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Four Tips To Keep Your Exterior Box Signs In Good Repair

Your lighted box sign is an important but often overlooked part of your business. Not only does it help your customers find you, it is often the first impression that your business gets to make on passing traffic. This sign is an investment, so you want to keep it in good condition so that it doesn't need an untimely replacement. The following tips can help you properly maintain this sign.

Tip #1: Inspect Regularly

The key to increasing the longevity of your sign is regular inspections. You should have the sign inspected at least once every six months. You may need to inspect more often if you suspect issues or if the sign experiences extreme conditions, such as high winds or hail damage. During an inspection the cabinet needs to be opened up and all the light sockets and wiring should be checked for damage, scorching, or corrosion. Burnt out bulbs require replacement and loose wiring requires repair. The hinges and mounting brackets on the cabinet itself should also be checked to make sure they are undamaged and that bolts are still firmly in place.

Tip #2: Battle The Birds

Birds can ruin a sign quickly if they decide to nest upon it. Not only will their dropping ruin the appearance of the sign, the droppings and nesting materials can also get into the sign where they will damage wiring. Prevention is the best way to deal with bird damage. Have a sign company install bird spikes on the upper horizontal surfaces in your signs. These spikes are almost invisible from the ground, but they will prevent birds from landing on or nesting on your sign.

Tip #3: Keep It Clean

Regular cleaning is also a must for the best appearance. This can generally be done after an inspection, although you may need to do it more often if you live in an area where dust storms or other weather phenomena cause the sign to look dingy more quickly. During the cleaning, the cabinet face is removed and both sides are washed thoroughly with warm water. Debris and dead insects are removed from inside the cabinet fixtures, and then the inside of the cabinet is wiped out.

Tip #4: Consider an Update

Updating your sign is another way to keep it looking its best. You have several options. If the cabinet is in good repair, you could simply have the printed sign panel replaced with something new and more eye-catching. Signs fade and discolor over time, so this can make a major impact. You can also retrofit an older cabinet so that it uses more energy efficient and brighter LED lighting. Contact a local sign company for more help with maintaining and updating your signage. Companies like Inland Petroservice Inc., may be able to meet your needs.