HDU vs. Redwood & Cedar
Redwood and Cedar have long been the standard substrate options for the
sandblasted industry. Over the last ten years or so, a new standard in
long term customer satisfaction has led the industry to develop a better
material. High Density Urethane, or HDU, is a foam material that technicians
are discovering to be a superior replacement for the natural woods.
"Sign Foam" and "Precision Board" are brand names for High Density Urethane
foam manufactured with standards for the sign industry. This is not to
say that redwood sandblasting is going by the wayside but, these natural
woods are becoming increasingly difficult to get. Also, they are becoming
cost prohibitive. Factor in that HDU offers a variety of advantages over
redwood and it is easy to justify why SignWire.com utilizes this wonder
foam in approximately 95% of our sandblasted signs. Finishes will last
longer simply because HDU is impervious to water-meaning absolutely no
moisture concerns. Some finishes in redwood and cedar can dull due to
shrinking and swelling over time.
Unaffected by Temperature
Will Not Split or Crack; Sturdy
Will Not Rot, Decompose or Breakdown
- Larger samples may need back-bracing material for additional
Costly and difficult to obtain
Weathers easily and quickly
Larger signs will have to be spliced together
Brittle areas are more likely to snap
Sandblasted Texture Options
Popular Sandblasted Sign Sizes & Sample
can sandblast any sign to your specific size and shape.
Here are a couple samples that represent our most requested sizes and
shapes, as well as sample pricing.
HDU Single Sided = $366.40
HDU Double Sided = $523.20
Cedar Single Sided = $536.00
Cedar Single Sided = $766.40
HDU Single Sided =
HDU Double Sided = $1,310.00
Cedar Single Sided = $1,340.80
Cedar Single Sided = $1,916.80
WARRANTY: All HDU sandblasted signs carry a full
two year warranty. All Natural woods (Redwood and Cedar) carry
a limited one year warranty.
POLICY: All Sandblasted orders are custom made
and are non-cancelable once production has been started. Please
carefully check all proofs and sales quotes/specs prior to production
to confirm sizes, designs, spelling and colors. See
page for additional info.
end user is responsible
for installation of signs.
Sandblasted Signs vs. Routed Signs
Sandblasted signs usually have the lettering and design masked
off. The surrounding background area is sandblasted out. This gives
the masked areas a 3D effect. Adding detailed painting to this raised
section of material really makes the sign. A sandblasted sign will
also emphasize the differences in the wood grains.
Routed signs have that same lettering or design cut (usually beveled)
into the surface of the material. This reverse look gives the background
the raised look. Routed signs are usually less expensive than sandblasted
Sandblasted (Etched) Glass
SignWire.com can make beautiful sandblasted glass pieces. They show depth and detail in a unique way. For more information please call 1-800-922-6189.
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