12 Jun Screw it, let’s do it.
Okay. I borrowed this title from Richard Branson’s book, but it is very applicable to the subject of this article. (By the way, it’s a great book, a must-read for business owners!)
Something that all sign installers do on a daily basis is mounting and hanging their signs. It is very important to have a good and strong connection, fast and simple but not too expensive. The end-customer usually has little interest in those “details”. Well, it’s not really a “detail”. It is well worth discussing this point thoroughly with your customer because first of all, you will prove yourself to be a more reliable and professional signmaker than your competitor. At the same time, you can protect yourself from future disagreements with your customer in case something goes wrong.
What if you decided to go “quick-and-easy” and use glue/kit to mount your signs and suddenly the customer wants them replaced six months later even though they didn’t expect a change soon? Yes… you will completely destroy the wall, all because of replacing a little sign. Repairs, paint, time, etc. etc. Give the choice to your customer, “you prefer quick and cheap or safe and easy removable”? Moreover, your customers often have rented offices. What if they move out? Who’s doing the repairs?
For large signage projects, time is often even more crucial and in such cases, cheap (and not easily removable) solutions for sign mounting are unfortunately more likely to be chosen.
The surface is extremely important, too. If it is about wall mounting: What kind of wall is it? Wooden, concrete, plaster, or do you have to deal with a glass surface? The same goes for ceilings. Don’t you just hate those extremely hard ceilings where you have to drill for minutes to get a decent hole? I clearly remember a case where a signmaker had to mount hundreds of suspended signs with screws, meaning lots of drilling and screwing, whereas it could have been smartly executed with a simple twister-clip or a magnetic solution.
Trust me, when the sign falls off, your customer will definitely call you, and not the painter.
The weakest element is always the final layer of the wall, which is usually the paint. In that case, gluing on the wall means that it can go wrong with the adhesion strength between the paint and the wall. Since you are not responsible for the quality of the painted layer, it is not your problem officially. Or is it? Trust me, when the sign falls off, your customer will definitely call you, and not the painter. Similarly, do you have to hang a heavy suspended sign to a weak ceiling? The cause of any possible “accident” will be the ceiling or your work? I think your customer will probably point his finger to you.
How strong should the mounting be? Is it good enough to stay fixed, or does it need to be indestructible? I would always opt for a safe, stable but well-removable solution. I don’t mean that it should be extremely easy to remove, but it definitely should be smart. For example, an invisible screw mechanical connection method that only the installer and the customer know how it functions, in order to remove the sign safely. In this way, you are also safeguarding the signs, ensuring that possible “young delinquents” will not be able to remove and damage them.
Here are my own preferences on how to mount on a wall or a ceiling:
- Stone, concrete, and plaster surfaces: plugs and screws
- Wooden surfaces: self-tapping screws
- Doors and glass objects: non-permanent tape
- Suspended ceiling systems: snap fasteners
For me, kit based solutions are a big no-no. Screwing is my favorite.
For me, kit based solutions are a big no-no. Screwing is my favorite, as it is the strongest solution and it will result only in a small hole that you can easily repair when needed. When you choose good quality sign systems and mounting solutions, it should not have to be time-consuming to fix. Go for systems that will require as little screws as possible, which will dramatically reduce installation and future-repair time (in case a change will be needed), while they will still be offering stability and durability.
If you need to know more about our one-screw connection system or other methods of mounting, please feel free to contact us.