Permits and Irvine Signs

Difficulty with Irvine Signs?

We often hear people complain about the strictness of Irvine Signs. The City of Irvine

Seen off the 5 Frwy and Jamboree

maintains a reputation for strict municipal code when it comes to Irvine signs—that is true. However, one thing we do like about Irvine signs is that the City is very clear about their sign code so therefore it is easy to know what is acceptable and what is not.


Orange County Signs: What will that sign cost?

Cutting Corners on Orange County Signs

A Lake Forest Sign

Any short cut you take when you purchase your Orange County signs may reduce your upfront cost, but it will most likely reduce your

sign’s effectiveness and thereby decrease your return. That short cut can cost you in lost revenue in the long run.

If you were going for a job interview, or wanted to impress a certain someone, would you get the cheapest haircut you could find? Would you be proud of the bargain clothes you were wearing? The answer is no because you intuitively know that a nice appearance would be worth the extra cost because of the return you would expect from your investment. (see our other blog on the subject.)

Back when I was taking college courses in economics, my professors would to love to say, “Any time you can spend $1.00 to make $2.00, do it.”

Top Reasons for Orange County Signs

So here are the top reasons why Orange County signs will produce one of your best returns on your marketing dollar:

1) Get noticed. Effective Orange County signs can place you up front in visibility even if you are hidden from view. Real estate with high visibility to passers by goes for a premium. But an effective Orange County signs can give you that all-important exposure that brings in new customers. Plus—and we have all done it—people often remember an item that they need to pick up, reminded by the appropriate Orange County signs. That is why companies like IKEA, Best Buy and Staples always invest in the largest Orange County signs possible.

2) Unlike employees, Orange County signs sell for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And they never get sick, take breaks or have unproductive days. Potential customers are reminded of your presence and what you offer day after day. With effective Orange County signs, it will be you they think of you when they need your product or service.

3 As effective and important as Orange County signs are to your marketing efforts, they are also the least expensive. Traditional advertising, print, radio and television, are expensive. Plus they have temporary impact. That is, use it today and then it’s gone. But Orange County signs are paid for once, then it does its job year after year; it becomes a permanent asset.

According to the Small Business Administration, to reach 1,000 adults Orange County signs cost as little as 5 cents. Meanwhile, newspaper advertising will cost an estimated $3.00 for the same exposure.

Ask Not… About Orange County Signs

So instead of asking, “How much will my Orange County signs
cost?” Be sure to ask, “How much will it pay?”

Check out this gem among Orange County signs:

Sunkist Orange Door Sign (Orange County Fruit Exchange Bldg

Orange County, California (Set) · Great Orange County Signs (Group) · Interesting Orange County Signs (Group) · The Orange County – California (Group) · Türen/Tore/Doors/Portals (Group) · City of Orange, CA (Group) · Orange County Photography Club (Group) …Publish Date: 01/24/2011

And take a look at the Wikipedia article containing some interesting Orange County information.

And that’s it for Orange County signs!

Custom Sign Company Marks Seven-Year Anniversary

7- Year Anniversary of Making Custom Signs

Since 95% of all businesses fail in five years, we are proud to pass our seven year mark making custom signs.

As an Orange County sign company, we have earned over 500 customers, and produced over 2,000 custom signs! Starting out doing mostly banners and door magnets, we have grown to specialize in commercial signage serving many corporations that are household names.

Custom Signs Bring Logos to Life

Polished Faces Greet Visitors to Diamond Mattress

This Orange County sign company has brought hundreds of logos to life through lobby signs, building signs and monuments. It has been a busy seven years in the business of custom signs.

Custom signs mean making your logos real. Custom signs mean enabling you to make that all-important great first impression. That is why custom signs are so critical to your business. Your custom sign sells for you 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Who among your employees do that?

Custom Signs Are Your Best Marketing Investment

Plus, custom signs have been proved to be the most cost-effective marketing investment you can make. Studies of first-time retail customers show that the vast majority were attracted by the sign—not a radio ad, not a television ad, but the custom signs. Considering what custom signs cost versus a T.V. ad, signs are a bargain.

