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- Window Decals
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- Privacy Window Frosting
- Perforated Window Vinyl
Retail Window Signs & Graphics
Branding your windows with signs and graphics is your ticket to business success. Window graphics are ideal for building interest and intrigue in your product and services. We have seen great results with our customers in Calgary and all over Alberta. Our demographics, people in Calgary and area love to be outside and shop the retail market. The curb appeal of ones retail store makes all the difference. Our window graphics can help make that impact to your customers and draw them into your location, retail store, or business. We are able to design the simple text and images for your windows. Perhaps for a temporary sale, to extreme, full coverage graphics high and wide that can be seen from a distance. Dream Image Signs have been making signage and window signs for Calgary Business for over 15 years. We use state of the art equipment that makes on the difference in quality and visual impact of your signage / graphics. Our True Vis Roland printer which prints the riches 10 combination ink type inks produce the the brightest, precise, richest colours for your window graphics. Definitely will produce head turning images!
Long Lasting Signs in Calgary, Alberta and Signage in Canada
Dream Image Signs knows Calgary and Alberta and we understand that our weather can vary. Therefore window graphic signs needs to be designed to work with our environment. Calgary and Southern Alberta has some of the most sunniest exposure per year in all the world. Knowing this, UV sun weathering is a thing. Ways to protect graphics from UV fading and wearing is by using quality, cast uv laminate overtop of the cured printed graphics. This process is important and we have seen competitors take shortcuts on this process.
Graphics should also be trimmed away from the edges of the windows and window rubber gaskets. This is because the rubber molding will expand and contract over the seasons while the temperature fluctuates. If the vinyl print graphics are too close to the rubber edge molding, it will push unto the vinyl edge and causing the graphics to lift.
Along the edging of the vinyl full window graphics should be a edge protector. There are several options for this. 1. clear seal that is spread on with a brush, then drys and hardens 2. clear 1/4" vinyl laminate which overlapes the edges 3. This method is our go to, we use a strip of cast, high quality and durable 1/4' black vinyl strip that is applied on the vinyl edge. The black colour blends into the natural shade of the window and black rubber moldings and is very durable. Edge protection is not to last the length of the window graphics, but is considered sacrificial, and can be related when worn.
City of Calgary By-Laws and Permit applications
These rules are specific to Calgary. Outside of Calgary, bylaw regulations are much more relaxed and business owners don't run into restrictions. This goes for Okotoks, Chestermere, Cochrane, Airdrie, etc
Note: These rules may change and its never a bad idea to check.
Window graphics in Calgary are regulated by City of Calgary. City of Calgary does ask that business apply for business permits before putting any signage up at there businesses. There are certain rules to consider and the risks. Often business owners will place window graphics without permits. We have seen most business not see and recourse and most signages fly under the radar. To note that any graphics less then 30% are considered permitted graphics and do not need special approval. Window graphics that cover more than 30% of a window is asked by City of Calgary to apply for a special permit approval which can cost upwards of $900. Most applications are approved. The risk of being caught without a permit depends on the location of your business and if there are permit officers that observe the area. Other ways around this is if the window graphics are not applied to the window itself, it is not considered window signage. There is a perforated vinyl specially made for windows. perforated vinyl or sometimes call view-thru window graphics utilizes punctured holes in the vinyl to allow people from the inside to see out with obstruction, but outside views can't see inside and will only see the graphics. (note, perf vinyl at night while there are lights on inside can be seen through from the outside in). This perforated vinyl comes in different hole to vinyl ratios such as 50/50, 60/40 or 70/30. City of Calgary does not consider the 70/30 to meet the 30% coverage limit.
From experience we ourselves had full coverage windows in our shop in SE Calgary near Douglas Dale. I once saw a City of Calgary bylaw vehicle stop infront of our building and a person taking photos, couple weeks later we got a letter in the mail asking us to apply for a permit if we wish to keep our graphics up. We ended up reducing the vinyl coverage of the signage as to not pay the $900 permit fee.
We also had a business in SE Calgary near Shawnessy and NE Calgary near Calgary area that applied full coverage over there windows. We had discussed the risk of not having a permit with our client. This customer had there graphics on there windows for approximately 5 years without issue. They never had a problem with the City of Calgary.
Other customers, such as our developers will just apply for a permit and we have not yet seen any application denied. I have a feeling the City of Calgary just likes taking the fees.
Window Decals – Window decals are typically cut out of a coloured vinyl and applied to the inside or outside of a window surface. The cut vinyl graphics do not block out as much light as a full coverage installation, and still offers excellent visibility from the outside. Decals are an appropriate solution for your business name or logo, store hours and restrictions, menu items, sales or promotions, or decorative.
Window Coverings – Window coverings may include adhesive vinyl prints, static cling, and removable or semi-permanent materials. Window coverings are an excellent solution for windows with a lot of sun exposure where you may want to create shade while still utilizing the window space for advertising. Great uses for window coverings include large or multi-paned graphics, natural-lighting colour-effects, and short-term or seasonal advertisements.
Privacy Frosting – Privacy frosting, also known as etch film, is an excellent way to mitigate the “fishbowl” feeling of spaces that have a lot of windows while still allowing light to permeate in the daytime. Privacy frosting can be cut and printed on like regular vinyl, with colours appearing silvery and semi-transparent. Privacy frosting is a great idea for homes or businesses with concern for security or UV protection. Many professional outfits that are not necessarily promoting there business, but looking for privacy will use our graphics. We are a great resource for chiropractors, doctors offices, real estate agents, insurance brokers, law firms, therapists and counselors.
Perforated Window Vinyl - One-Way Vision Film, See-Though Vinyl, or Perforated Window Vinyl is a long term advertising solution for your windows without compromising light or security. Perforated window vinyl allows you a vivid color print on one side, and a 70-30 viewing ratio on the other. Perforated window vinyl is ideal for window storefronts in shopping malls and office buildings. We also offer 50-50 viewing ratio film for vehicle windows.