other heavy-duty materials, but it is ideal for any short term announcements such as adjusted hours, services, and occupancy.

Vinyl can also be an excellent solution for those seeking customized signage for election campaigns. Political campaigns generally last a year or less, so you don’t need to invest in a long-lasting material. With proper care, however, a vinyl sign can potentially last for years.


Dibond is something of a secret weapon for outdoor sign manufacturers. This material has a plastic core that lends it considerable strength and durability. It also has an attractive aluminum service which helps it resist the effects of rough weather. Dibond signs are very versatile and can be cut to almost any shape or size specifications.

If you’re looking to make a unique sign with a unique shape, look no further than Dibond. It may be a bit more expensive than regular aluminum, but it’s also almost ten times as strong.


For those looking for a more classic look, dura-wood is a manufactured material that looks and feels like wood but can resist harsh weather far better than traditional, untreated wood signage. Dura-wood is another material that can be used to make signs of almost any size or shape. If you’re looking for a beautiful professional-looking sign that will stand the test of time, consider choosing a dura-wood sign.

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If you’re looking for a beautiful, custom-made sign that will look excellent and stay strong through good and bad weather, reach out to HiWay Neon Signs, where we pride ourselves on creating eye-catching signs that last. Our team will make sure that your sign not only conveys all necessary information in an easy-to-digest way, but also shows the brand and welcoming atmosphere your particular business is renowned for.

In need of a new storefront sign for your business that is Built to Last?