Sign Buyer's Guide
to Illuminated Wall Cabinet Signs
TURN-KEY Design, Manufacturing, Installation, and Service
Wall Cabinet Signs are also known as Can Signs or Box
Importantly, the sign IS THE IMAGE of the business, at the very least the first impression that gets
potential customers to come in the door. If you advertise, or
create a webpage or Facebook presence, you will feature your sign.
What image do you want potential customers to have? Cheap, or
professional? Basic, or interesting? Shoestring, or substantial?
Neglected, or attentive? Your sign conveys all of these messages,
and more, to your potential customer BEFORE they become a customer.
For your own sake, make sure you are marketing your business
properly. Let us help you.
the detail pages that follow (tabs
how we manufacture each wall cabinet sign to last;
including the use of CNC manufacturing,
structural-steel frames, rust-proof metal, high-end
automotive paint, high-impact plastics or strong
flexible-face materials, and most importantly,
All our signs include these many hidden features, critically important to you but often ignored by competitors to lower their cost. We even add self-cleaning properties.
signs with color graphics and PinLights™ LED first-surface lighting is a
Allen Signs Manufacturing
incorporates a patent pending design into our unique new-look concept.
Visit our "LED
Wall Sign Faces" tab
to the left.
Photos of many varied sign
designs are interspersed on the detail pages tabbed on
Visit Our Unique Sign Lighting Laboratory and
Unique in the entire sign industry, Signs Manufacturing™ built an 85’ by 50’ (over 4,000 sq ft) indoor sign lighting laboratory for testing the longevity, visibility, and effectiveness of all the lighted signs we manufacture.
The Laboratory is open to the public, for FREE, adding an LED Video Display Showroom because we realized how important one would be to consumers.
Don't buy a sign from a drawing, a slick website, or photo-shopped pictures, when you can actually see and compare real signs.
Thousands of visitors have learned about sign design,
materials, construction, lighting; and their effect on a business.
If you are considering purchasing an LED Video Display or Digital LED Message Center sign this exclusive opportunity will be particularly important. You must determine what type of sign, and which LED spacing is best, so that your sign will be successful, considering how you will use it.
How will shadows affect my sign's readability during the day? Should the wall behind my sign be light or dark colored? Would a different type of sign look better on my brick wall? Should I consider a routed sign face with push-through letters?
Don't buy a sign from a drawing, a slick website, or photo-shopped pictures, when you can actually see and compare real signs.
Live Demonstrations of Signage Features
NASA's Ceramic Vacuum Microsphere Coating
Solarguard™ Protective Coatings
Signlux™ Paint Systems
Solar Finishes™ Bright Reflective White
Flexible Sign Face Installation Methods
No one else can offer you this unique opportunity. Be sure to take advantage.
Your business will be better because you do.
If you don't visit it could cost you thousands in sales every year.
Your business will be better because you do. Can you afford not to?
"I almost made a huge mistake by not listening to you and visiting your showroom prior to buying my sign. I thought I knew what I wanted, after listening to so many salespeople...boy, was I wrong. My vision of the sign did not jibe with what it would really turn out to be, even after viewing so many drawings. It was obvious the moment I entered the showroom. If I had stuck to my guns my sign would have been a disaster. I would have wasted a lot of money."
Cecil Drake, Drake Communications
Sometimes it really pays to shop.
As an additional enticement to coax you into our showroom, and also smooth our manufacturing flow, we periodically have limited Specials only available "in-store;" even unannounced to our sales team.
They are based on opportunities in our production scheduling. If we tell our salespeople in advance they collectively sell too many, causing other problems!
Specials are always for a specific type of custom-built sign with a large variety of available options, but a very limited quantity, and first-come-first-served.
detailed below, and on the pages that follow, everything
will be done to make your sign look better, and last
Allen Signs Manufacturing Corporation also guarantees that our price
will be the lowest price you can obtain on the products
described in this website; now or anytime during the next
If you are
offered a lower price by someone else we will match that
lower price PLUS give you 10% of the difference.
"Fifteen years ago you made a lighted sign for me. It STILL looks new, but finally needs electrical service..."
Lawrence Badger, M.D.
Cost and Pricing Information
Interested in the concept of wall signs, but
unfamiliar with their cost?
Click on the "Cost" tab above to obtain general pricing and cost
information on various sizes and types of wall cabinet
Use our Lease Cost Calculator™ to estimate YOUR lease cost, and our Sign Cost Calculator™ to estimate your after-tax cash-purchase sign cost. They are located on our "Cost" page. Or, ask our salesperson to run the numbers for you.
When you do so notice how dealing directly with the manufacturer can potentially save you additional dollars in sales/use taxes!
The detailed construction and installation information below, and to the left, is very
important in developing a sign that will accomplish
Please contact us to develop a plan to meet your
Our professional staff will usually have exact quotations, and exact scale
drawings of your signs installed on your building or property ready for
you the same day we meet with you. (Much faster than the 2 1/2 week
average in our industry.)
We sell our signs FACTORY-DIRECT, WHOLESALE to the
If you are planning for the future, please bookmark
our website as a "Favorite" so you can find us when
you are ready.
"Look at that sign, it's like made out of plastic!"
Jon Taffer, Host of Bar Rescue
"If they put that little effort into their sign, I'd hate to see what they put in their food."
Nick Liberato, Celebrity Chef and Owner/Operator of Calidelphia Catering0
Why Buy Factory-Direct from a State-Licensed Company?
Why not buy from a Sign Dealer (also called a Sign Broker or a Sign Store?)
ould you give a car dealer $10,000 and tell him to buy you the best car
he can for the money, sight unseen (or from a drawing?) Don't you think you would get the car that made
Do you think you
could meet your needs asking for the cheapest car he can buy?
