In the Spotlight!

Candelas Exterior Monument made the television commercial for David Weekly Homes!
Brooklyn Veterinary Clinic Monument Sign made it in their Ad!

Monument renovation – Before & After

Sometimes a sign has great “bones” but has lost it’s luster. That’s when a cost efficient monument refurbishment is in order. High pressure wash, new paint and vinyl can take a tired sign and make it look new again. We can also re-set stone and retro fit LED lighting. We were able to help this beautiful community by renovating their four monument signs.

Spectacular Monument in Downtown Denver

Our newly completed crown jewel is in the heart of downtown Denver and steps from the 16th Street Mall. This 10′ tall monument sign has 4′ tall halo lit polished stainless steel numerals. The polished stainless steel stands out durring the day reflecting it’s beautiful surroundings. At night this amazing monument sign glows with it’s halo lit numbers.  The text on this monument sign is illuminated push through acrylic dimensional letters. This fabulous monument sign is located at the 300 East 17th Apartments in beautiful downtown Denver. They offers richly appointed residences that deliver everything you desire. 300 East 17th features studio, one and two bedroom floorplans to fit your lifestyle. Take in the gorgeous views of downtown Denver. If you have been looking for apartments in downtown Denver, 300 East 17th, professionally managed by Maxx Properties, is waiting for you.

Recently installed monument sign

This recently installed monument sign was completely manufactured in our shop then installed at the clients corporate headquarters. The brushed aluminum blades are set off by the matte finished textured background. The logo is cutout acrylic with etched grooves to add visual interest. For more information about Blindshine, visit their website at: http://www.blindshine.net/

Walt Spader Memorial Plaque

Architectural Signs is proud to have produces this dimensional bronze plaque to honor Walt Spader in Broomfield. The park and ball fields were dedicated in Walt’s memory.
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This plaque is cast from bronze, and Walt’s portrait was hand carved and then cast into bronze as well to add more dimension to this plaque. This timeless memorial will last for several generations of ball players to remember this great citizen by.
                    

                    

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How to Increase Property Value Through Signage Improvements

By Mary Harris

The Denver metro housing market is like we’ve never seen before. Some home values are increasing annually by 10% or more, while others are a steady 6% or less. Why? You might say location, and that would be true, but what other factors play a roll on this hot market? Consider the overall appearance of the neighborhood.

According to the Community Associations Institute, the number of community or homeowners associations has grown from 10,000 in 1970 to 342,000 in 2016. That’s a lot of competition. Now more than ever, it is imperative that your community signage leaves a lasting positive visual impression, conveying a sense of pride in the community.

Is the signage in your neighborhood antiquated and tired? Are street signs faded, leaning, broken, or beat up by the landscaper’s weed whacker? Are the flower beds over grown and covering your neighborhood entrance monument rendering them un-readable? All of these things can have a negative impact on the perception of property values.

Once you’ve determined that your neighborhood signage needs attention, where do you start? How do you improve your signage without draining your reserves and how do you determine where to focus your attention?

First, walk your neighborhood and determine what signs need repaired or replaced. If you have a trusted sign vendor, ask them to join you. A professional sign vendor will help guide you and essentially help you work within your budget. Once you have a list of sign “issues”, you can and prioritize based on need and budget.

Addressing the needed safety issues should be priority number one! Missing stop signs, illegible street signs, and cross walk signs need to be maintained in pristine condition. Communities can suffer large financial losses due to lawsuits because of negligence in sign maintenance. The Department of Transportation requires that street signs and stop signs are constructed with high intensity reflective material. This adds night time visibility and safety.

I would then focus on the community entrance signage. Can visitors easily find the neighborhood? Does the signage convey the message the community would like to emulate? When you look at it, does it scream 1960? Keep in mind that monuments are built to last for decades, but the style can make the community look outdated. If you have an entrance sign (aka. monument sign) that was built decades ago, you may want to consider refurbishment.

Monument refurbishment is a cost effective way to modernize and revitalize the neighborhood. Consider the photos featured in this article. The existing monument was non-illuminated and a little dated. The original background was replaced with a stucco finish and halo lit, LED channel letters were added in a high contrast color. Now the monument sign is visible day and night, guiding residents and visitors alike to the neighborhood. The cost of a refurbishment verses a full blown replacement can save a community thousands of dollars.

