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Guide to Monument Signs


Oak Cliff, TexasOn the detail pages that follow (¬tabs to left) discover how we manufacture each free-standing Monument (ground) 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 so they can make more money. We even add self-cleaning properties.

We commonly build Monument signs with brick, stone, and stucco exterior finishes.New

Monument sign LED first-surface lighting is a hands-down winner.  Signs Manufacturing™ incorporates a patent pending design into our unique new-look concept.  Visit our "Lighting Choices" tab with its own "LED" tab.

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.

Photos of many varied sign designs are interspersed on the detail pages linked on the left.

Guaranteed Highest Quality...Guaranteed Lowest Price™


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.

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.
There are 19 questions you must have answers to before investing in signs. Questions not about the signs themselves, but about how the signs will be perceived, and how long they will take to pay for themselves. Our sales team will bring you a COMPLIMENTARY PROFESSIONAL MARKET SURVEY of your new signage locations. Click on the "Sign Market Research" tab to the left for details.

Visit Our Unique Sign Lighting Laboratory and Demonstration Showroom with LED Video Displays


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, adding an LED Video Display Showroom because we realized how important one would be to consumers.

If you are considering purchasing an LED Video Display or Digital LED Message Center sign this exclusive opportunity will be particularly important.  You must determine what type of sign, and which LED spacing is best, so that your sign will be successful, considering how you will use it.

Therefore:

are always available for you to compare.

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!)

  • Channel letter signs, both neon and LED lighted.

  • Sign ShowroomLetterlites™ channel letter signs.

  • Twinkling Letterlites™ channel letter signs.

  • SpectraLitesColor-changing channel letter signs.

  • Reverse channel letter signs.

  • Cloud signs.

  • Channel letter signs with backplates.

  • Raceways and wireways.

  • Cabinet signs, fluorescent, HID, or LED lighted.

  • Neon and LED building accent lighting.

  • Neon color selection.

  • Brighter Signsneon.

  • SolarbriteLED lighting.

  • LED color selection.

  • Pinlights™ signs.

  • Pylon signs.

  • Pole signs.

  • Masonry Monument signs.

  • 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.

  • Acrylic-faced signs.

  • Lexan®-faced signs.

  • Flex-faced cabinet signs.

  • Push-thru lettering.

  • Pin-mounted letters.

  • Acrylic and Lexan color selection.

  • Vinyl color selection

  • PMS color selection.

  • Paint color selection (32,807 colors.)

  • Free Grand Opening Package.

  • ...and more.

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™ signsBrighter Signs™ neon or Solarbrite™ LED lighting for channel letter signsFluorescent 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.

Your business will be better because you do. 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."

Cecil Drake, Drake Communications

Free Gift for Visiting Showroom

You May Qualify for a "BETTER THAN FREE™" Sign


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!

Sign Cost Information


We sell our signs FACTORY-DIRECT, WHOLESALE to the public.

There is a "Cost" tab to the left that lists general budget pricing for pylon signs and explains our 5 different ways of paying for them.

When you do so notice how dealing directly with the manufacturer can potentially save you additional dollars in Texas sales/use taxes!

However, you can purchase right now and save if you know precisely what you want. 

Signs Marketplace

Monument Sign$91.80 per square foot. (Based on 32 square foot double-faced internally lighted Monument sign cabinet. Ready to mount on a pole. Coated structural steel frame. Aluminum skins primed and painted with acrylic urethane paint. Coated acrylic faces with vinyl graphics. Center support in cabinet.  Shipping or installation costs are additional.  We will contact you for construction and shipping/installation particulars.)   Installation available.

The detailed construction and installation information below and to the left, is very important in developing a sign that will accomplish your goals.

If you do not know precisely what you want, please contact us to develop an exact plan to meet your particular needs - for free (see our "Design Center" page!)

Illuminated Monument SignOur 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.  The detailed construction and installation information below, and to the left, is very important in developing a sign that will accomplish your goals.

USA Today NewspaperClick our "Customers & Photos" tab on our "About Us" page to view a partial list of our customers, photos of their signs, and comments.

To read what USA TODAY Newspaper says about the cost of signs "click" on their logo to the left.

Fraud Protection


"After being ripped-off by one sign company, who took my several-thousand-dollar deposit but never delivered my sign, I was nervous.  I'm sure glad I met you guys!"

Paul Lewis, Jubilee Mortgage

Signs Manufacturing™ is insured, registered, licensed and bonded per all City and State regulations, and even carries product liability insurance to protect our customers, and their customers, which is very rare among sign companies.

We even offer our customers free coverage on a $2,000,000 insurance policy providing Deposit Insurance if we were to default.

Visit our "Cost" tab on the "Sign Types" page for details on all of the above.

We've got you covered!

"...I had to hound Vital ***** (a sign broker) for weeks and weeks, then I had to call ******** (the manufacturer) to finally get a hold of Vital *****.  I thought Vital ***** was taking my deposit money and running.  When he asked for the second deposit I was kind of hesitant based on my experience with him.  I did some research on Vital ***** and there were judgments in Dallas County, civil judgments for Vital ***** taking money and not putting up a sign!  But the manufacturer said I had to deal with him, and he already had a great deal of my money.

