Custom Business Signs

A picture is worth a thousand words…

Custom Business Sign, Metal Company Sign, Alabama Metal ArtAlabama Metal Art is the perfect choice for your company or business for custom business signs. We offer a large variety of ideas, or welcome your unique creation. When you choose Alabama Metal Art, you work with a designer to develop a personalized business sign that works with your company logo.

According to The US Chamber of Commerce, advertising your business starts with the sign that you post outside of your door. Your sign is what customers will remember and subconsciously attach to your business and your products. We use our visual sense in every decision that we make. What you put in front of someone’s eyes is perhaps the most decisive factor in determining what they think of you and your business.

A Custom Business Sign

In fact, consumers are more likely to purchase a product if they have seen the name before. Therefore advertising effectively, and making the product or sign memorable is crucial to the success and the growth of your business.  Studies have shown that one simple street sign outside of your businesses can increase sales up to 30%. Just one sign! This gives you an idea of just how powerful signs can be.

Signs show your customer what is important to you and what you offer. The best, easiest, and quickest way to get a leg up on your competitors is to get creative with your advertising. Different kinds of signs are a perfect way to get your message out there.

Alabama Metal Art offers the perfect opportunity to create a custom business sign and give your customers a positive picture in their mind when they think of your company or business.  Contact us today and let us get started on your unique custom business sign today!  Give us a call at 256-246-0001.

At First Sight

Business Logos, custom company signs, logo signsBusiness logos and signs

Business Logos play a very important roll in marketing your business to the consumer. Your logo is the symbol for your company and provides an image nothing else can provide. It is generally the first thing that catches the consumer’s eye.  It is the image that comes to mind when they hear your company’s name. According to Marketing Deviant, shape and color both play a very important roll in designing your company’s logo.

The shape of the logo can be a make or break scenario. The shape should correlate with the business name or otherwise be relevant to your company.  In addition, it is beneficial if the shape is unique and memorable so that it sticks out in people’s minds.

Color can play an important role with catching the viewer’s eye as well. The logo’s color needs to be catchy but not awkward and distracting. Experiment with colors and see what you like. Better yet do a survey with your customers and interact with them to determine the best color for your logo.  Your logo is targeting the consumers, so what better answer than from a customer’s standpoint?

Once you decide on a logo, a custom business sign that represents your logo is an imperative part of your business. Alabama Metal Art offers unique, personalized options for these custom business signs. Their designers work with you to create the perfect idea that brings your logo to life! Whether you are wanting a large outside sign, or smaller one for inside;  the designers  can help you create exactly what you are looking for — providing you with a personalized sign unique to your company or business.

Alabama Metal Art would be glad to work with you to build that unique and one of a kind sign for your business.

A Valuable Guide To Kitchen Remodeling Costs

If you’ve recently completed a major remodel or decoration project, where did the majority of your dollars go? Chances are, your kitchen took the lion’s share. Over the last five years, nearly four in ten home improvement dollars have gone into kitchens and future spending is likely to follow the same trend, according to a recent survey by Houzz.

U.S. homeowners on average spent $28,030 to remodel their kitchens over the last five years, with costs varying widely at different budget levels. Nationwide, the average cost for a high-end kitchen was $54,942, $22,390 for a mid-range kitchen, and $7,133 for a lower-budget kitchen. Regionally, homeowners in the East South Central part of the country spent the least on their kitchen remodels (average of $19,981) while New Englanders spent the most at $35,678 on average. These numbers varied widely by market, too — the average cost for a high-end kitchen in Washington, DC was $89,444 while a high-end kitchen in Oklahoma City, OK averaged $33,160. The average cost for a mid-range kitchen in San Francisco was $35,744 while in Jackson, MS homeowners spent $12,517 on average for a mid-range kitchen.

Given the variability in costs — and the fact that a significant number of homeowners reported going over budget — how do you avoid breaking the bank when you remodel your kitchen?

Set a Maximum Budget

Create a wish-list for everything you want, whether that means professional-grade appliances or built-ins. Be as detailed as possible so that professionals can give you an accurate estimate of actual costs. Allow for a few places where you’ll want to splurge (like a kitchen backsplash) and a contingency — structural problems often crop up that you may not have anticipated if you’re doing major construction on your kitchen.

