Popular House Sign Materials

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Our team at Rustic stone have been creating and crafting house sign for over a decade now and have tested many different materials while doing so.

With using so many different types of materials i.e stone, glass, acrylic, plastic, concrete; this allows our team to gain knowledge and understanding of every material pros and con so that we can share this information with our customers, to give them a sign that will fill their needs as well as lasting a long time to come.

Rustic Stone has an extensive range of materials to use to fit your taste, budget, and what you would like from your sign. Our skilled team can give you advice on how to maintain your new sign which will extend the life expectancy of it.

We will talk through the different types of material to use when creating a custom house sign or even a DIY sign and the benefits of using these types of materials too in this blog post.


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Stone Materials

Stone materials are one of the most popular choices for stone house signs due to their natural look and durability. Once your stone sign arrives, you know you have a material showing off your home that could be up to 500 million years old, and some could contain fossilised shells, animals, fish or plants which leaves you with one of the worlds most natural stone house sign for your property.

Stone is extremely durable and has survived millions of years of weather conditions such as corrosion which makes stone one of the best materials to use, ensuring that it will last for years to come with little maintenance. Natural stone signs can be attached to a wall, applied to a post or freestanding on a lawn or at the end of a driveway and will complement any home.

Stone signs, however, are not ideal when looking at DIY options for house signs as they are tough to engrave without the right technology and tools but contacting a reputable stone engraver online will leave you with a stunning sign that has been imprinted with your wording and imagery to present your home in style.

Pros
using stone

  • Durable
  • Strong
  • Can hold itself upright
  • Natural beauty
  • Less maintenance

Cons
using stone

  • Unable to engrave yourself
  • Can be expensive depending on the type of stone
  • Not widely available on the highstreet

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Metal Materials

Metal signs are another popular choice as they tend to look smart hanging from a post or above a pub’s door. Cast iron signs are usually prevalent for barns, farms, signposts and other types of businesses.

Unlike stone, metal materials require a lot more maintenance as they tend to struggle with weather conditions. Metal signs can rust and corrode over time, leaving it needing to be replaced a lot more often than most materials, especially if it is close to the ocean, then it will destroy a lot faster.

Stainless steel signs have been increasingly common for modern homes and businesses giving them a professional and stylish look and usually, have lighting behind it to light up the details displayed which is excellent for visitors finding their way.

Pros
using Metal

  • Professional
  • Modern
  • Easy to install
  • Lots of choices of metals

Cons
using Metal

  • Corrodes (will corrode very fast near the sea)
  • Rusts easily
  • Not suitable for DIY (will have to be engraved)

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Plastic Materials

Plastic house signs have grown in popularity over the last ten years due to them being affordable as well as looking smart.

The most common plastic that is used in house signs tends to be acrylic and is a much more affordable product than glass, which makes it the most popular choice. Most acrylic signs will have a high gloss surface which will protect the sign during adverse weather conditions.

Plastic house signs allow the customer to choose a wide variety of colours, and a company will engrave the sign enabling the customer to choose any fonts and colours to create a unique sign.

Pros
using Plastic

  • Affordable
  • Variety of colours
  • Easy to work with
  • Easy fixtures

Cons
using Plastic

  • UV rays fading the sign over time
  • Can be brittle
  • Will shatter easily

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Wood Materials

Wooden signs have been used for centuries and still are as popular today. National parks will even use wooden signs to mark out directions or attractions within their parks today due to their natural look, and they fit well within the scenery.

Most wooden materials can be affordable such as lumber, but some wooden materials like oak can be more expensive, but each has a different look and style to what you may be looking after.

Pros
using Wood

  • Affordable
  • Natural look
  • Unique shaping of the wood
  • Treatments on the market to strengthen wood
  • Can be used as a DIY project

Cons
using Wood

  • Water damage
  • Decay from weather
  • Termites if untreated

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Glass Materials

Glass signs are slightly more expensive than acrylic, but the results are worth spending that extra on a glass sign.

Glass signs are most popular with modern homes or businesses and look highly professional when they display family or business names on them. Glass signs are strong and durable throughout most weathers but will only fix to a wall and will not, so choosing a place beforehand is critical.

Glass signs will need to be ordered with an online company if you want it to be engraved as this is a complicated process. The LED lighting can be placed behind the glass sign to light up the details to give it an extra look of elegance.

Pros
using Glass

  • Elegant
  • Strong
  • Easy to clean
  • Easy to maintain

Cons
using Glass

  • Can easily shatter
  • Can chip and crack
  • Can be difficult to install onto the wall due to the above

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Combined Materials

Now that we have looked above at all the pros and cons of each material for our house sign, we can now think about combining these materials to create a unique sign that no one else will have.

There are many reputable companies online that will combine these materials and engrave the details on them for their customers.

Customers may want an acrylic backing of the sign and then a glass engraved front. There are many ideas for combining signs on online sites such as Pinterest and google images.