A Multi Layered Sign by Alabama Metal Art

Three layered business logo sign, powder coated sign, Alabama Metal Art
RIPFIT Indoor Cycling and Boxing Circuit Blue Bell, PA

A Multi Layered Business Sign will bring dimensional attention to a business.  Adding several layers to your sign you can target certain focal areas that you wish to stand out.  A good example would be to add an extra layer with your logo.  You want your sign to grab the potential customer and make a great first impression.  In the illustration above, “RIPFIT,” the sign uses their business logo.

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The “Envy – A Salon” above uses layers powder coated two colors of blue.  The light blue as a background against the navy makes the sign standout.  Color is a dependable way to add interest to your sign.  Each color of this sign is a different layer.

A Multi Layered Sign – Simple and Complex Designs

Two Layer Company Business Sign, Alabama Metal Art

Salon Business Sign, Company business sign, Alabama Metal Art


A Multi layered sign can be simple or it can be complex.  Each individual layer can be coated with different powder colors for many effects.   Combining different layers with other styles is a good way to amplify the visibility of your sign.  Both illustrations above are great samples of what can be accomplished with layers.


Mulit Layered business sign, Alabama Metal Art, Multi color powder coating


The above sign for “One Place” is an fine representation of multi layered signage.  The Logo is made up of three colors.  Here again the use of color makes the sign stand out.  The customer chose to use raised letters for the balance of the sign.  Signs can consist of one style or when appropriate, a mix different styles.  In this example the components where mounted directly to the outside of the building.
A Multi Layered Sign for Sorella Farms, Farm signs, business signs

Sorella Farms, located in the beautiful countryside of Evington, Virginia, is a place of celebration for weddings, receptions, and other special events.  This beautiful sign incorporated their logo using several different layers of metal.  This provided the pallet for both color and dimension.

Alabama Metal Art has worked with many different customers to develop a business sign that will meet the business need.  Feel free to contact us with any of your custom metal sign questions.  We will be more than happy to assist you in any way.  www.alabamametalart.com


A Raised Letter Business Signs May Work for Your Business

Raised letter business signs are being used in many different ways to bring attention to businesses.  They provide   flexibility with different fonts, sizes and colors.  Letters can be made small or large depending on your application.  Raised Letter Business Signs can be mounted directly to a façade or can be mounted to a metal or wooden backplate on the building. Different back plates add an extra dimension to a sign.  Raised Letter Business Signs work in most environments both interior and exterior. The raised letter signs can be combined with company Logos for added flair and visibility.

Raised Letters for CustomCompany Sign - Court Street Florence
Night image of Court Street Market Raised Letter Business Sign

Considerations for your Raised Letter Business Signs

When thinking of a Raised Letter Business Signs, you need to consider several things.  Will the letters be placed in a location that they will be seen both by foot traffic and drive by traffic.  Have you taken into account lighting for the letters? How is night visibility?  Installation is an important consideration when purchasing a sign. Will letters have studs or holes for anchors?  Will they mount flat against the building or require spacers?



Another consideration for your business sign is how will it hold up in the  outside elements.  Powder coating is a extra plus in this case.  Raised letters can be powder coated for durability and provide confidence that the finish will hold up in the elements.  With powder coating you can extend the life of the finish if it properly maintained.  If your powder coated business sign is outside it will get dirty.  The best way to clean a powder coated piece is to use filtered water under low pressure on a pressure washer.  Add a mild detergent that is chlorine free to remove grime.  An occasional cleaning will assist in prolonging the finish of your sign.

Raised Letter Business Signs Clear Winds

We have posted several different examples of Raised Letter Business Signs on this blog. Check out our website for additional examples.  We will be happy to assist you in any way when you are looking to create the ideal sign for your business.  Feel free to contact us at Alabama Metal Art or email at info@alabamametalart.com.


