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Pole & Pylon Signs
Free-Standing Pole Signs or Pylon Signs
Sign Design, Sign Manufacturing,
Pole Signs and Pylon Signs are sometimes referred to as Road Side Signs, Highway Signs, Freeway Signs, or small Billboards.
On the detail pages that follow (¬tabs to left) discover how we make each pole or pylon sign to last; including the use of CNC manufacturing, structural-steel frames, rust-proof metal, high-end automotive paint, high-impact plastics or strong flexible-face materials, and most importantly, sophisticated protective coatings. All our signs include these many hidden features, critically important to you but often ignored by competitors to lower their cost. We even add self-cleaning properties.
We commonly build pole and pylon signs with real and artificial brick, stone, and stucco exterior finishes. View our "Bricks & Masonry" page, tabbed to the left.
Pole or pylon signs with color graphics and PinLights™ LED first-surface lighting is a hands-down winner. Signs Manufacturing™ incorporates a patent pending design into our unique new-look concept. Visit our "LED Sign Faces" tab to the left.
We champion energy-saving signs solutions that save our customers money while protecting our environment. Explore our "Lighting Choices" tab with its own "Energy Savings" tab. PinLights™ can even economically be solar powered.
Photos of many varied sign designs are interspersed on the detail pages tabbed on the left.
No matter what types of signs you are interested in, our sales team, consisting of 11 highly-trained individuals, is at your beck and call.
Let us meet with you in your office, or at your new signs location, or home, or anywhere.
You will probably have a firm quotation for what you want during our meeting; certainly no more than a day later.
Unique in the entire sign industry, Signs Manufacturing™ built an 85’ by 50’ (over 4,000 sq ft) indoor sign lighting laboratory for testing the longevity, visibility, and effectiveness of all the lighted signs we manufacture. The Laboratory is open to the public, for FREE.
We invite you to also observe all other types of signage, viewing them up close as well as from a distance, under varying light conditions (and stay out of the weather while doing so!)
Masonry Monument signs.
Cabinet signs, fluorescent, HID, or LED lighted.
Wall-wash back-lighting for all types of signs.
Routed sign faces for all types of signs.
Digitally printed and cut vinyl decorated sign faces for all types of signs.
Flex-faced cabinet signs.
Computer-controlled full-color, programmable, building lighting.
Neon and LED building accent lighting.
Wall-wash back-lighting for all types of signs.
SpectraLites™ Color-changing lighting.
Solarbrite™ LED lighting.
Neon and LED building accent lighting.
Neon color selection.
Brighter Signs™ neon.
LED color selection.
Channel letter signs, both neon and LED lighted.
Letterlites™ channel letter signs.
Twinkling Letterlites™ channel letter signs.
SpectraLites™ Color-changing channel letter signs.
Reverse channel letter signs.
Channel letter signs with backplates.
Raceways and wireways.
Acrylic and Lexan color selection.
PMS color selection.
Paint color selection (32,807 colors.)
Free Grand Opening Package.
Five (5) different Full-color LED Display signs, each with a varied resolution
Monochrome LED Message Center sign
Fully self-contained, self-powered portable LED Sign trailer
An economical fixed-message Full-color LED Message Center.
Free Grand Opening Package
Will your Sodium Vapor or Metal Halide parking lot lights affect the colors of your sign at night? How visible will your pylon sign’s border neon be during the day? Should you consider PinLights™, LetterLites™, SpectraLites™, or Trembler™ signs? Brighter Signs™ neon or Solarbrite™ LED lighting for channel letter signs? Fluorescent or HID lighting for your monument sign? Do Daylight or Cool White fluorescents make your sign’s colors look best? What are the differences between a flex-faced, a Lexan™, and an acrylic-faced sign cabinet?
How will shadows affect my sign's readability during the day? Should the wall behind my sign be light or dark colored? Would a different type of sign look better on my brick wall? Should I consider a routed sign face with push-through letters?
Don't buy a sign from a drawing when you can actually see and compare real signs.
No one else can offer you this unique opportunity. Be sure to take advantage.
