Materials

Materials 2018-03-25T11:27:35+00:00

An earth-conscious workshop, LCI Signs strives to utilize environmentally friendly materials and products while practicing mindful waste reduction and disposal in all of our productions.

LCI signs are made to last the tests of time. We do recommend, however, that signs receive the care and attention necessary to maintain their long term coherence, structural integrity, and beauty.

Here is more information about the high-quality materials LCI Signs uses:

Color/Appearance: Heartwood is a relatively uniform light pinkish to reddish brown; colors tend to darken slightly with age. Natural oils are commonly present. Grain patterning and figure tends to be somewhat uniform.

Rot Resistance: Spanish Cedar ranges from durable to moderately durable regarding decay resistance. Resistant to termites. Reported to have excellent weathering characteristics. Older, slower-growing trees from the wild tend to produce wood that is more durable than wood from younger, plantation-grown trees.

Typical Sign Applications: Classic

Typical Thickness: 3/4″

Color/Appearance: Color tends to be a light, yellowish brown. Sapwood is nearly white. Some boards can have scattered pockets of darker wood, sometimes called pecky cypress.

Rot Resistance: Old-growth Cypress is rated as being durable to very durable in regards to decay resistance. Wood from younger trees is rated as moderately durable.


Typical Sign Applications: Rustic

Typical Thickness: 3/4″

Color/Appearance: Heartwood color can range from a light pinkish brown to a deep reddish brown. Sapwood is a pale white/yellow. Curly figure or Redwood burl (sometimes referred to as “lace” or by the name Vavona) are occasionally seen.

Rot Resistance: Rated as moderately durable to very durable regarding decay resistance. Lumber from old-growth trees tends to be more durable than that from younger second-growth trees.

Typical Sign Applications: Larger Dimensional Signs

Typical Thickness: 1.5″

custom wood sign

Color/Appearance: Heartwood color is variable, ranging from a very pale pink to a deeper reddish brown, sometimes with streaks of medium to dark reddish brown. Color tends to darken with age. Quartersawn surfaces can also exhibit a ribbon-stripe appearance.

Rot Resistance: Rated as moderately durable. Moderate to poor insect/borer resistance.

Typical Sign Applications: Contemporary, High-end
Typical Thickness: 3/4″

Color/Appearance: Heartwood is a light to medium brown, sometimes with an olive cast. Nearly white to light brown sapwood is not always sharply demarcated from the heartwood. Quarter sawn sections display prominent ray fleck patterns.

Rot Resistance: Rated as very durable. Frequently used in boatbuilding and tight cooperage applications.

Typical Sign Applications: Classic

Typical Thickness: 3/4-1″

In metalworking, rolling is a metal forming process in which metal stock is passed through one or more pairs of rolls to make the thickness uniform throughout. The concept is similar to rolling dough. Rolling is classified according to the temperature of the metal rolled. If the temperature of the metal is above its re-crystallization temperature, then the process is known as hot rolling. If the temperature of the metal is below its re-crystallization temperature, the process is known as cold rolling. We utilize both techniques to make our signs.

Steel gauges typically used:
10 gauge CRS – 0.134″
11 gauge HRS – 0.120″
14 Gauge CRS – 0.083″
18 gauge CRS – 0.049″

High density urethane (HDU) is the most reliable and durable material on the market for dimensional sign making, environmental graphics, 3D displays and model making. This material delivers exceptional versatility whether carved, routed, sandblasted or machined. It is ideal wherever a uniform, grain-free, dimensionally stable material is desired. In our opinion, HDU represents the next generation of signage artistry and craftsmanship, satisfying aesthetic sensibilities as well as functional requirements. It is one of our favorite materials to work with.

Aluminum Composite Panel is the ultimate material for flat sheet applications. It is ideal for digital graphic designs.

A digital graphic is a high-resolution image printed on high-quality vinyl with a professional grade digital printer.

Powder coating is applied as a free-flowing, dry powder. The main difference between liquid paint and a powder coating is that the powder coating does not require a solvent to keep the binder and filler parts in a liquid suspension form. It is usually used to create a hard finish that is tougher than conventional paint.

Patina is a thin layer of trace surface rust, without pitting, on the surface of stone, copper, bronze and similar metals. Patinas can provide a protective covering to materials that would otherwise be damaged by corrosion or weathering. Patina application is an art form in and of itself. Each piece created is uniquely.

This high-density molded polymer is perfect for indoor or outdoor use in any climate.  The material is 1/2″ thick and can be incorporated into some sign designs.

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