It’s a question we’re asked all the time, but it would be irresponsible to give you a set number as there are many variables. If you have a general idea of what you want, we can give you the average cost of digital church signs. LED signs are built-to-order with a variety of customizable features. They start as low as $800 and can go up to $8,000 or more. Our team will talk you through your options and provide a free quote. Here are the key features you will need to decide between.
Average cost of digital church signs – LED Replacement
If all you need to do is upgrade or replace your existing digital church sign, the cost will be less. We’ll still have to design it to your custom size and specs, including your desired viewing range and the components required for local weather. Since you already have the frame and mounting the average cost of digital church signs will be significantly less than your initial investment. A replacement digital church sign can cost anywhere from 1500$ to 10,000$ (depending on its size, and other factors).
Average cost of digital church signs – Size
Most churches choose oversized exterior signs, and a variety of on-site and interior sign sizes. The larger your digital display, the more it will cost. For exterior signs, consider where it will be mounted, how high off the ground it will be mounted, and the viewing range. Viewing range should be measured by blocks for roadway signs, and feet for signs that will be viewed in person—instead of from the car.
One-Sided Or Two-Sided
The most common use for exterior church signs is along the roadway to greet members and share messages with anyone who drives by. Depending on your church location and standard traffic, a one-sided sign may meet your needs. If you have high visibility from both directions, you may want to consider a two-sided sign. A two-sided sign will nearly double the cost of the purchase price and installation, but it may be worth it for the increased engagement opportunity.
Next up, you need to decide if you would like to layer a series of digital signs. For example, if you love your current carved or painted church sign, you can layer it above or below your new digital sign. The width of your current logo sign will be a contributing factor in how wide you order your LED display. You could also have a vibrant LED logo and church sign designed, and layer your digital display underneath. Many churches choose from 2 or 3 layers. The third layer could be a backlit signature message, even something simple such as “God Bless You” or you could add a Versa scrolling sign to share a daily quote or scripture. Or maybe you only want a logo sign with a scrolling sign underneath.
In addition to the LED screen, you must factor mounting into the average cost of digital church signs. As with all new signs, check your lease and local ordinances to ensure you can place your exterior signs where you want to, or to determine what license is required prior to installation. Here are your top mounting options:
If you have an existing interior wall or building exterior that is sturdy enough for your one-sided display, you can mount it to your wall. This is a great way to utilize all four walls of your building or to target a higher traffic street than your front entrance.
If your sign will be mounted more than 10 feet off the ground or in an area where you don’t want to obstruct the sightline behind your sign, a steel pole is your best option. Pole mounting is also the best option for full-sized billboards. Keep access in mind. While the electrical components will be placed closer to the ground, access to the sign for cleaning and annual maintenance will be tricky.
Steel pedestals also work for signs that are more than 10 feet off the ground. They obstruct view a bit more than a pole but are more visually appealing than a pole. The pedestal is the ideal place to add your street number, and maybe some custom lettering.
Solid Brick Base
A solid brick base can be designed in a variety of brick colors and sizes. Brick makes more of a statement and may blend in better with your church exterior. Just like all other mounting options, your brick base will need to have a sturdy foundation poured. Unlike your other options, you can have the bricks arranged in a variety of decorative patterns and layouts.
Column Brick Base/Pillar Mount
Your final mounting option is to place your signs between two brick columns. This obstructs view less than a solid brick base and provides you with the opportunity to get creative with color, size, style, and brick placement.
Another factor when determining the average cost of digital church signs is what kind of top you would like. All exterior digital signs are secured in a steel frame that you can order in a color that will contrast with or complement your logo. The standard frame will be in the same square or rectangular shape as your digital sign. For a more stylized look, you can choose a custom top. Choose from a sloped, round, polygon, peak, or rooftop design. Whether you choose a standard or custom frame, your logo sign can be made with either channel or push through lettering so that it stands out more. Interior LED signs don’t require a frame or top.
Full Custom Design
As you can see there are a lot of fun decisions to make when designing your new church sign. The final option is to have a fully-customizable sign. Maybe you want more than 2 or 3 layers, want to have a custom frame shape designed, or want a custom base. Your options are endless so we invite you to view our church sign portfolio for inspiration.
Now that you have an idea of what factors contribute to the average cost of digital church signs you should have a better sense of what you want. Reach out to Mega LED Technology today for a free quote or to talk through all your options!