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  • What are flutes in a corrugated sign?
    Flutes are the tunnels on a 4 mil corrugated sign when looking at it from the edge, similar to a heavy duty cardboard. When using an h-wire or heavy duty stake you will need to select vertical flutes. The flutes are used as a channel for the h-wire stake prongs to be funneled through vertically to display the sign upright. If you are wanting a 48” foot push stake we strongly recommend selecting horizontal flutes. The flutes will help against wind. If the sign has vertical flutes on a 48” stake when the wind blows the sign will taco around the stake.
  • What stake is best for my yard sign?
    Determining the best stake for a sign is easier than it looks! There are three levels of stakes that we offer. Listed from least to most sturdy; standard h-wire stake, heavy duty h-wire stake, and 48” foot push stake. The h-wire stake is our standard stake we use for temporary yard signs and the majority of our political candidates. If you are looking for something that is a step up from the standard stake, we suggest using a heavy duty h-wire stake. This has a bit more umph. Lastly, our most sturdy stake is our 48” angle iron stake. This is the best option when going up against the infamous Texas dirt (rock?). Please see above for the best flutes to use for each stake.​
  • What is a grommet?
    A grommet is a metal eyelet that is used for hanging or mounting signs. We are able to grommet banners, corrugated plastic, max metal, or aluminum at request.
  • What is a windslit?
    A windslit is a horizontal half moon cut into a banner to allow wind to pass through the material. We strongly recommend adding windslits to all banners that will be displayed in an open area between two posts.
  • What frames do you offer?
    We offer a wide variety of stakes, frames and posts for all yard sign needs.
  • What material is best for my project?
    We have a wide variety of materials we work with, so it can be hard to narrow down the choices. Check out our full list of materials on our What We Do page. The first thing you need to ask yourself is the intended use for your sign. If you are looking to go with a more temporary option we suggest corrugated plastic or banner material. Our more permanent options include aluminum, max metal and MDO. An important note, especially if the sign is in direct sunlight, is to add lamination to your sign. We highly recommend adding lamination to permanent signs or signs intended for long-term outdoor display to maximize its life expectancy. To learn more about these materials check out Our Services page!
  • Which material options would be best suited for outdoor display?
    While corrugated plastic and banner material are water-resistant and great for shorter term display, we offer several materials that are designed to be displayed outdoors for years at a time. MDO, Aluminum, and Max Metal would be our go-to outdoor materials due to their durable nature. All 3 materials can be laminated for increased protection and longevity. MDO (½” sign-grade plywood) is the perfect material for displaying between 2 posts for project development or real estate signage. Aluminum and max metal are lightweight, rust/corrosion-resistant materials great for use on monuments, real estate yard signs, parking signs, pool signs, etc.
  • What type of sign is good for a windy area?
    Heavy wind can be a sign’s worst enemy. For mild wind, a corrugated plastic sign, banner, and max metal/aluminum can all be good options. If ordering a banner for a windy area, we strongly suggest installing the banner taught, selecting reinforced corners and windslits. In heavy wind, banners are not recommended. We suggest a more rigid material supported with grommets along the top, bottom and sides.
  • Does my sign need lamination?
    Lamination is always a good bet when looking to extend the life of any semi-permanent to permanent sign, such as max metal, aluminum and MDO. There are a few different benefits to lamination. First off, it will protect the sign from scratching when transported or outdoors. Another benefit to lamination is the extra layer of protection from those strong Texas rays. While all of our inks are UV resistant, we strongly recommend laminating any sign that will be in direct sunlight for long periods of time.
  • Is there a cost difference between a black & white vs full color printed sign?
    We offer unlimited colors on all digitally printed sign orders. Our digital flat beds and latex printers print with UV resident inks on a wide variety of materials. Bring on the colors!
  • Do you offer graphic design services to help lay out the signs?
    Yes, we have an excellent team of graphic designers that draft proofs and help bring your dream sign to life. The best approach when designing your sign is to have a high resolution file of any logos or images you are looking to use. It is also helpful to provide what information and a general color scheme you would like on your sign.
  • Do you offer logo designs?
    Yes, our team of graphic designers are well equipped to handle any logo design! Please check out just a few examples of logos we have done over the years.
  • Do you offer logo transfers?
    Yes, we are happy to send you a digital file of your logo! We offer jpg,png, or a rasterized pdf. It's $25 set up/export charge per file transfer. Stokes does not offer vector logo transfers.
  • What is a print ready file?
    If you are having trouble with resolution check out or Print Ready Files Page to learn which file types are best for print!
  • Do you have a list of fonts that I can choose from for my sign design?
    Yes, please reference our Font Categories page under resources to browse our options. If you do not see what you are looking for please let us know and we will check our font library to see if it is on file.
  • Do you have a color chart of options for my signage?
    Yes, we have a wide variety. The beauty of our digital flatbed printers is we have a full range of CMYK. If you are trying to print branded colors please provide us with a CMYK color value and a HEX code and we can match accordingly. It is important to remember that digital display of color varies based on what monitor or screen the color is being viewed on. Furthermore, when looking at a color on a monitor it will not be exactly the same as what is printed. If you are concerned with how the color will turn out please request a live proof prior to your sign being printed. This live proof will be a material and print sample for you to review in person with a member of our sales team. Once approved, we will save the live proof on file and print all future signage based on the color match.
  • What is the best way to place my order?
    If you already have an idea for what you are looking for I would go to our Start my Order page. If you need a bit more help determining what material and size please start chatting with us on our Let’s Work Together feature in the bottom right corner of the page.
  • Which Customer Service Rep. was I working with?
    If you need a refresher on who you worked with last project check out our About Us page for a full list of our team and a few fun facts!
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