Working with exterior graphics


When you need to make your message to the street, durable outdoor graphics are a key tool. The selection of materials and techniques you choose can significantly influence the lifespan and effectiveness of the graphics exposed to various environmental conditions.

Here’s how to ensure that your outdoor graphics withstand the elements and continue to look great over time.

  1. Choosing the Right Materials:
  • Vinyl: High-quality vinyl is often favored for outdoor graphics due to its durability and resistance to weather conditions. Cast vinyl, in particular, is excellent for uneven surfaces and can last several years.
  • Acrylics and Plastics: These materials are resistant to UV light and weather, making them suitable for outdoor signs and displays.
  • Metal: Aluminum or coated steel can be used for more permanent pieces that needs to withstand year-round conditions.
  1. UV Protection and Lamination:
  • UV Inks: Printing with UV-resistant inks is crucial as they provide protection against sun exposure that can fade colors over time.
  • Lamination: Applying a protective laminate over your graphics can protect them from UV rays, scratches, and abrasions. It also facilitates easy cleaning and helps guard against damage.
  1. Digital Printing Techniques:
  • Our digital imaging technologies offer high-quality outputs that are more resistant to environmental factors than ever. We have UV and latex imaging systems in-house ensuring that the printing technique aligns with the material being used for optimal durability.
  1. Installation Techniques:
  • Proper installation is critical to ensure durability. Using the right adhesives, ensuring surfaces are clean and primed, and considering the thermal expansion of materials can prevent peeling and warping. You can trust BarkerBlue's professional installation team to install for the conditions and lifespan your project requires.
  1. Regular Maintenance and Inspection:
  • Periodically inspect your graphics for wear or damage. Even the most durable materials require maintenance. Regular cleaning and inspections can help catch and remedy any issues before they lead to larger problems.
  1. Consider the Environmental Conditions:
  • The Bay area, with our high humidity, saltwater exposure, and extreme temperatures—demands additional considerations in material and protective coatings to enhance durability. Ask us about UV coatings and laminations for your project materials.

By incorporating these materials and techniques, we help you create outdoor graphics that not only capture attention but also stand the test of time, maintaining their visual appeal and structural integrity despite the challenges posed by outdoor environments. Our strategic approach to graphics not only maximizes the investment in outdoor advertising but also reinforces your brand’s presence in any weather condition.




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