Different Commercial Sign Types & Their Cost
When a potential customer visits your store, the first impression sets the tone. Let’s look at some of the different options available.
Fabric Storefront Signs
Unique and colorful but not as long lasting and requiring some upkeep compared to signs made from more durable materials. Easily orders online, a small 4 foot by 6 foot sign made from plastic, nylon or vinyl can be ordered online with your logo and be with you in just a few days. If inserted into a framed lightbox it will ensure customers can read the sign easily at night. FitsSmallBusiness says you fabric storefront signs cost about $6 per sq ft with average prices raning from $3 to $9 per sq ft in the US for 2020. Installing fabric storefront signs costs about $180.
Plywood Storefront Signs
Elegant, affordable and simple. Factors impacting the cost of the sign include the type of paint used, the choice of finish you want and the font you utilize. Premium woods like oak or cherry command premium prices. They are also subjected to damage by weather and may need replacement quite frequently. Plywood signs air an old school, rustic look even for upscale businesses. Costs: From $50 for a 4 foot by 4 foot plywood sign and installation from $192.
Painted Glass Storefront Signs
A great looking and low-cost option, the store windows are the canvas for your signs! One drawback is maybe a lack of visibility and the glare of the sun. Costs: Painted glass signs will cost around $175 if you want some names and letters on a door. The more detailed the design and higher quality all-weather paints used the more expensive it can become often in the thousands!
Laser Cut Storefront Signs / Punched Metal Signboards:
Modern with a historic vibe that can be used by any business seeking modern sleek design with a retro edge, Costs: A two-sided 18 inch by 24 inch sign can cost as little as $80 without installation, Larger signs with additional colors and textures can cost between $250 and $2,000.
Metal Storefront Sign Boards:
Professional as well as eye-catching, But remember if you utilize a metal signboard with lettering that is cut individually it will cost you a great deal more than if the lettering was painted on to the metal because of the amount of customized labor involved. Costs: $350 without installation or $450 upwards with installation.
Awning Storefront Signs
Offering shade and shelter for the customer during inclement weather as well as looking great, the cost of awnings depends on the size and the fabric being used as well as the hardware needed to complete the installation. Some businesses report energy savings in the region of 30%. You can also have your signage on the front and side of the awning. Costs: $550 upwards but with installation, you could be looking in excess of $4,000.
Rockfront Store Signs
Rock materials and stones are great options. Durable, permanent and heavy providing a modern but ageless feel. One downside is they are heavy and permanent and may be very expensive to move if your business relocates. Costs: Stone signs start at around $600 with prices escalating beyond $11,000 depending on the size.
Glass Tube Light Storefront Signs
Also known as LED or neon signs that offer universal and eye-catching appeal. Overall upkeep can be costly so consider this before you purchase one. Made from glass they are obviously fragile and repair can be very expensive. Obviously, businesses that are open at night will benefit most from such signage. Costs: A simple sign starts at around $11,000 but based on the complexity of the design and size, they can go as high as $11,000 on occasion.
Monument signs look great and you can add some cool features like faux stone facing, bricks, columns, arches and so on. Costs: Depending on the complexity of the design you choose you will be looking at between $2,300 to $8,000.
Depending on whether you go with an LED pylon sign and depending on the height, the costs can vary. Pylon signs cost anywhere from $8,000 to $200,000.
Channel Letter Signs
Depending on the difficulty of the fabrication process and the difficulty of where the installation is being performed will all factor into making a determination of the final cost; Costs: $2,000 to $3,000.
Exterior Building Signs
Exterior building signs are available in many different colors, styles and can be custom made and designed to your precise specification. Exterior building signs cost about $850 with average prices ranging from $200 to $1,500 and this may differ planning on where the sign is to be installed according to ArizonaCommercialSigns.
Signs not using lights are not as expensive as lighted neon signs. According to HomeAdvisor, commercial neon signs cost an average of $700 sq ft. Costs: Ranging from $200 to $1,200 in 2019.
Lighted Business Signs Cost
Lighted signs are often in excess of $35 per square foot and a neon sign will set you back between $250 and $1,250 per square foot in the US for 2020 according to HomeAdvisor.