Types of Signs

The right signage is essential to every business. But where do you start? There are so many options out there, and each offers something different.

Here, we give a brief overview of the different types of signs on offer. These are the different design and construction types of signs. Each has pros and cons, but our experts will help you make the perfect choice for your space and usage needs.

Wall Signs

Among the most common form of signage, a wall sign will be attached directly to a wall. This could either be an exterior wall, such as the front of a shop, or an interior wall inside a building. It is a clean and simple way of showcasing business branding, such as a logo or slogan. It is also an effective way of displaying informational signage.

Monument Signs

Many businesses use monument signs (also known as monolith signs). They are permanent installations built at ground level and give the business or organization a grand and impressive feel when done right. Many monument signs are built at the edge of company property to extend the branding. They can include unique design elements to match your organization and help it stand out.

Pylon Signs

A pylon sign will feature signage that is raised off the ground by support columns or posts. By raising your sign into the air, you can draw maximum attention to your business and make sure it is visible from further away. Most are permanent installations and can be raised to significant heights. For example, many car dealerships use pylon signs (also known as pole signs) to ensure their logos catch the eye.

Parapet Signs

A parapet is s section of wall that runs across the roofline of a building, and a parapet sign will be attached to, or right below, that section. Fixing the signage to the top edge of the wall allows businesses to display logos and branding with maximum visibility.

Blade Signs

A blade sign, also known as a projecting sign, will stick out from a storefront or wall surface at a 90-degree angle, running perpendicular to the building’s face. The blade sign will be secured by a bracket and may be allowed to hang with some mobility or be fixed rigidly in place. A blade sign gives your premises maximum exposure, even to people who are walking or driving alongside it.

Freestanding Sign

A freestanding sign is fully self-supporting. This means they can stand alone in any location, without the sign being fixed to a wall. A pylon sign is an example of a freestanding sign, as it supports itself. We also make smaller scale freestanding signs that can be used to provide regulatory, wayfinding, or any other information either indoors or outside.

Front-Lit Sign

A front-lit (or face illuminated) sign is a type of sign with a built-in light source. The front of the lettering or logo will be made from a translucent material allowing the light to shine through, illuminating the sign. This can be used for indoor and outdoor signage.

Combination Illuminated Sign

For a maximum lighting impact, some businesses use a combination of the two lighting methods. The sign will feature both front and backlighting. This will only be suitable for certain designs.


When most people think of banners, they might think of a cheap-looking DIY job. But that does not have to be the case. Professionally made banners can feature sharp designs printed onto a flexible but durable vinyl or polyester material. You can get retractable banner signs, large hanging banners, and much more. They are also very budget-friendly.

Vinyl Graphics

Custom graphics can be printed onto a flexible vinyl material with adhesive backing and applied to many surfaces, from interior walls and windows to complete car wraps. Vinyl graphics can easily be applied and removed without damaging the surface.

Digital Sign

As with all products, signs are always evolving. We produce digital signs that have electronic faces. They can be adapted to present changing graphics, designs, and messages simply by programming the new graphics.

Rooftop Sign

Rooftop signs are built above the roofline, usually sitting on the roof surface itself. This allows the rooftop signage to stand out against the skyline, creating a spectacular and eye-catching effect. The lettering is often supported by brace structures for complete safety while achieving the desired visual effect.

Contact Esco Pacific Signs

Every sign listed here has different advantages and considerations, from costs to aesthetics. The right choice for you will depend on a few different factors – your budget, the space you have to fill, and what you need the sign to do.

Our team will help you select the perfect type of sign for your needs. Contact Esco-Pacific Signs now on (360) 748-6461 for a free consultation.

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