Keep the Same Footprint

One of the biggest cost drivers for a kitchen remodel that homeowners often under-budget and don’t adequately plan for are structural issues. Changing the footprint of your kitchen in any way will bump up your budget. Moving the kitchen or building an addition, involves major construction as well as new electrical, plumbing and flooring.

Opening up to another room could require structural work and unforeseen costs if you don’t have a load-bearing wall. Even relocating the sink or range would mean moving the plumbing or gas lines. Understanding that there are no standard costs for a remodel — every home is unique because of its age, layout and construction type — will help you be more realistic about the potential costs of your project.

Pick Your Fixtures and Finishings

This sounds easy, right? You’d be surprised how many homeowners run up costs and delay projects because they haven’t thoroughly researched and picked design elements like light fixtures, cabinetry and hardware in advance. With so many options, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Granite, wood, soapstone, marble, quartz surfacing, laminate, concrete, tile — these are just a few materials to consider for countertops alone.

Get started by researching different products online, including costs and usage (marble is susceptible to stains, for example) in order to find the product that’s right for you. Before making a purchase, get a sense for how the product looks in finished spaces; there are more than 260,000 photos of real kitchens on Houzz to help you gather and refine ideas for your own space.

Contractors will need to have your finishes and fixtures in order to provide accurate, final pricing. While it’s tempting to change your mind during the process, having a plan and sticking to it is the best way to keep your budget on track.

Find the Right Professional

58 percent of homeowners planning projects in the next two years plan to hire a professional, and even homeowners planning to take on a kitchen remodel themselves will likely consult with a professional at some point during the process. Finding the right professional for your project and style will make the experience much more enjoyable and help get your remodel done on time and on budget.

While referrals from friends and family can help get you started, you’ll want to find a professional whose design aesthetic matches your own. Research local remodelers, and read their ratings and reviews. Personality is just as important — more than two-thirds of homeowners in the Houzz survey cited “a personality I can work with” as an important factor when it comes to hiring a professional for their project.

Ask to meet with professionals at your home so you can assess how they work, take note of the questions they ask and who’s willing to give you some rough numbers. Bring basic space, electrical, mechanical and lighting plans to your meeting to help a contractor provide you with a more accurate, initial estimate.

Article courtesy of Huffington Post.

Personalized Curb Appeal

Garden Signs, Custom Garden Signs, Yard Decoration, Garden DecorationOne of the first things people notice about a home when they arrive is the landscaping. It can enhance some of the most simple homes, making them beautiful and unique; or alternately detract from some of the most elaborate homes. There is no greater eye sore than to pull up to a beautifully constructed home, and see the flower beds over run with weeds,  mulch missing,  or trash in the yard. The outward appearance of a home and the way it appears to the viewer is called curb-appeal. There are several simple things that a resident can do to make their home have this appeal. This can be as simple as hanging a wreath or other decoration on the front door. Another is planting flowers and shrubs. Personalizing your home, is yet another. This can easily be done with a beautiful, unique garden sign from Alabama Metal Art.  We have several different garden signs or we can customize one to your own design.

Their are numerous options when choosing how to decorate your front door. The current trends include single letter monograms to large mesh wreaths, celebrating the season or holiday.  In order for these front door hangings to add to the homes curb appeal, they need to remain updated according to the season and maintained in good condition. These door hangings can add so much to the outward appearance of a home, and make an ordinary front door pop.

Another way to increase your home’s curb-appeal is by planting flowers. You may choose bedding plants, where you obtain immediate results.  Or you can have a long term vision for what your flower beds will look like by planting bulbs and other perennials — you can watch your garden come to life as these emerge in the spring.  Alternately you can use pots and other planters for your flowers and place them on your front porch or steps. Whatever your preference, flowers can add much beauty to an otherwise ordinary house.

A third way to add appeal to your home’s appearance is with a beautiful, unique personalized garden sign from Alabama Metal Art. These garden signs are sure to grab your guests eye as they walk up to your front door. You can choose from one of our powder-coat finish options (black, brown, or white) to customize these personalized garden name signs to coordinate with the exterior of your home and garden area. We offer two garden sign designs.  We are also able to create a one of a kind piece if that is your desire. Whichever your preference, these garden signs are a great addition to your home’s curb appeal.

Remember, the “curb appeal” of your home is the first impression you give to your guests.  Maintain the outside, and immediately provide your friends and family with a feeling of home when the arrive.