We receive many questions regarding how long signs will last. The answer varies depending on the substrate, printing method and colors used. When we talk about life span we are referring to fading. Typically fading will occur long before the substrate itself starts to break down, if it ever does.
*Screen Printed Aluminum signs will last the longest with an approximate life span of 15-20 years.
*Screen Printed Plastic signs will last approximately 7 – 10 years.
*Digitally printed signs on aluminum or plastic will last approximately 5 – 7 years.
However, it is important to keep in mind that there are many factors that can change this estimation. Reds and blues tend to be the two colors that fade the fastest. If you are using these two colors you can expect a shortened life span.
Amount of direct sunlight will alter the life span. If the signs are in direct sunlight the majority of the time the life span will be on the shorter end of the scale. If your signs are in a more shaded area and don’t receive a lot of direct sunlight the lifespan will be on the longer end of the scale and may even go beyond that.
For example, as a general rule, signs will typically last longer in the Northeast than they will in Florida.