Sign maintenance

Signage is an essential part of corporate identity, and the commercial success of any company is dependent, to some degree, upon the physical appearance of its premises. After all, it’s the first thing that potential customers will see, and consequently form a judgement on.

Sign maintenance and regular sign servicing plays an essential role; if managed properly and effectively, it can deliver the benefits of enhanced sign performance and extended design life. Believe it or not, effective sign maintenance can also save you money!

Companies are often torn between the two well-known proverbs, ‘If it aint broke, don’t fix it’ and ‘Prevention is better than cure’ when it comes to sign maintenance. Do you wait until signs fail or you lose revenue in site closures while remedial work takes place? Or, do you plan for every eventuality and ensure that all signage components are as reliable as possible, maintaining your brand image and integrity?

Xmo Strata offers all clients an emergency call-out service, whether or not a planned sign maintenance contract is in place. A team is guaranteed to respond to all call-outs within four hours.

‘Prevention is better than cure’

(Planned sign maintenance)

‘If it aint broke, don’t fix it’

(Reactive sign maintenance)

  • A strategic sign maintenance programme that will significantly reduce the possibility of complete sign replacement in the long-run.
  • A sign maintenance solution that relies entirely on an emergency call-out basis.
  • Sign maintenance work is planned around site activity, and can be completed while premises remain fully operational (critical for sites that operate 24hrs).
  • May lead to sites having an ‘unkempt’ image.
  • Aimed at preventing sign/illumination failure and ensuring an unfaltering corporate image.
  • Each site visit is less cost-effective and will often lead to re-visits, as plans cannot be made for the required signage and servicing kit to be pre-loaded onto vehicles.
  • Minimises site disruption as signage work can be scheduled to commence during quieter periods. Site closures may be necessary for safety reasons; however, it will be at a time to suit you and your business.
  • Can sometimes ‘cost less’ because you only spend what is necessary at the time.
  • Is significantly less expensive than emergency corrective action for failed sign illumination/promotional price changes.
  • In the case of a site accident due to faulty or unregulated equipment, the legal and financial repercussions could be crippling.
  • Ensures that all sign components covered by mandatory health and safety regulations are inspected and replaced as necessary.
  • Relies entirely on the customer to keep up-to-date with any health and safety requirements.
  • Reduces costs in travel as work can be co-ordinated with other jobs in the surrounding areas.
  • Can lead to sudden failure of signage or a decrease in component quality/performance over a period of time.
  • Engineers will become familiar with the sites and parochial problems associated with them.
  • Can be used in response to sign failure caused by vehicle impact, vandalism, storm damage etc.
  • May appear pricey as an upfront cost is often incurred.
  • Allows more reliable, long-term financial planning and forecasting, rather than surprise expense.

For further information see Emergency call-outs and Frequently asked questions.