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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 art that elevates your brand.
Take a look at the level of first impressions our signs can give you:
Does your business come to mind when customers are ready to buy?
72-inch Custom Sign
You spent a lot of time on developing your logo and what you want customers to remember about you. So when it’s time to add your logo and other commercial signage, display it in a way that matches the quality of your company.
That’s why our clients, locally and nationwide, come to us time and again because they know our superior craftsmanship and attention to detail makes them look top notch.
SMALL BUSINESS Signs
Does your signage make customers want to come in or keep walking?
If you’re a small business, it’s all the more reason you need something memorable to bring your customers back. The best way to do that is through a great first impression with entryway signs. As soon as they enter your shop or office, you want your company name to stand out and be something unique and special.
That’s where our completely custom process allows you to choose from an incredible range of colors, finishes and materials to provide you with a wow factor entrance.
COMMISSIONED art PIECES
Are you looking for wall art that goes beyond a canvas?
When you’re looking for a statement piece with dimension then you’ve come to the right place. Our custom metal fabrication allows us to create anything from cityscapes to modern art installations. Designing with metal means your art piece will last a lifetime.
Why Use ShieldCo?
Take out the guesswork by working directly with a skilled designer who can answer your questions and guide you in the right direction. We offer 3D mockups before designs go to production so you can be certain of what your final product will look like.
We aren’t just a sign company, we make art that organizations use as signs. Our unique process allows you to stand out from the crowd.
We use the highest quality materials so your sign will last as long as your company will. All parts are assembled with stainless steel hardware.
We ship nationwide - no matter where you are, you can get the high caliber product you need.
You support a cause we stand behind: 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.
Bring Your Sign to Life with the power of lighting
Looking for a little something extra that takes your sign up another notch?
Lighting can be the perfect way to be sure your clients always find you.
Backlighting really makes your sign stand out. We use LED’s to illuminate signs for a number of reasons including:
1) Longevity - The LED lights we use on our custom metal signs are rated for 40,000 hours and with normal use can last over 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 them cycle through various colors with one of the preset modes.
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 - LED’s are powered with 12 volts and that reduces the heat produced by each bulb.
Depending on the situation, external lighting can be the right option for your sign. With external lights, 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.
Contact us today for a free quote
ShieldCo Sign Options
We excel in metal fabrication in any of these metals: aluminum (company-wide favorite), steel, stainless steel, brass, copper, and coreten.
Aluminum is our favorite material 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 30lbs. Light enough to hang on any wall.
3) Cost - Aluminum per square inch is about 25% the cost of stainless steel.
Materials like coreten, stainless steel and copper are all naturally appealing in their original state. However, with aluminum,
we can paint (powder coat) it any color you want. We have thousands of colors to choose from and if that doesn’t cut it,
we can even custom mix colors if needed.
Construction and Layers
Through the 1,000’s of signs that we’ve created, we’ve identified five main categories that most signs fall under in order to help you choose the best fit for your business needs.
Option 1 - Single layer
This option cuts out all lettering to expose the wall behind the sign. It’s a simple design but still impactful. 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 framework
to the back of the sign, we can add custom lighting.
OPTION 2 - Single layer with back panel
Similar to option #1, this version adds a panel behind the sign to provide added contrast. It adds depth and visual interest to the sign,
and is the first true step into the “3D” realm. The front layers cast shadows on the back panel bringing the sign to life.
As with all our signs, you can add custom lighting for even greater impact.
Option 3 - multi layer
Our Signature Style
This is the type of sign you need when looking to make a great first impression. We strive to create the highest quality signage in order to match the caliber of your company’s products and services.
This sign features your logo and/or lettering precisely cutout and layered off of the back panel to give depth and texture. We take the time to analyze your logo and understand how to transform it into a piece of art.
Our customers love these signs because every part is attached to one backer panel, making it extremely easy to hang. Installation can take as little as 10 minutes.
Option 4 - Individual lettering
A popular option for when your wall color or texture contributes to the overall aesthetic of your signage.
This type of sign separates each part of your logo to be hung as individual pieces. We provide a foolproof template to drill each individual hole with precision. The end result is a sleek professional sign.
Option 5 - multi layer + individual lettering combo
Sometimes a blend of these two options creates the best impact.
Individual lettering mounted to your wall plus our signature layered logo adds an artistic element that really stands out.
The installation process is made easy by providing the template for placement of each hole to be drilled and ready to mount multi layer logo. This ensures a foolproof installation that leaves you with a polished look to match your company standards.
The easy step by step process of ordering your custom signage that has earned us all 5 star reviews.
1) Inquiry (Free Quote)
3) 2D and 3D Mockups
4) Deposit Payment and Fabrication
5) Final pictures and Final Payment
1) The Inquiry (Free Quote)
Fill out the inquiry form here - www.shieldcoart.com/free-quote
The more information you are able to provide, the less we will have to collect from you later and we will be able to provide you with a more accurate quote.
Aside from your contact info, the most important items to provide are: an image of your logo, an image of where the sign will go, the size you would like, and whether or not you would like to add lighting.
2) The Quote
Before we officially quote your project, we would love to have a conversation with you on the phone to talk about the specifics of the project. We’ve learned in almost every situation, there are particular requirements that are best uncovered through an informal conversation with one of our sales members. We quote in wide ranges to allow us to modify the sign and continue to hone in on the exact price after our conversations. We can make your custom metal sign in various ways to match your style and budget. If you are unable to talk on the phone, we can certainly work with you via email, but we prefer to make the individual connection with each of our clients.
3) 2D and 3D Mockup
Have an idea but not sure if it will turn out the way you want it to?
If the price we quote is within your budget, and you are interested in moving forward, we will make you a 2D mockup to show you how the sign is going to look. If after the 2D mockup you are still interested, we would be glad to make you a 3D mockup for just $1. There isn't any commitment on your part to purchase the sign after the 3D mockup. The 3D mockup is extremely important for the entire process as it is a clear example of how we are going to make the sign. You can rest assured that your sign is going to look just like the mockup.
In the 2D mockup we can easily show dimensions and the layout and colors of the sign.
In the 3D mockups, we want to focus your attention on the depth of the sign and the shadows that the parts cast on each other. Click on the right hand side of the photo to see different viewing angles of the sign.
4) Deposit Payment and Fabrication
We will send you a link to your specific project and you can review all of the details of your sign. This description and the 3D mockups are what we are agreeing to provide for you. You can make the deposit payment for the sign at this link. Once deposit is received, fabrication takes around 4-6 weeks on average.
5) Final Pictures and Final Payment
Once the sign is complete, all the parts are assembled and the lighting is checked. We take final pictures of the sign so you can see how it looks. We will direct you back to the same link we sent previously for the deposit payment so you can make the final payment.
Once we have received the final payment we will painstakingly pack your sign for shipment. We’ve perfected the packing of our signs-
in the thousands of signs that we have shipped, we have a 100% successful delivery rate. We build our boxes out of 2x4s and plywood and pack each part with multiple layers of foam so the sign will look pristine when you receive it.