Dibond Aluminum Signs, Custom Made in San Diego
- Highly attractive aluminum exterior
- Lightweight polyethylene core
- Can be cut to virtually any shape, even with internal holes
- Printed on in any color with solvent-free, non-toxic, UV-resistant inks
- Dual sided printing available for hanging signage
- Great for mounting, and light enough to be mounted to drywall
What is Dibond?
Dibond is the brand name of this specific material made from aluminum sheeting, that is commonly used to make attractive custom aluminum signs. Dibond boards are constructed of two sheets of .012” thick aluminum with a solid polyethylene core sandwiched between the two sheets. Polyethylene is the world’s most common plastic, used in a wide array of household packaging and products. Because of its composite structure, Dibond is both thicker and lighter than aluminum at approximately one half the weight of straight aluminum. This combination of metal and plastic makes Dibond at once very durable and pleasing to the eyes. Dibond sign printing is also very resistant to weather and requires virtually no maintenance, making it an outstanding choice for both indoor and outdoor use. For more information about Dibond sign printing and other common sign materials, read the comparisons in our blog post Sign Materials 101.
The Dibond Printing and Cutting Process
Our Dibond printing process involves the use of solvent-free, non-toxic, and UV fade resistant inks. Dibond has two print-ready faces in a variety of colors, thicknesses and finishes. Dibond is solid on both the exterior and interior, meaning that it can be cut to any shape and will not warp or curl at its edges. Furthermore, it is easy to cut in a smooth and seamless way. This makes Dibond especially great for typographic lettering that needs to be cut to intricate shapes. So feel free to send us a design with plenty of loops and curls, as Dibond can handle it!
Don’t be afraid of getting creative with the shapes of your Dibond printing projects – go a little crazy if you want! The strength and versatility of Dibond allows it to be cut to just about any shape you desire. You can custom cut the sign to the outline of your creative logo, or create three dimensional looks by positioning multiple Dibond signs in front of each other for a layered effect. Dibond looks great as hanging signage, and we can print on both sides! This means that you can hang it outside of your store front, and foot and vehicle traffic from both sides will easily be able to see it.
Aluminum Sign Printing Weight and Sizing
Dibond aluminum is available in a variety of thickness from 2mm to 4mm. Our warehouse is stocked with Dibond printing sheets in 3mm as we’ve found that it works best for most projects. If you require a different thickness for your project, we can custom order thinner or thicker Dibond at your request.
The Dibond sheets we have available range from as small as six square inches to as large as ten square feet. We find that most Dibond sign printing projects can be accomplished with this range of sizes. However, should you require more, we can create multiple panels from different sheets of Dibond and join them upon installation.
Dibond aluminum is a bit heavier than Sintra Board, and is certainly heavier than Gator Board. However, the composite materials of the aluminum are not so heavyweight that you need to be concerned about transporting or displaying a Dibond printing. Dibond is light enough to be mounted on drywall with causing any damage to the structure. Properly secured, Dibond aluminum signs can also be hung from most ceilings without the risk of collapsing them. One of the benefits of the heftier weight of Dibond is that it is less flimsy when subjected to heavy winds (or air conditioning vents). Dibond will hang in its place more securely than, for example, Gator Board, which is likely to flop around in the breeze.
Dibond Sign Printing and Finishing Options
We have a few options when it comes to the finish on your Dibond aluminum, and they deserve a little explanation. The aluminum sheet exteriors come in coil painted paint, brushed aluminum finishes, or bronzed Dibond finishes. The brushed aluminum finish gives it an ultra premium metal look, perfect for modern design. You will get the same aluminum finishing look as with aluminum signs, but the material will be thicker and lighter in weight. The bronzed finish is another premium looking finish that some buyers may prefer over the standard or brushed aluminum finish. If you need a custom color for your Dibond printing, please contact us directly for customization. We would be happy to discuss the project with you and advise you on what might look best in your intended space.
Additionally, you can print double sided onto Dibond aluminum boards instead of just a single side. We include a small markup at 70% of the base cost to print on both sides of the board, but you can save money by printing on both sides instead of purchasing two separate signs if you’ll be using them in such a way that they can be flipped around. A great example of this would be for hanging signage that faces both directions of traffic flow on the sidewalk.
Life Span of and Caring for Custom Aluminum Signs
Dibond is some of the sturdiest and longest lasting signage materials on the market. Even exposed to extreme weather conditions, Dibond is rust proof and highly fade resistant. Kept indoors, Dibond sign printing can last well over a decade. If set up and displayed outdoors, Dibond aluminum signs will last for longer than five years.
Dibond requires no maintenance in order to extend its longevity, but regular cleaning will help keep your sign looking its best. If kept inside, simply dusting your Dibond signs on a regular basis will suffice. In the event that your aluminum sign gets dirty, you can wash it with non abrasive chemicals as needed. If kept outdoors, cleaning it once a month with a towel soaked warm, soapy water will help to remove dirt and build up.
Local Delivery and Installation
We will happily deliver your custom aluminum signs to anywhere in San Diego or North Orange County. If your project requires installation, we are also able to assist with that process upon delivery. Of course, if you live in the area, you are always welcome to stop by our San Diego warehouse pick up your custom Dibond sign printing project yourself. We’d be glad to see you!
We are glad to service customers from all over the States. If you don’t live in the area, that is no problem. Once we’ve completed your custom Dibond sign printing, we will ship it to you anywhere within the USA. We always pay careful attention to proper packaging so that your Dibond aluminum signs will arrive safely and in one piece. Depending on the size and timeline of your order, we may offer free or expedited shipping.