Effective and visible signage from roadways is the first step in getting your potential clients to notice you.

What are Pole and Pylon Signs?

Pole and Pylon signs are everywhere – both outdoors and indoors – and are typically seen at shopping malls, car dealerships and sports stadiums. Pole and pylon signs are appropriate any place where you want to be highly visible, or foot and automotive traffic needs to be directed where to go with simple, obvious signs.

Commonly called road-side, highway and freeway signs, or small billboards, a Pole or Pylon sign is a tall, freestanding sign with a visible support structure, which may or may not be enclosed by a pole cover. They are mounted onto 1 or 2 poles, usually illuminated, and advertise the name of businesses. In most cases, they are installed on the business property, but not attached to any building or other structure.

The terms are often used interchangeably. Pylon Signs are a variation on the simpler pole sign. Instead of a single pole, the pylon sign may have two poles with signs spanning them. A pylon sign and a pole sign both serve the same purpose, making a sign greatly visible by placing it high in the air.

Pole & Pylon signs can reach a height of anywhere from 10 feet to 100 feet. They can be painted, electrical, and even contain LED message boards.

Tenant Signs

Tenant signs are another type of mounted pole signage, typically found at a mall, retail center or business complex. They generally display the name of the shopping center or business center on top and list the individual tenants’ signs below. In most cases the principal or “anchor” tenants have the larger signs near the top that can span the width of the pylon. Smaller business can sometimes have two signs side-by-side.

Tenant signage is highly dependent on the rules and regulations of the building owner or management company. It is customary for a business or retail center to have a “Master Sign Plan” which covers the construction, design standards, approval, maintenance and removal of tenant’s signage in great detail. Many disputes have arisen between tenants and landlords over signage. Before signing a lease, read carefully the specific clauses regulating the tenant’s signage in the body of the lease.

Before embarking on a signage design for a client whose business is located in a center, we will request that you provide us a copy of your landlord’s Master Sign Plan so we can fully understand the parameters we need to work in.

Keep in mind, that as with any signage, local city code and ordinances play a big factor in the type, size, color, and location of signage. We are well-versed in working with local government building departments to ensure your signage meets all their requirements. Learn more about these related services (link to related services)

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Raider Signage is an industry leader in managing the design, fabrication, and installation of tenant and pylon signs. Contact us today to discuss how we can help showcase your business and attract new customers.