Understanding Signage Materials

Using the latest in print technology, we can print high quality graphics directly on to a wide variety of substrates. So many in fact, that it might be a little confusing. That’s why we’ve put together a quick guide to help you understand the benefits of each material and decide which is best for you.

When choosing a material there’s a few key things to consider: What it’s for, where it’s for, and how long it’ll be there.

This is not an exhaustive list so if you can’t see what you want here, contact us and our customer services team will be happy to discuss your requirements.

 
S-Board  

S-Board

S-Board is our most cutting-edge and eco-friendly material, making a perfect alternative to temporary plastic signage. As a 100% fibre-based board - up to 70% of which is already reclaimed content - it’s not only recyclable through normal waste streams, but compostable and biodegradable too! Just 2mm thick, S-Board is lightweight yet surprisingly strong, and the moisture-resistant surface will protect the brilliant print finish for up to 12 months (with a 6-month guarantee). What’s more, it is FSC certified and printed with Greenguard certified inks - a truly sustainable signage material.

Used for: temporary safety signage, display boardstemporary traffic signs

water resistant
Water Resistant
temporary
Temporary Sign 
use in or outdoors
Use In or Outdoors
widely recycled
Widely Recycled
compostable
Compostable
FSC certified
FSC Certified

Correx  

Correx

Correx has historically been our most popular material for health and safety signs. Made from corrugated polypropylene (PP) it’s not only waterproof, but Correx’s fluted plastic design makes it extremely durable while remaining lightweight. With a 5–7-year lifespan, you can use the same signs across multiple projects.

Available in 4mm and 10mm.

Used for: temporary safety signage, fold-together signsdisplay boards

water resistant
Water Resistant
temporary sign
Temporary Sign
use in or outdoors
Use In or Outdoors
widely recycled
Widely Recycled

Foamex  

Foamex

Foamex is a very versatile option made from compressed PVC foam. It strikes a great balance between weight and strength, both of which only increase with thickness. Like Correx it is unaffected by both moisture and temperature, and though less impact resistant, Foamex has a more professional finish as its smooth white surface ensures a clear, vibrant print.

Available in 3mm, 5mm and 10mm.

Used for: temporary safety signage, entrance signs, standees and cut-outs

water resistant
Water Resistant
temporary
Temporary Sign
use in or outdoors
Use In or Outdoors
specially recycled
Specially Recycled

Foamalux Xtra  

Foamalux Xtra

Foamalux Xtra is a range of recycled PVC foam - formed from up to 80% recovered production and post-consumer waste - making it one of our greener options. That means it delivers all the perks of Foamex plus a clear environmental conscience, and the black recycled core provides endless creative opportunities.

Available in 3mm and 5mm.

Used for: temporary safety signage, entrance signs, standees and cut-outs

water resistant
Water Resistant
temporary sign
Temporary Sign
use in or outdoors
Use In or Outdoors
specially recycled
Specially Recycled

Sem-rigid PVC  

Semi-rigid PVC

Semi-rigid PVC combines the benefits of both flexible and rigid PVC, meaning it has great water, flame, and tear-resistance while remaining pliable and lightweight. Add this to the smooth, ink receptive surface and Semi-rigid becomes one of our most versatile materials, as we can print directly using UV inks or coat with your choice of vinyl for a sleek finish.

Available in 0.1mm, 0.4mm and 0.6mm

Used for: permanent indoor signage, postersfire exit signs

water resistant
Water Resistant
permanent sign
Permanent Sign
use in or outdoors
Use In or Outdoors
specially recycled
Specially Recycled

Vinyl  

Self-adhesive Vinyl

Our range of Self-adhesive Vinyl is expansive, offering a range of stickers and finishes for whatever your needs may be. For example…

Our stickers are primarily printed on premium glossy Vinyl – which has a minimum 5-year lifespan for quality, long lasting signage – but you have the option to have them printed not just on white, but grey backed (for overlay stickers) and clear (which can be reverse printed for application to windows) too!

There’s also the Vinyl used for our Helmet Labels which is constructed for a clean removal, so you don’t have to worry about damaging the surface they’re on. Or how about our Floor Vinyl, with a textured surface specially developed to increase traction for your foot traffic.

