Rice University in Houston post and panel sign indicating a parking lot entrance on campus

What’s a Post and Panel Sign?

For visibility, economy, and longevity, a post and panel sign is often the best choice for a school, business, or organization. With all the different signage types we offer at National Signs, you might be wondering what precisely a post and panel sign is. We’ll unpack this type of sign to help you make an informed decision about whether post and panel signage is the best choice for you.

The Basics of Post and Panel Signs

Post and panel signs are considered monument signs and are always freestanding. Post and panel signs are defined by their two main components — yes, you guessed it! — the post (or posts) and the panel (or panels).

The panel is the face of the sign itself, and the posts are what houses it or holds it up. In most cases, these signs consist of two posts with a single flat panel in between them. Typically, they are very economically designed and use materials like wood, vinyl, aluminum, or metal.

On these signs, you can add options such as trim or molding. You can also customize the panel’s shape, pick your colors, and add your own logos and fonts. The design may seem relatively simple, but there are quite a few different ways to make it your own!

One of the main things to consider when picking a post and panel sign for your needs is what materials you want to use. A few of the options you can choose from are:

  • Vinyl panels that hang from aluminum poles
  • Panels attached to upright wooden posts
  • Aluminum panels on a single wrought-iron pole
  • A plethora of other combinations

Why Post and Panel Signs Are Used

Post and panel sign systems are primarily used for secondary applications, although many schools and businesses use them as the main identifying sign for their building. The most common secondary applications generally include directional, regulatory, or informational purposes.

Post and panel signs are typically used outdoors, near the edges of sidewalks or roadways, where they can be seen easily. This style of sign is excellent for building identification, parking lot signage, and foot traffic wayfinding. Although they do what most other signs to help identify a place of business, you can use post and panel signs for so much more!

You’ll often see these types of signs used in industries such as real estate, education, events, and venues. But you’ll also see them used in other capacities like directing visitors or announcing state and county lines.

Check Out One of Our Favorite Post and Panel Projects

We are proud to work with leaders throughout Houston. One example is Houston’s very own Rice University. Consistently ranked as one of the top universities in the country, Rice attracts thousands of students and visitors. In order to help with parking and wayfinding, the university looked to National Signs to install post and panel signs on their campus in the heart of the city.

As you can see from the photo in our gallery, we used post and panel signage to not only help identify a parking lot, but also showcase the name of the university with the school’s crest and its beloved owl mascot at the top!

This particular sign includes multiple panels and several unique shapes to make the sign stand out. The clean lines and bright blue accents give it a modern feel that fits perfectly with the aesthetic of the university and campus.

Contact Us to Install Post and Panel Signage

If you’re looking for a post and panel sign for your school, business, or organization, partnering with National Signs is the way to go. We have a fully-integrated team to support your signage’s design, fabrication, installation, service, and maintenance.

Backed by our expert project management team, we can efficiently handle even the most complex signage projects. We proudly back our work’s quality with a 5-year warranty on all parts, labor, and signage, so your investment is always well-protected.

Whether you need post and panel signage for a parking lot, restaurant, property for sale, or school campus, National Signs will work with you to customize the signs to your exact specifications. Contact us today to find out how we can help!