The installation company he subcontracted with, City *****, finally did show up and after giving them another $30,000 the sign was installed but City ***** didn't pay Vital *****, I guess, his "fair cut" of it.

Vital ***** was initially mad at City ***** and then he was mad at me, so he came and took the controller out of the sign so now it doesn't even work!  I tried to go back to ******** (the manufacturer), and gave them all of the documentation and they said it's between me and Vital *****, they won't do anything about it.  I'm never dealing any way but directly with a manufacturer again!"

Mr. Sinkler, Freedom Wash

Why Buy Factory-Direct, from a State-Licensed Company?


TURN-KEY  Design, Manufacturing, Installation, and Service

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 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.

If you wonder if a sign-seller can legally install and service electrical signs through-out Texas go to http://www.license.state.tx.us/LicenseSearch/, enter "Electricians" in the "Inquire by License Type" box and the name of the sign business or person in the "Inquire by Name" box.  If they are not licensed they can not.

So someone can sell you signs and not be licensed to install or service them.  You may have to have this done.  But unless the electrical signs you buy are "listed" (U.L. usually) they won't be allowed to be installed in Texas, a State of Texas Consumer Protection Safety Law designed to insure that signs are safe to use, with a few local city ordinance exceptions.  It is not illegal to sell them to you, however. Buy carefully.

"I had a ****-a-**** (sign company) right across the street … that store's out of business now … I found out they hired some other company to build and install our sign and they did a really #@%&&$ job, the thing has never lit right.  ****-a-**** Corporate won't do anything, they say the closed store was an independent franchise, and the sign builder/installer won't fix it, they say we weren't their customer.  I need you to come out, tell me what it will cost to get the thing working properly and get it fixed."

Chris Jennings, Jimmy Johns

Summary - Monument Signs in a Nutshell


The Special Features and Benefits of Signs Manufacturing Corporation's Monument Signs

 

Lasting Quality - Your Sign will ALWAYS look good to potential customers

 

Special Features and Benefits of doing business with Signs Manufacturing™

Construction


Frisco, TexasArlington, TexasFor 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.

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 Monument signs with brick, stone, and stucco exterior finishes.

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 Welding


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 Importance of Sign Thickness


The thickness of a sign does more than impart a more prominent importance to a sign, it affects the graphics.

The minimum allowable thickness of a sign depends on the type of internal lighting and the type and size of the sign face.Lewisville, Texas

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.

Dallas, TexasFREE ESTIMATESAll 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 Retainer Width


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.)MULTI-TENANT MONUMENT SIGN

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.

Monument, Lewisville, TexasThis makes the use of pre-made extruded aluminum sign frames undesirable.

Tabs to other components of a Monument sign are listed down the left side of this page.

Be sure to select the link "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.

Free Factory Tour


Come and see the array of equipment and tools, and the facility dedicated to making good signs.

Contact a sales consultant to arrange a plant tour. 

Using Our Website to Learn About Signs and Create a Successful Image.


#1 Signs Company in Customer SatisfactionYour sign forms that very important "first impression" your potential customer has of your business.  Your sign must always look nearly as good as it looked the day it was installed so that you don't give potential customers a worsening impression of your business as your sign ages.

Click our "Sign Types" tab to the left, then pick any of our products and discover how we make each sign to last; including the use of CNC manufacturing, rust-proof metal, structural-steel frames, high-end automotive paint, high-impact plastics, and most importantly, sophisticated protective coatings.  All our signs include these many hidden features, critically important to you but often ignored by competitors so they can make more money. We even add self-cleaning properties.

Signs Manufacturing™ makes more than lighted and unlighted business signs.  We manufacture, install and service church signs, school signs, apartment signs, park signs, governmental signs, architectural signs, etc.  Interior signs as well as exterior signs.

Multi-color LetterLites Channel LettersWe manufacture road signs and building signs including channel letter signs (internally lighted with neon or Solarbrite™ LEDs, or externally lighted with first-surface LetterLites™ LEDs), neon signs, wall sign cabinets, pole signs, pylon signs, Monument signs, message centers, PinLights™ LED signs, architectural signs, plastic lettering, metal lettering, trim-cap lettering, plaques and more!  Please "click" our "Sign Types" tab on the top left of this page to learn about our products by category.

"Click" our "Sign Types" tab and Channel Letters, Wall Cabinet Signs, Pole or Pylon Signs, or Monument Signs also to learn about our "EZ Install Signs™" that are manufactured so that you can install them yourself.

If you are considering a LED electronic message center, consider our Sunburst Displays™ units, which include a free computer, and our "inexpensive/cheap displays" for those on a tight budget.

We champion brighter, energy-saving solutions that save our customers money while protecting our environment.  No matter what type of signs you are considering, please explore our "Lighting Choices" tab for that product, with its own "Energy Savings" tabs. In fact many of our unique sign designs can even be Solar Powered!

