Central Oregon is made up of Jefferson, Crook, and Deschutes counties and has a small population of 153,558. Despite the low population numbers, there are always lots of people around. In fact, according to the 2013 estimates, 2.2 million tourists visit the area each year. Anyone who lives, works, or has visited Central Oregon knows that outdoor sports are big, whether it is fly fishing, kayaking, boating, hiking, mountain biking, paddleboarding, swimming, rafting, skiing, snowboarding, or any of the other fun pastimes.
With so much outdoor activity, there are more than a hundred outdoor sports stores in the region. This makes competition fierce for every consumer’s dollar. One way to stand out is with exterior signs for outdoor sports shops in Central Oregon. In today’s entry, we will look at some solutions.
High density urethane (HDU), also known as sign foam, markers are valued for their versatility and durability. They are often used in place of wood in environments that are not hospitable to that type of material. HDU signs were designed to mimic the look of wood but without all of the negatives associated with it. For instance, HDU is better for the environment, does not crack or warp, and can handle extreme temperatures.
Much like you can sandblast wood, you can also sandblast HDU. The process involves cutting the panel of sign foam into the shape you want, your logo is masked so it is not blasted, then the HDU is blasted with an air/sand mixture forced out of a ceramic nozzle. This strips away everything in its path. What is left is your logo with a raised appearance. The sign can then be painted or digitally printed.
Post and panel signs come in many varieties, but in Central Oregon, especially in Sisters, the classic, rustic look is preferred. These markers consist of two PVC, aluminum, or wood poles with an HDU, wood, or aluminum composite panel sign mounted between the poles. These are a good choice for exterior signs for outdoor sports shops in Central Oregon, since they resemble the markers you might find when you visit local parks. It shows that you are serious about the outdoors and puts consumers in a buying mood.
Dimensional letter signs get their 3D appearance a couple of ways. First, thick letters can be used. Acrylic and aluminum are good materials when thickness matters. However, sign foam is the best option, since it can be up to four inches thick. The sign foam can be painted, or we can apply an acrylic or metal laminate to it. The other way to really make letters pop is by standoff mounting them. Flat cut acrylic or metal can be mounted about two inches out from the façade of your building. This creates an excellent shadow effect.
There are several signage alternatives that can boost the branding of your outdoor sports store. If you are interested in learning more, please consider contacting Blue Barrel Signs for a free, no strings attached consultation.