When it comes to portable signs there are many choices available, so which style of display is the most effective for your business. The decisions should be based considering the content of the message and the cost of the displays required to show this message.

As mentioned before there are various options available but here we will discuss some options that work best in our opinion:


A-frame as the name suggests is generally an aluminum frame with a message board on both sides joined from the top and sit on the floor like an A. These can be made out of Metal, PVC, Trim board, Wood and other materials

The most commonly used frames in the market are made from metal, this could be due to the fact that these frames are readily available and relatively cheaper. Typical metal A-Frames come in a few standard sizes, and can be top loading or side loading.

The most common sizes are :
24” x 36”
24” x 18”
24” x 36”
32” x 24”
32” x 48”

If these sizes are not what you are looking for, you can take more custom approaches with PVC, wood or trim board material. Using these materials any custom size can be cut on a CNC machine and a handle can be attached on top. A-Frames can usually display a suitable sized message and almost any kind of graphic design could be displayed.

Feather & Teardrop Flags.

When you want to display a concise message and achieve high roadside visibility, feather flags and teardrop flags are the best choice. They normally come in 8ft, 10ft, 12ft, and 14ft heights which makes them highly visible from afar. These flags can be pegged in the ground or come with base stands where water/sand based weight can be added to stabilize and prevent the stand from falling. Generally these flags are placed in a row carrying one or two words on each flag to attract attention of the passing by traffic.

Water Based Pavement Signs.

Rectangular in shape the frame stands on two springs mounted on a water based or a sand based stand. The design of these stands make them very stable, and beautiful vibrant pictures or graphics can be displayed in these frames. As changeable printed film are used for inserts in display, the graphic can be switched over time at relatively lower costs and the frames can be reused effectively to display multiple ads. These signs are elegant, stylish and the surface area is adequate to produce eye catching results.


If your business is in a city where there is a lot of wind, A-Frame might not be your best option as they tend to tip over due to there lighter weight. The flags are great for stability but your message has to to be very small and the costs can increase quickly if you intend to put a few of them for maximum impact. The water based pavement signs are comparatively expensive to begin with, but in the long run pay off as they are sturdy and can display high quality advertisements.

All the signs discussed above are great for visibility and exposure, but you have to make a decision based on your business needs and weather conditions the signs will be in. Using the information about each of these signs can help you choose the best possible display for your business promotion or advertisement.