April 2014 - Carousel Signs & Designs

Keep Your Sign Clean

4 Tips on How to Take Care of Your Sign

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When purchasing a sign for your community or business, it’s important to take care of it just like you would your car. Although the car has a lot more maintenance, signs only need a little finessing once a year. Here I will go over some tips on how you can keep your sign in quality condition.

1st: When spring rolls around, take a walk around the perimeter and check your existing signs for any significant damage. Keep an eye out for the sign being loose where it’s mounted or any warping if your sign has wooden components. Also look for paint chipping and vinyl peeling. If they do have damage, then call us. For a small fee we can repair any issues and reduce the need to replace a sign.

2nd: Now that your landscapers are spraying for weeds be sure to let them know not to spray near the sign. They need to spray very carefully, because some sprays are known to strip the paint off the signs. Also make sure your sprinkler is not directly hitting the sign for this could also cause damage.

3rd: Once a year your sign will need a good wash. We recommend you call us to set you up with a power washing company so we can talk them through washing the sign. We’ve worked with several partners who a professional and experienced in cleaning our signs. This is mainly for large monument signs.

4th: If you prefer not to pressure wash your sign then we recommend a little hose down and some fine tuning with Windex. Yes, Windex, it will not hurt the sign.

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Apartment Signage

Apartment Signs

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Apartment Signage
Multifamily communities across America are actively improving their club houses and communal areas, therefore apartment signage is naturally expanding into these specialty areas. As someone who has been a renter for the past few years I can honestly say, I love these perks. I no longer need to shell out the $60 a month to go to the gym. I have endless access to the club house, pool table, theater and even a conference/printer room. With the increase in people renting over the past few years, you will notice that these extra perks are becoming more prevalent.

At Carousel Signs and Designs we offer a wide selection of specialty signage for these general areas. Along with the wayfinding and entrance signs, here are some of the additional areas we have created signs for.

Fitness Center
Yoga Area
Residents’ Lounge
Demonstration Kitchen
Rooftop Deck with Fire Pit
Community Garden Space
Landscaped Courtyard with Water Feature
Grilling Area
Dog Park Rules
Pool Rules
Trail Directionals
Club House
Communal Kitchen
Tennis Court

When you offer these amenities, it’s important that your tenants can find them. With perks like this, they may never want to leave!

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Address Plaques

Address Plaques

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Address Plaques

Essential Navigation Tool

Address plaques are more than just numbers on the building. They are essential navigation tools for family, friends, customers and, especially, mail men. They come in all shapes and sizes and have recently started to become a major aesthetic trend in communities. For instance, you might see an address number etched into a rock on a residential lawn or written out in cursive letters. Today, many people are stepping out of the box when it comes to their address plaques. If you are looking for a modern looking address plaque you can use a thin san serif font like ITC Avant Garde or Helvetica Neue, or you can use a serif font for a more traditional approach. So many individuals would be lost without these little pieces of navigation. That is why address plaques are an essential part of any home or business. So why not make them look impressive?

You could go to your neighborhood hardware store and pick up some address plaques there, but, buying in bulk would be expensive. Here at Carousel Signs, one of the things we specialize in is apartment sign packages which include plaques. We can customize them any way you want and help you work within your budget. Below are some of the most common materials we use for address plaques.

We cater to the custom flair by using different types of substrates such as:

  • Plain cut individual vinyl numbers
  • Two dimensional PVC
  • P-Metal with applied vinyl overlays
  • Dimensional routed PVC
  • Routed High Density Urathane
  • Urethane plaques
  • Sandblasted slate
  • Granite
Types of mounting methods would include:

  • Basic exterior grade double sided tape
  • Standard mounting decorative screws & hardware
  • Reverse mount studs, to secure a hidden method of mounting.
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