Materials


* LCI Signs strives to utilize only environmentally friendly materials and products.

Wood Species
Spanish Cedar, Mahogany, Oak and Cypress --- Mother Nature's Choice


These woods contain natural oils that act as preservatives to help the wood resist insect attack and decay while allowing the wood to age gracefully and endure for many years. We hand pick our lumber to provide you with the best possible sign materials and only utilize kiln-dried lumber which reduces the possibility of checking and cracking. Keep in mind, each piece of wood was created by Mother Nature and has it's own properties and characteristics. These wood species, however, were chosen because of their specific traits and characteristics. We do not make signs with sub-par materials so you can rest assured, your sign will be made with only the best materials available.


Spanish Cedar
Color/Appearance: Heartwood is a relatively uniform light pinkish to reddish brown; colors tend to darken slightly with age. Natural oils are commonly present. Grain patterning and figure tends to be somewhat uniform.


Rot Resistance: Spanish Cedar ranges from durable to moderately durable regarding decay resistance, and is also resistant to termite attack; the wood is also reported to have excellent weathering characteristics. Older, slower-growing trees from the wild tend to produce wood that is more durable than wood from younger, plantation-grown trees.
Typical Sign Applications: Classic
Typical Thickness: 3/4"


Cypress
Color/Appearance: Color tends to be a light, yellowish brown. Sapwood is nearly white. Some boards can have scattered pockets of darker wood that have been attacked by fungi, which is sometimes called pecky cypress.
Rot Resistance: Old-growth Cypress is rated as being durable to very durable in regards to decay resistance, while wood from younger trees is only rated as moderately durable.
Typical Sign Applications: Rustic
Typical Thickness: 3/4"


Redwood
Color/Appearance: Heartwood color can range from a light pinkish brown to a deep reddish brown. Sapwood is a pale white/yellow. Curly figure or Redwood burl (sometimes referred to as “lace” or by the name Vavona) are occasionally seen.
Rot Resistance: Rated as moderately durable to very durable regarding decay resistance. Lumber from old-growth trees tends to be more durable than that from younger second-growth trees.
Typical Sign Applications: Larger Dimensional Signs
Typical Thickness: 1.5"


Mahogany
Color/Appearance: Heartwood color is variable, ranging from a very pale pink to a deeper reddish brown, sometimes with streaks of medium to dark reddish brown. Color tends to darken with age. Quartersawn surfaces can also exhibit a ribbon-stripe appearance.
Rot Resistance: Rated as moderately durable; moderate to poor insect/borer resistance.
Typical Sign Applications: Contemporary, High-end
Typical Thickness: 3/4"


Fijian Mahogany
Color/Appearance: Heartwood is a golden to dark reddish brown. Color tends to darken with age. Besides the common ribbon pattern seen on quartersawn boards, Fijian Mahogany is also known for a wide variety of other figured grain patterns, such as: pommele, quilted, mottled, wavy, beeswing, and fiddleback.
Rot Resistance: Heartwood ranges from moderately durable to very durable in regard to decay resistance. Moderate insect/borer resistance.
Typical Sign Applications: Classic, High-end
Typical Thickness: 3/4"


Oak
Color/Appearance: Heartwood is a light to medium brown, sometimes with an olive cast. Nearly white to light brown sapwood is not always sharply demarcated from the heartwood. Quartersawn sections display prominent ray fleck patterns.
Rot Resistance: Rated as very durable; frequently used in boatbuilding and tight cooperage applications.
Typical Sign Applications: Classic
Typical Thickness: 3/4-1"

Metal
In metalworking, rolling is a metal forming process in which metal stock is passed through one or more pairs of rolls to reduce the thickness and to make the thickness uniform. The concept is similar to the rolling of dough. Rolling is classified according to the temperature of the metal rolled. If the temperature of the metal is above its re-crystallization temperature, then the process is known as hot rolling. If the temperature of the metal is below its re-crystallization temperature, the process is known as cold rolling. In terms of usage, hot rolling processes more tonnage than any other manufacturing process, and cold rolling processes the most tonnage out of all cold working processes.  Roll stands holding pairs of rolls are grouped together into rolling mills that can quickly process metal, typically steel, into products such as structural steel (I-beams, angle stock, channel stock, and so on), bar stock, and rails. Most steel mills have rolling mill divisions that convert the semi-finished casting products into finished products.


Steel gauges typically used:
10 gauge CRS - 0.134"
11 gauge HRS - 0.120"
14 Gauge CRS - 0.083"
18 gauge CRS - 0.049"


HDU - High density urethane
HDU is the most reliable and enduring material on the market for dimensional sign making, environmental graphics, 3D displays and model making. This proven, high-density urethane board delivers exceptional versatility. Whether carved, routed, sandblasted or machined, it is ideal wherever a uniform, grain-free, dimensionally stable material is desired. HDU transforms the lost art of sign making into the next dimension of artistry and craftsmanship, satisfying aesthetic sensibilities as well as functional requirements.


E-Panel
E-panel is the ultimate substrate for Flat Sheet Applications. Masked both sides, the e-panel has .008" aluminum polyester painted facers with a solid black polyethylene core. This product is ideal for digital graphic applications.


Digital Graphic
High-resolution image printed on high-quality vinyl with a professional grade digital printer.


3D carved
The background is removed leaving a three dimensional image in relief.


Routed
The text and/or graphic is removed from the sign blank. Typically the text is painted and the sign blank is stained/sealed.


Powder Coat
Powder coating is a type of coating that is applied as a free-flowing, dry powder. The main difference between a conventional liquid paint and a powder coating is that the powder coating does not require a solvent to keep the binder and filler parts in a liquid suspension form. The coating is typically applied electrostatically and is then cured under heat to allow it to flow and form a "skin". The powder may be a thermoplastic or a thermoset polymer. It is usually used to create a hard finish that is tougher than conventional paint.


Patina
Patina is a thin layer that variously forms (a small amount of surface rust, without pitting) on the surface of stone; on copper, bronze and similar metals (such as any ferrous metals, i.e. steels and irons) (tarnish produced by oxidation (rust) or other chemical processes); or any such acquired change of a surface through age and exposure. Patinas can provide a protective covering to materials that would otherwise be damaged by corrosion or weathering. Patina application is an art form and each piece created is unique.  Small variations in the final product are expected.

 

Faux Wood Material

Made of a high-density molded polymer and is perfect for indoor or outdoor use in any climate.  The material is 1/2" thick and can be incorporated into some sign designs.