New vs Refurbished? It Depends.
Frequently we get asked to fix up an existing sign as opposed to producing a new one. Especially those that still have fluorescent lights. LEDs have come down substantially in price, use less electricity and don’t need to be replaced as often.
A majority of the time when we visit one of these signs, the sign is so old and in need of repair that it’s less expensive to just buy a brand new one. When you add up the time and materials to take it down, scrape it, re-paint it, gut the old electronics and add new lighting, then re-assemble and re-install it, it can be pretty pricey. Besides, new will always be better looking – and new has a warranty.
Also, some cities have stopped sign companies from removing the old ballasts and fluorescent lights and installing the new LED and power supplies. It has to be done by a Master Electrician, and the fact is, Electricians don’t like to do this kind of work. So in the end, it could turn out to be more of a hassle than you “bargained” for!
With all of that said, sometimes it makes sense to refurbish the sign. Especially because fixing up and repainting an existing sign doesn’t need a permit (saving you time and money). In some cases, that’s all that’s needed – a simple facelift. Bottom line: call KORT Sign Design and we’ll give you the facts on replacing vs. refurbishing your existing signage. But whatever you do, don’t put it off if your sign is an eyesore – that’s not good for business.