In addition, you should consider the type of materials that will be used to make your sign. A sign that is hung outdoors will have vastly different manufacturing requirements than an indoor sign.

The materials used to make the sign can also affect the type of message you convey. Sign lettering can be as straightforward as adhesive vinyl or as eye grabbing as neon. Other materials commonly used for lettering include metal, wood, plastic and foamcore.

Lettering can also be engraved. While once quite prevalent, paint is now much less common as a lettering medium. You can also choose among many substrates, which serve as the backing for the lettering. Materials used for backing include plastic, paper, cloth, vinyl, wood, foamcore, glass and aluminum. Backing that consists of combinations of these materials are also available.

Since sign materials come in varying levels of quality, you should inquire about their durability when comparing quotes. Accompanying warranties for the materials can also serve as a reasonable proxy for quality.