We have lots of experience.  Click our "Design Center" tab to the left to learn how we canMULTIPLE ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS help you - for free.  We even furnish a "Grand Opening Package" featuring a free parking lot "Coming Soon" free-standing portable sign to attract attention while your sign is being constructed.

We will give your company an edge and help make you money.

We are the "greenest" sign company in Texas.  Click the "Our Environment" tab on our "About Us" page to learn about our environmental efforts.

Please use and enjoy this 400+ page, always growing, website with over 2000 images, the largest information resource about signs on the internet, created so you can learn about all types of signs and how you can control their affect on your image.

We believe that if you're a knowledgeable purchaser there's a real good chance you'll become our customer. 

Signs Manufacturing Campus 2001

Signs Manufacturing Corporation's Four-building Manufacturing Campus prior to our 7,500 sq. ft. expansion in 2004 (Photo courtesy of Bing.)

Signs Manufacturing's 2004 Building Expansion

Weekend photo showing Signs Manufacturing Corporation's 2004 Building Expansion, taken during our 2009 re-roofing project (Courtesy of Google Earth.)

Texas' Success Story


The Dallas/Fort Worth  "Metroplex" continues as the fastest growing large city area in the United States, year-after-Flag of the Great State of Texasyear.  It is the fourth fastest growing such area in the world.  As fast as in China or India!

North Texas is expected to gain over 4,000,000 new residents in just the next 4 years!  The business economy HERE remains healthy!  Well over 100 new businesses are started in just the D/FW Metroplex every week.

Don't let the "doom-n-gloomers" talk you out of being successful.  This is the best time ever to start a new business in North Texas and Northeast Texas.

State Licensed Sign Installation and Sign Service


We are a full-service sign company.  We provide sign site surveys, sign permits, sign installation and sign maintenance services for electrical and non-electrical signs for our customers as well as other sign companies.  We provide this work in Dallas, Fort Worth (DFW), and ALL of North Texas and Northeast Texas.

State Sign and Electrical License Numbers:  TECL17503, TSCL18015, TSCL18016.

Quality Certified Signs Technician Q-Check logoOur technicians are also Quality Certified Signs™ certified.   (Click the "Installation & Service" tab for details.)

Over 75,000 Signs Manufactured and InstalledWe serve and have installed signs in the Texas cities of Addison, Aledo, Allen, Alvarado, Anna, Argyle, Arlington, Athens, Aubrey, Avalon, Azle, Balch Springs, Bedford, Benbrook, Blue Mound, Bonham, Briar, Bridgeport, Buckingham, Burleson, Caddo Mills, Canton, Carrollton, Cedar Hill, Celina, Cleburne, Cockrell Hill, Colleyville, The Colony, Combine, Coppell, Corsicana, Crandall, Crowley, Dallas, Dalworthington Gardens, Decatur, Denison, Denton, Desoto, D/FW Airport, Dido, Duncanville, Eagle Mountain Lake, Edgecliff, Ennis, Euless, Everman, Farmers Branch, Farmersville, Ferris, Flower Mound, Forest Hill, Forney, Fort Worth, Frisco, Gainesville, Garland, Glenn Heights, Granbury, Grand Prairie, Grapevine, Greenville, Gun Barrel City, Haltom City, Haslet, Highland Park, Hillsboro, Hudson Oaks, Hurst, Hutchins, Irving, Italy, Itasca, Jacksboro, Joshua, Justin, Kaufman, Keene, Keller, Kennedale, Kleberg, Krum, Lake Dallas, Lake Worth, Lakeside, Lancaster, Las Colinas, Lawson, Lewisville, Little Elm, Longview, Mansfield, Marshall, Maypearl, McKinney, Melissa, Mesquite, Midlothian, Milford, Mineral Wells, Mount Pleasant, Mount Vernon, Murphy, Nevada, Newark, North Richland Hills, Ovilla, Palmer, Pantego, Paris, Parker County, Pelican Bay, Pittsburg, Plano, Ponder, Princeton, Prosper, Quinlan, Quitman, Red Oak, Rendon, Richardson, Richland Hills, Rice, River Oaks, Roanoke, Rockwall, Rowlett, Royse City, Sachse, Saginaw, Sansom Park, Sanger, Seagoville, Sherman, Silver Creek, Southlake, Springtown, Stephenville, Sulphur Springs, Sunnyvale, Terrell, Texarkana, Trophy Club, Tyler, University Park, Van Alstyne, Valley View, Watauga, Waxahachie, Weatherford, Wedgewood, Westlake, Weston, Westover Hills, Wheatland, White Settlement, Whitney, Wichita Falls, Willow Park, Wills Point, Wilmer, and Wylie.

ZIP Codes 75001 thru 76958.

Area Codes 214, 254, 430, 469, 682, 817, 903, 940, and 972.

Serving Collin, Cook, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Henderson, Hill, Hood, Hopkins, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Lamar, Navarro, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant, Titus, Van Zandt, Wood, and Wise Counties in Texas.

We also have signs in 43 different states, and 6 other nations.

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