Does the African SUN truly affect the life of a sign?
The short answer is YES.
The attached photo’ is of a sign in Johannesburg. This is not one of SignForce’s customers, but it is a brilliant sign to demonstrate the drastic effect the sun can have on a sign.
The sign was installed about two years ago, and is a full colour digital print. I do not know what printer was used, although for this article that is not relevant, as although different printers may have different life expectancy’s, it can be assumed that both prints were printed on the same machine, so they should have the same life expectancy.
The ‘white’ face is north facing, and the ‘yellow’ face is west facing. The big difference is that the north facing sign gets full sun the whole day and the west facing sign, while it gets the strong ‘western’ sun, only gets sun exposure for about four hours a day.
The results are evident in the difference in colour of the two faces of the sign.
In Southern Africa a digital print is only expected to last a maximum of three years, with the life expectancy being dependent on:
- The colours that are used – reds and lighter colours will fade quicker,
- The printer being used – at SignForce we mostly use a Roland VP540 with original inks that are shown to last better than most in the harsh African sun, and
- The position of the sign, including daily length of time the sun will be exposed to the sun.
Although it may not be a financially viable option, when a sign has no half-tones (that is no shadings) and if the design is uncomplicated, the life expectancy of the sign can be increased by using cut vinyl, that has a life expectancy of between five and seven years. As mentioned, it may not be financially viable as even with inflation linked increased printing costs, it may be more cost effective for the sign to be reprinted every 30 to 42 months, with a fresh face and possibly even a fresh design improving the signs return on investment.
For further information on the digital printing, or if you are in the market for professional looking signs at “FAIR VALUE”, or if you would like advice on how best to project your business’s image while considering any funds you spend on marketing and signs as an investment, contact the writer now at firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com use the subject line: ADVICE PLEASE.