So success in a business is not dependent on how many corners your can cut, but how much you can invest in custom signs that will bring you business.

Check out what others are writing about custom signs:

How Custom Signs Can Grow Your Business

Custom signs can be one of the most unique forms of advertising a business can use while also still being one of the easiest at the same time. By displaying them in windows you can choose to use a variety of materials such as metal, …

Publish Date: 01/31/2011 20:29

And that’s if for Custom Signs!

We Love Lake Forest Signs

Creating and Installing Lake Forest Signs

Sign Clemente has installed signs all over Orange County, but one of our favorites is Lake Forest signs. The reason is that the City of Lake Forest is one of the easier cities with which to work.

Orange County signs can often be difficult to get permitted because of municipal restrictions. This is especially true in the south county cities. But Lake Forest signs find that the city is sign friendly.

One of Our First Lake Forest Signs

Foam Monument with Enameled Aluminum Letters

One of our first Lake Forest signs was Impact Marketing. They put together comprehensive marketing programs for the real estate industry. They wanted a contemporary look leaning to the avant-garde and creative. We came up with a clean and simple design, but one that stood out among Lake Forest Signs.

Display It! is another Lake Forest company we enjoy working

Creative ADA Signs

with. Among other designs, they have been renovating a number of retirement homes around the west. Our Lake Forest signs with them have been high-end custom ADA signs. Being ADA compliant doesn’t have to mean boring, and these Lake Forest signs have proven that.

One of our newest customers of Lake Forest signs is NaturesImage. This company restores natural habitats. They recently moved into a new business and called on Sign Clemente for their Lake Forest signs. We fabricated and installed some metal building letters and a foam-based monument. (see our blog on building signs and foam monuments)

Our Long-Time Favorite of Lake Forest Signs

Finally, one of our most favorite Lake Forest signs is Paws Pet Resort. We used a combination of acrylic, foam and digital prints to create this most creative of Lake Forest signs. After looking at these Lake Forest signs, stop by and say hello to the friendly dogs!

See Lake Forest Signs by Satellite

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And that’s it for Lake Forest Signs!

Corporate Image in Your Lobby

Lobby Signs and Your Corporate Image

Building signs and monument signs provide that all-important first impression, but lobby signs help cement your corporate image in your customers’ mind. (see our other blogs on the subject.) Unlike other kinds of signs, your lobby surrounds your prospective customer and provides a 360 degree setting for really setting up a positive look and feel for your corporate image.

One of our customers, Livetime, really wanted to make sure that their lobby signs established their look and feel. As you see in the picture, they went with beveled acrylic for their first sign, but then decorated their walk way with lobby signs using their brochures. The look with lobby signs turned out to be stunning. These lobby signs will never fail to make a strong and positive impression!

When are Lobby Signs not Lobby Signs? (when they go in a conference room)

Another customer, after buying four lobby signs from Sign Clemente, decided that they wanted to project their corporate values and attributes to their customers and employees. We designed three signs for their conference room, a place where employees and customers would have a chance to gaze on their message. The signs are made of acrylic– we like to use clear acrylic and apply the paint to the backs to give a high-gloss and deep finish. The letters of the lobby signs are also acrylic and painted metallic silver.

What’s With These Lobby Signs?

One of our favorites is from Milan Institute of Cosmetology. We have installed well over a half-dozen lobby signs around the west as they add new campus locations. The humorous part of this pic is the student hairdo in the foreground! These signs are 1″ thick clear acrylic with polished aluminum laminated to the faces. The ‘L’ depicts a hair shaft, and we back painted that letter. Their lobby signs really come off and greet lots of prospective students each day.

To get a slightly different perspective, check out these two other blogs on lobby signs from a couple of our sign friends:

Lobby Signs = Smart Advertising

If your store or office does not have custom plaques, custom signs, or lobby signs then you are wasting money on every other form of advertising. What good is having people see an advertisement in a newspaper or piece of mail when they …

Publish Date: 12/09/2010 2:47

What does your lobby sign say about your business

Look at your lobby sign like your clients do and see if it is time for a change.

