Busting House Sign Jargon - The Bespoke Sign House

Busting House Sign Jargon

| Kristian Goodenough

Buying a house sign should be a hassle-free and enjoyable experience. It’s a great feeling receiving your new sign in the post knowing that you’ve designed it on a bespoke sign designer, but sometimes the common terms used in the sign industry can be a little confusing for anybody looking to make a first-time purchase. From etched slate to sandblasting, we're busting some common jargon used in the industry, to help you understand exactly what you are getting when it comes to buying a bespoke sign online. 


Engraved Slate Signs 

Engraved Slate Signs are made using specialist techniques that provide deep grooves on the face of the slate. Often done with a sandblaster, letters and numbers are engraved by hand using a forceful stream of sand. Once the lettering is deeply engraved, paint can be applied to make the lettering stand out against the dark background of the slate. Common colours are white and silver, but The Bespoke Sign House offers a wide variety of colours should you have a particular preference or want to accurately depict your business logo in colour. 


Etched Slate Signs

The process to etch slate is done by using a powerful laser that burns the face of the slate but does not provide deep grooves in the same way as the process with engraving. The slate we use at The Bespoke Sign House is dark in colour and extremely durable, the laser is strong enough to alter the shading of the face of the slate from a dark to a pale grey, without damaging the make-up or structure of the slate itself. The only drawback to etched slate is that as the engraving is shallow, the light and dark grey colour contrast can be less obvious when wet, but overall the finish provides crisp lettering with a stylish finish to the slate. Creating your very own etched slate sign with our online sign designer.


Textured Copper

A stylish and popular choice, textured copper is used for both a background for acrylic signs or to be engraved or printed on with vinyl. The surface of the copper is brushed to turn it from a shiny surface to dull and textured composition, giving a different visual aesthetic. Textured copper signs have grown increasingly popular, especially since Perspex and acrylic signs started to be made.


Perspex & Acrylic Signs

A cheap yet modern alternative to traditional slate signs, Perspex is a 5mm plastic sheet that often has vinyl printed onto it to create a Perspex sign. Unlike slate, Acrylic Signs tend to be more popular for commercial properties due to their modern and classy appearance. 


Bespoke Signs

Although definitions vary from one manufacturer to another, generally ‘bespoke’ means made to your order specification, making it unique to you. At The Bespoke Sign House, our bespoke signs are handmade to order, where you have a full overview of the design and appearance of your sign before preceding to purchase. Using our bespoke sign creator, you can customise the size, lettering, fonts, font sizes, icons, colour and fixings for your sign, before being hand-made by our specialist team and delivered straight to your door.


Hidden Fixings 

Hidden fixings are used to securely attach a sign to your property without showing unsightly fixings or screws. It allows for your sign to be fitted without the need of holes being drilled right through the face of the sign, through into the structure behind. Although slightly more expensive, hidden fixings are much more aesthetically pleasing with a flush finish, as well as reducing the likelihood of any theft of your house sign as it cannot be simply unscrewed and removed. For hidden fixings, long screws are drilled ⅔ of the way into the back of the sign. It then needs to be lined up with holes onto the structure where you wish to attach it, before using epoxy glue on the screws to securely insert the sign into place. With all of our orders where hidden fixings are requested, full-length screws, epoxy glue and installation instructions are included for easy fitting.


Screw Fixings

Screw fixings are the most common method used to fix a sign to its place. It requires the sign manufacturer to drill two or four holes into the sign, where screws are drilled into wall plugs to secure the sign into the wall. This is the most cost-effective method of installing your sign, as no fancy hidden fixings or epoxy glue is needed to install your sign. Albeit cheaper, it does have its drawbacks as signs can be easier to steal if that is a concern to you, as well as the screw heads tarnishing over time if cap covers are not used. With all of our orders, standard fixings with protective screw caps and easy installation instructions are included unless otherwise specified.


Frosted Acrylic

Usually to describe glass or perspex, when frosted it takes away its transparent nature giving it the look of a frosty window on a cold winter morning, hence the name.


Whether you’re looking to add signage to a shop, showroom, hotel, offices, your home, or a shed, The Bespoke Sign House has everything you need to create affordable and beautiful signs which are delivered straight to your door. You can use our online sign designer tool here. Or, for more unusual requests you can contact us directly through the contact page on the website.