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School Signage Solutions

Posted by John Grigoli

Oct 15, 2020 11:45:00 AM

St. Raphael wall decalNavigating a school building is like finding your way through a maze. Whether you’re on a college campus or the grounds of an elementary school, it is so simple for anyone to get lost. It begins by locating the proper building, followed by figuring out parking and entrances, and then finally finding your way through endless hallways, alleys and staircases inside the structure to get to your destination. It can certainly be frustrating and it takes practice! But having clear signage inside and out of your school’s campus will help everyone get on the right path. Plus you can do it all while promoting school spirit!


Signage Needs in Schools

There are many instances when it’s important for a school to convey directions or a message to students, staff and guests.


  • Safety: This comes first on the list for a reason—everyone’s safety is of the upmost importance. In general, a lot of the direction in this category comes from state and local requirements and guidelines. But beyond signage for safety exits and evacuation plans, schools need signs for pedestrian traffic, school crossings and speed calming signs. Standard metal signs on stakes will help with many of these needs.
  • Exterior Directional: Beyond safety directions, there are many reasons a school will need other directional signage outside of the building. Signs are needed to direct traffic for carline pick-ups, bus pick-up/drop-off areas, and parking spot signs for visitors. For larger campuses, signs are often needed to direct drivers and delivery trucks toward popular buildings and areas of campus. Again, metal signs will work for these needs, as well as wooden post signs.

cuyahoga valley career center directional sign


  • Interior Directional: The maze continues! Not only will students need to find their way to your building, but inside as well. Directional signs help students find their way to certain wings of a building, a cluster of classrooms, the auditorium or gymnasium. But individual room signs are also necessary so students can find their specific classroom, a restroom or office.

interior signs for Cuyahoga Community College, west


  • Building Welcome: Is it clear to newcomers that they have indeed found the right building? It’s important for a building to have the school name attached to the outside of the building, as well as street signs welcoming people to the school. This is a sign that often gets overlooked. Schools are usually happy to just stick with what’s been there for decades. But having dimensional letters attached to the building with its name is important, as well as a street sign (which can be a standard sign, or electronic for announcing important upcoming events and due date reminders).

Lutheran East  school digital exterior sign

  • COIVD-19: The pandemic brings additional needs for signage—by showing the proper direction to walk to minimize crowding in halls and safety markers so students keep a safe distance in lunch lines and from the office desks. These can be done through vinyl wall and floor art, making them easily removable.


  • Team Spirit: Using signs to decorate and promote school unity and team spirit is definitely one of the more fun sides to school signage. Window clings are great for projecting a message as people enter your building (the clings are see-through from the inside), and creating colorful, promotional window posters for display cases also will get your message across. Vinyl wall panels can help brighten up a hallway and cheer on your students.

school window posters


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There are so many ways Epic Signs can help your school provide people with the directions they need and promote school spirit. Whether it’s through interior vinyl wall panels or exterior digital signage, we can help get your message across. 

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Custom Metal Plaques for Cleveland Business Signs

Posted by John Grigoli

Feb 4, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Custom metal plaques for Cleveland Ohio have become the signage of choice due to their lifetime durability. In your area, you have probably noticed the growing popularity of metal signage, whether it is for retailers or service providers. Epic Signs & Graphics is here to help when you decide it is time for your company to utilize this information display option.

The Many Uses for Metal Plaques

There are a vast array of uses for metal plaques. The need for wayfinding signs is a great example of this. You can add an extra level of sophistication to the mix with the use of metal, as compared to acrylics. Also, with metal, you are able to keep your displays and signage looking identical outside and in if your visitors will be traversing the exterior of your venue as well as the interior.Metal Plaque Sign Cleveland

Metal never disappoints when it comes to renovating historic buildings. Acrylics do not work in this circumstance because the signage material needs to be as time honored as the building. Metal plaques even work well for less glamorous tasks, such as directory information located opposite elevators. You can project longevity, class, and durability and add immediate character to a building that is otherwise rather plain.

For your Northeast Ohio office building or store, metal ADA plaques are also a superb choice. You can highlight the locations of stairways, restrooms, and other necessary amenities since we are able to include colorful designs on your metal plaque, allowing you to display high contract graphics with these heavy duty materials. It is also very easy to make the signs ADA compliant by adding Braille writing to the plaques.

