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Our MATERIALS and BUSINESS PRACTICES

OUR MATERIALS and BUSINESS PRACTICES

To produce the best, most durable outdoor reflective aluminum signs, you need 4 “ingredients”:

  1. Use the best ALUMINUM
  2. Use the best REFLECTIVE SHEETING
  3. Use the best LEGEND (text, borders, symbols etc.) MAKING MATERIALS
  4. Have the best BUSINESS PRACTICES

At ARA Signs,

1. We only use the best ALUMINUM

  • Alcoa™ 5052-H38 that meets ASTM B-209 standards and is the alloy and hardness specified by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), state DOT and Highway Departments and our sign making material manufactures. We never use 3000 series recycled aluminum or any alloy other than 5052.
  • 0.080” thickness for most signs (0.100” and 0.125” for extremely large signs, by special order); the thickness required by the FHWA and state DOTs. We never use thinner 0.063” and 0.040” aluminum
  • our sign blanks are treated with a Chromate Conversion Process (Alodine 1200) to reduce the chances of aluminum oxide (oxidation, a.k.a. “white rust”) from forming. Very few other sign shops purchase sign blanks that are treated with this special process.

2. We only use the best REFLECTIVE SHEETINGS: 3M™ and Avery-Dennison™

  • the “gold standard” of reflective sheetings, proudly made in the USA and some 3M sheetings are also manufactured in Canada
  • meet or exceed ASTM D-4956 reflectivity standards for up to 12 years* of outdoor use (* depending on the type and grade of reflective sheeting used)
  • less expensive sheetings made in Asia and other countries usually meet the ASTM reflectivity standards initially (when it is new), but quickly lose their reflectivity and no longer meet ASTM or State DOT standards within a year or two of use outdoors

3. We only use the best LEGEND MATERIALS: 3M™ transparent colored acrylic film

  • the only legend making material that is guaranteed against fading and loss of color for the same length of time as the reflective sheeting it is laminated onto. The best material for HOT, SUNNY LOCATIONS.
  • unlike silk-screened signs, our signs will NOT crack due to “post silk-screen cracking” in COLD WEATHER
  • the only legend making material that conforms to Federal retroreflective and brightness Specifications FP-96, Section 178.01(a) and ASTM D4956 in EVERY color, EVERY time

4. We insist upon the best BUSINESS PRACTICES

  • we are a FAMILY OWNED and OPERATED BUSINESS.  The quality of our signs is a reflection of our family name and business reputation.
  • we not only believe in “CUSTOMER SERVICE”, it is “a condition of employment”
  • our PRIDE-IN-WORKMANSHIP shows in every sign we make.
  • Our QUALITY CONTROL and STANDARDS are second to none.  Signs that do not meet our family's high quality standards are never sent to our customers.
  • we have the best, longest WARRANTY available: most sign shops warranty their signs for 3 months. We guarantee our traffic and custom signs for 1, 2 or 3 years (depending on the type of reflective sheeting used).
  • our Sign Makers are extremely TALENTED, CREATIVE and are very familiar with the MUTCD and all other FHWA sign regulations, the National Park Service “Uniguide” requirements and USFS and other agency needs. Of course, we are not familiar with specific local sign regulations or requirements for every jurisdiction, city and county.

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