Questions & Answers

Have you ever had a question and either didn't know where to find the answer or were too afraid to ask? If so, you've come to the right place.

As the name would suggest, this section is a compilation of answers to the questions our clients commonly ask. Just start by following one of the links below.

If you think of question that is not on this list, please click on "Ask a Question" and let us know what you're thinking. If enough people ask the same question, we'll post the answer in this section for future visitors.

  1. How long does it take for you to complete my order?
  2. Legal Considerations
  3. Obtaining Your Signage
  4. Small Business Administration Sign Gallery
  5. Types of Signage
  6. Understanding the Value of Signs
  7. Why Use Signs?
  8. What is a "proof"?
  9. Why do I need to look at a proof if I've already given you everything I need to have done?
  10. Do I still need to approve a proof if I bring my work in on disk?
  11. How do I go about getting an estimate from you?
  1. How long does it take for you to complete my order?

    There really isn't a short answer to this question. Some jobs can be produced in minutes and some may take weeks or months. Let us know when you need your job completed and we'll let you know if it can be done. We go to great lengths to meet your most stringent demands.

  2. While a combination marketing tool, communication device and ideally, pleasing art form, signage is considered "speech", and in the United States, is legally protected as such. To help you gain a fundamental understanding of the legal aspects of signage, its protection under the United States Constitution, and its regulation under federal, state and local law, review the following 3 sections.

  3. Obtaining a sign for your business is not difficult, however getting an effective sign - a sign that will have a positive impact on your business’ income and success - means that you not only are aware of the many types of signs and basic sign design, but also understanding the various types of sign companies, sign construction and more. As types of signs are presented in another section, this section will focus on working with sign companies and understanding sign design.

  4. In this sign gallery, the Small Business Administration presents the primary signage categories (building-mounted, freestanding and interior), as well as important industry background information, an ADA compliance overview and summarize the business value of a well-conceived signage program.
    This section presents signage examples, at different budget levels, and using various products and illumination. Click on a category to view its sign gallery.
    This section is for you education about signs and is not representative of signs built or installed by Lewis Sign Builders, Inc.

  5. Signs are expanding communication mediums that respond to our mobile lifestyles. Signature buildings such as the widely recognized McDonalds restaurant building designs are signs. A facelift to a building such as the old western village false storefronts is also considered a sign. Thoughtful use of the visibility features of your business site expands your ability to communicate with passersby. Regardless of the type used, your signage must be appealing to your customers and the message must be readable.

  6. *understanding the value of signage
    *determining what an effective sign will mean for your business' success
    *working with and possibly correcting problems with existing signage, and
    *using signage to change customer behaviors.

  7. "Why should I have a sign?" is a question often asked by business owners. The answer will vary depending on your business type and format. In a highly impulse oriented business, good signage can be the difference between the success or failure of the business. The profile of your trade area also impacts your signage needs. Good signage can increase a business's opportunity for success.

  8. What is a "proof"?

    A proof is a way of ensuring that we have set your type accurately and that everything is positioned according to your requirements. Typically, we will produce a proof which will be sent to you online or printed on paper which can be viewed in our store or delivered to you in person.

    On multiple color jobs, we can produce a color proof on our color output device to show an accurate representation of the final product.

  9. Why do I need to look at a proof if I've already given you everything I need to have done?

    We employ human beings to produce your work and, last time we checked, humans are not perfect. Your approval on the final proof is assurance that you have looked over every aspect of our work and approve it as accurate. It benefits everyone if errors are caught in the proofing process rather than after the job is completed and delivered.

  10. Do I still need to approve a proof if I bring my work in on disk?

    It may seem like a proof wouldn't be needed in this case but it really is. Output devices process digital information using a variety of processing languages. Your approval of the proof which we will provide assures that the output device used has correctly interpreted and processed the information you have provided.

  11. Well, since you are here, we would suggest you use our online estimate request form. Otherwise, the best way to ensure that we get all the information necessary to do an accurate quote, give us a call and talk with one of our customer service representatives.