Standard Signs Contractors-SSC wants all its esteemed customers to be happy and beware of what it takes to have a good sign that communicates and grows their businesses. Here are key steps we want to share with you today;
- Site visit and assessment
This first stage is the most crucial for ensuring a successful sign installation. Our technical team will visit the site to find out exactly what’s required; understand the surrounding environment and the purpose of the sign. The visit covers signage locations, substrates and ground conditions for posts and footings and accurate measurements to confirm signage dimensions. Sometimes we receive client’s sketches or designs, but a site visit gives us a real feel for the project, potential limitations or opportunities and sparks ideas about which materials and formats to use.
All sites we work on within the city center require KCCA approval letter or town council approval if outside Kampala to avoid signage removal or legal implication in the process. We strongly advise all our clients to take this into consideration when procuring for the sign.
- Developing the concept/Design
Once the site has been visited, we can recommend processes and technology to complement the type of sign and engage the client. We work with our clients directly, or in partnership with an appointed design consultant, throughout the whole process. A preview or mock-ups of the concept is created, entirely to scale, so that proximity, heights, colour schemes and all necessary details can be viewed.
Next, is the fun part of selecting the right materials for the project based on suitability, within the limits of the budget. The technical knowledge of our team means we can often propose more cost-effective or innovative materials that offer the same durability and appearance as the client’s suggested option. Structural integrity is also very important; stronger materials are needed for large external signs to ensure only suitable materials are used for any job.
At this point a quote is generated, itemizing every detail of size and material used to enable informed decisions that achieve the right overall effect at the right price.
- Site or technical survey
Once the design and quote have been accepted, for large-scale signage projects, a full survey of the location is conducted by our field and installation manager to ensure the final design fits the characteristics of the agreed/approved site and better serves the purpose.
Simple signs don’t require surveys, but if signs are being fitted at height, or access equipment such as a crane is needed, then a technical survey will highlight any issues that may not have arisen during the site visit. Issues can include: accessibility, power supply, terrain, vehicle access and the structural integrity of the building supporting the sign. Measurements can also be checked for high level signage.
At this point, site health and safety requirements such as inductions, parking or special permits for the installation team are also confirmed.
- The proof/Approval
An easy to download PDF is sent for client approval before the manufacturing process begins. These are drawings that contain all dimensions, materials and sometimes an annotated image of the installation location. We also printout hard copies of the design for sign-off by the client in case they are within reach and need to make additional comments on the drawings. Once approved, our Customer Relations manager will issue the job to our planning and production team to start making the signage.
Signage can be manufactured from a huge range of materials, depending on their qualities and what the client needs it to do. Whether it’s timber, metal, plastic, Alukobond or aluminium composite material (ACP), vinyl or laminate, our team will consider the most appropriate materials to suit the conditions at a specific location and bring architectural designs to life.
Metal is a versatile material, combining strength and longevity with flexibility, creating a multitude of shapes and sizes. Available finishes also offer a variety of visual effects; polishing, painting, spraying or powder coating. Timber has traditionally been used as a signage component to convey a rustic look, but we also use mahogany timber to achieve the same heritage look, at a lower price and with better longevity. Aluminium, brass, plastics, laminates; wood and even polystyrene can be incorporated into a design to give it the right look and feel.
Our skilled production team use cutting-edge technology and machinery like Laser cutting and engraving machines to construct signs that match client requirements. The machines we use meet the growing demand for higher quality and, better resolution no matter the material. We can even create a 3D effect to help a sign really stand out.
Printed PVC Banners, Panaflex, stickers (frost, one-way vision, mat and ordinary white) allow flexibility for changing colours and designs quickly and easily, to match seasons or to advertise special promotions. All printed works are made using weather-proof materials and coated with anti-graffiti seals to make them last longer.
Standard Signs Contractors manages the entire installation process using our own team, who have the experience to ensure signs are erected safely, securely and will stand the test of time. A pictorial database means clients can even view installations remotely; whenever we install a sign at a site, we take a full photographic record. That means clients have access to digital copies of all installations, providing an easy way to ensure a consistent look across many sites, or to order identical signage for their next project.
Safety and Health consideration are paramount. We’re used to operating in any environment; on a construction site, at height. It’s vital that the safest installation methods and correct equipment is used, where necessary. For each sign project, a specific risk assessment is carried out and a method statement provided for approval. This is also read and signed by the installation team, so they’re fully aware of their responsibilities and how to carry out their work.
- Signage Maintenance and Update
Installation isn’t the end of the process as far as we’re concerned; even the highest quality materials can become damaged by external factors, and sometimes signage needs updating as events take place or plots are reserved. On-going support includes replacing damaged or out-of-date panels and sign faces. When the time comes to remove signage, we dispose of all material in accordance with environmental regulations and best-practice.
DID YOU KNOW:
Taking short-cuts by manufacturing a sign from one supplier and installation given to another service provider can result in signage that isn’t fit for purpose, or worse, is a safety hazard. That’s why Standard Signs Contractors provides an end-to-end approach to ensure every eventuality is covered and signage and branding projects are completed to the exact specifications, within the timescale and with health and safety paramount. To find out more about how Standard Signs Contractors creates eye-catching signage, please contact us, email firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or call 0393264340, 0772611816.