Custom Wood Signs

Dura-wood signs are created with a high quality MDO plywood core. Each sign is primed, painted and sealed to protect it from weather extremes - including hot, cold, and humid climates.

The 1/2" thick panels of Dura-wood are rigid and strong. They can be cut to shape and we also offer edge capping for extra-protection.

  • Dura-wood has a high tolerance for cold and hot weather extremes, and humid and wet climates.
  • Panels are highly rigid and weigh only two pounds per square foot.
  • Dura-wood signs are easy to mount (Mounting kits are available).
  • Plastic edge cap available for additional edge protection and appearance.
  • Any size, any shape, and virtually any color you want.
  • Any design, artwork, photo or logo can be used.
An example of a custom-made wood sign

The Benefits of Wood Signs

For a beautiful, long-lasting sign Dura-wood is the way to go. Dura-wood combines the timeless beauty of wood and the modern convenience of vinyl. Our Dura-wood signs with high panel strength are rot-safe for outdoor use and are made of high quality MDO plywood core. Custom signs often need to be sturdy and weather resistant. Materials like Dura-Wood are durable, versatile and designed for a wide variety of outdoor uses including project signs, real estate signs, site signs, and construction signs.

Dura-wood signs are a practical and economical alternative to traditional wood signs. Dura-wood signs look just like real wood signs with added benefits and the protection of long-lasting vinyl. A new Dura-wood sign can withstand exterior elements better and longer than wood signs of the past. It is available in 1/2" thickness, one or two sided, and with trim cap you get additional edge protection and a finer finished appearance. With a Dura-wood sign from, you get the finest material with the longest life. Feel confident in your choice of Dura-wood for your new custom sign.

Example of dura-wood material

The Sign Chef Video Library

When making a decision on a new sign and what material to use, we like to give you all the facts. We have put together a collection of custom videos on Dura-Wood. With these videos you will have confidence when selecting your Dura-Wood sign. If not sure what size or shape Dura-Wood is available in then feel free to check out the videos below. And as always we are here to help you with any questions you may still have.

Dura-Wood Size Options
Dura-Wood Sign Size Options
Dura-Wood Shape Options
Dura-Wood Signs- Can I Get Any Shape I Want?
Dura-Wood Up-Close
Dura-Wood Signs- What Do Dura-Wood Signs Really Look Like Up Close?

Here are the key points to know about custom Dura-Wood Signs:

  • Custom Dura-wood Signs are well known for high panel strength.
  • Our rot-safe Dura-wood Painted Signs start with a high quality MDO (Medium Density Overlay) plywood core.
  • The wood is factory sealed with an unusually durable painted finish.
  • Dura-wood signs last for decades indoors.
  • Heavy-duty wooden sign panels come standard in 1/2" thickness.
  • Signs made from wood can be one-sided or two-sided.
  • Dura-wood has a high tolerance for cold and hot weather extremes, and humid and wet climates.
  • Panels are highly rigid and weigh only two pounds per square foot.
  • Dura-wood signs are easy to mount (Mounting kits are available).
  • Plastic edge cap available for additional edge protection and appearance.
  • Any size, any shape, and virtually any color you want.
  • Any design, artwork, photo or logo can be used.

Big or Small, We Do It All!

  • While most sign companies are setting limits to what size your Dura-wood Sign can be, we are printing Dura-wood Signs in every size.
  • Dura-Wood signage from TheSignChef comes in sizes up to 4' x 10' in a single, seamless sheet.
  • If you need a sign that is larger than that, no worries! Just let us know, and we'll make sure to get you any size Dura-wood Sign you need.
  • The most popular sizes available for custom Dura-wood Signs are as follows:
  • 18" x 24"
  • 36" x 72"
  • 48" x 96"
  • 48" x 120"

Available Design Options:

  • PMS Color Match
  • Custom Hole Placement
  • Reflective Colors
  • Trim Cap

Sometimes, all you want is the bottom line!

  • Our online Dura-wood Sign pricing tool instantly calculates the exact prices on Dura-wood Signs.
  • At, shipping for Dura-wood Signage and all other indoor and outdoor signs is free for orders within the continental US greater than $125 for ground and greater than $400 for freight.
  • Orders outside the state of South Carolina are tax-free!

  • We do offer quantity breaks at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 50 and 100.

We offer more colors for Dura-wood Signs than anyone out there on the web!

  • You can now choose from ANY color under the sun when designing your new signage.
  • You can even choose a reflective color.
  • PMS Color Match available on most materials.

Displaying Dura-wood Signage is easy!

  • We offer installation kits and accessories that will help you mount your new sign to wood, metal, stucco, brick masonry or concrete!
  • We offer a large variety of scroll brackets for hanging your new custom sign.
  • We can drill holes to the top of your sign to simplify the hanging process.
  • Adhesive backing available on small and lighweight signage.