Publish Date: 11/15/2010 16:05

And that’s it for lobby signs; keep checking back with us and thanks for all your great and encouraging comments!!

Looking For A Few Good Sign Companies

It might seem rather self-serving for Sign Clemente to offer advice on how to select sign companies. But what we would like to put forward is based on what customers have told us over the years, not what we think stacks up in our favor when talking to other sign companies.

Seven Tips When Interviewing Sign Companies

First, how confident do those sign companies sound? You may feel like you are taking a risk—what if you get a lousy sign? So do your contacts representing their respective sign companies sound like they know what they are talking about, or do they seem to hedge with their answers? Pay attention to clues that indicate a lack of confidence.

Also, do those sign companies have lots of examples of great work that they can show you? Do the sign companies post lots of examples on their web sites? All sign companies worth their salt should have lots of examples of their accomplishments with signs.

The Material Sign Companies

Good sign companies should have a wide range of experience with different material and media. Sign Clemente has heard lots of stories where sign companies have never worked with flat-cut metals for lobby signs for example, or had never worked with open neon. This should be a red flag because you want your sign companies to suggest what is best for you based on a wide range of what those sign companies are capable of doing.

Years in business is another important gauge of good sign companies. We are just now emerging from a long and painful recession. The fact that certain sign companies have survived is a strong and important testament to them. Sign companies that have survived the last five years demonstrate that they have a strong and loyal customer base that has helped them get through. It also says that these sign companies are competitive, and can offer you the best in the industry.

What Are Those Sign Companies Really Interested In?

Another important indicator is whether the sign companies genuinely take an interest in your needs or just seem like they are trying to get a sale. The best professionals, sign companies included, are truly interested in you and your needs.

Finally, it is always good to check out the sign companies’ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Any sign companies that have been in business for a long time with very few complaints definitely have something going for them, and that would be customer satisfaction.

To see our other blog posts, click HERE.

Here is another blog with similar ideas on how to find good sign companies:

Choosing Sign Companies

One can take it that one of the sign companies look for the professionalism that should be given to you during your visit or phone call. The best professionals in this type of signage will have portfolios to showcase their work …

Publish Date: 12/08/2010 14:51

And that’s it for sign companies; check back with us soon!

Make Monument Signs Your Landmark

Monument Signs 101

Monument signs, unlike other types of signs, stand on their own. The monument is designed for one purpose, and that is to present the sign. Other types of signs go on walls or use some other type of architectural structure to support them. Monuments signs are stand-alone. You can provide all kinds of design elements to enhance the look of your monument signs, and everything about them points to your message.

The message for monument signs can mark a shopping or office center, with a list of tenants. Otherwise, lots of businesses add monument signs to their wall signs to further enhance their company image. The monument sits closer to the road, so it is often the monument sign you see first.

What’s This About Foam Monument Signs?

A foam monument with flat-cut aluminum letters and landscape lighting.

Sign Clemente likes to make several types of monument signs—our favorite being foam monument signs. Foam? Yes, bead foam, like what a Styrofoam cooler is made of, makes great monument signs. We provide a surprising demonstration where we let customers hit the material with a hammer. The styro never fails to spring back into shape. (see the video below) Foam monuments are economical, especially compared to concrete, are easy to install, and last and look great for years. The material has an epoxy coat and then is finished with acrylic stucco. Foam monument signs can then be enhanced with landscape lighting which up lights the sign at night.

Cabinet Monument Signs

An internally-lit cabinet sign with removable acrylic panels. We added brick work to enhance the aesthetics.

If it is internal lighting you want, monument signs made of aluminum cabinets can do the job. The cabinets have tracks which allow for removable panels which enable you to change the names of tenants on your monument signs. Lighting is ordinarily provided by commercial-grade florescent tubes, which are long-lasting and provide low power consumption and high nighttime visibility on your monument signs.

