A Short Guide to Sign Repair and Replacement
Is it too soon to replace your sign? Deciding whether to repair or replace your sign often feels like an expensive guess. Is sign repair your best choice in the long run, or would a newer, more efficient sign system offer you the functionality and dependability you’ve been looking for?
Sign Repair vs. Sign Replacement
There’s no need to throw away good money on a bad sign. In fact, repairing broken signs or keeping them going as long as possible isn’t always the best way to save money.
When determining sign repair vs. replacement, there are many considerations. Below are the steps that you can expect when you want to decide sign repair or replacement.
1. Inspect Sign Before Construction
Before fixing your sign, it will have to be inspected in a multi step process. The goal is to make sure the basic structure of the sign is sound. If the sign isn’t structurally sound, you may need to replace rather than undergo sign repair. This is true whether your sign is made of wood, aluminum, or steel. Often times, an engineer will be called in to determine the structural integrity of your sign. Depending upon the findings, you may be required to remove the sign and start from scratch.
2. Code Adherence
Both electrical and non-electrical signs will have to meet certain code requirements. Even if your sign is “grandfathered in”, sign repair may still require it to be brought up to current code. Some signs will require permits to make changes to the sign, even if the changes are minor. Make sure your sign company is licensed and registered in your jurisdiction or they will not be able to procure permits from your local jurisdiction. Work with a sign company that is familiar with local code and permit requirements to ensure a smooth process.
3. Cost Estimate
After step one and two are done, you will receive an estimate for the cost of the sign repair. The estimate should be simple to read and should detail the costs from beginning to end. The estimate will explain the labor that’s involved, the materials that will be needed, and additional expenses that may be incurred. You might also want know the cost to completely replace your sign. Although repairing your sign is often less expensive, the figures are sometimes so close that it may be worth starting over.
Once the three steps are done above, you will make the choice whether you want to repair it or it needs to be replaced. Based on how much it’s damaged and whether or not it’s up to code, you may have to have it replaced instead.
Questions about Sign Repair?
Spectrum Signworks is proud to have repaired all types of signs for some of the finest businesses in Naples, Florida. If you’re interested in working with our world-class designers on Signs for your business, give us a call at 239-908-0505!