Why would a sign dealer (sign broker or sign store) be any different? Remember, they are
merely buying a sign from a manufacturer to resell to you, usually to resemble a
drawing, making the most money they can.
You need to know
ALL of the details on how your sign will be manufactured, and how it will be installed.
It needs to meet YOUR needs, not the seller's profit goals. What is he
telling the manufacturer you don't need?
Believing "...a sign is a sign" gets you a Yugo instead of a Cadillac.
Remember the Yugo? They didn't last very long, either.
Also, most sign dealers, sign brokers and sign stores cannot legally install
or service an electric sign. Ask to see their license.
Ask to see a manufacturer's license also. A few are not licensed to do electrical work, either, they also have to hire other companies to install the signs they make.
Now, who provides the warranty? The manufacturer, the installer, the
salesman, anyone? If the sign was installed illegally
do you think they'll honor their warranty? Did they REALLY obtain your
City sign permit? Is the sign even safe?
As a large, both UL and ETL listed manufacturer, our name is on all our signs. Just like you,
we can't afford to have a bad sign destroy our business. We have to care.
Particularly with our LIFETIME* warranty.
Summary - Wall Cabinet Signs In a Nutshell
Special Features and Benefits of Allen Signs Manufacturing's Wall Cabinet Signs
Lasting Quality – Your Sign will ALWAYS look good to potential customers
Structural steel frames with aluminum exterior skins – No rust and last forever. Virtually Hail-proof.
Computer-generated graphics – Perfect look, not handmade, much more impressive
Signlux Paint Systems™ Automotive+ paints and 2 part primer system - The same exterior paint type they paint a Ferrari with. It looks new virtually forever, helping your business.
UL listed sign – The sign can be installed anywhere, and moved anywhere at a later time.
Special Features and Benefits of doing business with Allen Signs Manufacturing
Guaranteed Highest Quality...Guaranteed Lowest Price™ - We manufacture the best signs, for the lowest price.
Lifetime* Warranty – Saves you money forever.
Product Liability Insurance – Protects you and your customers forever.
Deposit Insurance – Your money is protected even if we were to default.
Established 1979 – We back our claims.
Better Business Bureau Accredited Business
Eleven Person On-Location Sales Team – At your location to help you anytime we are needed.
Sign Showroom – Don’t buy a sign from a drawing when you can see the real thing.
State Licensed Electrical Sign Contractor – We know our business and do our job.
State Licensed Electrical Contractor – We know electricity.
Trained QualityCertifiedSigns™ Technicians – We understand quality.
We Actually Manufacture the Signs – Single-source responsibility.
Full-Service Sign Company – We manufacture, install, and service all signs; ours and others. Seven cranes/bucket trucks to 80' reach. Seven installation/service crews.
Electronic LED Sign Experts – Because we manufacture them, we also know how to fix them all.
Five Different Payment Options – Cash, Credit Card, Conserve Your Nest Egg™, Signs on Time™ Lease (with Zero Down option) and Pay as You Grow Lease/Purchase™
Delayed-Deposit Billing™ - Significantly reduced initial billing to help you control your cash-flow.
Free Grand Opening Package - We want you to be successful; here's another way we're helping. A free "Coming Soon" and "Grand Opening" banner with your name on it, and free "store" hours lettered on your door.
strength, durability, and appearance your illuminated
signs will be constructed of aluminum (#3003, H14 -
not the "soft" aluminum used by some) covering a
welded structural-steel inner frame.
Large metal areas
will be reinforced to prevent "oil-canning".
structural-steel frame inside the sign is separately
painted before the aluminum skins are installed; important to
prevent rust stains later.
Certified Welders. Horizontal, vertical, and
We are virtually
the only sign company in the Dallas/Fort Worth
Metroplex employing certified welders.
Importance of Sign Thickness
The thickness of
a sign does more than impart a more prominent
importance to a sign, it affects the graphics.
allowable thickness of a sign depends on the type of
internal lighting and the type and size of the sign
Lighting and sign
face types will be discussed later.
The larger the
sign face the thicker a properly made sign cabinet
It is very
important that the sign be thick enough that the
lighting in the sign does not show as "hot spots" or
"zebra striping" on the face of your sign.
Either of these makes your sign look "cheap" no matter
what its cost. In some instances these can be so
bad that a sign is not readable at night. You've
All of this makes
the use of extruded aluminum sign frames problematic
in building a quality sign, to say nothing about a
strong sign (no structural steel inner frame) since
extrusions are only available for limited cabinet
depths; however some sign companies continue to
attempt to do so. Allen Signs Manufacturing does not
use extruded cabinets precisely for these reasons.
We calculate what
is required to make a proper and impressive sign for
you, and then we build it.
It is more
expensive to do the job right, but what is the value
of a "cheap" sign that gives potential customers a
negative impression of your business?
The Importance of Retainer Width
to the appearance of the sign is the width of the
retainer (the ring of metal around the sign face that
covers the mechanism that holds the sign face in the
This border plays
a very important role in the apparent quality of your
sign, and both size and color must be considered in
the overall design.
This makes the
use of pre-made extruded aluminum sign frames
Tabs to other components of a
cabinet sign are listed down the left side of this
Be sure to
select the tab "Sign
Buyer's Check List" to the left. This
is a tool for your use to insure that quotations you
receive are for the same sign! Insist that your
bidders check-mark each line, then sign the document
when they give you their quote.
If you know all the details of the sign you wish to purchase, and desire to
buy it right now, click the following link to go to our online
Cabinet Sign Purchase Page.
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