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High Level Signage Considerations

Installing and maintaining high-level signage comes with a unique set of challenges that must be taken into account throughout the planning, design, installation and maintenance process.

Astra Signs has recently helped clients such as the University of Manchester, Lancashire County Cricket Club, the Liverpool Passport Office and UK Fast to design, manufacture and install high-level signage solutions that are not only eye-catching and robust, but adhere to the strict safety and maintenance requirements that apply.


Read on to find out more about these vital considerations and how you can make the most of the opportunities presented by high-level signage.

What is high-level signage?

Operating from a large building, retail outlet or office tower block provides an exceptional opportunity to shout about your brand, literally from the rooftops.

Signage installed at this level can be extremely eye-catching, brightly lit and visible from afar, which is a great way to make your business stand out from its competitors, improve brand awareness and act as a location marker for your company’s premises.

Planning for success

Creating a plan and ensuring a comprehensive survey is carried out will help to spot any issues before they occur and ensure your high level signage not only looks great and is finished to an exceptional standard, but complies with planning requirements and is installed safely.

Considerations for design

A great design will make your business stand out among the competition and ensure your signage is aligned perfectly to your brand identity. It will also help to monitor the scale of the signage or lettering, to make certain your message is legible from a distance.

An expert project manager will also consider the materials and construction of your high level signs to maximise the exposure through accurate positioning or illumination, and longevity through the best use of materials for the job. For example, illumination can help your signage stand out throughout the day and night while materials that accommodate wind loads, or let air flow through can protect your signage from the elements.

Considerations for manufacture

External signage structures not only have to look good, but their position at height means they will have to adhere to strict safety standards and withstand a variety of pressures, for example:

– Adverse weather conditions
– Extremes of temperature, freezing in winter and direct sunlight in summer
– Wind loads

Considerations for installation

The initial survey process will highlight the installation requirements for any signage project and meticulous planning can help minimise delays, but working at height comes with its own set of challenges, for example:

Working at height – The Health and Safety Executive has strict regulations in place to protect the installation teams, your employees and the general public.

Planning permission – Some types of signage, in some locations will require planning approval from your local authority.

Machinery – Your initial survey will outline the requirements for installation machinery, from a cherry picker or platform lift to a heavy duty winch, or even a helicopter.

Considerations for maintenance

Once your signage is in place, the work doesn’t stop. High level signage is particularly open to the elements, and will require upkeep to ensure it remains visible, legible, professional looking and safe.

Establish a cleaning and maintenance routine to protect your investment for years to come.

Our expert teams at Astra Signs have a wealth of experience in managing high-level signage project and the challenges that arise.