Make purchasing road signs for your project fast, simple and on budget. Our Permanent , CE marked road signs comply with all the UK highway regulations and are available as a blank or with an installation kit.
When purchasing UK Road Signs it is important to know the industry terminology, Especially as each road sign must conform to highway regulations. Take a look at some of the key headings below to look out for when ordering your road signs.
What is R2 / RA2 Reflective?
R2/RA2 reflective refers to a specific type of reflective material used on road signs. It stands for Retroreflective Class 2/Class RA2.
Reflective materials are designed to make road signs more visible, especially at night or in low light conditions. They work by reflecting light back to its source, such as the headlights of a car. This makes the sign easier to see and read, improving overall road safety.
R2/RA2 is a classification that indicates the level of reflectivity of the material. Class 2 (R2) is typically used for permanent signs on major roads, while Class RA2 is used for temporary signs or signs on lower-speed roads.
The reflective material used in R2/RA2 signs has special properties that help it reflect light efficiently. It is made up of tiny glass beads or prisms that are embedded in a durable, weather-resistant material. When light hits the sign, it bounces off the beads or prisms and returns to the source, making the sign highly visible even from a distance.
In summary, R2/RA2 reflective refers to a high-quality reflective material used on road signs, making them easier to see and read, especially at night or in low light conditions, thus enhancing road safety.
ACM or Aluminium
Traditionally all road signs were manufactured from solid aluminium sheet. Providing durable, long lasting signage that was ideal for all weather conditions and locations due to natural corrosion resistance.
However, as the price of aluminium rose over the years, so did the cost of manufacturing road signs. Not only did they cost more to produce, but also to replace as instances of theft for scrap value increased.
In came, aluminium composite. A revolutionary new sign making material that was taken from the construction cladding industry and used for signage.
Aluminium composite sheet (ACM) is a material consisting of two thin aluminium layers bonded to a plastic core, providing a lightweight and rigid substrate perfect for sign making. Some of the many upsides of ACM include the economic price point and low scrap value.
Modern road signs are now primarily manufactured from ACM sheet and require a "permanent" high quality grade to meet industry regulation.
CE Marked for quality
A CE marked product is a product that has been assessed and meets the requirements of relevant Government directives and regulations. The CE marking is a symbol that indicates a product's compliance with essential health, safety, and environmental protection standards within the EU market. It demonstrates that the manufacturer has ensured their product meets the necessary conformity assessment procedures and can be legally sold and distributed within the EU.
It is essential to ensure the road signs you purchase come CE marked. This demonstrates that the signage has been manufactured to the highway regulations and tick all the boxes that are required from the sign performance.
Factors that are covered when a sign is CE marked:
1. Compliance with regulations
2. Safety Assurance
3. Quality Assurance
4. Legality and market access
5. Consistency & Standardisation
In summary, purchasing CE marked signs ensures compliance with regulations, guarantees safety and quality, facilitates market access, and promotes consistency and standardization in signage within the UK.