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24 May 2017

How to Pick a Material for Your Nameplate

How to Pick a Material for Your Nameplate

The material of your corporate nameplate has two purposes – it has to be a practical choice for its environment and it also has an aesthetic purpose. Different materials will have different properties, so it’s important to consider all options before choosing the first nameplate material you like the look of.

Most quality nameplates are manufactured from metal, but there are a wide variety of metals to choose from. If you are designing a business nameplate or branded plaque to be fitted outside an office, then brass or bronze is a great choice because it looks luxurious with its gold appearance. However, an instructional metal plaque which will be exposed to harsh conditions may require a different metal. Take a look at some of the most popular materials used for nameplates and find out what they are suitable for.

Stainless Steel

If you know that there is a high probability of the nameplate being exposed to high temperatures, humidity or moisture, then stainless steel is a good choice. Its heat resistant properties make it a popular choice for industrial fire applications and the medical and military sectors.

Aluminium

Aluminium is a lightweight metal, and one of its best properties is that it’s rust-proof and tarnish-proof. This means that it is resistant to moisture, so positioning an aluminium nameplate outdoors shouldn’t be a problem. However, this metal isn’t as resistant to heat as stainless steel, so if it will be placed in hot environments then stainless steel is a better option.

Brass

All of these metals have a very impressive finish and are durable enough for indoor and outdoor application. However, in terms of design, brass has a decorative appeal which is often desired by businesses. If the nameplate has a more ornamental purpose than a functional one, brass is a good choice.

Traffolyte

As a robust alternative to metal, traffolyte nameplates are suitable for harsh environments and have some extra benefits. They are impact resistant and the design can be much more flexible because you can use colours. Traffolyte is laser etched and offers a professional look with a durable, long-lasting design.

There’s a lot to consider when choosing a material for your nameplate – including budget. If you’re ordering in bulk then cost could be a more important factor than the material’s properties. If you’d like to find out more then discuss your requirements with one of our friendly team.

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