HDU Signs are better than woodDanthonia handcrafts our 'wood' signs from SIGNFOAM3 HDU [a closed cell substrate with recycled content] laminated to a firm PVC backing for added rigidity and superior hardware hold. 'High Density Urethane' is waterproof, insect-proof and fire retardant. It carves, paints, and machines like wood.
Our standard product looks and feels just like a painted wood sign. Especially if you choose the 'brush texture' for your design. For an additional 'custom artwork' fee our artists can create a faux wood grain. Your sign will look like clear coated wood. Weathering is superior to wood in exterior applications as it will not crack, split, swell or rot in the elements. Sign thicknesses average about 1.0 to 1.5 inches. All carving and art is done by hand.
Danthonia uses Dulux Weathershield paints. The manufacturer advertises a 15 year guarantee against cracking, blistering or peeling. These UV resistant paints use mineral pigments so most colors will show no significant fading for 8-10 years.
Design and create classic 'HDU' wood signage
Look at our gallery, find a classic wooden sign design and then customize it - even a novice designer can produce professional looking 'wood sign' designs. Whether you need something in 'Colonial Style' or a 'Cape Cod Quarter-board' these tools make it easy. Capture the style of a master wood carver on your next design and let Danthonia do the rest.
We use weather resistant materials
Wooden outdoor signs tend to split, rot, or warp over time. Cracks in paint break the moisture seal and accelerate deterioration. A wood sign requires frequent maintenance to protect it. Most sign owners today do not have the time, tools or skill to keep a wooden sign looking good. That is why Danthonia prefers to craft signs using High Density Urethane which is more durable than wood. HDU is both weather-resistant and insect-proof so our hand carved exterior signs look great for many years to come.
Wooden sign effects
HDU has the same density as redwood with comparable dent resistance. A Danthonia sign looks and feels just like a painted wood sign. Our 'brush texture' painting option offers distinct horizontal brush strokes - identical to the look of paint applied over wood grain. Chisel and wire brush can be used to create driftwood patterns or other custom wood sign effects as required.