Custom Sign FAQ

State Signs works hard to educate our customers and help make your buying decision quicker and easier. Most often asked questions are:

How much will my sign cost?

Your custom sign is the least expensive, and most cost effective way to advertise your business. Given the normal life of a sign, costs are only pennies per day. And your sign works 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

There are literally dozens of variables that go into sign cost determination. These include sign type, permit costs, materials used, illumination type, number of signs, and much more. The most common sign type we design, manufacture and install are channel letters signs, and they are on the lower end of the price spectrum. Complete sign packages with a mix of building, pylon/multi-tenant, monument and wayfinding are generally a higher cost overall, but usually your best branding and customer traffic solution.

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How long does it take to make and install my sign?

Much like sign costing, length of time to final installation varies. Almost all sign projects have the following time components:

  • Initial consultation, field survey, sign code review, and often landlord requirements review.
  • Signage Design
  • Signage Estimation
  • Customer approval of design and costs (possibly landlord approval of the design)
  • Permitting (and possible engineering)
  • Manufacturing
  • Installation

These steps generally don’t overlap, and it could take several weeks before manufacturing even begins.

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What cities do you serve?

Our primary market is Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana, but we provide sign solutions nationwide. You can see our work in:

  • Houston
  • Pasadena
  • South Houston
  • Clear Lake
  • Galveston
  • Pearland
  • Baytown
  • Humble
  • Katy
  • Tomball
  • The Woodlands
  • Spring
  • Sugarland
  • Richmond
  • Texas City
  • Beaumont /Port Arthur
  • Cypress
  • Clevelan
  • Conroe
  • Rosenburg
  • Sealy

Just to name a few of our work locations.

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How can I determine sign visibility?

Different fonts, sizes, and color combinations can affect distance readability, The chart below shows general listing of text heights to viewing distance.

Sign Visibility

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Should I use Fluorescent bulbs or LEDs to light my sign?

In the short run, fluorescent lighting is as lower price, but given the much shorter life of the fluorescent bulb versus LED and the associated serves costs (not to mention lost traffic due to non-lite signage) LED is much more cost effective.

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Will I need a permit for my signage?

Yes. With few exceptions, most municipalities now require permits for all exterior signs.

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