Durable Plastic Sign Holder Best for Long Term Use

One of the most important factors to consider when you’re shopping for plastic sign holders is long-term durability.

Sign holders come in a variety of materials and thicknesses, all of which have an impact on the cost of outfitting your retail store. By choosing wisely, you can buy sign holders that last for the long term, saving you from having to buy replacements due to wear and tear.

In this guide, we’ll look at the factors that affect the durability of sign holders, as well as the best materials for durable, long-lasting sign holders. Let’s begin by looking at material thickness and the effect that this has on sign holder durability.

Why material thickness matters

One of the most important decisions you’ll make when buying sign holders and other items for your retail store is material thickness. Our products are available in a variety of thicknesses to suit your needs and budget, and your choice of thickness can affect a product’s durability.

As a general rule, thicker sign holders are more durable than thinner sign holders. Because of the additional material thickness, these sign holders are less likely to crack or break when they drop to the ground or are bumped into by a customer or shopping cart.

Since thicker materials have a greater surface area, they’re also more durable for products that are glued together. If you need sign holders or other items that are glued, thicker materials are likely to last longer and tolerate impacts better than thinner materials.

The three most popular sign holder materials

Sign holders are usually available in three materials: clear styrene, clear premium acrylic, and clear extra strength PETG. Each material has a different price point and range of advantages, from rigidity and cost to impact and torque resistance.

Clear styrene is the most affordable material for sign holders. It’s extremely rigid and light, which means it holds it’s shape very well over the long term. Since styrene is light, sign holders made from this material are easy to move around your store for use in product displays.

The downside of clear styrene is that, because of its rigidity, it’s more likely to snap under impact than other materials. If you need a product that can tolerate being knocked off a table or in-store shelf, you’ll likely benefit from choosing a different material.

An alternative option is clear premium acrylic, which is more flexible than clear styrene and less likely to snap due to an impact. Clear premium acrylic is heavier than styrene and, thanks to its flexibility, doesn’t quite hold its shape as effectively over time.

One major advantage of clear premium acrylic is that it’s difficult to scratch, making it a great choice for signs that are in danger of being bumped into or scratched by shopping carts.

Finally, the most durable material for in-store sign holders is clear extra strength PETG plastic, or polyethylene terephthalate. PETG is the most flexible material for sign holders, which means it’s extremely durable and difficult to break when dropped or bumped into.

In fact, PETG is almost unbreakable under normal in-store conditions. If you need sign holders that can tolerate bumps, drops, dings and other impacts, clear extra strength PETG is arguably the best choice available.

There is a slight cost premium for materials like PETG. However, over the long term, using high quality materials that are resistant to scratching and impact damage can save your store money that would otherwise be spent on replacements.

What’s best for your retail store?

Choosing a material for your in-store sign holders is an important decision. While you may save money in the short term by selecting a cheaper material and opting for thinner sign holders, you could end up spending more over the long term due to damage and the need for replacements.

If you’d like to learn more about the best choice of material for your in-store signage, contact us today. Our experienced team is happy to help you learn more about the different materials used in sign holders and in-store displays to help you get the best results for your budget.