Landmark ladder signs are a well-known feature at many of the UK’s most special places. They provide relevant and interesting information in a tried-and-tested sign format for maximum visibility and accessibility. Combining strong structure with clear messaging, each sign is designed and manufactured to give your destination the exposure and engagement that it deserves. Below we list some of the most popular materials for ladder signs to give you some inspiration.
The most common metals for ladder signs are mild steel and aluminium.
Mild steel is very easy to work with, and it is available in a wide range of profiles and sheet sizes. Mild steel needs a surface coating to protect it from corrosion, so it is either powder coated or sprayed. Powder coating gives a very hard and even finish, but it is not available in as many colour options as spraying.
At one third of the weight of steel and also easy to recycle, aluminium is a popular option together with the easy recyclability. It can be worked in the same way as mild steel although it may require specialist welding. Aluminium accepts powder coating and spraying as surface finishes.
Digitally printed graphics or applied lettering gives the perfect finish to these signs.
Hardwood ladder signs are attractive and long-lasting. All our timber is FSC, PEFC or GiB certified for proof of sustainability.
Oak is a very well-known timber renowned for its hardness and durability. We can supply ladder signs with a natural finish or oiled if you prefer. Oiled timber will need to be lightly sanded and re-treated annually to remove any natural surface tannins and retain the characteristic colour. Natural finish oak will gradually weather down to an attractive silver-grey finish.
One characteristic of oak is that it can split during the drying process. This often happens soon after the installation as the moisture content balances with the atmospheric conditions. This does not weaken the structural integrity of the unit and is regarded as a normal process.
Other hardwoods available include reclaimed tropical species such as greenheart and iroko. These woods are exceptionally long-lasting and resistant to moisture, and they are reclaimed from iconic locations such as docks, canal locks and the UK rail network.
Recycled plastic is an ideal material for ladder signs; it is fade, rot and vandal resistant. The material can be recycled again at the end of life, and there is no leaching into the soil of any chemicals.
Usually supplied in black or brown, signs can be manufactured in a range of different sizes and post configurations. Recycled plastic is especially useful in damp areas – for example, by rivers or ponds – or where the soil is very acidic, as there is 100% resistance to rot.
We recommend the engraving is painted either white or yellow for maximum legibility.
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