top of page

Common Substrates

Achieving the ideal sign requires picking out the best size, shape, colour scheme, and placement, among other considerations. However, the most important factor is realizing the best signs come from deciding which substrate to use for a particular project. Below is a guide for selecting the right substrate to get the most out of a sign project by outlining the pros and cons of different substrates, and some of the best applications for each type.


ACM (Aluminium Composite Material)

ACM (Aluminium Composite Material)Aluminum Composite Material (ACM), is a flat, rigid panel consisting of two pre-pained aluminum sheets bonded to a thermoplastic core. This unique combination allows for exceptional printing, engraving, and machining options in a lightweight has replace plywood as the core substrate of a sign shop.



Corflute is the industry name given to corrugated polypropylene, a fluted plastic which is lightweight yet rigid. The plastic is extruded to give it the large rectangular flutes all the way through it, and it has medium outdoor longevity



Rigid PVC sheet has a very high resistance to many chemicals including concentrated acids, alkalis and alcohols. Its excellent mechanical strength and ease of machining also makes PVC an exceptionally useful plastic for signage.



SignEx (Celuka) is a FPVC product with excellent interior and exterior applications, the outer layer of the foam board creates a hard durable surface, SignEx can be printed direct to or any other traditional sign methods.



Cast Acrylic or Perspex as it is sometimes known, is suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications and has excellent weatherability and is resistant to most common chemicals including acids, alkalis, oils and greases; it is a suitable choice for numerous signage and POS display applications.

bottom of page