Signify Outdoor Signs by Takeform

Signify is a line of outdoor signs from Takeform. It gives visitors an immediate sense of place by integrating exterior signage with key elements of facility architecture. Durable surface materials, surprising shapes, and dimensional typography allow users everything needed to convey their brand.outdoor signs

Signify is composed of five collections. Each shares a common shape and a full range of sign types. Signify 01 is a family of quad signs, Signify 02 is an arch collection, Signify 03 is oblique, Signify 04 is a Camber family, and Signify 43 is a line of wave signs.

Signify outdoor signs can be specified in five steps. First users select a Signify family based on their architecture (Quad, Arch, Oblique, Camber, or Wave). Then they must specify a sign type within that family. Third is to select the size of the sign. Next is to choose a finish. And finally users need to choose letter options. They can be illuminated or non-illuminated (illumination on cabinet signs only). Non-illuminated styles include vinyl, painted acrylic, stainless steel, and anodized aluminum. Illuminated letter styles include routed for a clean and dramatic effect and push-through for a raised, dimensional look.

Signify features non-corroding all aluminum framing, aluminum faces plus stiffener bars to prevent “oil-canning”, concealed panel fasteners that are out of sight but not out of reach, and impact resistant breakaway posts and panel signs that enable reuse of the foundation if vehicles cause damage to the signs. Signify can also be updated at any time due to its removable panels.

outdoor signsFinish options for Signify include painted aluminum, aluminum composite material (ACM), and resin composite material (RCM).

Painted aluminum uses a three step process. First, an etching primer is applied (its etching properties enable the primer to “bite into” the aluminum), next the base or color coat, and lastly the clear coat is applied. The clear coat, with UV stabilizers extends the life of the paint while also protecting against scratches. Further, scratches go into the clear coat where they can be buffed and removed, not into the color. Painted aluminum finish options include Pewter, Eggplant, Twilight, Squash, and Ultraviolet.

The ACM is two layers of aluminum sandwiching a polyethylene core. Rigid, flat, and stable, ACM, with its fluoropolymer coating, is used as a building cladding material so it lasts forever. Users get a clean, classic look. In addition, changing light will cast a range of nice hues. ACM finishes include Deep Black, Pure White, Copper Penny, Brite Red, and Walnut Timber.

RCM is a Tier 3 building material that delivers strength, impact resistance, and color stability to outdoor signs. It is a premium and proprietary cladding material consisting of 70% wood fibers and thermoset resin. Graffiti removes easily with water-based cleaning agents. The system also assures no fade for a decade and allows for unexpected exterior signage finishes (e.g., woods, metals, textures).

Installation Options for Signify Outdoor Signs

Direct Bury: The most cost effective installation method where the signposts (post and cabinet, post and panel types) are inserted directly into concrete. Direct bury installations can be sunk within a Sonotube which is then filled with concrete and trowel finished for a clean appearance. The Sonotube provides greater structural integrity than burial in soil alone and provides a clean, circular concrete ring either at grade or raised.

Mechanically Fastened: Using a threaded epoxy chemical anchor system, signs are installed into a finished, cured concrete base which is raised 4″ above grade and acts as a protective barrier against lawn equipment. The sign’s flange mount and exposed stainless hardware on the raised concrete is a clean and attractive installation method. Further, mechanically fastening the sign has the added advantage of protecting the foundation should a vehicle strike the sign.

Floating Slab: The floating slab uses poured concrete piers to support the sign and a poured grade level slab to provide protection for the signposts. The two components of this foundation are separate and the slab is free to float vertically with changes in ground conditions. This method offers the clean appearance of a concrete footer with the cost benefits and simplicity of a direct bury though there is no exposed hardware or fastening to the foundation.