Retail Fascias & Shop Sign Makers - Surrey Shop Signs
 

Retail Fascias & Shop Sign Makers

About Shop Signs & Business Signs

An external shop sign or a retail fascia above the outside of the shop or even a sign situated within the window plays such a crucial role in attracting customers that it's incredibly important that it is done right as customers tend to judge you by your cover and it only reflects on how professional you are as a business

A shop sign that looks unprofessional or one that is badly executed will inevitably lose you business.

Retail fascias are an interesting division of sign making because of all the different possibilities which range right across the spectrum from simple black text on a white background to 3D back-lit neon lettering illuminated by lights. You really do have a blank canvas to create exactly what you want and the sky is the limit!

Helping you make the right decision

What we do at Surrey Shop Signs is advise you on all the styles and technologies available and offer ideas on what would suit you best. If you’re struggling with ideas then we’re able to present you with some ideas which may appeal to you – after all, we've manufactured and installed so many front shop signs that we've most likely produced something similar in the past and can therefore offer you our experience as a good starting point.

Don't forget your shop window can also be used either or instead of to complement the space above it and take advantage of using the entire shop front to attract your customers. At Surrey Shop Signs we can either hang signs (even illuminated signs) inside the window or use a hard wearing vinyl sticker on the inside of the glass to create the style you're looking for and to form the shape and image that the shop projects to the outside world and passers-by.

Please visit our Window Graphics page for ideas and information on this service we provide

One popular way of displaying a shop's identity on to the retail outlet without completely covering the whole front is to use a vinyl boarder which runs right round the window. This could perhaps display your company logo, your company colours and even a strapline or contact details. By doing this it promotes your brand at the same time as allow you to see out of the windows too.

Whatever you decide to go with, Surrey Shop Signs will provide you with first rate service including installation and a top quality product that will last for years to come.

    

Shop Signs & Retail Fascias

Wooden Shop Sign

Shop Signs Esher

Shop Signs Wimbedon

Things to consider when choosing the style of your shop sign

Whether you’re moving into a new premises or refurbishing an old sign, there are lots of things to consider which will help determine the style of sign you need. With a vast range of materials available these days, there are a range of options to help you get the right sign for you within the budget you have in mind.

As a rule of thumb, we usually recommend that we quote you for the exact style of sign you initially had in mind so you have an exact cost of production and then if it’s over your budget then we can work backwards and offer cheaper production methods and materials as a solution to help create a similar style sign at a cheaper cost for you to compare prices. There are many ways of achieving a smart, attractive and affective sign without spending a fortune which we’re able to guide you through the various options available. Here's a few questions you should consider when selecting your new shop sign:Popular made-to-order shop letters to consider

Making a successful shop sign is all about selecting the right materials which determines how the overall sign looks. There is a whole world of materials available in many different colours, shapes and sizes which give it that quality look and finishing touch. Even by using some of the cheaper plastics or composites, you're able to make it look like an expensive shop sign.

Here are some of the most popular materials used for creating shop sign text and logos for shop fascias:

Do you have an existing timber shop front fascia which can be used?

Most shops and retail premises will have an existing shop front fascia which is usually made from a marine treated timber such as plywood or a rendered surface. This is usually painted and prepared for the new tenants when the shop is leased.

If your shop has a timber fascia or rendered front like this then you’ll find it relatively straight-forward and most cost-effective to paint this in the desired colour and then mount your signage or lettering to this. There are a variety of shop sign letter options available to choose from to get the desired effect you’re after. Exterior shop lighting or trough lights can also be mounted onto this fascia to help illuminate the front.

A range of bespoke and made-to-order shop letters and logos can be found here

 

    

timber fascia

...Or will you need a new shop fascia backboard panel?

Using the existing timber fascia is always a good option however if there is no fascia on your shop front or if it’s in a really poor condition then we’re able to supply you with a new aluminium fascia panel which mounts onto the shop front and transforms it into a clean blank canvas for your new signage to be displayed upon.

Aluminium shop sign fascias are a good way to display and maintain a clean shop front as they’re easy to keep clean compared to traditional wooden fascias which need to be repainted from time to time to help maintain the timber and any weathering which might affect it. A new aluminium fascia also opens the door to a variety of opportunities to which you can have your sign manufactured in such as; internally illuminated lettering, 3D illuminated letters, vinyl wrapping and many many more options.