Frequently Asked Questions About Customized Dura-Wood Signs

"Just how quickly can you build a custom Dura-Wood sign for someone?"

We make custom Dura-Wood signs fast. As soon as you approve the final design online, your custom Dura-Wood signs will dispatch in just 24-48 hours!

Large orders and unusual sign requests usually dispatch within 3-7 business days. If your order is time crucial, please approve the precise turnaround time with Customer Service at 1-800-899-6272.

"Is it possible to help me with a rush order?"


We have been well equipped with inventory and personnel to handle rush orders for a wide variety of custom Dura-Wood signs. If you get in a bind and want your custom Dura-Wood sign fast, we'll do everything in our power to help your online business to receive the custom Dura-Wood sign you may need, when you need it!

"Can I get my signs with any graphic I would like?"

Of Course!

You will get virtually any design or color scheme you choose for your custom Dura-Wood sign.

"What is your minimum order?"

The minimum order for a custom Dura-Wood sign is only 1!

"Do you offer any quantity reductions for custom Dura-Wood signs?"


The greater number of custom Dura-Wood signs you buy, the less each will cost. Consequently your custom Dura-Wood signs can reach an increased number of people for the more cost-efficient price!

"What if my custom sign arrives flawed or perhaps dented...what can be done?"

If your custom Dura-Wood signs or another product arrives broken or includes production defects, please contact Customer Support via Live Chat or give us a call at 1-800-899-6272 immediately. Manufacturing defects fit in our Workmanship Guarantee, so we will replace your sign free of charge.

If you are attempting to contact us after business hours, you could e-mail us at and we'll reply once business hours resume.

"What are the technical details of the Dura-Wood sign material?"

MDO Dura-Wood Sign boards are made of high quality plywood with the same adhesives used in marine plywood. A special hardwood face veneer - sanded before the overlay is applied - minimizes wood grain show-through, even after it's painted. The tough overlay is a high fiber sheet which has been treated with a resin formula for optimal paint adhesion yielding superior surface performance and much longer life than other wooden sign materials.

Our select MDO brand also features solid inner plys and a tight core gap which means fewer and smaller edge voids for greater weather resistance. No other wood painted sign stays as smooth for as long. Although the wooden panel itself is sealed at the factory with commercial primer and paint, the lettering and graphics are produced in vinyl and applied to the painted surface resulting in a premium quality wood painted sign.

"What is the life span of wood signs?"

Here in 2010, we still have wood painted signs in use today that were originally installed for our clients in 1989 that have never required replacing or repainting so if you need to display a permanent sign, wooden signs are still an excellent choice, provided the right type of wood is used.

The Rot-Safe™ Wood itself will outlast the artwork on your sign. Our uncoated Economy Grade Signs are rated for at least 3 years outdoors while our Premium Grade Signs coated with an optically clear, UV Protective Lamination are rated for a minimum of 5-8 Years outdoors. Wood signs can last for decades indoors.

Other rigid sign material options include ARMOUR-Wood, Dibond & Alumalite.

ARMOUR-Wood is slightly stronger than wood painted signs because it is reinforced with an aluminum shell and is the strongest of all the rigid sign panels.

Alumalite is a lighter weight rigid sign panel that is a little easier to handle and install than the thicker, heavier wooden signs.  It doesn’t have quite as much panel strength as wood, but is still a highly durable product rated for 10 years outdoors.

Dibond is an even lighter weight rigid sign panel ideally suited for wall mounted signs, smaller post mounted signs and hanging signs.  When you are looking for a product that is substantially stiffer than a standard gauge aluminum signs, Dibond is a solid choice.

"How do I know that my sign will turn out the way I want?"

Are you concerned that your custom wood sign may not turn out the way you want?

After all, we are probably hundreds of miles away from you so how can you be certain your order will turn out right? Fortunately, it only takes seconds to transmit full-color custom wood sign designs from our computer to yours because e-mails travel so fast these days.

Upon order approval, here’s how the process works:

  1. First, your order goes straight to the Art Department
  2. Our Graphic Designer will then e-mail you a proof
    (a “proof” is a picture of what your sign will look like)
  3. Once you review the layout, let us know if you would like to see any changes, and …
  4. If you have any changes, we will e-mail you proofs as needed until you’re completely happy with your design.

"Do you offer any buyer protection guarantees?"

Yes! Every wood sign order comes with a 100% Buyer Protection Guarantee

Sometimes, we make mistakes. We are only human after all. But it's how a business handles mistakes that counts, wouldn't you agree? So if we do happen to overlook something on your order, we will bend over backwards to make you happy. We stand behind our work with a 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee.

We will promptly replace any product that is defective in workmanship or that is different from what you approved. And for your trouble, you'll even get a very pleasant surprise gift.