Your business will be better because you do.
If you don't visit it could cost you thousands in sales every year.
Can you afford not to?
"I almost made a huge mistake by not listening to you and visiting your showroom prior to buying my sign. I thought I knew what I wanted, after listening to so many salespeople...boy, was I wrong. My vision of the sign did not jibe with what it would really turn out to be, even after viewing so many drawings. It was obvious the moment I entered the showroom. If I had stuck to my guns my sign would have been a disaster. I would have wasted a lot of money."
Sometimes it really pays to shop.
As an additional enticement to coax you into our showroom, and also smooth our manufacturing flow, we periodically have limited Specials only available "in-store;" even unannounced to our sales team.
They are based on opportunities in our production scheduling. If we tell our salespeople in advance they collectively sell too many, causing other problems!
Specials are always for a specific type of custom-built sign with a large variety of available options, but a very limited quantity, and first-come-first-served.
As detailed below, and on the pages that follow, everything will be done to make your sign look better, and last longer...Guaranteed.
Signs Manufacturing™ also guarantees that our price will be the lowest price you can obtain on the products described in this website; now or anytime during the next 90 days.
If you are offered a lower price by someone else we will match that lower price PLUS give you 10% of the difference.
"Fifteen years ago you made a lighted sign for me. It STILL looks new, but finally needs electrical service..."
Lawrence Badger, M.D.
We can take your normally static sign, with a fixed message, and add movement using our programmable LEDs. Different speeds, "frames" if you prefer more subtle movement, multiple colors, etc. We can even have it programmable so that you can change the colors of the LEDs!
As an added effect, you can program the moving LEDs separately from the rest of the sign. So, using the video above as an example, they could have the rotating record be green on St. Patrick's Day!
How's THAT for eye-catching?
If you would like to see if an LED sign is will be beneficial to your business, and how much it will cost, Contact Us for a free, no obligation quote and analysis of your business, projected increase in sales (based on Small Business Administration numbers), traffic counts in your area and the cost of a new sign.
Would you give a car dealer $10,000 and tell him to buy you the best car he can for the money, sight unseen (or from a drawing?) Don’t you think you would get the car that made him the most?
Do you think you could meet your needs asking for the cheapest car he can buy?
Why would a sign dealer (sign broker or sign store) be any different? Remember, they are merely buying a sign from a manufacturer to resell to you, usually to resemble a drawing, making the most money they can.
You need to know ALL of the details on how your sign will be manufactured, and how it will be installed. It needs to meet YOUR needs, not the seller’s profit goals. What is he telling the manufacturer you don't need?
Believing “...a sign is a sign” gets you a Yugo instead of a Cadillac. Remember the Yugo? They didn’t last very long, either.
Also, most sign dealers, sign brokers and sign stores cannot legally install or service an electric sign. Ask to see their license.
Ask to see a manufacturer's license also. A few are not licensed to do electrical work, either, they also have to hire other companies to install the signs they make.
Now, who provides the warranty? The manufacturer, the installer, the salesman, anyone? If the sign was installed illegally do you think they'll honor their warranty? Did they REALLY obtain your City sign permit? Is the sign even safe?
As a large, both UL and ETL listed manufacturer, our name is on all our signs. Just like you, we can't afford to have a bad sign destroy our business. We have to care. Particularly with our Lifetime Warranty*.
Virtually ALL cities, as well as the State of Texas, adopt the National Electric Code as law.
The National Electric Code (NEC) requires that for electrical, structural, and installation safety all electrical signs be "Listed" (tested and labelled with an appropriate Listing Mark.)
Certification (testing and labelling) organizations acceptable in the USA to test to the multitude of Standards signs are required to meet are determined by OSHA.
For you the Listing Mark is insurance. It means that the sign has been tested to insure that it is structurally and electrically safe, and will be installed properly. You benefit from the knowledge that it is not solely us telling you that our signs are safe, this is what the testing laboratories and the US Government says also.
Will your sign be tested and approved for safe use in a Wet (Outdoor) location? Not if it’s not Listed!