Click here to view on a whole range of sign tray options available

  new shop fascia

How would you like your shop name or logo to be displayed on the sign?

 

OPTION 1:  Vinyl Lettering & Logos

Vinyl is the most commonly used material in the signage industry as it’s cost effective, easy to work with and flexible enough to suit most jobs. It is commonly used when other materials are either too expensive or impractical to manufacture for the required fascia design. Vinyl is vastly available in a huge range of colours from light shades to bold and vibrant colours which grab your customer’s attention. Alternatively, why not use a plain white vinyl and print your own design using any mix of colour or high resolution image using our digital printing machines? This way we’re able to create a sign which is of great detail such as a photo!  

Read more about vinyl graphics and vinyl signage by clicking here

  vinyl shop signs

OPTION 2:  Acrylic Lettering & Logos - either flat cut raised letters or 3D raised letters

Acrylic lettering is a fantastic method of signage and is available in a wide range of colours and finishes. It also comes in translucent colours which is great for creating lighting effects. Acrylic lettering is superb for displaying a modern, clean feel and for providing a dash of colour and bringing your sign to life. It's even possible to use shiny metal-effect Perspex to simulate a range of popular metals.

Because of the advantages of lower costs and maintenance compared to metal, acrylic lettering is used in all kinds of indoor and outdoor applications such as shop fascias.

Read more about acrylic letters and products by clicking here

  acrylic shop letters

OPTION 3:  Metal Lettering & Logos - either flat cut raised letters or 3D raised letters 

Raised flat cut metal lettering or 3D built up raised metal lettering is commonly used to display the shop name or logo. Metal lettering ultimately portrays a touch of class which you don’t often get from other signage methods. It denotes permanence, reliability and dependability. Our choice of metals range from polished or brushed stainless steel and aluminium for a more modern look, to brass or polished / brushed gold for the more traditional look. Bear in mind that brass does require a lot of polishing and maintenance to keep it looking clean, although it can be plated with silver or gold to keep it looking pristine and to really make it sparkle.

We stock a wide range of fonts and can advise you on which metal would work best for your application, or if you already have a font or exact requirements then we're just as happy to work to them.

Read more about metal letters and product by clicking here

  metal shop signs letters

Will your shop sign need to be externally illuminated?

Trough lighting and Shop Strip Lighting is a really effective way of lighting up your shop sign and making yourself more visible to the public. Poorly lit shops can lose you business! This is why having a shop light is crucial to ensuring a steady flow of business and so all passing by customers know you’re there.

Our sign lighting systems are the perfect solution whether it’s a new sign due to be installed or an existing shop sign.

Trough lights come in a number of finishes with the top two colours being white and black, however if there is a specific pantone colour you require then we are able to paint and colour match providing you’re able to let us know the colour ref.

Read more about external shop lighting by clicking here

  illuminated sign

...Or would you like the letters and logo to be internally illuminated?

Internally illuminating the letters on a sign rather than illuminating the entire shop front with a trough light in most cases can make your brand name or logo more visible and stand out along a shop parade. 

There are many ways of illuminating the letters on your shop sign such as built up letters which are all illuminated individually from behind with halo LED lights which creates a soft glow around the letters or internally illuminated letters which illuminated the face of the letters which creates a clean cut illumination and clearly displays the shape of the letters in a range of colours.

A number of these methods can be found on our Illuminated shop signs page.

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Will you need your signage installed or just supplied?

Depending on how complex the signage it, many types of shop letters and shop fascias can be installed by a DIY enthusiast however for more complex signs and fascias, we strongly recommend having a signage professional carry out the installation to ensure everything is installed correctly.

We have a team of shop sign fitters who carry out all our sign installations and cover many areas across the UK. Please call us to discuss whether we're able to offer installation in your area.

If you'd like to arrange the installation of the sign yourself then we're able to talk you through the installation process prior to ordering your sign so you can assess whether this is something you'd like to carry out. We can also supply you with the various installation templates to ensure the signage or lettering is installed correctly.

