Choosing the right post for your signs is often an area that most worries our customers. This simple guide will help you choose the right signpost, giving you the optimum viewing position for your new signs, whilst making them sturdy and secure. A signpost elevates your signs to give optimum viewing to pedestrians and cars.

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When selecting your post height consider other obstructions such as hedges and fences etc. Posts are better sited in flower beds or soft ground, as a third of the post needs to be fixed below ground. However,  if you don’t have any suitable soft ground posts can be mounted on a base plate. The base plate is a 10mm thick sheet of galvanised steel.

Base plates can be sprayed to match your sign and or company colours, or you can add your own finish around the base i.e. decorative stone work or block paving. sign with base plateCoach bolts can then be used to mount the sign onto a solid surface such as tarmac or concrete etc. Standard posts come in lengths of 1.75m or 3.5m. They come in black, grey galvanised, or silver anodised finishes. End caps for the posts will also be required.

Finger posts are ideal directional systems for creating ambiance. They are great for large complexes or towns, giving at “a glance” guidance and creating a traditional village feel. When choosing your post height there are several considerations to make. You will need a minimum of 2.4m between ground level and the bottom of your lowest projected sign. This is to avoid the obvious problem of injury as it is well above the average head height. As with all post-mounted structures, you will need a third of the total height of the post or pole to be fixed under the ground for stability, so remember to allow for this in choosing your pole height.

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Top Tip: When choosing the position of your fingerpost, ask someone who is unfamiliar with the site to walk the route to ensure they are positioned in the most appropriate location.