Routed Signs - HDU? - Signs & More
When deciding the type sign you want to get your brand out to the public, have you considered HDU? HDU stands for: High Density Urethane. This material is made of a mix of liquid chemicals that creates a foam product. Unlike other foam products, such as Styrofoam, HDU has more solid and less air making this product more rigid and impervious to all petroleum products. It is waterproof and unaffected by climatic changes.
So when creating a sign, what application does HDU play? Due to the high density and rigidity of HDU, this product is great for routing and allows the sign maker to create a routed sign that appears to be wood. The designer is also able to be more creative knowing the HDU is durable enough to make intricate cuts and will not splinter or split.
Routed HDU Sign on Stone Monument
When compared to wood, HDU has the advantage. HDU will not warp, crack or bow like solid wood when exposed to the elements. It is a little lighter than wood, making it easier to handle, which also cuts shipping costs. HDU can be laminated together to create any size, shape or form. Many manufacturers warrant the HDU for 10 years.
The down side to HDU is, when used as a long narrow sign, it can have a slight flex which may cause problems. When using between posts it is best to support it with a backing board laminate or frame around it.
Routed HDU Post & Panel Sign
Wood on the other hand cracks or warps. There is no warranty for the product and it can be quite heavy. Wood is also subject to the elements and goes through stress with climate changes. Joining pieces together is more labor intensive than HDU. However, wood, when properly treated or painted, can offer a very long lasting exterior sign.
Give us a call at Signs & More, Inc. (770-383-8808) and we will work with you to determine which substrate product works best for your application.