Fascia signs are signs that are fixed to the space usually available for such purposes above a shopfront. They typically will span the extent of the shop frontage and be positioned above the shop’s windows and entrance doors.
A fascia sign may be either illuminated or non-illuminated. Materials used in the construction of fascia signs include plastics such as acrylic, metals such as aluminium and even wood and composites. Any and all of these material may feature in a single fascia sign.
Illumination for modern fascia signs is usually provided by LEDs arranged in arrays. Such arrays of LEDs typically backlite a panel of plastic upon which lettering and other design elements may be adhered or inlaid into stencil cut apertures in the panel.
Fascia signage needs careful consideration in the design stage. A fascia sign may be bracketed to its left and right by signs identifying other businesses. A typical high street may have very long terraces of shop. It is desirable that a shop sign be distinguished from its neighbours, but restraint must be exercised as planning considerations need to be observed and signs which are, for example, too bright might attract scrutiny and be ordered to be removed.
Facia signs’ design involve engineering disciplines. Fabrications typically comprises a so-called sign case produced using a systemised suite of aluminium extrusions. These extrusion are cut to length, mitred and assemble to form a box-like structure which can accommodate the lighting elements and the sign face. The sign face may be hung using a further specialist extrusion fixed to the face of the sign case.
Fascia Signs require maintenance if they are to function optimally. Airborne polluting matter can accumulate in parts of the sign and in time detract from its appearance or impair its performance. It is usual for sign companies to offer a maintenance programme or at least be able to attend and maintain an installed sign.