We Offer Etched and Cast Models

A picture of the item you have in mind is where a cast plaque begins. You may, for example, want to bring to us a picture of your company founder if you are thinking of creating a cast plaque with him as the focus. For your approval, we will then make a mold. Once we have received your approval, we will use the mold to create the plaque you desire. Our seasoned metal artisans have the expertise and creativity to perform this highly artistic process.

Chemicals are used instead of mold in the etched signs. When you have an intricate collection or shape of dark and light areas that need to be presented in a crisp manner, etching is the superior process. This process can be used for drawings, photo etchings, and recessed or raised graphics. There is little artistic interpretation of the material needed for etching, and the results are stunning.

Caring for Metal Signage

Our signs use bronze, brass, or aluminum alloy metals. In the care and cleaning of these materials, there are many different commercial cleaning products made especially for this. There are also numerous homemade cleaning solutions if you are a do it yourselfer. These typically call for anything from lemon juice to baking soda.

With their many uses and extreme durability, it's easy to get a quote from Epic Signs & Graphics; simply click on the button below.

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Custom Metal Plaques: Durable for Any Business!

Posted by John Grigoli

Nov 20, 2013 2:30:00 PM

Custom metal plaques in ClevelandIntroduce the sophistication and durability of metal plaques to your commercial or private property. Whether you intend to add some outdoor signage or plan on making the inside of your property pop, metal is the kind of material that delivers without fail. Epic Signs & Graphics has the metal plaques Cleveland business owners, professional organizations and nonprofits need!

Material Choices

Stainless steel offers supreme durability with the silver color that you have come to love. Opt for a brushed and polished finish. Since this material is easy to take care of, you have the option of using it for interior and exterior signs. In contrast, plated steel is useful for interior signs only. It may be black and feature silver or gold typeface for a striking contrast.

Brass is the type of metal that bespeaks sophistication. When you plan on placing these metal plaques outside, be sure to have our friendly graphic design artists add a lacquer for the protection of the material. Interior signs are easy to polish with material-specific cleaners. Other popular material choices are bronze and copper. While the former has a yellowish appearance, the latter features an attractive reddish hue.

Popular Outdoor Uses

Stakes are commonly used in park and nursery settings. They alert passersby to the names of flora and fauna. Even in the business setting, these stakes identify the company that takes pride in its landscaping and eco-friendly approach to using native plants around the building. Use them to expand on your commitment to environmental conservation.

When a business is confident in its longevity, it may be a good idea to express this confidence by choosing a metal address plaque. These plaques are made to outlast the lease on the building. Photo plaques are striking signage option for the business that wants to offer a bit of information about founders and important corporate personalities. Incorporate these kinds of signs in a landscape or mount them on the building itself.

Common Indoor Uses

Metal plaques are frequently seen indoors. They augment the interior decor of an office or store. For example, the coveted employee of the year award is usually mounted on coated walnut or bamboo. It features a sublimated image that displays the company’s name and logo. In contrast, employee of the month awards generally merit a plate on a perpetual plaque. Engraved on the plate are the names of the chosen employee and the date of presentation. Depending on the size of the plaque, there may be enough plates for a 12-month period or even longer.

By the way, interior plaques also come with photo options. Some offer a ready-made frame that allows you to simply slide in your picture. Some companies have also decided to use metal plaques for directional signs. This is usually the case when the interior decor is heavy on stainless steel or – conversely – relies on dark wood. It is interesting to note that metal plaques add strikingly beautiful accessory options for either design choice.

Keeping the Metal Plaques Clean

Cleaning metal plaques is easy. There are large numbers of home-made recipes that use salt, lemon wedges and baking soda as base materials. Others call for little more than mild dish soap and lukewarm water. Of course, the easiest cleaning options point to the material-specific cleansers that are currently on the market.

At Epic Signs & Graphics, we understand that you want to differentiate yourself from your competition with the types of signs that you put into your business. If you are a homeowner, we recognize that this type of signage identifies you as the kind of property owner who appreciates the finer things in life. In short, metal plaques and signs are distinctive in material choice and exquisite in graphic execution. Entrust us with your design needs today to create an appearance that is flawless.

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