You often see sand blasted wood signs too. Each panel is removable for new tenants, and makes for a unique presentation of your monument signs. Lighting can really enhance your monument signs presentation either from landscape lights, or direct lighting on the top of the sign.

Monument signs can really be beautified by adding stone work and flowers. Monument signs can really make a powerful and attractive statement, advertising your tenants, your center and your company image.

Here is another article on monument signs:

Monument Signs – Why Use These Advertisement Signs?

Architectural monument signs are a great way to let potential customers know where you are located. They are always visible, night or day, to attract new customers. And monument signs can turn a casual passerby into a valuable repeat …

Publish Date: 11/29/2010 0:35

And if you don’t believe us about hammering that foam, check out the video!!!

Peachtree City Foamcraft Hammer Video

Peachtree City Foamcraft manufactures the toughest monument signs in the sign industry. We sell 100% to the sign industry. For your next monument sign project, ask your sign shop for a Peachtree City Foamcraft Monument Signs. Watch this video to see t…

If you want to know more about what monument signs can do for you, then give Sign Clemente a call!

How is a Building Sign Like a Shave and a Haircut?

First Impressions with Building Signs

Almost by instinct, we all primp in the morning and want to look out best when we are out in public. The reason is because we want to make good first impressions. Building signs provide your first impression for hundreds of pairs of eyes that drive by your company location.

Decisions, Decisions and Building Signs

There are lots of different kinds of building signs. Way back when, lots of building signs were painted on. But with the advent of computer-assisted manufacturing, building signs have become more dimensional, and more interesting.

The first thing Sign Clemente always asks when discussing building signs with customers, is will the building signs be lighted or unlighted?

To Light or Not Light Those Building Signs

Acrylic on foam, with a creative touch to the start.

Unlighted building signs are the more simple. The most common non-lighted building sign is 2 lb. foam with an acrylic face. No one from the ground can see what the letters are made of, so foam offers a long-lasting and economical way to have some great looking building signs. Sign Clemente likes to put a stucco finish on the sides to deter birds who often like to peck.

An even more beautiful option is formed metal letters. We go with aluminum which is light, durable and most important, rust

Formed aluminum enameled letters.

free. Enamel sets up beautifully on these building signs and looks terrific.

In the way of lighted building signs, neon and LED lighting are the two big options. Sign Clemente almost never installs neon building signs these days, although we have installed lots of neon signs all over Orange County.

LEDs and Building Signs

Straight channel letters with acrylic faces. Lots of colors from which to choose.

LED has come down in price drastically, and is so much more economical in terms of power savings and ease installing; it is barely worth going with neon in your building signs. LED’s last hundreds of thousands of hours, and if one or two LEDs go out in your building signs, it is not noticeable because all the other LEDs stay lit. Often if one section of neon goes out, most or all go out.

Halo lighting-- otherwise known as reverse channel letters.

Your other options with lit building signs is which direction you point your lighting. Reverse channel, otherwise known as halo, lighting has become very popular with building signs. Here the light shines out the back of the letter (hence “reverse channel”) and surrounds your letter with a bath of light. It’s a striking look. Straight channel letters as building signs are letters that shine through acrylic faces with many colors available. And there is a third option with lighted building signs, and that is you can do both!

So there is a choice for every budget and architectural requirement when it comes to building signs. What should drive your decision is the look you are after, your budget and the requirements of your property’s sign plan. Be sure to contact Sign Clemente and we can help you every step of the way with all your signs, including of course, building signs.

Read what other bloggers are writing about Building Signs

Call for Return of Downtown Building Signs

This is at the southeast corner of the Tuscarawas County county seat’s courthouse square. I hope the day comes when we can see the return of these noble, downtown building signs

Publish Date: 11/26/2010 4:00

Good Businesses Rely on Good Custom Building Signs |

We have all heard rumors about which business is going into which building, but until those custom building signs go up confirming our guesses, no one knows for sure. Fortunately, most of the new businesses have temporary building signs in place …

Publish Date: 11/28/2010 23:57

Please take a look at our other blogs; we invite your comments.

