10.21.2015

Outdoor Signage Winterization: 2015-2016 Edition

It’s a little bit funny, but there are two types of sign winterization out there:

  1. services offering sign winterizing
  2. signs offering winterization services

We’re the former, offering premium sign winterization services for over 30 years.

For this 2015-2016 sign winterization edition, we provide a few updated suggestions for what to look out for when preparing for the eminent cold season.

Seals, Sealants, and Leakages

One of the saddest things we see is when a sign deteriorates from the inside. All it takes is a little dried seal and a little bit of rain. All it takes to create a dried seal is a little of sun, a little wind, and a lot of time. All it takes to deter such deterioration is a little preventative maintenance. And to secure it, it takes a little winterization.

Cracks in the foundation

In addition to checking seals, with the sign from the bottom-up. If there are exposed wires, lighting, or circuitry, the time has come to cover and protect them. Leaving such things unexposed can lead to infrastructure issues that could extend beyond the sign. Especially if the signage is attached to the office / building / store, unkept signage can become gateways to problems to the rest of the store. This includes shorts, leaks, ceiling and drywall mold, and more...

Are the lights on?

The cold season is also the season where night runs long. Making sure all your signage is properly lighted with lighting whose life expectancy extends beyond the season.

Are the lights on but nobody’s home?

After checking for seals and part life expectancy, and confirming that the sign will shine into the night, the next thing to check is to make sure the automatic lighting is working with daylight savings time. As stated several times in the past, the last thing anyone wants is to show the lights are on for an hour a day when nobody is there.

Professional inspections

If you haven’t scheduled on already, it’s typically a best practice to ask a professional to come inspect signage for imperfections that could become even worse during the winter.

And if you have any questions, please contact us today.


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