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We have included a Business Sign Planning Sheet to assist you in creating your sign .Metal Company Sign, Raised Letter Business Sign, State Farm Insurance Sign, Alabama Metal Art

Fun Visit to Bliss Bistro & Boutique

Today Robert and I took A Visit To Bliss Bistro & Boutique.  What is Bliss Bistro & Boutique you ask?  It is one of the newly opened businesses on Woodward Avenue, in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.  The full name is Alabama Bliss Bistro and Boutique.  You ask, what are two football loving, metal slinging production workers doing going to a boutique for! It started several months ago when Miranda Ball (Bliss Owner) contacted us to make a sign for her business.  Bliss Bistro & Boutique, Layered Business sign, metal business sign by Alabama Metal Art

At Alabama Metal Art we enjoy meeting and getting to know our customers whenever possible.  Being local presented us the opportunity to visit this business.  Plus, we wanted to check out the Bistro which is becoming well known for its home made pimento cheese.


When you walk into Bliss you will notice the use of doors throughout the boutique and bistro.  Miranda tells us the doors symbolize the doors that were closed and the doors that were opened that allowed her to follow her bliss.  Miranda’s aim is to share this philosophy will the customers that come into her business.

The Bliss Bistro

The Bistro is colorful and relaxing.  Since Robert and I both like food we decided it was a good time to try the menu.  Robert could not resist trying the Three Cheese Pimento Cheese – A True Southern Favorite.  Since I am from the big town of Mount Hope, I had to try the City Slicker.  We both found the food excellent and the atmosphere relaxing.  Robert noticed that the soup of the day was loaded potato and had to get one to go.

The Bliss Boutique

For those of you who like to shop at reasonable prices stop in and check out this blissful boutique.  If your a Pappaw, like me, you may be tempted to by a nice surprize for you teenage granddaughter. If you should find yourself driving through the Shoals area take some time to stop and say hi to Miranda and her crew.  They are located at 1206 Woodward Avenue in Muscle Shoals, Alabama (directly across from Wendy’s).


A Stenciled Sign

A Stenciled Sign

A Stenciled Sign is one of the many styles used both in business signs and custom metal wall art pieces.  The nice thing about a stenciled sign is its great versatility.  Many different effects can be obtained with A Stenciled Sign.

Clemmons & Hamner Seed, Inc. Business Sign by Alabama Metal Art


  • Using different fonts for the letters.
  • Size of the lettering.
  • Logos can be incorporated into the design (as shown in the above sign).
  • Add color to the sign
  • Add a colored back plate
  • Backlight the sign
Checkers Motorcycle Logo, logo signage, metal logo sign, motorcycle decor, motorcycle art
Checkers Motorcycle Logo

Stenciled Wall Art Finished in a Black Cast Iron

Keep It Simple

Best practice with a Stenciled Sign is to keep it simple.  The Lettering on the sign should stand out and be easily read.  Consider where it is being mounted, does the background enhance or detract from the sign?  Do you need to add a contrasting back plate to make the sign standout?  Have you considered adding backlight to the sign?  Look  at all possibilities before making your final decisions on your business sign.

If you are working with a tight budget the stenciled sign might be the one for you.  The simplicity of its manufacturing makes it an economical choice.  The simpler the sign the better the cost. Usually the turnaround is quicker as well.

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Recycle Sign

    Custom Metal Business Sign Recycle
The example to the left shows a simple sign as manufactured and is finished in one color. The example on the right shows the same sign installed. The color of the background is such that it enhances the readability of the sign.  This whimsical statue is located in front of the Rhinelander Wisconsin District Library.





Custom Company Signs for your Business by Alabama Metal Art

stratxit-installed-custom-business-sign-by-alabama-metal-artHere is an example of A Stenciled Sign with a multi color back plate.  This is a good example of incorporating a business logo into the sign as well.



The ABROMS AND ASSOCIATES CPA  sign is a good example of how a sign can be enhanced with some backlighting.  This interior business sign is mounted in the company’s foyer.  ABROMS chose to backlight with rotating color pallet.  This little twist to a  stenciled sign makes it more eye catching. An LED rope light works extremely well in this application.


