Sometimes the “lingo” or language used to describe signs and sign products is a little confusing.
This I think is the case with the terms “Pylon” or “Pole” Signs. Although everyone has seen one, you may not know why they are called that, what they are best suited for or even what they are. In this article I hope to clear all that up for you.
To begin with, “Pylon” or “Pole” Signs are typical terms for the very same thing. They are called that because they are signs that are mounted atop or over large steel structures made typically out of round steel pipe, ranging from 6 to 22 inches in diameter. Some you will see are very evident as the pipes may be exposed from the ground to the bottom of the sign. Others may have “Pole Covers” or other cladding to disguise or decorate the internal pipe structures more pleasingly. So essentially, they are called “Pole Signs” because they are mounted on steel pipe or “poles”.
Additionally, they are often called “Pylon Signs” because that same structure is very similar to the pylons or columns supporting bridges. The pipe structure like bridge pylons, is embedded deeply into the ground in large concrete footings. So, in the sense that they are like bridge pylons, they are often called “Pylon Signs”. But again, no matter what you call them, “Pylon” or “Pole” Signs are the same thing.
Pylon / Pole Signs are the tallest ground signs made, exceeded only by those placed on top of skyscrapers. They are at minimum taller than monument signs, starting at about 12′. They can in certain circumstances be 200 feet or higher. Think of the large ground signs in Las Vegas. Although they don’t appear to be, many of those are easily in that size range.
The main benefit of Pylon / Pole Signs is that they can be seen from greater distances. Monument Signs by contrast, are much more intimate, being valuable to advertise at eye level to passing street traffic. But when your location can be seen from a distance, Pylon / Pole Signs make it possible for your business to be noticed over the top of ground obstructions such as trees, trucks and even buildings, far in advance of a driver arriving at your location. So it’s advantage is that you can attract attention in time enough for the passersby to turn into your location and take advantage of your services. Also, they are an advertising device that can often be seen by autos traveling away from or only near your business, planting your image in their minds as a service they may want to use at a future time. And typically they are much larger and more legible, meant to be easily read from a mile or more.
One major issue with Pylon / Pole Signs is that they are often frowned on or extremely limited by city codes. Understandably many cities consider them eyesores and either ban them, limit their height or require careful and creative designs that make them as attractive as possible. We at Landmark Signs know how to deal with city planners, take the most effective approach and the best way to design Pylon / Pole Signs so that they will be beautiful and accepted. So don’t worry, if a Pylon / Pole Sign is the best option for you, we can help that become a reality.
If you have a business that is hard to see because of nearby buildings, trees and ground obstructions, a Pylon / Pole Sign may be perfect for you. If you have services that are especially important to or need to be advertised to the traveling public along highways and freeways, a Pylon / Pole Sign may be essential to your success. If you want your company to make as many good impressions as possible to everyone near or far so that you are remembered and sought out when your services are needed, a Pylon / Pole Sign could be just the thing you need.
At Landmark Signs, we are highly knowledgeable and proficient at obtaining permits, designing, manufacturing and installing Pylon / Pole Signs. If you think one might be best for you, contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 714-944-7257.
Thanks for your attention and best wishes!
John Myres, The Sign Expert.
714-944-7257 (my cell).