A community message board is something that would be considered a community amenity. Either a box that houses paper posted notices or an LED electronic message board can lend to a sense of community and a perceived added value to the community as a whole. Posted near an entrance, pool or club house, this offers residents neighborhood information and a place to communicate.

Pool, tennis court, amenity signage should be updated for community liability purposes. It is imperative that regulations are posted in a clear manner and in compliance to ADA regulations. Outdated information or rules can have a financially negative impact on a neighborhood, leaving the community vulnerable to legal action.

If you take the time to address the signage in your community, keeping all up to date and in compliance, and modernized, your community can and will benefit. Property values will increase, as well as the communities overall satisfaction.

Enhancing Community Value through Signage

By Mary Harris

Signage is a very effective way to not only update, but add distinction and beauty to a neighborhood community. Research compiled by Newton Graham Consultants, a national economic forecaster, showed that the 1981-82 housing downturn proved that the best-looking neighborhoods had the highest resale values for its homes. The same data applies to the recent housing downturn, which is evident when looking at homes in well maintained areas because they show a greater retention of home owners and a greater return on investment.

This is where the community entrance signs can make a difference. A well thought out and aesthetically pleasing entrance sign can convey a certain type of community for the homeowners, while also providing direction to visitors. Like a park entrance sign, a community entrance sign should be bright, clear and informative as it embodies the personality of the community it signifies. Monument signage is essential to a residential development. Monument structures add a professional look in addition to assisting individuals to find their location.

Because a monument sign is one of the first items that a newcomer notices upon entering the neighborhood, it is very important to make an impression. Stone and brick monuments are popular and long lasting, and it is recommended that faces and letters be made of aluminum. There are different coatings that can be applied to aluminum (powder coating, baked enamel or regular paint) which all have different life spans, so be sure to understand the maintenance costs associated with the different coatings. 

Another popular option for entrance signs is sandblasted or routed signs. Typically, this type of sign will need to be repainted every five to seven years to keep them looking fresh. These signs can be made from Cedar, Redwood or a resin composite material, which can be a less expensive, more durable alternative depending on the situation.

Older HOAs often have signs that have outlived their usefulness and that have become dilapidated. A good way to start the talk about beautifying the neighborhood is to survey the community and ask which signs should be replaced or refurbished. Sometimes it is possible to refurbish existing signage to freshen up or completely change the look. Clearly defining HOA signage can help maintain a manicured and uncluttered look.

A wonderful way for a community to provide a prestigious and well maintained look is to use decorative traffic control signs. Many options exist including a variety of finial tops, different wraps around the base of the poles, and even scrolls and brackets. The size of the pole also makes a difference, as typically the larger the pole is, the more pronounced the sign looks. Sign pole sizes range from 2.5 inches to 8 inches in diameter. Keep in mind that consistency within the community is key, particularly with logos, colors, styles, scrolls, bases and finials.

Most decorative traffic control parts are powder coated, and thus should have a lifespan of five to ten years. They do not need to be repainted occasionally, and signs also may need to be replaced over time due to wear. If a neighborhood has any DOT style (galvanized metal) street posts, it is highly recommended to upgrade to a decorative style post. The new look will quickly upgrade the appearance of the neighborhood.

Message boards are very popular right now with associations and self-managed neighborhoods. Slide in frames, cork board, white boards or any kind of sign that allows changeable copy is a great way to display information and keep the community up to date. An LED message board is another option which offers endless messages and can be controlled online. As always, a uniform look and feel to match other signs is encouraged and can easily be accomplished.

Regulatory signs range from identification to instructional, including “No Trespassing,” “No Fishing” or “No Parking.” This type of sign isn’t the most appealing visually, but important none the less. The keys are determining how many are necessary, where they are placed and keeping them maintained consistently.

It might be rare to hear a compliment about a community sign, but good-looking and well-maintained signs can be eye catching and make a statement about that neighborhood. It might be valuable to take some time and think about what the community signs are saying about your neighborhood or those that you manage, and bring it to the attention of the board of directors.

Pradera Monument Sign

Back in 2003, operating as “The Signtist”  I sold DR Horton the entire sign package for Pradera, which was the Parade of Homes in 2004. To my pleasant surprise, 15 years later I was called to help them with a new sign at the entryway for Pradera.