Underwriters Laboratories (“UL” Listing Mark) and Intertek (“ETL” Listing Mark – originally Edison Testing Laboratory founded by Thomas Edison) are the premier certification organizations and 80% of all things electrical are tested by them.
If the sign you are purchasing does not have a ETL or UL Listing Mark label the sign is probably not legal to install, anywhere in Texas. There are a few local city ordinance exceptions.
Intertek is over twice the size of UL, and has a greater global presence. UL is the largest in the USA. We have both companies test and apply Listing Marks to various signs.
Whether it's channel letters, a wall cabinet sign, a monument sign, pole or pylon signs, electronic message centers, video displays, neon or other electric signs Intertek and Underwriter’s Laboratory pose the toughest design, structural, electrical, and installation standards on the products they approve.
We are the 9th oldest UL Listed Manufacturer in North Texas. (File #UXYT.E149959)
To see if a manufacturer is a UL Listed sign manufacturer go to http://database.ul.com/cgi-bin/XYV/template/LISEXT/1FRAME/ccnsrch.html and enter "UXYT" in the "UL Category Code" box, replacing %ccn%" for lighted signs, or "UYFS" for electronic signs.
To see if a manufacturer is an ETL Listed sign manufacturer go to http://etlwhidirectory.etlsemko.com/WebClients/ITS/DLP/products.nsf/ and enter "UL-48" in the search box.
We are the third oldest ETL Listed sign company in Texas. ( File #4007685) (One of the two older companies makes lighted scoreboards, the other makes lighted office door signs.)
There are many sign companies that pretend to be Listed, but are not!
Incidentally, ISO (International Organization of Standardization) Standards, such as ISO 9001, are NOT electrical Listings (similar to a UL or ETL Listing) that allow a sign to be installed in Texas. That said, components in our electronic signs also meet ISO 9001, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and RoHS standards.
Underwriter’s Laboratory and Intertek do NOT judge the appearance, appeal, or the longevity of a product. This is why our many years of experience serving international, national, regional and local customers, and our investment so that we can apply the knowledge we’ve gained, will give you a superior product which will impress your customers for years to come.
The Special Features and Benefits of Signs Manufacturing Corporation's Pole Signs and Pylon Signs
Lasting Quality – Your Sign will ALWAYS look good to potential customers
Structural steel frames with aluminum exterior skins – No rust and the sign will last forever. Virtually Hail-proof.
Computer-generated graphics – Perfect look, not handmade, much more impressive graphics.
Signlux Paint Systems™ Automotive+ paints and 2 part primer system - The same exterior paint type they paint a Ferrari with. It looks new virtually forever, helping your business.
Impact-modified plastics - Won’t break and look bad.
SolarGuard™ protected plastics – Won’t fade and look bad to customers.
Lumabrite™ coated plastics – Because of this coating the sign always looks brighter with no additional energy cost.
Optigard™ coated flexible sign faces – This coating eliminates yellowing, which makes a sign look old and dingy, chasing potential customers away.
Vandal resistant coatings – Your sign won’t be intentionally damaged.
Self-cleaning sign faces – Your sign never looks dirty and dingy, chasing potential customers away.
Brighter Signs™ technology – Brighter signs always draw more attention.
PinLights™ first-surface LED lighting – A modern, brighter sign to attract more attention. Do more business. The lights are visible!
UL or ETL listed sign – Can be installed anywhere, and moved anywhere at a later time.
Special Features and Benefits of doing business with Signs Manufacturing™
Guaranteed Highest Quality...Guaranteed Lowest Price™ - We manufacture the best signs, for the lowest price.
Lifetime* Warranty – Saves you money forever.
Product Liability Insurance – Protects you and your customers forever.
Deposit Insurance – Your money is protected even if we were to default.
Established 1979 – We back our claims.
Eleven Person On-Location Sales Team – At your location to help you anytime we are needed.
Sign Showroom – Don’t buy a sign from a drawing when you can see the real thing.
State Licensed Electrical Sign Contractor – We know our business and do our job.
