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Is a Pylon Sign Right for My Business?

At Reliable Sign Services, we offer several different styles of signage, with options for your building itself and options for out by the road to draw in customers or guests. Since there are so many to choose from, you may not be sure which one is right for your company. That’s something we will go over together when you’re ready to get started, but in the meantime, we want to give you a better idea of what a pylon sign is and why it could be a good choice for your business.

While a pylon sign won’t be the correct business signage choice for everyone, it may be what your company needs to switch to in order to draw in more paying customers.  

What Is a Pylon Sign

A pylon sign, or what we sometimes call a lighted pole sign, is a freestanding sign that is usually supported by either one of two poles. They are commonly made with an aluminum or steel frame with a rigid or flexible face. They can display your message on one or both sides. We refer to them as lighted pole signs on our website, since most often pylon signs are illuminated or backlit with LED or fluorescent lamps. They also can be left without illumination, even though that may not give your company or church much exposure at night. 

Common Names for Pylon Signs

Pylon is the technical term for this type of signage, however, they are often referred to by different names including road signs, highway signs, freestanding signs, pole signs, and probably more. 

No matter what you call it, a pylon sign is a great way to catch the attention of passing traffic.

Some of the great benefits to installing a pylon sign for your business or church include:


Because of its sheer height, pylon signs can be seen from a great distance. Even our smaller pole signs stand out… literally. Passersby will be able to see the sign that’s standing above the rest, making them a wonderful advertisement for your business and a great tool for grabbing the attention of potential customers. The height will depend on several factors such as location, local ordinances, and budget. 


While a monument sign tends to be more aesthetically beautiful and refined, a pylon sign is bold, bright, and even exciting. There’s a professional aspect to it that stakes your spot in the community as a permanent fixture. The large size makes it a great canvas for beautifully portraying your company’s message. Because they tend to be larger, you may even have extra space to showcase images, logos and text without having to cram your design together.


A pylon sign can be placed where it will attract the most attention. If your actual building is located off the road a ways or is difficult to see, then having only a storefront sign won’t give you the best exposure. Installing a pylon sign along the road will let people know you’re there and will give your business the extra attention it needs to attract even more customers or guests. 

A pylon sign is an excellent choice:

  • If your business is set back from a main road
  • If a large parking lot is in front of your building
  • If you want to clearly mark the entrance to your business
  • If your business is obstructed by another building, trees, or terrain, making it difficult for customers to find you
  • If you want to attract extra traffic coming off of a nearby highway
  • If your business is in an industrial area where there are significant distances between plants and warehouses

Pylon vs. Monument 

Pylon and monument signs are both popular business signs around the Birmingham, AL area. They are similar in that they are both located away from your main building and placed at the entrance to your property or along the road. We’ve talked about the difference in appearance, and obviously the major difference between the two is the height. 

Depending on the by-laws or ordinances in your area, you may be restricted as to the height of a sign that you are allowed to put up. This could be a big factor in determining whether you choose a pylon or monument sign. Both sign options are great, so let’s get together and discuss your needs and what might work best for your situation. Contact Reliable Sign Services in Birmingham, AL today so we can get started on your business signs! 

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