Custom Cedar Signs – Evergreen Square
At Designs & Signs, among other things, provide custom cedar wood signs sandblasted by hand. We pay careful attention to the details in order to make our signs exceptional. Here, we’ve featured a custom carved cedar sign for Evergreen Square HOA, one of our clients in Oakton, Virginia near the District of Columbia.
Creating a Custom Carved Cedar Sign
To create a customized carved cedar wood sign, such as the one we’ve proudly displayed below, selecting the right material is important. Our custom carved cedar signs are made using vertical grain clear heart cedar, which is sandblasted by hand. The sandblasting process exposes the grain of the wood, leaving behind the smooth flat copy and graphics. The sign is then finished with premium exterior latex paint for protection.
The letters, logo and border are finished with 23 karat gold leaf, which is applied carefully by hand. The gilding process is delicate and unforgiving, as the gold leaf has to be applied to the size at the correct time to produce a firm bond and optimal brilliance. In the photo below, Kevin Nick puts some finishing touch ups onto the sign after installation. The process is difficult and takes a lot of time to do perfectly, and the results speak for themselves.
The Frame for a Custom Cedar Sign
The frame for the custom cedar sign is also custom designed and made by hand. It utilizes welded stainless steel with a black powder coat. It holds up well to extreme outdoor exposure. The beautiful frame also prevents the cedar from warping. It’s welded to a base plate and attached to decorative scrolls, which add extra support to the sign. The base is attached to the top of the wall with lead plugs and heavy duty galvanized lags.
Our Weather Resistant Signs
Our custom cedar signs are made to last a lifetime. Our signs are designed to withstand all types of weather (rain, wind, snow, and ice) and extreme temperatures too. We can also use HDU (high density urethane) to make a dimensional community entrance signfor you. Between these two materials there is no difference in terms of outdoor life expectancy. We have installed signs, both cedar and HDU, which are now twenty years old or more, and they still look good with regular maintenance. Usually we would need to refurbish the paint and gold leaf about every 10 years.