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Popular made-to-order shop letters to consider

Making a successful shop sign is all about selecting the right materials which determines how the overall sign looks. There is a whole world of materials available in many different colours, shapes and sizes which give it that quality look and finishing touch. Even by using some of the cheaper plastics or composites, you're able to make it look like an expensive shop sign.

Here are some of the most popular materials used for creating shop sign text and logos for shop fascias:

shop sign letter A

alu composite letters

Shop sign letter B

alu composite letters

shop sign letter C

alu composite letters

shop sign letter D

19mm foamex letters

shop sign letter E

3mm foamex letters

shop sign letter F

5mm foamex letters

shop sign letter G

5mm acrylic letters

shop sign letter H

3mm acrylic letters

shop sign letter I

10mm acrylic letters

shop sign letter J

5mm clear acrylic letters

shop sign letter K

5mm acrylic letters

shop sign letter L

5mm acrylic letters

shop sign letter M

5mm yellow acrylic

shop sign letter N

3mm orange acrylic

shop sign letter O

3D white acrylic

shop sign letter P

brushed stainless steel

shop sign letter Q

chrome steel letters

shop sign letter R

brushed gold letters

shop sign letter S

shiny gold letters

shop sign letter T

brushed steel letters

shop sign letter U

descaled steel letters

shop sign letter V

3D painted metal letters

shop sign letter W

3D chrome letters

shop sign letter X

3D brushed steel letters

shop sign letter Y

3D rusty steel letters

shop sign letter Z

3D gold metal letters

view all shop letters here

view all letters here

     

Types of shop signs & Corporate Signage

Choosing the right sign is usually determined by the space you have available to house the sign within and the information which you want to display on the sign. Once we know this we’re able to look at how the sign can be produced and the various materials we’re able to use.

It’s best not to cram too much information onto your shop sign as it often makes it hard for customers to absorb all that information at a quick glance. There are many types of signs available for your business, for a complete overview and for some ideas, please visit our All Products & Services information page. Here are a few options to consider:

 

Aluminium Fascia with Acrylic Letters

 

 

Aluminium Shop Fascia Panels

Aluminium shop sign fascias and sign panels are a good way of displaying and maintaining a clean shop front as they’re easy to keep clean compared to traditional wooden fascias which need to be repainted from time to time to help maintain the timber and any weathering which might affect it.

A new aluminium fascia also opens the door to a variety of opportunities to which you can have your sign manufactured in such as; internally illuminated lettering, 3D illuminated letters, vinyl wrapping and many many more options.

A new shop fascia can be made to a bespoke size and shape which is a great way of covering up or replacing an old sign and creating a new blank canvas for your shop name or branding to be applied to.

For more information on aluminium shop fascias, please visit our info page by clicking here

illuminated Letters

 

    

Illuminated Shop Letters & Logos

There are many ways of making an illuminated shop sign from neon lights to fairground light bulbs, LED lighting systems and florescent tubed lighting - all of which help create a different style of signage and all methods have their own bespoke qualities which help define how the end product looks.

LED lights housed inside the 3D letters on the sign provide front or back illumination and a range of coloured LED lights and coloured acrylic lenses allow you to have a range of colours to use. The possibilities really are endless!

The logo or the font used usually plays an important role on how the sign is manufactured because if the font is too thin or too wide then it may limit you to just a few possible production methods. We’ll be able to talk you through all these options though.

For more information on illuminated shop signs then please visit our info page here

metal shop lettering

 

 

Metal Shop Letters & Logos

Metal lettering and metal logos are used as reliable forms of signage across the board for large buildings, offices and businesses to retail outlets, restaurants, schools and warehouses. Metal lettering displays a classy look which you don’t get from other production methods and it denotes permanence, reliability and dependability. We use a range of metals including polished metal, brushed metal, rusted metal and painted metal.

Whether it needs to be flat, raised, 3d or illuminated, our laser-cut metal letters are manufactured to your own design or from a chosen font. With our production service you get the best quality metal lettering at a truly competitive price.

For more information on metal signs and lettering, please visit our info page here

 

flat acrylic logos

 

 

Acrylic Shop Letters & Logos

Acrylic lettering and acrylic logos are a great method of producing your signs as the acrylic used is available in a range of colours, sizes and finishes. Acrylic also comes in translucent colours which are great for creating lighting effects. Acrylic lettering is fantastic for displaying a clean, modern feel and for providing a splash of colour to the office which brings your sign to life. It's even possible to use shiny metal-effect Perspex to simulate a range of metals.

