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Creating custom street signs

Road signs date back to the Roman times. It was not until the early 1900s that road signs became more standardised, allowing people to tour throughout the world in their automobiles. English street signs must follow the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions regulations. There is a loop hole however: According to the law, custom street signs are not considered road signs. This article provides you with an overview for creating custom street signs.

Style

The style is the first consideration when creating custom street signs. When making signs, it's a good idea to look around the area in which you live to determine its overall look.
Neighbourhood If the neighbourhood is filled with old thatched-roofed cottages, then a widely modern sign might not be a good idea (unless you wish to draw attention to yourself). Creating a sign that blends in with the rest of the neighborhood yet has your own particular spin can go a long way. Thanks to the phone book and the Internet, you will be able to find a custom sign maker who can make the sign for you.

Method of mounting and material

Law permits street signs to be mounted in a variety of methods: On a sign post, on a lamp post, or even on a building itself. Choosing how to mount your custom sign can help present the sign in the best possible manner. You can even go a step further, and create your own custom mount for the sign.
Metal, wood or even cast The material of the sign itself must also be considered. The custom road sign can be made of metal, wood, or even cast. If you choose to go with a cast sign or a conventional metal sign, then they will have to be made by a company. A wooden sign, however, can be the most custom of all, in that you can
hand-make it by building it from scratch yourself, from the cutting of the wood to the painting and lettering of it. Combine that with a custom-made sign post, and you will have a custom sign that will be different from the rest. Custom road signs can also be used as custom house signs. This can be especially helpful if the building is on the historic register.

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