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What Goes Into Custom Sign Service and Installation?

Although it looks simple enough, there are many factors that go into making commercial signage a reality. Not just anyone can do it, and you need a team of experts if you want eye-catching designs delivered. In this post, we are going to share some of our expertise with you and discuss what goes into custom sign service and installation.

The Right Equipment

Crane lowering large W sculpture down for placement in Oxnard, CA.

Staged poles usually range around  20 – 80 feet tall and are sometimes even higher. The equipment used for this type of custom sign service has to reach high enough and get into difficult spaces. In many cases, the special equipment has to lift people to the installation point. When it lifts the installers, it has to be strong and safe enough to hold them securely.

GANAS Auto Pole Sign Dave’s Signs Installed in Oxnard, CA.

The Right Tools

Storefront Signs are often attached to buildings at great heights. Not only do installers need the right equipment and tools to make these signs, but they also need the right tools to secure the sign and ensure it doesn’t fall down.

The Right Materials

Monument sign with masonry material
Monument sign with masonry material for Red Horse Plaza.

Commercial signs, especially if they are outside your brick & mortar organization, have to be durable and long-lasting. Because of that, a sign company needs to know its way around materials. The facade may need fastenings and stabilizers, so the sign company you choose needs to know the right ones to use.

The Right Skillset

Not only do you need the right equipment & tools, but you also need trained technicians with the right skillset through every step of the process. They need to be knowledgeable about everything they do and experienced in the nuances and challenges that come with custom sign installation.

Installing signs isn’t an easy skill to be taken lightly. The installers at Dave’s Signs do high-quality work, have decades of experience and know-how to secure your sign the best and safest way possible. That way it stays put and looks it’s absolute best for a long time.

The Right Knowledge

Besides having skillful technicians, the staff at a sign company need to have the right expertise, especially when it comes to adhering to the local city ordinances. Municipalities have restrictions on the size of signage you can install, how it looks, where or how it can be placed, etc. We’ll take care of this for you by working with the city permitting process, getting approvals, so your signage adheres to the rules and looks good – hassle-free. 

The Right Sign Company for Custom Sign Service and Installation

Dave’s Signs has been in the commercial sign business since 1990. We’ve done it all — big high-rise buildings for corporate clients to apartment complexes to small mom and pop boutiques. Our expertise brings beautiful signage and excellent results to our clients. If you’d like to know more about how we can design and install custom signage for you, please contact us at ‭(805) 641-1387‬ or request a quote online.

3 Multi-Tenant Sign Designs That Attract More Tenants

Eye-catching, Multi-Tenant Sign Designs make a huge impact and attract more tenants.  Typically seen outside of a business, they are a critical component in the promotion of commercial properties with multiple tenants in one physical location. Dave’s Signs has put together the following guide that showcases some of the best custom Multi-Tenant Signs that we’ve designed and installed.

But first, let’s discuss the difference between Multi-Tenant Signs and Directory  Signs since they look very similar.

Multi-Tenant Signs vs. Directory  Signs


Outside Multi-Tenant Signs and Directory  Signs can look similar, but their functions are different.

Businesses in shopping malls and business parks use directory signs like the one we did above to stand out and grow their brand. They also act as Wayfinding Signs for occupants. The sign has a set amount of display spaces. As new businesses are introduced or depart, the display spaces are regularly updated.

Comparatively, a Multi-Tenant Sign is large, freestanding signage made up of divided tenant panels in sections. Unlike Directory Signs, they typically tell you what tenant, business, etc is in the complex – not where you can find them. Since the panels in both types of signs are removable, changing a name is easy.

Custom Designs

Depending on your business needs and your zoning ordinances, Dave’s Signs can create your custom Multi-Tenant Sign in many different designs and ways. Here are a few to consider:

Multi-Tenant Sign Designs #1: Pylon Sign Mounted

Multi-Tenant Sign Designs Pylon Sign

Driving around, you’ve probably noticed Muti-Tenant signs such as this impressive one we created for Mountain Gate Plaza. Mounted to a two-legged pylon, this sign is very tall and wide. It ensures every business listed gets maximum visibility.

Multi-Tenant Sign Designs #2: Monument Multi-Tenant Signs

Multi-Tenant Monument Signs are stylish and smooth.  Additionally, they are a surprisingly very cost-effective way to promote your office park or shops. For instance, the Kanan Village example we created here is a perfect example of a monument sign that has a smooth, artistic flair.

Multi-Tenant Sign Designs #3: Monument Signs that Accentuate Your Location

multitenant sign

Multi-Tenant Monument signs crafted from wood and masonry give a professional, rustic touch. Also, these types of signs often have a stone base. The one we created for Red Horse Plaza accentuates the plaza without being a distraction to pedestrians and drivers.

