The no-mount option is for when you want to glue letters directly to a flat surface using some kind of adhesive such as silicon caulk or liquid nails. The problem with this type of installation is that glue tends to squeeze out the edges and it can get very messy. Also, until your glue sets the letters can move around and for large letters that means you need to use long strips of masking tape to hold them in place.
Due to liability issues, double sided tape can only be applied to letters up to 6" in height. If using this option then always use a liquid silicon caulk as well to protect the letters in case the tape should fail
Welded studs are only applied to 1/8" thick letters. All steel letters thicker than that will get a drilled and tapped hole for screw in studs. Studs also known as pins, are threaded rods that get glued into holes drilled in the mounting surface. A stud mount of one form or another is required when ordering Polished letters because the manufacturing process cannot be done without them. All stud type mounts require a mounting pattern to properly locate where to drill for the studs.
The most popular mount with cut metal letters is the stud mount. Stainless steel letters and numbers with removable or screw in studs, have been drilled and tapped on the back of the letter to accept the stud. The stud then gets glued into your mounting surface with silicon caulk or epoxy and holds the letters firmly in place. All stud type mounts require a mounting pattern to properly locate where to drill for the studs. A stud mount of one form or another is required when ordering Polished because the manufacturing process cannot be done without them.
The bottom stud (or top or both!) gives you tapped holes in the edge of the letters for mounting in a vertical configuration. Metal letters have to be at least 3/8" thick to drill the holes and the letters have a minimum height of 4" Round letters will have flat bottoms and the same applies to top drilled letters. Metal letters 8" or more must by code have tie backs when used outside. We do not supply tie backs.
Maximum length of rail is 8ft and not available for letters greater than 24" or less than 4". Metal letters are bolted through the rail into their edge and can be done either on the bottom, the top or both by request. This ordering form only provides a single rail on the bottom of the letters. For additional options please contact us for a quote.
The double rail is mostly used for installation on metal corrugated buildings. It does detract from the look of the sign and is considered old school. In today's world a metal conduit raceway from home depot would look better to mount your letters on, and they come ready finished. Double rail mount has a maximum 8ft length and the rails are pre drilled to accept the letters ordered with screws that go through the rail into the letters. Assembly is required.
Full size Drilling patterns are tracing of letters done by hand at the factory. The letters, with studs screwed into the back or into blocks, are then punched through the paper to show the exact location of the studs. Once taped onto a wall, the hole locations are then drilled and filled with adhesive for any installation using a threaded stud. $3.25 per letter.
A pounce pattern is an outline drawing of letters ordered, full size, made on a plotter with a pounce tool instead of a pen. This tool punches small holes into the paper, following the exact outline of the letters. The installer will then tape this drawing on the wall and "dust" the surface with chalk. The chalk will create a "dusting outline" of the letters on the wall that is then used as a guide for installing plain or pad mounted letters. $3.25 per letter.
Stencil is a full size cutout of smaller letters. This pattern cannot be ordered for Cast or Molded products. Guide for installing plain, pad or double face tape letters. Guide is taped to wall, letter set inside cutout, adhered to wall. $60 FOR UP TO 100 CHARACTERS. (We determine if Stencil or Split Stencil is best for your order.)
This pattern cannot be ordered for Cast or Molded products. Split Stencil is a partial cutout of bottom portion of the letters above the baseline, plus 2" below the baseline that provides a perfect way to install plain, pad or double face tape flat cut out letters. This split stencil is generated using the same file that we use to produce your letters. $60 FOR UP TO 100 CHARACTERS. We determine if Stencil or Split Stencil is best for your order.)
A guide for plain, pad or double face tape mounted letters. The letters in a specific copy are spelled out and properly spaced on a long pattern table or computer generated. A narrow (approximately 2") piece of paper contains small hash marks or plotted lower portions of the letters. This guide is then secured to the wall with tape by the installer and provides a visual guide for installing letters. $10 - ANY QUANTITY.
Embedding Letters In Concrete
Last but not officially a selectable mount, we get enough requests for embedding letters in concrete that it is worth a mention here. Essentially it\'s not just a matter of laying down some wet concrete and pressing the letters in. For any kind of professional result that will last you have to construct a framework under the letters to keep them in place and together. Above you see 3 letters with stud mounts attached to a stabilizer plate. Order the letters with 2" studs, 1.5" spacers and a mounting pattern. Go to a local metal yard and buy some stiff galvanized or steel plate large enough to set the letters on. Use the mounting pattern to drill the plate then secure letters to plate with nuts and washers (not provided). Embed the entire assembly into the wet concrete.
Polished 304 Adds 30%
Brushed 316 Adds 30%
Polished 316 Adds 60%
Cor-Ten® Less 30%
Stainless Steel Passivation
Contrary to conventional wisdom, most stainless steel alloys are not completely resistant to corrosion. For example, surface corrosion can result from foreign residue generated by secondary finishing processes, subsequently becoming entrapped within the grain of the metal. When this residue comes into contact with moisture, undesirable surface blemishes and a costly repair or re-installation can be the result. So that you or your client can avoid these sorts of headaches from surfacing in the field, we put all of our flat cut stainless steel letters and logos through a rigorous “passivation” process.
This in-house procedure removes any foreign surface contaminants, and at the same time creates a passive oxide layer that protects against unsightly surface corrosion. As a general rule, we highly recommend you consider having all of your stainless steel letters passivated for exterior applications.
You can rest assured, as part of our Lifetime Guarantee, all flat cut stainless steel letters and logos have been passivated, following ASTM A 967 and AMS 2700 standards.