Standoffs for signs users guide

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Standoffs for signs users guide

Standoffs for signs are ideal for mounting rigid frames, print and graphics. As the UK’s leading supplier of high quality standoffs for signs we’ve put together a beginners’ guide to make sure you choose the right standoffs for your projects

What are sign stand-offs

The short answer is that they are mounting hardware for signs, frames and other rigid print. If you see a sign that appears to be fixed but a small distance from the surface then it is likely the sign has been attached to that surfact using some form of sign stand off fixings.

The fixings are known by a variety of names such as stand-offs, standoffs, sign supports and spacers.

Why do I need sign stand off fixings?

Sign standoffs are not the only way to mount signs on walls. They can be fixed directly on the wall or you can use various adhesive-based options. But using sign standoffs creates a professional and smart look, as well as providing a method of supporting the weight of the sign.

What size are standoffs for signs?

There are a large number of size options to choose from. The most important size to get right is to make sure the fixing will hold the full depth of the sign, print or panel. You can find this information on the product page. You will also see the diameter and depth of the fixing. The choice is largely a cosmetic one, although in some locations you might wish the mounted sign to be close to the wall, or further away for practical reasons.

Which finish should I choose?

The choice is largely cosmetic – choose a finish that looks smart in the location. . Most sign standoffs are made from aluminium and powder coated to a finish. Standard finishes include Polished Chrome, Satin Chrome, Brass and Black. If budget is an issue chose the lowest price product. If look is important choose the finish that compliments or contrasts with the wall colour or the environment where the sign is to be mounted.

Are all fixings the same?

No. Like any product the parts are manufactured to different standards. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to tell by looking or holding the standoff – and you certainly cannot tell if you buy online. So choose a reputable supplier, and make sure you can return them if the quality is poor. It is important that the fixings are strong enough to take and retain the weight of the sign. In addition, poor quality finishes will tarnish quickly. They’ll look shoddy and may need to be replaced.

How many standoffs will I need?

When you are purchasing these sign stand offs, remember that you want more than one – you should need one for each corner of the sign IF your sign is less than four square feet. If it is longer, you may need to install them half way between points or every 18” or so. In addition, remember that the caps to these screw in to the barrel, and allows for a 1/4”sign to hang.

How to install standoffs for signs

how to install standoffs for signs
  1. Mark on the wall where you want your panel holes to be positioned using a pencil
  2. Drill holes where you have marked the wall
  3. Insert a raw plug into the hole in the wall
  4. Unscrew the sign support
  5. Fit the barrel of the stand off fixings to the wall by screwing the fixing screw through the hole in the sign support into the raw plug in the wall using a screw driver
  6. Fit the panel to the barrel of the stand off fixings
  7. Pass the threaded cap through the panel and screw into the barrel
  8. Tighten cap using the allen key

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