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FAQ

FAQ and KNOWLEDGEBASE

WHY ARA SIGNSWhy should I purchase a sign from ARA Signs? (4 solid reasons why we offer the best, most durable outdoor reflective aluminum signs available… and at an affordable price)

Our WARRANTY and RETURN POLICYWhat guarantee do you offer? How long will the sign last outdoors? How do I return a sign and obtain a refund?

Traffic Signs installed on PRIVATE PROPERTYWhy does state, county or city sign SIZE and GRADE of reflective sheeting requirements for signs along public streets also apply to Traffic signs (speed limit, parking, regulatory, warning etc.) I am installing on my PRIVATE PROPERTY?

About our Sign Making MATERIALSand Methods

  • Our ALUMINUMWhat type of aluminum do you use, and why?
  • Our REFLECTIVE SHEETINGWhat type of sheetings do you use, and why?
  • Our sign making METHODS and QUALITY CONTROL
  • About ALODINE 1200 COATING (Chromate Conversion Process): What is that light golden-brown color on the back of my sign?
  • Why ALUMINUM and NOT plastic, fiberglass, wood or steel?

BEST TYPE of SIGN for:

  • HOT, SUNNY CLIMATES:  What is the best type of sign for hot, sunny locations?
  • COLD and WET CLIMATES:  What is the best choice for cold and wet locations?
  • DURABILITY:  What is the longest lasting type of sign for outdoor use?

CUSTOM SIGNS

  • Our CUSTOM SIGNS: Why should I purchase a custom sign from ARA Signs?
  • GRADES OF REFLECTIVE SHEETING OPTIONS for CUSTOM SIGNS: What options are available and what grade of reflective sheeting should I use for Custom Signs?
  • COLOR COMBINATIONS for CUSTOM SIGNS:  What are the best COLORS for Custom Signs?
  • Custom Signs SIZES & SHAPES: What SIZE sign should I use? What SHAPE works best?
  • SIZE of CUSTOM TRIANGLE signs:  How are triangle shaped signs measured? I ordered a YIELD (or CUSTOM TRIANGLE) sign and it is SMALLER than the size stated. Why?
  • TEXT SIZE and LEGIBILITY for Custom Signs: What is the smallest SIZE TEXT should I use?   What can I do to improve LEGIBILITY to make my sign easier to read and understand?

U.S. GOVERNMENT and MILITARY purchases:  Is ARA Signs registered with SAM.GOV?   What are the FAR and other regulations governing the purchase of signs?   Do you accept my GSA / Government credit card?

Mounting HOLES and CORNERS:  Do the signs come with holes and rounded corners?

LEAD TIME: When will I receive my sign(s)?

SHIPPING:  What shipping options are available?

PAYMENT METHODS and BUSINESS CREDIT: What types of payments do you accept?   Do you offer credit accounts to established businesses?

MUTCD COMPLIANT: Are your traffic signs ‘MUTCD Compliant’?   Will your signs meet the sign regulations in my location?

HELP

  • How can I PLACE AN ORDER or GET A PRICE QUOTE?
  • How can I GET ADDITIONAL INFORMATION or HELP WITH AN ORDER?

CARE and MAINTENANCE

  • CARE and MAINTENANCE:  I’ve unpacked my signs and I have questions.   How do I store my signs untill I'm ready to install them?
  • CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS:  How do I clean my sign?
  • 3M ANTI-GRAFFITI OVERLAY: What is it and how will it protect against vandalism?

SIGN POSTS and Sign Mounting HARDWARE

  • GENERAL INFORMATION
    • SIGN POSTS: What types of posts are available?   What type should I use?
    • HARDWARE: What type of hardware should I use to mount a sign to a post or wall?
  • INSTALLATION Instructions and Drawings
    • SQUARE SIGN POSTS
      • EZ” Square Sign Posts:  Installation Drawing
      • “Break-Away” Square Sign Posts:  Installation Drawing
    • U-CHANNEL SIGN POSTS
      • U-Channel Post: Mounting sign to U-Channel post (with or without ‘sign saver’ washer) Drawing
      • U-Channel Post “Break-Away” hardware:  Installation Drawing
    • Z-Bar and 3M VHB TAPE:  Instructions and Photos
    • REMOVABLE PLAQUES: mounting Instructions and Drawings
    • REPLACING BENT & DAMAGED SIGN POSTS: Instructions
    • STREET LIGHT POLE HARDWARE:  to mount signs to large diameter posts

About GRADES of REFLECTIVE SHEETING

  • GRADES of Reflective Sheetings  What GRADE do I need or is required for traffic signs installed on public or private roads?
  • GRADES of Reflective Sheeting for Traffic Signs on PRIVATE PROPERTYWhy do the same requirements for signs on city streets apply to me?
  • GRADES of Reflective Sheeting Options for CUSTOM SIGNS: What options are available and what grade should I use for custom signs?
  • Are non-reflective, vinyl signs available?   Why are your reflective signs less expensive and more durable than non-reflective signs?

About SIZES of SIGNS

  • Sizes of TRAFFIC Signs: What size traffic sign (speed limit, parking, regulatory, warning etc.) is required on public or privately owned roads?
  • Sizes of Traffic Signs on PRIVATE PROPERTY: Why do the same requirements for signs on city streets apply to me?
  • YIELD and CUSTOM TRIANGLE sign measurements:How are triangle shaped signs measured? I ordered a YIELD (or CUSTOM TRIANGLE) sign and it is SMALLER than the nominal size stated. Why?
  • Sizes of CUSTOM Signs:What SIZE CUSTOM SIGN should I order?

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