If all that wasn’t enough for you, there’s also the Vinyl we use as finishes; RA1 and R2 reflective coatings, used for traffic signs; Photoluminous Vinyl, used to make our safety signs glow in the dark; and Anti-graffiti, which can be applied to make any sign Dry-Wipe!

All of these can be contour cut to any shape, stuck to most surfaces, and are supplied with backing if self-applied. Not sure which you need? Just ask!


Magnetic  

Magnetic

Magnetic signs are made from the highest quality ferrite material. Lightweight, flexible, and weather-resistant, magnets are extremely adaptable – mostly as you can use them again and again! Apply to any clean, dry surface (flat or curved), and remove again at will. We can print straight to the substrate or vinyl, and magnetic sheets can even be pre-cut for your convenience.

Used for: dry-wipe board magnets, vehicle magnets, hazard diamonds

water resistant
Water Resistant
permanent sign
Permanent Sign
use in or outdoors
Use In or Outdoors
specially recycled
Specially Recycled

Dibond  

Dibond

Dibond, also known as ACM, is our top pick for any permanent signage. Made by sandwiching a polyethene core between thin aluminium sheets to form a 3mm thick panel, it has the durability of a rustproof metal surface without the increase in weight or price. Plus the layers can be recycled separately at the end of its life. We can print directly to the substrate’s smooth, white face or on premium vinyl which is then expertly applied for a glossy finish.

Available with or without post fixing channels.

Used for: Hoarding, permanent safety signagesign trays

water resistant
Water Resistant
permanent sign
Permanent Sign
use in or outdoors
Use In or Outdoors
specially recycled
Specially Recycled

Zintec  

Zintec

Zintec is made from cold-rolled steel which is then electromagnetically coated with a thin layer of zinc to provide additional strength and protection against corrosion. As it’s usually used for our roadworks signs, Zintec signs come with a RA1 reflective vinyl face as standard to increase visibility. Even at just 0.6mm thick, anything produced on Zintec will be sturdy and dependable.

Available with or without frame.

Used for: roadworks signagetraffic signs

water resistant
Water Resistant
permanent sign
Permanent Sign
use outdoors
Use Outdoors
widely recycled
Widely Recycled

Aluminium  

Aluminium

Aluminium is perfect for permanent signage, due to its resilient, solid metal base which won’t rust, split, or warp when exposed to the elements. We then apply your choice of high-quality vinyl to give it a smooth, lacquered finish. Or, for an extra high-end look, you can have your sign engraved.

Available in, 20g (0.81mm), 14g (1.63mm) and 11g (2.31mm) thickness.

Used for: Permanent safety signage, prestige signs, stencils

water resistant
Water Resistant
permanent sign
Permanent Sign
use in or outdoors
Use In or Outdoors
widely recycled
Widely Recycled

Acrylic  

Acrylic

Acrylic is one of our more stylish materials – as it combines the clear, elegant look of glass with the low weight and high impact strength of plastic - and as such is usually destined for aesthetic applications. We print on the reverse so the image has extra protection from weathering and is easier to maintain, plus we can do either full or partial cover depending on your preferences.

Available in 3mm, 5mm and 10mm

Used for: prestige signsmarketing signage

water resistant
Water Resistant
permanent sign
Permanent Sign
use in or outdoors
Use In or Outdoors
specially recycled
Specially Recycled

Banners  

Banner

We offer seven types of banners - all re-useable and optimised for longevity, durability, and ease of use - but each have their individual benefits too!

Our range of netting and mesh banners are designed to help shield individuals from weather and debris while still allowing airflow - and most can be printed with your logo or design to promote as well as protect - making them a perfect cover for scaffolding or fencing.

Our PVC banner is tailored towards applications where visuals are more important. Though the lack of holes means these banners aren’t quite as versatile as their mesh counterparts when it comes to placement, it does make them more robust and the smooth, bright white surface makes for a vibrant print.

Available with your pick of hems, eyelets, and fixings

Used for: hoarding, advertisingscaffold protection, debris netting


Paper  

Paper

Paper is a material most of us will have printed on, though ours is far from average. The 170gsm paper has a high-white face which yields a rich colour print, and the silk finish reduces glare ensuring max readability. It is one of the most economical yet effective ways to produce a range of graphics.

Used for: finished home signs, small plannersshort-term posters

temporary sign
Temporary Sign
use indoors
Use Indoors
widely recycled
Widely Recycled

 

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