We also embed LED lights inside 3D lettering to produce a soft glow or halo illuminated look. If translucent plastic lettering is used, the LEDs illuminate the entire sign which also looks fantastic.

With a range of fixings available, we’re able to create three-dimensional effects so your design is raised off the wall to create a back drop.

For more information on acrylic signs and lettering, please visit our info page by clicking here

illuminated office sign

 

 

Office Signs & Reception Signs

Presenting the right image within your office is incredibly important for your business. A well-crafted business sign displaying the company logo or name turns your office sign on the reception wall or office wall into a stunning reflection of your company that all visitors to your business will see the moment they walk through your door.

As well as external office signs, internal wall signs and reception signs are crucially as important as corporate signage and there are many ways to incorporate your logo into your lobby or on your office wall.

With a wide range of materials, illumination and production methods to choose from, the possibilities really are endless for creating a unique stunning sign.

For more information on office signage, please visit our info page by clicking here

office sign

 

 

Glass Plaques & Acrylic Plaques

Glass displays and signs are commonly used as an alternative to metal plaques although nowadays it is increasingly being used for smaller general signage as a modern-looking surface on to which graphics or text is applied. Glass plaques are typically used as a high class building directory.

Glass of course, most often comes in the form of a shop front window on to which vinyl text or designs can be applied to make up a display and to complement the main shop sign above the shop, or even as the main sign itself where certain circumstances prevent an external sign being used.

We are also able to apply digitally printed vinyl and vinyl cut graphics to the rear of the plaque to display text and graphics which not only looks great but ensures a lengthy product life span.

For more information on glass plaques and acrylic plaques, please visit clicking here

Digitally Printed Show Window Vinyl Display

 

 

Vinyl Graphics & Window Graphics

Wall graphics and window graphics are a really good way of branding your shop of premises with a company logo, strapline or a high resolution image which helps create a colourful working or retail environment. With our selection of vinyl graphics, we’re able to fully transform the premises and create the right image for you. Non-transparent and semi-transparent window films are commonly used for privacy purposes for boardrooms or meeting rooms and frosted vinyl manifestations are used for safety purposes to make glass panes of glass visible.

At Surrey Shop Signs we have a number of options when it comes to vinyl wall signs and feature walls. We use a selection of both short and long life vinyl stickers which are cut to size and printed on with a high resolution format printer for a crystal clear finish. They can then be laminated to protect it from wear and tear in a range or matt or glossy laminates.  

For more information on window graphics please visit our info page by clicking here

temporary shop sign banner

 

 

Temporary Retail Signs and Shop Banners

Banners are commonly used to provide a quick solution for temporary signage needs. Size is practically unlimited and for very large signs, special material can be used which allows wind to pass through which prevents it from falling down or blowing away.

Temporary shop banners are ideal if you’re under new management and not yet sure on the shop front design but still want to continue trading without any disruption.

Rigid and semi-rigid porous materials are also available which can be printed on with a design on one side and appear opaque, and yet the print can clearly be seen and deliver the intended message. Such materials can often be seen on the back of buses which provides a surface to apply the advertisement on to while still allowing the driver and passengers to see out of the windows.

For more information on temporary shop signs, please visit our info page by clicking here

round circular swing sign

 

 

Hanging Signs & Projection Signs

Maximizing your presence along a shop parade is crucial when it comes to standing out from your neighbouring shops. A hanging sign which protrudes out from your premises at a 90 degree angle helps customers see where you’re situated when they’re walking down your street.

We’re able to produce a range of different style projection signs from basic hanging signs to illuminated projection light boxes. All sign boards are made to order so you’re able to choose from a range of materials and colours.

As well as the more traditional rectangular portrait or landscape projection signs, we’re able to produce bespoke shapes and sizes to suit your requirements.

For more information regarding hanging signs and projection signs, please visit our info page by clicking here

Photos, Ideas & Product Gallery

Please see below for a range of photos which should help illustrate how the above various signage options look when in situ. If you require more photos or close-up photos to help you make your decision then please feel free to contact us where a member of our team will be happy to help you with your enquiry.

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