Working with the mason, we created this halo lighted sign to match the signs we had built in the past. This gives a nice entry from the east side of the neighborhood.

Pradera Halo Lighted Letters Monument Sign

If you need a dramatic sign for your neighborhood, contact us at Architectural Signs!

 

Landscaping Your Monument Sign

PROPER LANDSCAPING FOR YOUR NEW MONUMENT SIGN

 

The project has been well thought out. Designs and estimates are created. Engineering, permits – so much has gone into your beautiful new monument sign. Time for the landscaping.

So many times the type of landscaping plants are not considered in the project. Just make it look nice. Then a couple months later, you can’t even see the monument. Those plants that were to enhance the sign have now matured and taken over.

Carefully planning the landscaping and the monument sign collectively is not common but should be considered. Your substantial investment deserves the proper embellishment.

 

If you choose to have your landscaper do the planting independently of the sign, here are a few guidelines to ensure your contentment with the outcome:

  1. Matured plant height should be not taller than 6” below the lettering or sign panel.
  2. Taller plants on the sides will create a frame for your Monument sign.
  3. Utilizing low spreading evergreens will offer up year round appeal.
  4. Choose a color scheme that will enhance your sign, not compete with it.
  5. If you have ground lighting, consider the angle of the lighting prior to placement of the plants. You don’t want strange shadows thrown on the sign face making it impossible to read at night.

Here are a few plant and shrub suggestions:

  1. Although it can grow to a height of 5’ it can be easily trimmed and shaped.
  2. Drought resistant and can even survive in sandy soil.
  3. Christmas Holly. Grows to a height of 15” in full sun or part shade. Dark green leaves and red berries offer a dramatic show.
  4. Blue Star Juniper. This evergreen grows to a maximum height of 2’ and offers a showy blue color.
  5. This very slow growing shrub grows to a height of 18”, has variegated leaves and purple flowers.
  6. Moonshadow Euonymus. Green and gold shrub grows to 3’ tall and can be trained to climb walls.
  7. Tuscan Sun Perennial Sunflower. Grows to a height of 15” in full sun to partial shade & has an extended blooming season.
  8. Fall blooming plant grows in full sun to a height of 12 – 16”.
  9. Vinca Minor aka Periwinkle. Evergreen ground cover with showy purple flowers.
  10. Adnophora Liliifolia aka Ladybells. Grows to a height of 18” and is a prolific spreader. Delicate purple bells atop a light green foliage.
  11. Coral Bells. The dainty bell-shaped flowers on long stems grow to a height of 18” and are resistant to disease, drought and pests.
  12. Blanket Flower. This tough, hardy perennial grows to a height of 15” and is drought and deer resistant.
  13. Hosta. These easy to grow, shade loving plants come in a wide variety of foliage colors and textures. Tall stems with lily-like flowers present in spring.
  14. Candytuft. This evergreen ground cover grows to a height of 8” – 10” and is blanketed in white blooms. Note: not all Candytuft is perennial.

Of course with all garden planning you’ll need to take into consideration what zone you’re in, your soil type, light and water availiblity. Happy gardening!

 

Significant Projects

  • RE/MAX International
    Architectural Signs helped design and manufacture a 15′ stainless steel balloon with Stainless Steel letters, Interior and exterior identification and directional signs for their new complex in Greenwood Village Colorado while continually supplying offices Interior and exterior letters and logos throughout the continental United States and many countries throughout the world, serving over 3000 offices signage world wide since 1973.
  • Colorado Department of Health and Environment
    In helping Colorado Department of Health revamp and update its new signage program, Architectural Signs has given them a new look throughout the organization’s structured system and complex signage needs with upscaled materials and quality design.
  • Hercules Industries
    Signage for Western Region stores in:

    • Salt Lake City, Utah
    • Denver, Colorado
    • Aurora, Colorado
    • Colorado Springs, Colorado
    • Fort Collins, Colorado
    • Raton, New Mexico
  • Metro Waste Water District
  • Stevenson Car Dealerships
    Signage for Chevrolet, Toyota, Jaguar, and Lexus dealerships
  • Walter Properties Management Division