Sign Buyer's Guide
to Free-Standing Monument (Ground) Signs
Sign Design, Sign Manufacturing, Sign Installation, and Sign Service
On the detail pages that follow (¬tabs
how we manufacture each Monument 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,
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 monument signs with real and artificial brick, stone,
and stucco exterior finishes. View our "Bricks
& Masonry" page, tabbed to the left.
with color graphics and PinLights™
LED first-surface lighting is a hands-down
winner. Signs Manufacturing™ sign company incorporates a patent pending design
into our unique new-look concept.
Visit our "LED
Sign Faces" tab to the
Photos of many varied sign
designs are interspersed on the detail pages tabbed
on the left.
The Signs Manufacturing On-Location Sales Team's Personalized Service
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.
Visit Our Unique Sign Lighting Laboratory and Showroom
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.
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!)
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.
Neon and LED building accent lighting.
Neon color selection.
Brighter Signs™ neon.
Solarbrite™ LED lighting.
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.
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."
detailed below, and on the pages that follow, everything
will be done to make your sign look better, and last
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
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.
Cost and Pricing Information
sell our signs FACTORY-DIRECT, WHOLESALE to the public.
Interested in the concept of Monument signs, but
unfamiliar with their cost?
Click on the "Cost" tab to the left to obtain general pricing and cost
information on various sizes and types of Monument
When you do so notice how dealing directly with the manufacturer can potentially save you additional dollars in sales/use taxes!
The detailed construction and installation information below, and to the left, is very
important in developing a sign that will accomplish
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
If you are planning for the future, please bookmark our
website as a "Favorite" so you can find us when you are
Why Buy Factory-Direct from a State-Licensed Company?
Why not buy from a Sign Dealer (also called a Sign Broker or a Sign Store?)
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
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*.
The Value of “Listed" Signs
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.
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.
Summary - Monument Signs In a Nutshell
Special Features and Benefits of Signs Manufacturing Corporation's Monument 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.
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.
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 and the Largest Custom Sign Company in North Texas – We back our claims.
Better Business Bureau Accredited Business – Others back our claims, too.
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™
™ - Significantly reduced initial billing to help you control your cash-flow.
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.
strength, durability, and appearance your
illuminated signs will be constructed of aluminum
(#3003, H14 - not the "soft" aluminum used by some)
covering a welded structural-steel inner frame.
areas will be reinforced to prevent "oil-canning".
structural-steel frame inside the sign is separately
painted before the skins are installed; important to
prevent rust stains later.
We commonly build Monument 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.
Certified Welders. Horizontal, vertical, and
virtually the only sign company in the Dallas/Fort
Worth Metroplex employing certified welders.
The Importance of
thickness of a sign does more than impart a more
prominent importance to a sign, it affects the
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.
The larger the sign face the
thicker a properly made sign cabinet must be.
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.
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?
The Importance of
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
plays a very important role in the apparent quality
of your sign, and both size and color must be
considered in the overall design.
makes the use of pre-made extruded aluminum sign
Tabs to other components of
a Monument sign are listed down the left side of
Be sure to
select the tab "Sign
Buyer's Check List" to the left.
This is a tool for your use to insure that
quotations you receive are for the same sign!
Insist that your bidders check-mark each line, then
sign the document when they give you their quote.
If you know all the details of the sign you wish to purchase, and desire to
buy it right now, click the following link to go to our online
Monument Sign Purchase Page.
Free Factory Tour
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and tools, and the facility dedicated to making good
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