Effective architectural signage reinforces your brand image by reminding your customers, vendors and staff of your organization’s dedication to quality. L&H Sign Company offers over 22 years of experience and an impressive list of successful large-scale signage projects in the Reading, PA area.
We have the creative, technical and fabrication expertise to design and build signs for healthcare facilities, corporate business parks, colleges and universities, sports stadiums, entertainment venues, retail establishments, financial institutions, and a wide range of other businesses.
L&H Sign Company projects in the Reading area have included monument and stadium signage for FirstEnergy Stadium, building identification signage and campus map kiosks for Albright College, and award-winning architectural signage for One Meridian at Spring Ridge and 100 Park at Wyomissing.
Why We Use Signs
The main purpose of signage is to convey information that helps someone make a decision – how to find a particular place, what direction to go once inside; safety hazards to watch for; whether there are rules that need to be followed; and so on. Most signs can be classified in the following categories:
Signs that pinpoint a destination, place or feature. This category includes eye-catching monument signs, which designate the entrance to shopping centers, corporate centers, hospital facilities and entertainment complexes. They don’t point the way, but signify arrival at a location.
Signs that point the way to various locations or facilities. They can be simple or complex, usually appearing at junctions or along a route to guide people to a location. They don’t provide information, but keep people moving.
Signs that provide useful information. They don’t regulate behavior, but tell people about hours of operation, alert them to safety hazards, and inform them about the occupants, historical facts, whether Wi-Fi is available, and so on. This category includes museum signage and donor recognition signs.
Signs that tell people what they can and cannot do. They ensure safety and inform people about rules and restrictions, such as parking, speed limits and smoking policies. This category includes OSHA and ADA regulatory signs.
History of Signage
When we consider the technological advances of the past few decades that enable us to create elaborate signage in a myriad of colors, textures and finishes, and even digital signage, we have to remind ourselves that signage has been around for centuries in one form or another.
What we think of as “modern” signage actually came about in the days of ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks. Public spaces, such as baths and government buildings, were marked with signs just as they are today. Taverns and shops featured wood or stone signs to identify their businesses. The ancient Romans also marked their roads with signs to indicate distance and direction.
In the 14th century, England’s King Richard III required establishments that served alcohol to have signs outside, most likely so they could be inspected and taxed. This prompted the use of lions, dragons and other symbols as way to attract customers. Because many people were illiterate, pictures were often more useful than words.
When automobiles were invented, signage became crucial for safety and to help travelers find their way. In 1929, a U.S. car salesman ordered the first neon sign, and signage has not been the same since.
Signage is still a very effective method of communication. It reflects your business values and commitment to quality. L&H Sign Company offers the creativity, engineering, craftsmanship and fabrication expertise to design and build everything from simple merchant signs to complex solutions for virtually every type of application.
Whether you need directional/wayfinding signs, monument signs, illuminated indoor and outdoor signs, scoreboard signs, ADA regulatory signs, or branding/advertising signage, we can help.
L&H Sign Company is an award-winning manufacturer of quality architectural sign products, and has designed, fabricated and installed a vast number of signage projects for customers in Reading, PA and throughout Berks County. Call us today at (610) 898-9600 to learn more.