Sign frame installation using tape or Velcro is fast and easy with these step-by-step instructions.
This short video shows how easy it is to prep and mount your sign frame with double-sided, very high bond (VHB) tape however, you’d follow the same process in mounting your sign frames with either double-sided foam tape (mild adhesive) or Velcro (hook and loop). In addition, this process would be used across the entire line of Vista System products including directory signs, door signs, office signs and poster frames.
Here’ are the step-by-step instructions:
1. Apply the tape or Velcro to the back of the sign frame
2. Remove the vinyl backing from the tape or Velcro strip
3. Level and mount your sign
Please make sure to test your surface prior to installation. The tape is ideal for installing your sign frames on smooth surfaces and is intended to be permanent. The VHB tape has more aggressive adhesive than its foam counterpart yet both are sufficient to install both office and directory signs. Also, please consult your local building codes for mounting height specifications prior to installation.
Small office signs, cubicle signs or sign frames that might move frequently are better suited for Velcro. All sign frames can be ordered with the tape or Velcro already cut and applied to the frame to expedite the installation process. However, if you’d prefer to do it yourself, especially if you’re installing a large number of office signs at once, you can purchase the tape or Velcro at your local hardware store, office superstore or online to save some money.
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Multi-panel directory signs are the preferred choice for large office buildings or buildings with room for expansion. Typically used as building directory signs, these versatile sign holders can also be used as menu boards, directional signs or wayfinding signs. They’re available with flat and curved profiles and be used for both interior and exterior signage applications.
The flat profile directory signs, such as the DF34U, consist of three portrait-oriented directories with one landscape-oriented header. However, the curved profile directory signs, like the D36U, have two horizontal curved directories with one vertical curved header. The entire line of Vista office signs are built to order so if you need custom sizes, including the number of panels per sign frame or the size of the frame itself, we can accommodate your requirements. This is especially advantageous with menu boards or similar sign holders where unanticipated space is needed.
On the topic of menu boards and sign holders, these multi-panel sign frames accommodate a wide variety of insert materials. Paper is the most popular since you can print the inserts yourself in minutes. It’s fast, economical and you don’t have to wait for the local sign company to get them done. If you have existing office signs in place which utilize engraved, acrylic, vinyl, PVC or comparable materials, the Vista multi-panel directory signs can accommodate them all effectively blending into the existing sign program.
The frames come in three elegant anodized aluminum finishes; brushed silver, black and gold. There are metal end caps to match or choose from grey or black plastic to complement your existing color scheme.
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Here’s an example of restroom signs made simple with a photo sent in by one of our recent customers, Luc. I’ve also included a photo of one of the office signs he sent in, which in combination, were installed throughout their offices.
First, the restroom signs. Luc chose the WFP34U frame for all the restroom signs throughout their space. This particular sign frame has the brushed silver finish with grey plastic end caps and grey divider strips. The sign frame measures 8″h x 6″w with a 2″ ADA header/footer. The WFP34U along with the rest of the Vista office signs support a wide variety of insert materials including paper, acrylic, PVC, vinyl, photopolymer, metal, ADA and more.
For the door signs, office signs and conference rooms Luc chose the WFL12U sign frame. Also in brushed silver with grey plastic end caps, they opted for paper inserts for the office signs and door signs yet the WFL12U also accommodates all the materials listed above. The WFL12U sign frame, for reference, has a vertical curvature and is 3″h x 10″w.
Vista System products are premium, anodized aluminum sign frames and come in three elegant finishes; brushed silver as shown in the door and restroom signs above, black and gold. End caps are available in grey and black plastic as well as the three anodized aluminum metal finishes. Most sign frames are available with both plastic and metal options while some have one or the other.
Vista System is the preferred choice of sign professionals world-wide. The curved line is LEED certified for projects requiring sustainable sign solutions. Vista also provides custom sizes without the incremental cost factor typically applied to non-standard products as all frames are built to order.
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Directory signs with the flat, landscape orientation are typically used as interior office signs including directional signs, directory boards and in various wayfinding applications. The flat landscape directory signs accommodate interior and exterior sign applications and provide navigation and traffic control within your building or office complex.
Wayfinding, by definition, encompasses all of the ways people orient themselves in a physical space and navigate from place to place. More recently, wayfinding has been used in the context of architecture in reference to the experience of orientation and choosing a path within a built environment. Directory signs, when used in a lobby for example, provide the information necessary to get the customer or client to their appropriate destination. This is the most common use for these type of frames.
There’s also the other aspect of wayfinding which entails traffic control. When used in hallways or corridors or upon exiting an elevator these directory signs become directional signs, typically with directional arrows, providing a clear path within or among buildings.
Vista’s modular line of office signage provides extreme flexibility from a design and implementation standpoint. First, all flat landscape directory signs are built to order so custom sizes are expected without having the exponential cost factor applied to non-cataloged frames. Second, because the landscape-oriented office signage is installed as individual panels, architects and designers have become extremely creative in their designs for directional signs by staggering the frames as well as creating complete murals across the grouping. Combined with the various types of materials the frames can accommodate, they become interior design features versus simple office signage.
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Sign frame installation for Vista System products is fast and easy and just one of the reasons why sign professionals around the world choose them. This video clip illustrates how to install one of our 8.5 x 11 letter-size office signs using wall anchors and screws but the same method holds for directory signs, door signs and poster frames. Take a look.
As you can see, installing your sign frames can be done in a matter of minutes and only requires a level and an electric drill. Here’s a quick recap of the process:
Step 1: Level Your Sign Frame
Step 2: Mark Your Holes
Step 3: Set the Wall Anchors and Screws
Step 4: Add the Paper Insert and Acrylic Lens
Keep in mind that installing your sign frames with wall anchors and screws is meant to be permanent. So, if you intend to move your office signs or directory signs frequently, or at all, other mounting options should be considered. Also, consult your local building codes and regulations for mounting height requirements before installing your sign frames.
Because of the various surfaces in which you can mount your sign frame, the frames are not shipped with the mounting hardware. Common wall anchors and screws can be purchased at your local hardware store based on your specific mounting needs.
One other point to note. The WFP84U office sign used in this video illustrates the use of a paper insert with a clear acrylic lens. By far, paper inserts are the preferred choice from a maintenance perspective from a cost and turnaround standpoint since you can do it yourself. However, Vista System office signs support a variety of materials in addition to paper including acrylic, ADA, vinyl, photopolymer and many others.
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