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How to Choose a Sign Making Company in Middle Tennessee

Posted on February 26, 2015 | Posted by Kris Williamson

Many businesses and corporations - large and small - call Middle Tennessee home. Some of the more notable ones include Nissan North America, Shoney's Inc, Dollar General, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and National Healthcare Corporation. (This is just to name a few!) Universities and hospitals also create a tremendous amount of the job opportunities for the residents of Nashville and the surrounding areas. According to Forbes.com, Nashville is one of the fastest growing cities in North America (#20 to be exact!). The Nashville-Murfreesboro-Franklin area is projected to grow in population by 1.43% in 2015 - up from 1.28% in 2014. With all of this growth and big business (not to mention the festivals, MUSIC, arts, sports attractions and historic sites), there is a definite need for signage!

With such diversity in our business community, it's no surprise that sign makers can face a bit of a challenge. With businesses focused on technology, healthcare, education, retail, food, entertainment and customer service, sign making companies must be well versed in all genres of business to be able to design and create signage that fits each particular need. Let's not forget the historical areas of Middle Tennessee! Those pose additional hurdles when it comes to fabricating signage that stays in harmony with the historical surroundings while also meeting specific code requirements.

Outdoor signage for the Carnton Plantation and Carter House in Franklin, TN by 12-Point SignWorks.Since we are located so close to Downtown Franklin, we get the honor of creating signage for a number of historical landmarks in our area. If you need a sign in Historic Downtown Franklin, our team understands the permit requirements and most definitely can help you out!

So how do you choose a sign making company that can meet all of your requirements?

Look for demographic range.

A sign making company focused on a specific area or business will be more limited in their creativity. What makes downtown Franklin different from downtown Nashville or downtown Murfreesboro? A lot! Sign making companies that serve a wide range of areas in your community will be able to give you insight on how to make your signage unique while also fitting in with your surroundings.

Look for knowledge.

Do you need special permits for your signage? The process of obtaining permits can be tedious and overwhelming for a business owner. A quality, full-service sign making company will assist you through this process and should acquire the proper documents for you. Not only that, they should have an understanding of your city's ordinances and codes. With that understanding, a simple survey of your space should give them enough information to suggest and design signage that will fit your needs and keep you legal!

Look for experience.

How long has the sign making company been in business? Can they show you samples of their work? Do you see their work around town? What's their website like? An experienced sign maker will be able to show you samples of signage that's been fabricated and installed. The company's website should offer examples of completed signage as well. If you don't see what you like, but you are drawn to a particular company, ask for more examples of their work. They may be able to email you something that hasn't made it to their website or blog.

A wall mural for our local Honda dealership. 12-Point SignWorksWe installed this wall mural at our local Honda dealership!

Look for breadth.

There are sign making companies who can create the "same ole, same ole" signs you see all around town. Is that what you want? Probably not! Finding a sign making professional who specializes in more than just one or two types of signs will give you more options that will make you stand out from the rest of your competition. If you have an idea or crazy thought, the sign company should take your ideas and make them a reality. (Or as close to a reality as possible that will satisfy codes!)

Exterior dimensional letters for the Nashville Neurosurgery Group. 12-Point SignWorksWe fabricated this exterior dimensional sign after Nashville Neurosurgery Group moved into a new building. The sign is just about fourteen feet wide by almost six feet high!

Finding the right sign making company could take some time. New signage is an investment that needs to be done correctly the first time around. Doing your homework and evaluating your options ahead of time will save you time, money and frustration.

At 12-Point SignWorks, we meet all of the requirements listed above - and then we exceed them! We serve customers in Williamson, Davidson, Rutherford and Maury Counties in Tennessee, and we also work with clients from coast-to-coast. We have strong working relationships with city officials in Middle Tennessee, and we acquire the proper permits and documents as needed. We also love to share our work. With almost seven years of experience under our belt, we have a library of photos that show our completed projects. No matter what size or shape of sign, our talented team can make your ideas a reality. We like the challenge!

A car wrap for Nissan USA. 12-Point SignWorks

From the interior to the exterior of your building or office space, we specialize in signage that will fit your needs. We offer lobby signs, monument signs, wall murals, window graphics, dimensional building signs, wayfinding signage, ADA singage, customized trade show displays and more! If your office moves on wheels, we also specialize in car wraps, advertising wraps and vehicle graphics.

Are you ready to get started? Contact us today to start the conversation and to receive a free estimate!

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