Custom ADA signage provides our clients with endless opportunities to broadcast their branding. Materials ranging from photopolymer, glass, wood, and metals allow us to create custom architectural signage that enhances any environment while meeting all ADA criteria. In this article, we’ll show you how different materials provide their own set of benefits and design advantages.
Photopolymer signage is the industry standard option when considering interior ADA. It’s easy to work with, cost effective, and allows for any design to painted or printed on the first or second surface. This is our most common interior ADA substrate and can be found in dozens of different applications from multi-family & healthcare to education & entertainment. We have secured a partnership with Nova Polymer to source large volumes of high-grade materials which allow us to offer our clients the best pricing available and an unlimited scope of design options with customer photopolymer ADA signage.
Most ADA photopolymer signs range from 1/8″ thick to 1/4″ thick but can be ordered in 3/8″ and 1/2″ as well. We offer an exterior grade photopolymer which is especially designed to withstand heat and direct sunlight, perfect for outdoor applications like garden style apartment buildings and exterior stair core entries that require ADA design and fabrication.
Ad Light is proud to be one of the only glass sign providers in the Front Range and have found our clients love this option for their interior signage projects. Glass sets itself apart from other materials with an instantly recognizable elegance stemming from crisp edges, deep textures, and brilliant colors. Light interacts with glass in such a way that no other material can, bringing paint colors and prints to life through clarity and dimension. Standard thickness for glass is 1/4″ when used in interior ADA signs, but can be ordered in varying dimensions and even layered.
Manufacturing glass ADA signage is a specialized process requiring skill, experience, and premium equipment to execute properly. The staff at Ad Light has over 10 years of experience in glass manufacturing and our understanding of the process from procurement, design, blasting, and specialized painting results in the highest level of quality in the final products. Our sandblasting machine was imported directly from Italy and has been meticulously maintained to ensure our custom glass ADA signage are manufactured to our Ad Light standard and satisfy all ADA requirements. It’s also an outstanding material to pair with aluminum and steel. Check out some examples of glass ADA signage from our Solana Lucent Station project here.
Wood provides an excellent opportunity to tie in architectural elements in corridors, entries, and anywhere else you might want to bring some organic design to your space. We have seen a major shift to using wood material in our custom ADA signage and have found several ways to help our client incorporate any species of wood into their sign systems.
Conventional sign standards like individually mounted characters are still used, but 3D printed raised characters and symbols are certainly the wave of the future for ADA signage. Ad Light is proud to offer all methods of incorporating raised characters and symbols to any material (except water, and yes, we’ve tried). See an excellent example of custom wood ADA from our COLAB project here and another great example can be found on our Instragram page here!
Metals such as aluminum, steel, brass, and bronze are great options in creating stunning designs that can pair with architectural features in any setting. It is truly amazing how many different finishes can be achieved with metal. For example, aluminum alone can come in brushed, polished, painted, or anodized – each option having countless variations to choose from. The expert designers and consultants at Ad Light can help choose which of these design elements will best fit your project and how we can bring your branding to life with metal signage. See some beautiful examples of metal signage used at Fremont Residences here!
Ad Light Group created exterior signage for this Denver property under the original development ‘The Yards at Denargo Market‘. After the name changed to ‘Waterford RiNo’, Ad Light was contracted to replace the existing signs with rebranded ones. Our team fabricated new illuminated cabinets and reconfigured the layout to accompany the additional letters of the property’s new name. After 8 years, the steel-I beams remained in great shape and were able to be reused on the rebranded sign. To complete the exterior rebrand, new parking signs and new canopy signs above the leasing center’s entrance were also completed. The project was designed, fabricated, and installed by Ad Light Group in partnership with Braddock & Logan.
Modera LoHi, located in the heart of Denver’s Lower Highlands neighborhood, is an upscale multifamily property. Ad Light Group was contracted by Mill Creek Residential to fabricate and install all interior and exterior signage. The exterior design included a 25′ wall sign and a sleek, modern projecting sign near the property’s entrance. The interior scope included all wayfinding, restroom, room and unit ID signs. The Ad Light Group team also created and applied dusted window vinyl in the front office and colorful brick wrap graphics for the amenity rooms to provide extra branding for the shared spaces. The sign package designed by Norris Design was fabricated and installed by Ad Light Group.
The Fremont Residences is located by the Anschutz Medical Campus to provide a luxury living experience for those who work on the campus or in the area. By collaborating with Weitz Construction and Tryba Architects, Ad Light Group was able to bring a sleek and thoughtful sign package to the building with both exterior branding and interior elements. Designed by Tryba Architects, the multiple residential entrances feature custom interior building ID signs named after flowering plants. The specific plants, including Cottonwood, Barberry, Phacelia and Yellowray were first classified by John Fremont during his mid-nineteenth century expeditions. The rest of the interior package was created with glass ADA signage, aluminum substrates and stainless-steel with various finishes.