State Licensed Electrical Contractor – We know electricity.
Trained QualityCertifiedSigns™ Technicians – We understand quality.
We Actually Manufacture the Signs – Single-source responsibility.
Full-Service Sign Company – We manufacture, install, and service all signs; ours and others. Seven cranes/bucket trucks to 80' reach. Seven installation/service crews.
Electronic LED Sign Experts – Because we manufacture them, we also know how to fix them all.
Five Different Payment Options – Cash, Credit Card, Conserve Your Nest Egg™, Signs on Time™ Lease (with Zero Down option) and Pay as You Grow Lease/Purchase™
Free Grand Opening Package*- We want you to be successful; here's another way we're helping. A free "Coming Soon" and "Grand Opening" banner with your name on it, and free "store" hours lettered on your door. *Minimum order required.
Large metal areas will be reinforced to prevent "oil-canning".
The structural-steel frame inside the sign is separately painted before the skins are installed; important to prevent rust stains later.
We commonly build pylon signs with real and artificial brick, stone, and stucco exterior finishes. View our "Bricks & Masonry" page, tabbed to the left.
Our signs are properly engineered to withstand the winds of North Texas (100 m.p.h.); signs attached to poles are welded, not bolted, in place.
We employ Certified Welders. Horizontal, vertical, and overhead.
We are virtually the only sign company in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex employing certified welders.
The minimum allowable thickness of a sign depends on the type of internal lighting and the type and size of the sign face.
Lighting and sign face types will be discussed later.
It is very important that the sign be thick enough that the lighting in the sign does not show as “hot spots” or “zebra striping” on the face of your sign. Either of these makes your sign look “cheap” no matter what its cost. In some instances these can be so bad that a sign is not readable at night. You’ve seen them.
All of this makes the use of extruded aluminum sign frames problematic in building a quality sign, to say nothing about a strong sign (no structural steel inner frame) since extrusions are only available for limited cabinet depths; however some sign companies continue to attempt to do so. Signs Manufacturing™ does not use extruded cabinets precisely for these reasons.
We calculate what is required to make a proper and impressive sign for you, and then we build it.
It is more expensive to do the job right, but what is the value of a “cheap” sign that gives potential customers a negative impression of your business?
Equally important to the appearance of the sign is the width of the retainer (the ring of metal around the sign face that covers the mechanism that holds the sign face in the cabinet.)
This border plays a very important role in the apparent quality of your sign, and both size and color must be considered in the overall design.
This makes the use of pre-made extruded aluminum sign frames undesirable.
Tabs to other components of a pole/pylon sign are listed down the left side of this page.
We sell our signs FACTORY-DIRECT to the public. No middle-man profits.
Click the "Cost" tab under the "Pricing" tab to the left that lists general budget pricing for pole and pylon signs.
Use our Lease Cost Calculator™ to estimate YOUR lease cost, and our Sign Cost Calculator™ to estimate your after-tax cash-purchase sign cost. They are located on our "Cost" page. Or, ask our salesperson to run the numbers for you.
When you do so notice how dealing directly with the manufacturer can potentially save you additional dollars in sales/use taxes!
But, please, contact us to develop an exact plan to meet your particular needs - for free (see our "Design Center" page!)
Our professional staff will usually have exact quotations, and exact scale drawings of your signs installed on your building or property ready for you the same day we meet with you. (Much faster than the 2 1/2 week average in our industry.)
If you are planning for the future, please bookmark our website as a "Favorite" so you can find us when you are ready.
"Look at that sign, it's like made out of plastic!"
"If they put that little effort into their sign, I'd hate to see what they put in their food."
"...but look at that sign, it only faces one way! They're turning their back on 13,000 cars every day!"
Dependent on your location, Signs Manufacturing™ may be able to offer you INCOME from a FREE pole, pylon, monument sign, or electronic message center.
Contact us for exciting details!
Full-Color or Monochrome
Lighted 3D Channel Letter Signs
Wall Cabinet Signs
Pole Signs and/or
Monument (Ground) Signs
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