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How to build a billboard

How to build a billboard

HOW TO BUILD A BILLBOARD THE CORRECT WAY

Outdoor advertising is one excellent way to attract people to your business, but it’s not something you can do without putting a lot of thought in it. Every billboard you see along the road has had a lot of thought and careful design put into it. A billboard structure is designed to last through all four seasons, and building one isn’t necessarily easy. However, it’s still something you can do on your own. Build and design a billboard structure, and you’ll have a new place to promote your business. A little bit of time and thought spent on the basic designs will pay off later. Let’s take a look at the best way to do this.

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Step one for someone who wants to own or build a billboard structure is to find where it should be located. This will affect the way you build and design the structure. After all, billboards seen from an overpass are different from the ones you’ll see in Midwest fields near the interstate. The kind of land the billboard structure is standing on and the effective size of your advertisements will also have a lot to do with the way your billboard is put together. Your own build should take into account a number of different factors about the site, and may not match up to anyone else’s.

Next, take a look at size. There are a number of industry-standard sizes to pick from when you figure out how large the billboard should be. If you are the only one who’ll be using the billboard, this decision is mostly up to personal preference and what will be effective. If you are going to build and design a billboard to be used by others, however, you’re going to need to think about what your clients will want.

Any size or shape is possible, as long as your billboard is up to code where you live. Make sure you check on local zoning restrictions to make sure that it is acceptable for you to build a billboard structure on your land, as well. You don’t want to get part way into your own build of a billboard and discover that it is not permissible where you are living.

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how to build a billboard sign

You’ll need to think about billboard build and design next. Decide if the structure you’re going to build will have a face on only one side or if both sides will need to have advertising faces. Decide what kind of arrangement will work best for you. Some kinds of billboard have more than one face on a side. Some of the more unusual billboard structures out there even have the ability to rotate to change their faces. Look at the appropriate engineering standards for your own build, taking into account the many different kinds of weather your billboard structure will have to withstand. This will vary according to your climate. Billboards in cold, wet areas have different stresses than those built in hot, dry areas.

Finally, you can begin to draw up a solid plan for your own build of a billboard structure. This doesn’t have to be as complex as the kind of blueprint that an architect would produce for a house, but it does need to be a solid, detailed plan of your proposed structure. The billboard you build and design may need to pass an inspection before you can go further. Once this has happened, you can start looking at other matters, such as supplies. Remember to factor their cost into your plans for building your billboard. You’ll want to have all supplies purchased and on hand before you begin to build. This will speed things up and allow you to avoid problems during the course of construction.

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There is a right way and a wrong way to build a billboard. The cost of not building a billboard the right way can be crushing, ranging from $10,000 to move the sign to total loss of your investment if property damage leads to expensive litigation.

Find proper placement

The first step in building a billboard is to gather information and decide the billboard placement. You need to know everything that will determine sign placement, including :
•    the front and side setback regulations (both city and state)
•    the exact dimensions of the structure (from the blueprints),
•    the distance that the light fixtures stick out from the catwalks.

With all this information in hand, decide exactly where the center of the billboard column should be before the driller arrives to drill the foundation. One of the best methods is to mark where the corners of the sign will be with wooden stakes. This will help you to visualize all of the setbacks and their relation to the real sign.

Clear any obstructions

Remove any possible obstructions that you can before building the sign. If you have permission from the neighboring landowner to trim a tree, then trim it before the sign goes in. It is best to do your trimming and removing before the sign calls attention to what you are doing. The neighbors may change their mind once it is finished.

Prepare for construction

Prior to the arrival of the heavy equipment and steel, it is important to obtain complete permission and cooperation from the landowner (and tenant) for the dislocation that will occur at the property on the day of construction. You should be 100 percent sure that you have all of the necessary permits and that none have expired. Remember that in some cities, you must commence construction within so many days of the permit issuance, or it terminates. You cannot take the risk of building a sign that has no legal permit. You should also scout out access to the site for the big trucks. Hopefully, your sign erector will have walked the site with you.

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Constructing the billboard

It’s construction day! The sign erector and the foundation driller have arrived and you are prepared. Here are some tips to make sure that construction is successful.

Stay on-site

Many problems can arise during construction, and you need to be available to help solve them. The first potential risk is the possibility of hitting water or rock when drilling the foundation. The driller should have a solution ready for such events, but you will have to give on-the-spot approval for any additional costs.
Other reasons to stay on-site the entire time are to help resolve any problems with the property owner or neighbors (noise issues, etc.), and to make sure that the exact location you marked for the center of the pole is used. I have been at job sites where the driller pulled out the stake and then forgot exactly where it was.

Measure the depth of the hole

The driller may get lazy and not drill quite as deep as the plans recommend. This compromises the safety of the sign and throws off your height limit. . Even a 6” difference can be a huge problem. Watch him measure the depth, and make sure that he does not cheat.

Choose the “V”

Once the pole is placed, it is time to choose the “V”—the angles of the sign faces in relation to the traffic. You never want to leave this decision to the installer: They never as good as job as you can do yourself. The correct way to choose the “V” angles is from the adjacent road or highway, ideally from the middle.

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Monitor the concrete pour

This is the final step that requires your presence: Just being there makes the concrete pourer more careful. Your focus is to make sure that they do not overfill the hole or leave a mess on the property. The concrete should stop about 2” from ground level, so that you can put dirt and grass back over the hole.

Finishing up

Once the concrete has been poured, you do not have to stay on-site, but make sure that the permit is clearly affixed to the billboard pole before you leave, so that the city inspector knows you have one and that you are following it. Also, take some sort of thank-you gift to the landowner or tenant to show your appreciation for letting you tear up their property for a few days. It makes a great first impression.

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Finally, you can begin to draw up a solid plan for your own build of a billboard structure. This doesn’t have to be as complex as the kind of blueprint that an architect would produce for a house, but it does need to be a solid, detailed plan of your proposed structure. The billboard you build and design may need to pass an inspection before you can go further. Once this has happened, you can start looking at other matters, such as supplies. Remember to factor their cost into your plans for building your billboard. You’ll want to have all supplies purchased and on hand before you begin to build. This will speed things up and allow you to avoid problems during the course of construction.

Get in touch with the people whom you’d like to put your structure together, and negotiate their fees and terms. Remember that once your billboard is up, it may still need to be inspected to make certain that it complies with local safety standards. Once it is approved, you can begin adding lighting. It’s best to do this when you build. Don’t think you can save money by avoiding lighting. People are likely to pay a lot more to advertise on a billboard that can be seen at all times of day. Since you want to get the most out of the structure you’re building, lighting is going to be very important.

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Whether you are interested in profiting from rental of your new billboard structure or just using it to advertise your business, taking the time to plan and think about your own build is very important. The right billboard structure can do a lot for your situation. The wrong one can cost you a lot of money and cause a lot of stress. This is why you need to take lots of factors into account and plan carefully before you get started. Do that, and you’ll have little problem with the build and design of your billboard, and it can begin promoting you or your clients quickly and without problems.

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