There are 3 primary types of political yards signs or lawn signs: Polyboard, Coroplast and Polybag. Since we print all three, we can unbiasedly give you the bottom-line pros and cons of each type of sign and let you know which is the best to get for your particular need.

POLYBOARD YARD SIGNS

Polyboard is essentially a weather-coated outdoor posterboard. Poly board signs are surprisingly durable for a cardboard-based product and can be used for multiple election cycles with the proper care. These are the most common and traditional political yard signs because you can print them in lower quantities with cheaper set-up and you get a larger sign for the same money as Coroplast signs.

WHAT CAMPAIGNS USE POLYBOARD YARD SIGNS

Local and regional campaigns printing under 1000 signs get the best bang for their buck with polyboard political yard signs.

POLYBOARD YARD SIGN PROS

  • Quick turn-around and low set up. Economical from 25 signs to 1000 signs.
  • Cheaper in low quantities than Coroplast in most cases.
  • Our standard Polyboard sign is bigger, 22″x28″ compared to our standard Coroplast sign at 18″x24″ for the same price.
  • Always opaque. Never have issues with light shining through distorting the message.
  • Heavy steel U-frame wires tend to stay up better in the wind.
  • Multi-election and multi-purpose uses. Work better on booths and parade floats than Coroplast or Polybag.

POLYBOARD YARD SIGN CONS

  • Polybag Yard Signs become cheaper than Polyboard Yard Signs after 1000 pieces
  • Heavy and bulky if you have to ship over wide areas.
  • Polyboard signs will re-harden in the sun after heavy water exposure, but extreme wet weather for weeks on end with no sunny days can damage signs.

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR ON POLY BOARD SIGNS WHEN PRICING

  • Are the sign sides stapled, glued, stitched or staple-it-yourself? Never get the staple-it-yourself kind. The little money you save is wasted with the time that it takes and the signs that you lose because your staples blew loose. The fold and pre-stapled are a little better because they are machine stapled, but they still tend to pop open in the wind. Glued or stitched is the way to go.
  • We use stitched with heavy-guage industrial marine thread. Our signs stay sealed!
  • Size matters. Measure some signs on the street that catch your eye before picking a bargain size.
  • Get a shipping estimate when buying online. Shipping on Polyboard yard signs and wires can easily be as much as the entire order if the company doesn’t pay attention to how they are shipping to you.
  • Make sure it’s coated outdoor board of at least an 18pt weight. Ours is 24 pt.
  • Definitely check for any hidden set up, screen or art charges.

COROPLAST YARD SIGNS / CORRUGATED PLASTIC YARD SIGNS

Corrugated plastic political yard signs or Coroplast yard signs are made of a fluted plastic substrate with a smooth printable surface. They can be printed economically on low runs as small as 1 sign (digitally or with vinyl) or screen printed economically from 25-2000 signs.

WHAT CAMPAIGNS USE COROPLAST YARD SIGNS

Local and regional campaigns printing under 1500 signs get the best bang for their buck with Coroplast political yard signs.

COROPLAST / CORRUGATED PLASTIC YARD SIGN PROS

  • Quick turn-around and low set up. Economical from 1 sign to 1500 signs, depending on the print method.
  • Cheaper in the smallest quantities under 25 over Polyboard signs since Coroplast signs can be printed digitally.
  • Very durable and weather proof. Can be used for years.
  • Can be printed as large as 4’x8′ with a standard print.
  • You can get yellow background Coroplast and it’s like having a free extra color.
  • Lighter than Polyboard signs and wires for shipping.

COROPLAST / CORRUGATED PLASTIC YARD SIGN CONS

  • Polybag Yard Signs become cheaper than Coroplast or Polyboard Yard Signs after 1000 pieces.
  • If you go for the cheap stuff (which we don’t use) the sun can shine through the lighter parts of your corrugated plastic sign making them illegible. We only use OPAQUE corrugated plastic with sun-blocker on our signs so you don’t have that problem.

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR ON COROPLAST SIGNS WHEN PRICING

  • How much extra is the opaque or sun-blocker board? Always price with that in mind because you will kick yourself when you can’t read your name whenever the sun is at an angle.
  • If the sign comes with a wire, what kind and how tall? Avoid the two separate little sticks that go in the flutes. Those are a waste of time as they don’t stay up in the wind. Always go for an H-frame wire, preferably a taller one. Many signs companies show pricing WITHOUT the wire, so make sure you compare apples to apples.
  • Size matters. Measure some signs on the street that catch your eye before picking a bargain size.
  • Get a shipping estimate when buying online. Shipping on Coroplast signs is cheaper than Polyboard, but sign and wire shipping can still be pricing over large distances.
  • Definitely check for any hidden set up, screen or art charges.

POLY BAG YARD SIGNS

Polybag political yard sign or bag signs are made of a sturdy but flexible printed polyethylene over the same U-frame steel wires used on Polyboard signs. They are typically used in larger campaigns needing more than 1000 signs that need to distribute them over a wide area. You can get them in smaller quantities, but you really shouldn’t get them unless you plan on getting 500 or more. The reasons are below.

WHAT CAMPAIGNS USE POLYBAG YARD SIGNS

Regional and national campaigns printing over 1000 signs get the best bang for their buck with poly bag political yard signs.

POLYBAG YARD SIGN PROS

  • Extremely cost effective for large runs. Ours are only $1.95 each with wires for 1000 and $1.19 each for 5000.
  • Very light and inexpensive to drop ship to multiple locations. Great for Presidential, Gubernatorial, Congressional and State campaigns.
  • Our Polybag and Polyboard yard sign wires are interchangeable on our main standard size.
  • Wider array of print size options often come standard.

POLYBAG YARD SIGN CONS

  • They are single use. You can keep the wires, but the bags themselves aren’t really reusable after one season of exposure.
  • They aren’t as good as Polyboard or Coroplast when doubling as hand placards, parade decorations or tent signs.
  • Only good in large quantities. You can print under 100 if you want, but they cost the same or more than the Polyboard or Coroplast and have the single-use drawback.
  • Large quantities tend to take longer to print. Our Polyboard and Coroplast takes 5 or 6 working days vs 15+ working days for the large order Polybag yard signs.

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR ON POLYBAG SIGNS WHEN PRICING

  • Again, make sure you are getting a poly bag with sun block like ours or you won’t be able to read the text in the sun because of bleed through.
  • Size matters. Measure some signs on the street that catch your eye before picking a bargain size.
  • Get a shipping estimate when buying online. Shipping on the polybags is pretty inexpensive even for thousands of signs, but the wires can still be pricy to ship.
  • Definitely check for any hidden set up, screen or art charges. The set up is the most expensive part of polybag sign printing. Ours is included in the per sign cost.
If you found this helpful or have questions or suggestions, please contact us at campaign@sampanscreenprint.com .