Specializing in Custom Multi-Tenant Sign Creation

Dave’s Signs has a wealth of experience creating Multi-Tenant Signs. We can bring your vision to life, while also enhancing the appeal of your property. Please reach out to us at (805) 641-1387. Or request a quote online for the best sign to showcase your business, shopping center, or other commercial properties.

Sign Restoration and Repair – A Part of Preserving History

Since 1990, Dave’s Signs has restored and repaired vintage signs of many eras. Our expertise allows us to bring these beloved signs back to their former glory or in a manner that provides electrical efficiency. We particularly love to see this type of work come into our shop, as it reminds us of the important work we do to keep history alive.
There are a lot of these vintage signs in Los Angeles that we’ve worked on, and we would love people to know about what we do. What follows are four creations that we are particularly proud of.

1. The Mayfair Theater Movie Marquee

Mayfair Theatre sign in lot
Mayfair Theatre neon sign before Dave’s Signs started the restoration.
We were contracted by the non-profit Sea Bees Museum to restore the beautiful and iconic neon sign that originally adorned the classic Mayfair Theatre.  The project was fairly complex, and it was critical that the restoration maintained the integrity of the original design. We finished the restoration work without changing the elements of the design. As you can see below, the final result on display in the Sea Bees Museum is quite stunning.
Mayfair Theatre sign restoration
Restored neon Mayfair Theater sign at the Seabee Museum in Port Hueneme.

2. The Castillo Inn Blade Sign

Castillo Inn Blade Sign Restoration Santa Barbara, CA
Castillo Inn Blade Sign Restoration in Santa Barbara, CA.
The palms sway at The Castillo Inn, and the establishment is the epitome of a relaxing California beach getaway. We repainted and added a neon message to the blade sign on the property with this in mind.  The sign reads The Castillo Inn at the Beach sign with a neon “Vacancy/No Vacancy” message underneath it. Looking at it, you can almost feel the fun to be had at the sand & surf locale.

3. Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant Neon Sign

Restored Pepe's Mexican Food Neon Sign

California is renowned for its great Mexican cuisine, and you can find scores of restaurants that serve it throughout the state.  Dave’s Signs works on many sign projects that involve neon sign restoration for these Mexican restaurants. Take the “Pepe’s Mexican Food To Go” sign made with a custom neon approach we did above. Pepe’s is Goleta’s longest-running Mexican Restaurant, so it has historical significance.  We restored its vintage neon sign when it fell into disrepair a few years back.

4. The Santa Barbara Auto Group LED Sign

Santa Barbara Auto Group Sign Restoration Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara Auto Group Sign Restoration in Santa Barbara, CA.

So far we’ve discussed custom neon sign restoration, but we make and retrofit signs to LED, too. Signs made with LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are a modern alternative to those made with neon.  And, as LED lighting is a more energy-efficient option than traditional neon lighting, many business owners are electing to make the switch. The job we did for the restored the ground monument for the Santa Barbara Auto Group is a beautiful example of retrofitting signage to LED. The eye-catching outside sign lights up at night.

If you would like to know more about custom sign restoration and repair, please contact us or request a quote online. Or you can telephone us at (805) 641-1387 to talk to a helpful member of our team.

Vintage Custom Graphic Sign Design for Night Shift Garage

We take pride in the signs we create for our customers and often share how they come together on our blog. The vintage custom graphic sign design we did for Night Shift Garage was one for the books, though. Dave’s Signs would like to thank Amber for a job well done and share the story of this fun job with our customers.

Amber’s Vintage Design for Night Shift Garage

Night Shift Garage reached out to us to put vintage-inspired painted graphics on their Datsun mini truck. Amber, who heads our printed graphics department, designed this layout from scratch.
Vintage custom sign design on Datsun Truck
Vintage truck detail
More detail on the vintage Datsun.

Unique Concepts for the Custom Graphic Sign Design

Vintage design and old school cars, trucks, and trailers are right up Amber’s alley. They are all in her personal interest, so a project like this was a real treat for her.  The client got three unique proofs and liked them all and that almost never happens!
Vintage Concepts
Since they liked them all, Amber combined features from each proof to come up with the final design. She saw this project through from beginning to end… through design and fabrication…and even painted the graphics herself. Of the project, Amber said,

“I got to drive his truck into the workshop myself in order to work on it.  It was fun, I’ve never driven a Datsun before. I feel like I really captured what the client was looking for and delivered it in the final product!”

“[The] client was over-the-moon happy with how it turned out.  He was so stoked!  He said he couldn’t wait to show everyone in his car club.  Everyone in the shop was blown away by how it turned out too,” she added.

