Carved Signs 101

Leverage the Power of 3-D Marketing

Whether you call them carved signs, dimensional signs or wooden signs; 3D signs are ideal for a wide variety of businesses. Whether you are looking to project a rustic image for your business, or wanting to find something that works within your town’s strict signage laws, dimensional signs create beautiful and professional brand that fits into any budget. Here are some great options when it comes to carved signs.

Carved signs are generally made using two methods:  Sandblasting and routing.  Both methods achieve the same look and cost the same.  So what is the difference between them?

With sandblasted signs, the text and graphics are raised.  They are created using a thick sheet of wood or other sign material such as extira or high density urethane.  The sign is then covered using a custom rubber sandblast stencil, then embossed up when the stencil is removed. The finished product is then painted.

In a routed sign, the text and graphics are engraved.  They start out the same as a sandblasted sign, with a thick piece of wooden or manufactured material.  The design is then programmed into a computer and the graphics and lettering are carved into the sign by a CNC router.

As already mentioned, there are a variety of options for materials to create carved signs.  This article will discuss two wooden options and two man made options.

Redwood Signs: Redwood is a rich red colored soft wood. Redwood has the advantage of being both naturally beautiful and durable. Redwood signs are less likely to split and warp than signs made of other woods. Where could you use a redwood sign? A craft boutique, a local restaurant, or a town park.

Cedar Signs: Cedar is a soft, light colored wood. Cedar signs last for a very long time and are naturally resistant to rotting. These signs are most beautiful when they highlight the natural color and texture of the wood. Where could you use a cedar sign? A resort or a campground are some examples.

High Density Urethane Signs: HDU signs, also known as signfoam, are a great way to achieve the texture and look of a wooden sign using synthetic materials. HDU won’t rot, warp, or split as it ages. This will keep your sign looking good for a long time. Where would you use HDU sign? A law firm, a golf course or a marina.

Extira Signs: These signs are made of a composite wood material. Extira signs are synthetic, waterproof, and resistant to rotting. They are specifically created for outdoor use, meaning that they will last last through all sorts of weather year in and year out. Where could you use an Extira sign? A retail outlet, a design agency or perhaps a government building.

Whether your 3D sign is routed or sandblasted, wooden, or synthetic, it’ll be sure to turn heads!