Example of a monument sign created and installed by National Signs in Houston, Texas

What’s the Difference Between a Monument vs. Pylon Sign?


At National Signs, we understand that you want something that makes a bold statement when it comes to signage for your business. However, it can be difficult to know what will work best for your location. You want the sign to stand out – but not in a bad way. You want it to complement nearby signage – but not disappear.

With so many sign options, it’s hard to know what’s the best fit for your business or organization. Two signs that are sometimes difficult to decide between are the monument vs. pylon sign. We’ll explain how they’re similar, how they’re different, and how to make an informed decision about which sign is the better fit for your needs.

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What Are Monument Signs?

Monument signs are freestanding, outdoor signs. They are usually at eye level and stand around five feet tall. They sit on the ground (or close to it) on a solid base without any visibly exposed structural supports.

Because monument signs are at a relatively low profile, they are usually installed near the entrance of businesses.Example of a monument sign created and installed by National Signs in Houston, Texas This ensures that the sign is closer to eye level and that passersby can easily view your sign when traveling at a low speed.

Monument signs tend to perform well in residential areas and can often be designed to fit in with the landscape. These signs are generally fabricated from materials such as bricks, aluminum, sign foam, and stones.

Depending on your business, monument signs may be better suited for your needs. Here are some examples of businesses that often utilize this sign style:

  • Schools and universities
  • Places of worship
  • Parking lots and venue entrances
  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • Apartment buildings and subdivisions

Check out our Gallery for some examples of monument signs that we have fabricated and installed for leading businesses in the Greater Houston area.

What Are Pylon Signs?

A pylon sign can be thought of as a relative of the monument sign. They share many characteristics, but the key difference between a monument vs. pylon sign is the height. 

Pylon signs are generally much taller, sometimes towering above roadways. Pylon signs are designed and placedExample of a pylon sign created and installed by National Signs in Houston, Texas so that you can see them from a distance. They are usually installed along busy roads and highways to reach a larger audience driving by at higher speeds.

For even greater visibility, these signs are typically double-sided so that they catch attention from both directions.

Pylon signs are often made from a base of metal or aluminum. They are frequently supported by either one or two poles. Here are some reasons why a pylon sign would be a good choice for your business:

  • If your business is obstructed by another business
  • If you’re located off of a highway or busy road
  • If you have a large parking lot in front of your building
  • If you need to be seen by drivers from far away, signaling them to exit soon
  • If your city code requires you to have one

Check out our Gallery for some examples of pylon signs that we have fabricated and installed for businesses in the Greater Houston area.

What These Signs Have in Common

Monument and pylon signs have a lot more in common than you may think. Here’s where they both shine:

  • Both sign styles are freestanding.
  • Both can be single-business OR multi-tenant.
  • Both types of signs are completely customizable – color, logo, shape, and material.
  • Both can have elements added to make them stand out (e.g., LED displays, channel letters, electronic message centers, and more.)
  • Both signs can be illuminated to provide better visibility at nighttime.
  • Both sign types are weather-resistant and extremely durable.
  • Both are backed by our 5-year warranty on all parts, labor, and signage.

Contact Us to Discuss Your Sign Needs

If you’re unsure which sign works best for you, give us a call. With 28+ years of experience, our team is well-versed in helping customers determine which signage is best-suited for their company.

PLUS, you’ll benefit from having one point of contact for the design, engineering, permitting, project management, manufacturing, installation, maintenance, and repairs. You’ll know exactly who to talk to throughout the duration of your relationship with our company.

Whether you need a monument sign, a pylon sign, or a different sign altogether… We’re here to help. Contact us today to find the right sign solution for your business!