And remember, we are never satisfied with your building signs until you are delighted!

Patina Your Way to Distinctive Signs

Blue Lagoon and Signs in Orange County

Guest Parking Only

We at Sign Clemente are not prone to bragging, but these signs in Orange County do deserve bragging rights! The customer is Blue Lagoon, a residential property of townhomes right on the beach in Laguna Beach.

Their signs in Orange County were over twenty years old and needed to be replaced. The signs in Orange County consisted of plaques identifying suite numbers, parking codes, pool rules and exit signs in Orange County.

Distinctive Signs in Orange County

These signs in Orange County needed to be unusual, distinctive

Directional "Way finding" Signwhile giving the property a contemporary and clean look. The answer was a Sign Clemente design, and a patina finish.

The signs in Orange County that you see in the pictures are made of aluminum, but the patina gives them a copper look. The posts for these signs in Orange County are also rust-free aluminum.

Love and Signs in Orange County

The residents of Blue Lagoon love their signs in Orange County, and many have stopped to tell us so when we were installing.

There are thousands and thousands of signs in

Orange County; if you want a sign that stands out from the pack, give Sign Clemente a call!

See our other blogs.

Check out another intriguing sign project on the east coast

Wayfinding [Project] for the Worcester Ecotarium

For Advanced Graphics we had to do wayfinding/environmental design…which is basically signage (directional signs, exhibit signs, etc) for a museum/zoo of our choice. I chose the Ecotarium since I hadn’t been there in a long time. …

Publish Date: 11/24/2010 7:51

And that’s it for signs in Orange County!

What is Your Most Important Resource?

Building Signs and the Air We Breathe

Two-layer acrylic on foam in Irvine

What? Back in my corporate days, a CEO would often make drafty speeches and include that the company’s employees were its most important resource. This never failed to make us all feel good, but the clear fact is that the statement is wrong. Employees are not a company’s most important resource—although critical—customers are. Without customers, employees are irrelevant. And so are building signs.

So Why Building Signs?

So what does this have to do with building signs? Well, with customers being so important, making that great first, second and third impression is equally important. Building Signs are your company’s all-important suit and a haircut. Simply stated, building signs can make you look good. And that is where Sign Clemente comes in.

Building signs show off your brand, your image and make you easy to find. Study after study demonstrates that building signs are the best marketing investment you can make (See Signs You Can’t Afford). Building signs will pull in more revenue, and cost much less per exposure than print media, radio or T.V.

What Kind of Building Signs?

There are two primaries ways to go when planning your building signs: lighted building signs, and unlighted building signs. Unlighted bulding signs are normally made of bead foam, like your Styrofoam cooler. We make them about 2” or 3” thick to provide some dimension and add an acrylic enameled face to preserve color. Birds often like to peck at bead foam, so we like adding a stucco-like finish to deter them from your building signs.

Lighted signs are aluminum formed letters, often called channel

Channel letters in San Clemente

letters. Sheet metal was the popular metal for these building signs, but we switched to aluminum years ago to prevent rust. We recently switched from using neon to LED lit buildings signs. LEDs have come down in price and now are about the same cost as neon, especially when the cost of installation—LED powered channel letters are much easier to install—is factored in. Further, LEDs consume much less power. Using channel letters for your building signs will turn your building into a landmark!

Which ever way you are considering for your building signs, Sign Clemente can help provide all the information you need, create an eye-catching design, and make great-looking building signs a reality.

And here’s another blog from one of our sign friends:

LED Building Signs

Finally, we’ve had some time to install the LED Signage that we designed and manufactured for the Slimline Warehouse and CS&G buildings. It’s been one of those internal projects using building signs that’s been on the go for some time, but has been put off …

Publish Date: 11/14/2010 16:12

Check back for more blogs. And that’s it for building signs!

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