Choosing the right printing material for your signage is crucial to ensure durability, visibility, and the desired aesthetic.
In this blog, we’ll compare seven popular signage printing materials: Correx, Foamex, Dibond, Acrylic, PVC, Photoluminescent PVC, and Self-Adhesive Vinyl. 

Lets explore the options:


Correx, also known as corrugated plastic, is a lightweight and cost-effective material. It’s commonly used for temporary signage such as event promotions, construction site signs, and estate agent boards. Correx is weather-resistant, making it suitable for short-term outdoor applications. However, it might not offer the same level of durability as some other materials.


Foamex, also known as PVC foam board, is a lightweight, waterproof and rigid material. It offers a smooth surface for high-quality printing and is ideal for indoor and outdoor signage, exhibitions, and point-of-sale displays. Foamex provides a balance between affordability and quality, making it a popular choice for businesses looking for versatile signage solutions.


Dibond is a composite material consisting of a polyethylene core sandwiched between two aluminum sheets. This combination results in a sturdy and durable material that’s suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Dibond’s metal finish gives a professional look, making it a great choice for long-lasting signage in high-impact areas.


Acrylic is a transparent or translucent material that offers a sleek and modern appearance. Acrylic signage is often used for upscale establishments, corporate offices, and indoor displays. Its glass-like aesthetics and durability make it a preferred choice for creating a sophisticated and professional image.


Standard PVC is a versatile material used for various signage applications. It’s durable, weather-resistant, and offers good print quality. PVC signage is commonly used for both indoor and outdoor settings, from retail displays to promotional signage. Its affordability and adaptability make it a reliable choice for many situations.


Photoluminescent PVC, also known as glow-in-the-dark PVC, is a unique material that absorbs and stores light, then emits it in the dark. It’s commonly used for safety signage, emergency exits, and low-light environments. While not suitable for every application, photoluminescent PVC provides added visibility and safety, especially in areas with limited lighting.


Self-adhesive vinyl is a flexible material with an adhesive backing, allowing it to be easily applied to a variety of surfaces. It’s commonly used for labels and window stickers. Self-adhesive vinyl is versatile, offers vibrant graphics, and can be applied to curved or irregular surfaces.


Selecting the right signage printing material depends on factors such as the intended use, budget, durability requirements, and desired aesthetics. 

Each material has its unique advantages, whether it’s the affordability of Correx and Foamex, the durability and finish of Dibond and acrylic or the versatility and flexibility of PVC self-adhesive vinyl’s. 

Understanding the strengths of each material will help you make an informed decision to create impactful and effective signage for your specific needs.

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