Five Ways To Prepare For Your Business's Sign Installation

A new sign on your business facade can provide an instant facelift and help attract more customers to your locations. Proper preparation ensures your sign installation goes off without a hitch.

1. Schedule Right

Erecting a sign on the front-facing side of your business will come with several concerns. Access to your building may be blocked during installation by equipment. There are also safety concerns when there are workers installing an overhead sign. Schedule the installation for a time when you can have the business closed, such as after-hours or on the weekend. This way, you won't have to interrupt business operations to ensure the safety of staff and customers.

2. Clean the Site

Prep the building before the installers arrive. Most sign installers only install signs; they will not make major repairs to the building facade beyond patching up the holes from the removal of the previous sign when necessary. If your facade is dirty or has damages, you will need to have it pressure washed and patched up before your sign installation crew arrives.

3. Clear the Area

Make sure the area is clear on the day of installation. Outdoor seating or displays should be moved so that nothing is directly beneath the installation site. If you will be remaining open during the installation, reroute foot traffic so it bypasses the installation area and no one needs to pass beneath the sign installers. You may also need to clear a staging area nearby or in the parking lot so that the installers can set up their tools and equipment. A route from the street to the building facade may also need to be cleared if the installers will be using a ladder truck or cherry picker during the installation.

4. Measure Twice

Be sure that your sign will fit the space before the big day. Measure your installation site twice so you can be assured that the sign is neither too large nor too small. It is also a good idea to check the structural limits of the building facade or existing sign support to ensure that it can support the weight of your new signage. Your sign service should help you with this task.

5. Cut the Red Tape

There may some paperwork to take care of ahead of installation. Verify with your city or municipality on permit requirements, and make sure the proper permits are in place before installation begins. If you lease your building, you may also need to check with building management for any sign restrictions or safety requirements that they have in place.

Contact a commercial sign installation service for more help.