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Brass, Aluminium, or Steel – What are their Main Differences?

 

Brass

 

Brass is often a popular choice for engraved plaques and trophies due to its fantastic gold colour. It is an alloy made of copper and zinc, hard-wearing and corrosion-resistant. It is a lovely choice for plaques and is often seen outside Dentists and London Offices polished to a high golden shine. The main disadvantage to brass, however, is that it is does easily tarnish as a result of residue or pollution in the air (oxidisation).  Some people like the aged look for bench plaques and memorials but, if you want to achieve the shiny polished look, it does require a great deal more upkeep and maintenance to preserve the metal. This is especially the case for more intricate pieces such as engraved name plates and plaques.

Aluminium

Aluminium is a silver-white lightweight chemical element which is highly malleable yet durable.

Anodised aluminium is a popular choice for plaques due to its long-life span and ability to retain its lustre and metallic sheen for up to 20 years, before it starts to show any signs of wear.

Here at Andrews Signs, we can provide two types of aluminium plaques depending on your commercial engraving requirements: silver anodised, and gold anodised amongst other colours.

A very hardwearing product, silver anodised aluminium is very corrosion resistant meaning that plaques made from this material stay looking as good as new for many years and rarely need cleaning. As such, aluminium is often used as an alternative to stainless steel or brass.  Whilst it is true to say aluminium is a considerably weaker and less resilient metal than steel, the positive side to this is that a higher material volume of aluminium can be used whilst retaining its malleable nature, making it a considerably lighter and cheaper option to steel.

 

Stainless Steel

 

Stainless steel plaques are another popular choice of material for opening plaques as they are again very durable and low maintenance.  This type of material is also suitable for both indoor and outdoor plaques, making steel an ideal choice for plaques exposed to the elements such as a memorial garden plaques.

 

Stainless Steel is a low carbon (less than 1.2%), corrosion-resistant metal, making it highly resistant to rust. However, the durability of steel does vary depending on its nickel content meaning that its degree of ductility will vary depending on its type.

A very strong and hardwearing metal, stainless steel can withstand high heats whilst still maintaining its shape and ductility.

At Andrews Signs, we can provide specific material grades for your application.

 

Plastics

We can also engrave on gold coloured or silver coloured plastics (also available in a wide variety of colours) or traffolyte to create a beautiful laminate memorial plaque. One of the main advantages of acrylic plastic is its durability and long-lasting properties, which means it is highly resistant to UV and abrasion. Moreover, acrylic laminate is also completely waterproof and requires very little upkeep, making it a fantastic and modern choice for both memorial and commemorative plaques.

 

Perspex

 

Perspex is a lovely and contemporary choice, ideal for a modern office. A lightweight, durable and weather resistant material, one of the main advantages of Perspex is that it can be manufactured in a range of colours that will not fade or discolour over time. At Andrews Signs, we can create Perspex plaques for all occasions from the most beautiful gloss. This makes this material a perfect, weatherproof option for house name plaques.

 

 

Our experience engraving team here at Andrews Signs uses all the above materials for a multitude of applications depending on your specification and requirements. For more information on which material would be best for your project, call or email us and we would be happy to help.

 

 

sales@andrewssigns.co.uk

01904 400800

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Our Commitment to Continued Investment

Here at Andrews Signs, in addition to our signage capabilities, we are also continually investing in the latest cutting edge machinery so that we can provide signage and engraving solutions of the highest quality and precision.

 

Our most current machinery is a high speed medium-sized laser marking machine with incorporated gantry technology. With a huge working area, this allows us to mark and cut a multitude of signage materials at a fast turn around time.

 

We are later this month taking delivery of a new Roll X machine from Rollsroller (watch this space!), a flatbed applicator for speedier signmaking and print finishing. Our commitment to continually investing in state-of-the-art machinery allows us to turn around orders at a faster response time, to a higher specification with enhanced quality.

 

For more information on how we can assist you with your next industrial, or commercial signage project, call or email us with your requirements and we would be happy to give you a  bespoke quote.

sales@andrewssigns.co.uk

01904 400800

 

 

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Essential Coronavirus COVID-19 Signage

⚠️ COVID-19 SAFETY SIGNAGE ⚠️

We are busy supplying a large range of social distancing signs, all of which can be branded with your company logo and your specific wording.

We also have standard off-the-shelf Covid-19 signage for the workplace and public spaces. Our range of signs includes: Covid-19 posters and door stickers, social distancing signs, floor signs for indoor and outside use, anti-slip carpet signage, arrows and signs for walkways and forming queues and keeping people distanced.

