What Are Our Outdoor Signs Made Of?

All of our outdoor signage is made of recycled plastic lumber — the same materials that we use for our furniture. Also known as poly lumber, our plastic lumber is made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) derived from recycled materials. Plastic lumber is utilized as an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional wood. Recycled plastic HDPE lumber is highly durable and resistant to fading from UV light, making it ideal for outdoor applications such as lawn furniture and signs. Regardless of your climate, plastic lumber performs in any environment.

Our outdoor signs made from plastic lumber are available to those across the country, from Florida to Alaska. The nonporous material holds up against wet weather conditions and isn't prone to cracking or splintering, like traditional wood is. Plastic lumber is also completely resistant to mold and rot, giving it a long-lasting appeal.

Additionally, plastic lumber can be molded into practically any shape for customized outdoor signs, without requiring a lot of additional forming, tooling and cutting. Custom outdoor signs can be built to your exact specifications and designs, incorporating your own branding into the final product with ease.

Things To Consider for Your Outdoor Signage

The first steps toward creating your own outdoor signage will involve many discussions and design meetings to help you get a good idea of what you'd like. Here are some additional things to consider when getting ready to order your new outdoor signs:

1. Size

Go big or go home? Or pleasantly understated? The overall size of your outdoor sign is going to depend a lot on its purpose. Do you want a city welcome sign to greet people to your town? Or are you a homeowner's association looking for a sign to let visitors know they've come to your lovely neighborhood? You're most likely going to want a bigger outdoor sign than what you might find in a park or along a nature trail.

2. Location

As with most things in life, your customized outdoor signs are all about location, location, location. Placement of your high pressure laminate signs is an important consideration depending on their purpose. Outdoor informational signage, such as park maps, should be highly visible and placed in high-traffic areas like trailheads and entrances. For park signs and state park signage placed along hiking trails, however, you want them to be smaller and kept in non-distracting areas that won't disrupt the hiker's enjoyment of the natural environment. Keep the location in mind when deciding on your signs.

3. Cost

There are two major costs when it comes to outdoor signage: initial costs and upkeep. Permanent outdoor signs made from other materials such as wood and concrete have costs associated with repairing fasteners and replacing rotted wood or rusted areas, as well as touching up or redoing paint and stain jobs. Outdoor signs made from high pressure laminate and plastic lumber have little to no upkeep costs. Poly lumber is also cheaper than concrete and easier to work with in terms of your designs and desired imagery. For more information, check out our plastic lumber cost comparison guide.

4. Colors & Images

Few materials are easier to work with than plastic lumber and high pressure laminate when it comes to the color and image design of your custom outdoor signs. The number of color and image options for your custom outdoor signs is nearly limitless as the color and shape are all determined prior to creation. That means we can build outdoor signage for you that incorporates your branding or text directly into the material. Here are all the capabilities we have with plastic lumber:

  • Unlimited fonts
  • 19 UV stabilized colors
  • Additional color combinations with epoxy and color-fill
  • Modular frame systems
  • Digitally printed vinyl logos
  • Routed custom outdoor signs

What Kinds of Outdoor Signs Are Available?

A complete list of available outdoor signs would be impossible to cover, as our designers and clients frequently invent new applications for custom signage. Here is a list of the most common uses for custom outdoor signs:

1. Parks and Recreation Signs

Weatherproof signage made from recycled plastic lumber is used year-round by parks and recreation departments on their various properties. Park signs create welcoming environments for visitors and inform them that they've come to the right place. Our custom outdoor signs for parks and recreation are used for parks, playgrounds, community gardens, baseball diamonds, soccer fields and much more.

Parks and Recreation Signs
Camping Signs

2. Camping Signs

Custom camping signs are a great way to greet campers and to provide valuable information regarding your campsite. From trailhead signs to information regarding fish and wildlife in the area, camping signs are the perfect way to keep your hikers and campers informed about the conservation area.

3. Wayfinding and Interpretive Signage

From complex to simplistic, wayfinder signage is intended to keep your visitors safe and knowledgeable about the areas they are venturing into. Some examples of outdoor informational signage include maps of the surrounding trails and parkland, on-trail directions to points of interest or visual cautions about insects and other wildlife found in the area. They are also commonly used on golf courses to give players information and may even provide a layout of the upcoming hole.

Wayfinding and Interpretive Signage
City Signage

4. City Signage

Hospitality starts at the city limits with the proper city signage. Classic "Welcome To" signs can also provide information on a city's population, elevation and date of founding.

5. HOA Signs

Custom outdoor signs for homeowner's associations (HOAs) have become more and more popular over the past few decades. As a visual representation of the style and aesthetic of the neighborhood, HOA signs will greet residents and visitors to the neighborhood for years to come. Using recycled plastic lumber is an economical and aesthetically pleasing way to keep the neighborhood looking pristine well into the future.

HOA Signs
Business Signage

6. Business Signage

A good first impression for your company or brand can be found in custom business signage. Whether you need an informational sign for the parking lot, roadside or on the face of your building, we can create customized outdoor signs that match your company's existing brand identity.

7. Plaques

Memorial outdoor plaques are a time-tested way to honor members of your family, community or city. With plaques made from HDPE materials, you can honor and memorialize someone in an environmentally friendly way with no maintenance required. You can place these plaques in a garden, park, cemetery or as part of a larger memorial tribute.

Cemetery Signs

8. Cemetery Signs

Utilizing cemetery signage makes it easier for visitors to locate and navigate the grounds. Cemetery signs can be created to match the current site's distinct personality without drawing unnecessary attention.

Other Outdoor Signs We Offer

In addition to all of our available HDPE signs, Bright Idea Shops also makes custom outdoor signs in additional materials:

High-Pressure Laminate (HPL) Signs

Able to withstand rigorous outdoor conditions, HPL signs can be colorful and informative additions to your outdoor signage. HPL is fully customizable with colors, graphics and text. Easy to install and long-lasting, HPL signs are great for trailhead maps, nature centers and other points of interest.

High-Pressure Laminate (HPL) Signs
Aluminum Signs

Aluminum Signs

Attractive, durable aluminum signs are great for informative signs with a lot of text as they present clear, concise directions. Aluminum signs sit at the intersection of affordability and durability, making for great economical options that don't sacrifice quality.

White Oak and Red Cherry Routed Signs

Using a routing tool, we can create wood signs out of white oak and red cherry wood. If you want the rustic appearance of sand-blasted wood, we can create a customized outdoor sign for you.

Start Your Outdoor Sign Project Today

At Bright Idea Shops, we know that every outdoor sign project is unique. We get excited working on fun and creative projects, like these custom map boxes, for our clients. Customers come to us at every stage of their development process and we help them sharpen their ideas into creative solutions. Start creating your custom outdoor signs today. For more information on recycled plastic lumber, custom outdoor signs or information on pricing, reach out and one of our experts will help you every step of the way.

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