Why Aluminum Solves Signage Worries

Find out how aluminum answers all the fundamental questions for performance quality and capabilities

The perfect exterior sign does not exist unless it’s fully capable of meeting your signage needs. Manufacturers offer various materials for designing signs, such as woods, plastics, acrylics, and metals. Deciding on what criteria meets your signage needs can feel overwhelming.

To make the process easy, you have to recognize your criteria to create the perfect exterior sign. Is the material lightweight and durable? How long until it’s affected by rust? Am I able to fully customize my sign with this material? Is this material environmentally friendly? Answer all these fundamental questions for performance quality and capabilities with one qualifying material: aluminum. Aluminum-crafted exterior signage is the best material to start with when considering your base criteria.

Explore the advantages of aluminum below.


Aluminum is roughly one-third the weight of steel, copper, or brass, making aluminum signs easier to construct, handle, and install. An additional benefit of this attribute is a reduction in shipping costs as well.

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Aluminum extrusions can be made as strong as needed for most applications. Due to the nature of the extruding process, the strength can be concentrated where it is needed most by including varying wall thicknesses and internal reinforcement in the profile design. Signs erected in colder climates benefit even further as a result of aluminum becoming stronger as temperatures drop. Aluminum can withstand most weather conditions leaving the worry of purchasing a new sign.


Due to aluminum’s naturally occurring oxide, aluminum signage is corrosion-resistant, leaving signs looking beautiful in the field for years to come.

Variety of finishes

Aluminum signs can be finished with various standard techniques, including liquid paint, powder coating, and anodizing. Aluminum has the capability of offering a variety of finishes and endless color options that allow signs to be tailored to your needs.


Aluminum has a high scrap value and can be recycled infinitely with no degradation in properties, leaving a smaller carbon footprint and potentially reducing manufacturing costs.

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For these reasons, aluminum remains at the top of the list for signage materials, both for its effectiveness and capability in the exterior sign world. It allows for creative freedom, molding to environments, and much more.

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Kalynne Ziacik

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Kalynne Ziacik is the marketing coordinator for Howard Industries in Fairview, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Penn State University with a B.A. in marketing and a minor in supply chain management. Howard Industries is a nation-wide wholesale manufacturer of interior and exterior architectural signage systems with over 90 years of experience.

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