Trust is a Factor When it Comes to Vintage Jobs

Amber said that there wasn’t too much out of the ordinary to overcome, but the pressure to do a good job was high. A classic vehicle is very beloved by the owner.  It is a leap of faith on their part to let someone else do anything to their “baby.”

After the job was finished, Amber told us, “I have had old cars and vehicles and feel the very same way when in the care of others. I think the best part of the whole job was seeing the owner so thrilled with the work!”

Turn to Dave’s Signs for Your Custom Graphic Sign Design

Dave’s Signs specializes in Custom Printed Graphics & Signage, Hand Painted Signs, Custom Wall Graphics & Custom Boat Graphics. We’ve been providing beautiful and unique custom sign graphics since 1990. Because of that, you can trust us to always provide excellent and professional work.  If you would like to know more about custom sign graphics, please visit our online gallery or call us at (805) 641-1387 for more information.

Real Estate Development Signs That Market Your Business Effectively

Giving your real estate development a professional look is paramount to making a lasting impact.  And having high quality, professional signs throughout your development provides that lasting impact. Likewise, the best signage projects a professional environment. To function optimally, these visuals need to be easily read, visually appealing and informative.

For Lease Signs
For Sale Sign at Oxford Flats Luxury Apts. in Wagon Wheel Junction.

Professional Signage has Serious Marketing Mojo

Besides providing a brilliant first impression, professional signage solutions are majorly employed for marketing and advertisement. For instance, the value of on-site real estate development signage is the equivalent of running 24 full-page newspaper ads annually.

Comparatively, 10 percent of people surveyed discovered the home they bought from a real estate sign. In a similar vein, this type of effective signage is excellent for building brand awareness. While all this is true, commercial real estate development signs bring other benefits to the table.

Other Benefits of Real Estate Development Signs

It is important that real estate development signs build interest and help curious passersby find their way by showcasing the new property in the best light. Similarly, attractive themes and recognizable styles on signage create a comforting sense of belonging.

Therefore, the right signage next to construction and finished sites create highly visual, eye-catching designs that attract and compel potential homeowners to find out more about your housing development.

Development and Property Management Sign Examples

Examples of custom signage that every real estate development and property manager needs can be found in the following list:

    • Awnings
    • A-board
    • Boulevard banners and flags
    • Wayfinding/Parking signs
    • Monument signs
    • Office signs
    • Window graphics
    • Safety signs
    • Site signs

Beautiful Oakwood Communities Signage

Tenants and their customers need to easily find the building and suite they are looking for with ease. Meanwhile, you can peruse a few good examples of these below in the Mayfair, Oxford and Park Place signs.  In fact, we made all of them for Oxnard, CA real estate development company Oakwood Communities.


Real Estate Development Sings Wayfinding Type
Directional Signs at Oxford Flats and Park Place.
Park Place Leasing Sign and Flags
Leasing Sign and Flags at Mayfair Luxury Apts.
Office Parking Sign
Sales Office Sign at Oxford Flats Luxury Apts.

New Real Estate Development Sign Partner

Dave’s Signs is a full-service custom sign company serving Ventura, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles counties and nationwide. Equally important, we have been working with residential and commercial developers since 1990. Lastly, you can rest assured that we have the knowledge and expertise needed to bring large-scale projects to fruition on time and under budget.  Please request a quote online or call us at (805) 641-1387 for a consultation.


Dave’s Signs Blog

This is a blog about signs. We highlight the different types of signs: signs we’ve created for our customers, history of sign design and today’s cutting edge sign technologies. Ask a question about signs, and you’ll likely find the answer here.

Case Studies

Spencer Makenzies Neon Sign

Here we go into detail on some of the custom signs we’ve done. Including Spencer Makenzie’s Neon Sign, Topper’s Pizza Neon Signs in the Oxnard Harbor, and The Historic Ventura Pole Sign. Check back with us. We’ll have more case studies of signs posted in the near future.

Custom Signs Near You

Saloon BBQ Custom Sign

We’ve designed, fabricated, installed and serviced signs all over southern California. Here are some highlighted areas near you including Ventura, Oxnard and Santa Barbara. Check back soon for more updates.

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Neon Sign Design Computer

We Make Beautiful Neon Signs in Our On-Site Facility

Dave’s Signs has perfected the art of neon signs. We can handle all sizes of neon signage, from the small intricate signs to the eye-catching, large neon signs. Ask us for a personalized quote or contact us for any questions you may have about neon signage.

See Our Neon Sign Gallery

Dave’s Signs Makes Custom Office Signs

Whether you need a lobby sign, directional signage or ADA signs, Dave’s Signs can help you with all your office sign needs. We can use your logo and create a beautiful, distinctive sign for your office. We can also create custom building directory signs, suite signs, and directional signs to give the building a unique unified theme. Call us today to help you with all your office sign needs.

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