Add A Colored Backplate

T&D Smokers BBQ Sign, BBQ competitions, layered sign
T&D Smokers BBQ Sign

Stenciled Sign with a Red Backplate

This final example of a stenciled sign show how a solid color back plate can add to the sign’s appearance. Prior to adding the backplate on this sign it was readable. Adding the back plate made this sign standout and become more noticeable.

Feel free to contact us at Alabama Metal Art if we can lend a hand.  Check out our website for examples of many different styles of business and personal sign.

Business Sign Ideas

Business Sign Ideas from Alabama Metal Art

Custom Metal Business Sign
Raised Letters for Court Street Market

A Custom Metal Business Sign Idea can be a challenge to come up with.  You want your sign to be fresh and relevant to your business.  Our goal is to work with our customer and to help them come up with an effective business sign. A sign that will attract the attention they want for their business.  We have found that many of our customers look for guidance in this accomplishment. I have put together some business sign ideas I think will be helpful.

First Impressions

When I am looking for a business the first thing I look for is its sign.  If the business is new to me the sign creates my first and most often lasting impression of the business.  When you choose a business sign to meet your needs you should realize the importance of it as a marketing tool.  Your sign is the physical display you will utilize to communicate your brand or product both to existing and potential customers.

VIP2 Hanging Layered Business Sign by Alabama Metal Art

Some Things to Check First Before Ordering a Custom Metal Business Sign

Before you get started there are a few thing to check out first.  Know what your city or town zoning (use the internet) regulations are.  You don’t want to have an awesome sign created for your business and then not be able to have it installed because of zoning regulations.  It is a good idea to check with the building owner as well, unless you own the building yourself.  A final thought is to visit some of your local business associates. Talk with them to see what challenges that they had to overcome when coming up with their business sign ideas.

Something to Consider

Create Architects Custom Sign, Florence, AL
Create Architects Custom Sign, Florence, AL

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Ok, now we need to think about the design of your Custom Metal Business Sign.  Take a good look at your business.  Where is the most strategic place to install your sign?  Does it need to be seen both day and night?  Does it need to be seen by foot traffic as well as drive by traffic?  Will your business sign ideas fit it with the surrounding environment?  You don’t want to have a modernistic sign in a historic district.  Formulate an idea to what size will be best.

Info to Have Ready for Your Sign Company

Next write down some information, this will be very helpful when meeting with your designer.  (use the Business Sign Panning Sheet attached at the bottom of this blog).

Specific design details you should have ready when you meet with the sign company are:

  • Overall size of the sign
  • Do you have a logo you want to incorporate into the design
  • What font do you want to use for any lettering – height of the lettering
  • Color – will it be visually attractive, will it draw attention to your sign
  • Inside sign or an outside sign
  • Installation – holes in the sign, studs welded to be back, will it be hanging
  • Does the sign need to have accommodation for lighting
  • What are your time deadlines
  • Determine what is your budget

It is helpful but not necessary to have an idea sketched out, a drawing file of your Logo if applicable, a picture of the location where the sign is to be installed.

Consider Your Sign Style


Two Layer Company Business Sign, Alabama Metal Art   Salon Business Sign, Company business sign, Alabama Metal Art

Now you are ready to find a vendor to put all your business sign ideas into action.  When the designer has a solid understanding of your custom metal business sign ideas he/she will present different sign style ideas to you.  An example of some of those styles are:

  • Cut Out Letters
  • Painted Wood Signs
  • Painted Glass Signs
  • Metal Stencil Cut Signs
  • Awning Signs
  • Multi Layer / Multi Color Signs
  • Banner/Fabric/Vinyl Signs
Wood Avenue Church of Christ Raised Letters, church signage, building signage, raised letter signs
Wood Avenue Church of Christ Raised Letters

This should give you a good start on your venture for obtaining the perfect custom metal business sign for your company.  If we can help you at any point in your process feel free to contact us.