We provide all types of banners and table pop-up stands with personal hygiene requirements too, so your customers and staff understand where to go and what rules to follow to keep them safe!

Download our PDF brochure for FREE here: coronavirus essential signage brochure

💻 sales@andrewssigns.co.uk

📞 01904 400800

 

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COVID-19 Safety Signage for the NHS

We are still working hard behind closed doors to fulfil and dispatch orders with all safety measures in place.

COVID-19 signage

Andrews Signs regularly work with the government and the NHS to provide safety signage. We are particularly proud to be supplying the nation’s wonderful healthcare system with COVID-19 specific signage during these uncertain times.

If your business requires social distancing prompts for customers, floor graphics, Perspex screens or updated safety signage to abide by the most up to date government guidelines, please do not hesitate to contact our team.

Our premises remain closed for customers, so please contact us by email or phone for any orders or queries and we would be happy to help.

💻 sales@andrewssigns.co.uk

📞 01904 400800

andrewssigns.co.uk/essential-coronavirus-covid-19-signage/

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Exterior Shop Signage Revamp

Here’s a job we did a few weeks back for the Corner Grill House in our hometown of York!

hanging sign above restaurantShop Front Signage

Exterior / outdoor business signage manufactured by Andrews Signs create a fantastic first impression for your customers! With years of experience, we can advise on design and manufacture exterior signs to the highest quality. Choose from shop fascias, to window signs. We can manufacture rigid sale boards in addition to all types of banners, fitting with your bespoke requirements and design elements.

A perfect marketing tool due to eye-catching designs; draw custom straight to your door! Our design team can assist in choosing the most suitable option for you and your business. We can help you to completely rebrand your business shop-front and fit everything for you on-site.

Message for more information:

https://www.andrewssigns.co.uk/contact-us/

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Why not Hire a Reveal System to Unveil your Plaque?

Engraved Jubilee Plaque Plaque Reveal SystemWhy not hire a reveal system to unveil your beautiful plaque?

Here at Andrews Signs & Engravers, we have a dedicated team of expert engravers who send plaques across the UK every week. But did you know, our sister company, Unveiling Curtains, supplies luxury reveal systems to complete any opening ceremony?

Here are some pictures from an event last week. We supplied both the plaque and the unveiling system! Contact now for more information on plaques and unveiling curtains:

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www.unveilingcurtains.co.uk

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Bespoke Perspex Wall Panels for Theatre

Great to be involved with the redevelopment of the brilliant Leeds Playhouse! We created bespoke perspex magnetic panels which we fitted to create beautiful pieces of artwork.

We wish them the best of luck with their reopening.

We are always excited to take on bespoke projects and are able to see the process through from initial concept with our in-house design team, to fitting the job on site. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any bespoke signage queries and we would be happy to help.

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External Business Signage

Update your businesses’ outdoor signage!

Outdoor Signage for Businesses

Exterior business signage by Andrews Signs creates a fantastic first impression for your customers! With years of experience, we can advise on design and manufacture exterior signs to the highest quality to your exact requirements.

A perfect marketing tool drawing custom straight to your door! Choose from shop fascias, to window signs and large mounted signs. We can also manufacture rigid sale boards in addition to all types of banners, fitting with your bespoke requirements and branding’s design elements.

Our design team can assist in choosing the most suitable option for you and your business. Contact now for a quote tailored personally to you.

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Welsh Fire Action Safety Signs

Here are some Welsh Fire Action Safety Signs we recently sent out to a customer.

welsh fire action signs

As well as producing an array of standardised safety signs, we can also manufacture safety signs for your premises to any bespoke requirement. Contact now for more information on safety signage for your business location.

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New Signage for Rebrand!

We have loved being a part of Wheelwrights Holiday Cottage’s rebrand!

The fantastic new branding was designed by Owen from United by Design which we then put onto an array of wrapped sign panels as shown in the pictures.

Exterior / outdoor business signage manufactured by Andrews Signs create a fantastic first impression for your customers! Due to years of experience, we can advise on design and manufacture exterior signs to the highest quality.

signage on trailer

 

Choose from shop fascias, to window signs. We can manufacture rigid sale boards in addition to all types of banners, fitting with your bespoke requirements and design elements.

A perfect marketing tool due to eye-catching designs; draw custom straight to your door! Our design team can assist in choosing the most suitable option for you and your business . Contact now for a quote tailored personally to you.

Please call on 01904 658322 with you exact requirements and we can work out a price for your exterior / outdoor business signage. Or click here to contact using a different method.