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History and Importance of Each Farm Sign Type

Farm signs are something that have a great importance to farmers. These signs have been used since the 17th century and they marked the territory of a farm. The first models were huge and made from thick wood. Usually, they displayed the name of the farm, but there were some examples when these signs should send a message to the people. Nowadays, they are more popular than ever and they are better-looking than ever as well. The technology had an important role in the production, but traditionally-made farm signs are still popular.

Unique Features of Farm Signs

These signs are different than other signs. They must withstand the elements and they must last for a long period of time, with as low maintenance as possible. All farmers are busy, so it isn’t possible to maintain a farm sign frequently. As such, most of them are made from oak. This is very durable timber that can be exposed to the elements for an extremely long time and it won’t be damaged. Obviously, well-made farm signs are protected with paint or sealant, but even after being sealed, signs that are made to be installed outside should be built with treated wood to withstand the elements.

The method of installation of farm signs is very important. It may be hung with the help of hangers. But, in areas where winds are strong, this isn’t recommended. People typically use a bolt to secure farm signs in place when they are subjected to strong winds. Holes are then filled with oak plugs, so there isn’t a trace that there was a hole. Some models can be installed with wooden holders that will secure them in place. Others may be inserted to a gate or etc.

Hanging signs are less popular, but there are many situations when they are used. For example, they can be used on a farm, but on some building or facility where special tasks are done. Some farmers have cheese or milk stores, where these signs are more than just important.

Oak Fingerposts

We used oak as an example. In this case, a farm sign consists of directional posts which will show important directions around the farm. The best part is the fact you can add as many directional posts as you want. There are no limitations here.

Besides wood, these signs can be made from metal or fiberglass, but wooden farm signs are still the most appealing and they look vintage, high-end and elegant at the same time.

Additional Types

A farm sign can be made from wood, in this case, oak. But, it can be also made from other materials. You can choose between stone, fiberglass and even metal. Stone signs are the most durable, but the most expensive. They also require the longest period of time to be made and installed. Metal signs are more affordable, but they look too modern for a farm.

Fiberglass signs are completely different. They are easy to make and they are long-lasting. However, they are extremely complicated to repair, if that happens. They are present around a farm, but commonly in places where visitors won’t see them. We can even say that they are industrial-class signs.