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Based in Frederick, Maryland, the Markey Brothers and their team create custom metal signage and decor using a unique 3D process to make high-quality pieces of art that will captivate audiences.


Take a look at what we can do for you:

 

COMMERCIAL SIGNS

72-inch Custom Sign
PepsiCo, Colorado

Our custom commercial signage is made with superior craftsmanship, enabling us to stand out from the competition and fabricate signs that last a lifetime. Commercial clients locally and nationwide come to us time and again for the quality of our signs and our attention to detail.

 

SMALL BUSINESS Signs

Entryway Sign  Real Health Studios

Entryway Sign
Real Health Studios

Are you a small business? No problem. We are able to match the style that many small businesses want to achieve for their space. With a completely custom process and an incredible range of colors of finishes, ShieldCo can provide the unique, artful sign you are looking for.

 

COMMISSIONED PIECES

Amsterdam Canal Custom Commission

Amsterdam Canal
Custom Commission

Special custom art and decoration pieces take time and care to develop. With each custom commission, we take the time to understand your specific design needs. Thanks to 2D and 3D modeling technology, we are able to confirm all of the individual aspects of your design prior to fabrication. 

 

CUSTOM LIGHTING

Bring Your Sign to Life with Custom Lighting

Looking for a little something extra? Our internal and external custom lighting options add exceptional visual impact to any sign.

INTERNAL LIGHTING

Lyft - New Jersey

Lyft - New Jersey

LEDs are a great way to internally illuminate a sign for a number of reasons, such as:

1) Longevity - The LEDs we use on our custom metal signs are rated for 40,000 hours and with normal use would last more than 10 years!
2) Customization Options - Each sign comes with a remote control which allows you to turn the sign on and off, change the color of the lights, dim the lights, or have the lights cycle through the various colors with one of the preset modes on the laser cut aluminum signs.
3) Efficiency - A normal illuminated metal sign will use about as much electricity as a 60 watt light bulb. Other lighting options can use 5X as much electricity!
4) Safety - LEDs are powered with 12 volts and that reduces the heat that is produced by each LED bulb.

EXTERNAL LIGHTING

Depending on the situation, external lighting can be the right option. With external lighting you can highlight parts of your logo a little bit differently. This is particularly popular for individually mounted signs, or walls that don’t have an outlet nearby.

UNIQUE ART PIECES

Or maybe it isn’t a sign that you want at all, but something unique and beautiful - like this Maryland blue crab for a local seafood distributor.

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Contact us today for a free quote
luke@shieldcoart.com
(240) 394-9893

Why Use ShieldCo?

  1. Work directly with a skilled designer to bring your design to life as a custom metal piece of art. We create 3D mockups for every sign before it goes to production so you are certain of exactly what the final product will look like.

  2. We aren’t a sign company, but we make art that organizations use as signs. Our unique process will help you stand out from the crowd.

  3. We use the highest quality materials so your sign will last as long as your organization will. All parts are assembled with stainless steel hardware

  4. We ship nationwide - no matter where you are, you can get the perfect product.

  5. A portion of our proceeds benefit the Army Ranger Led 501(c)3 organization The Pointe Du Hoc Foundation that helps US Army Rangers and their families.

ShieldCo Sign Options

Materials

We focus on metals and we can use any of these metals : aluminum (our company-wide favorite), steel, stainless steel, brass, copper, and coreten.

Aluminum is our favorite material to use for a custom metal sign for a few reasons, such as:

1) Durability - Aluminum is strong, that’s why they make truck frames out of it, plus it doesn’t corrode which means it will remain strong season after season in the elements.
2) Weight - Aluminum weighs 1/3rd the weight of steel, so a 6ft wide by 2ft tall sign, in multiple layers, will weigh about 30 lbs. Light enough to hang on any wall.
3) Cost - Aluminum per square inch about 25% the cost of stainless steel.

Colors

If you decide to choose a material such as coreten, stainless steel, or copper, likely the luster of the natural material will be the color. However, with aluminum, we can paint (powder coat) it any color you want. We have thousands of colors to choose from and can custom make colors if need be.

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Construction and Layers

Through the 1000s of signs that we’ve created, we’ve identified five main categories that most signs fall under.

Option 1

This option leaves a void where the lettering or logo would be, exposing the wall behind the sign.
We can use our typical french cleat on the back of the sign for easy installation, or we can use stainless steel standoffs if required.
If we add a framework to the back of the sign, we can also add custom lighting.

Single Layer Cutout of the United States

Single Layer Cutout of the United States

Single Layer Army Fight Song

Single Layer Army Fight Song

OPTION 2

This is similar to Option #1, but with a back panel attached behind the negative cut-out panel. 
This adds depth and visual interest to the sign, and is the first true step into the "3D" realm. The first layer casts shadows on the second.
As with all our signs, custom lighting is available for this sign.

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Option 3

Our Signature Style

3D layered sign, with backer ► Multiple Layers

This sign features your logo and/or lettering, cut out separately and raised from the surface of a back panel with spacers, to give your logo depth and texture.

This type of sign is our specialty and what separates us from other signage companies. Our attention to detail is paramount - we take the time to analyze your logo or design and understand how to transform it into a piece of art that brings the design to life. We are able to produce these signs to an extremely high standard due to our specialist machinery and detailed process.

Our customers love these signs because every part of the sign is attached to the backer, which makes the sign extremely easy to hang.
Installation can take as little as 10 minutes.

As with every sign, custom lighting is available to suit your needs.

Three Dimensional Multi Layer Metal Sign for Earth Treks

Three Dimensional Multi Layer Metal Sign for Earth Treks

Option 4

Individual lettering ► 1 layeR (uSUALLY)

For this type of sign, we custom cut your logo into individual pieces that have threaded studs extending from the back of each piece. We provide you with a template to mount on your wall, that guides you where you need to drill each individual hole. Once the holes are drilled, you can install your sign with a foolproof method that ensures your logo looks excellent on your wall. 

This option is very popular when the wall color or texture is something you want to showcase in addition to the sign.

Stainless Steel Letters for Quillion Wealth Management in Baltimore Maryland

Stainless Steel Letters for Quillion Wealth Management in Baltimore Maryland

Option 5

Individual lettering + 3d logo ► multiple layers

The best of both worlds!

Our individually cut letters look professional on your wall, and your logo adds a compelling artistic complement, made in our signature 3D multilayered style.

The lettering (or parts) would be individually mounted on the wall, with threaded studs and spacers that extend from the back of each part. The custom-made logo element would have a french cleat mounted on the back for easy hanging.

For the installation process, we provide you with a template to mount on your wall that guides you where to drill each individual hole. From there, you can install your sign with a foolproof method, ensuring that your logo looks excellent on your wall. 

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