Temporary signs have their purpose all year round, but we definitely see a spike in orders come winter! One extremely Canadian reason is that as the temperature drops and snow and ice begin to accumulate, it’s time to put traffic signs on ice roads! Another common reason is to make sure all signs are compliant while awaiting final approval for leased land.


When Do You Need a Temporary Sign?

Ice Roads

While most people may think of winter as a time with more driving hazards and reduced access, for many oil and gas workers, ice roads provide access to areas that are otherwise unreachable the rest of the year. While Canadian winters may seem endless when we’re in them, these ice roads are only functional for part of the year. Permanent signs won’t work on these roads for a very obvious reason: if you try to hammer a post and sign into the ice, it probably won’t be there come spring when the ice melts. They are also an expensive option for a road that won’t be around for very long!

Legal Subdivision finalized by AER

Temporary signs are also quite commonly used while awaiting final approval for Legal Subdivision (LSD) use. No one wants to invest in a permanent sign for land use that is very short-term or has not yet been approved for longer-term use. That said, it’s also extremely important that all work sites have all mandatory signs. Check out our blog post on preparing for an audit for a refresher on what’s required.



Your Best Options for Temporary Signs


No matter what your temporary signage needs are, we have a solution for you. Our favourite type of material for temporary signs is Coroplast. Coroplast is a corrugated cardboard with a plastic core, making it both lightweight and durable. It can be printed on either one or both sides and can also be made reflective to ensure visibility as the sun sets at an increasingly early hour.

One of the best things about Coroplast is how easy and versatile it is when it comes to putting signs up. Coroplast can easily be cut into arrows, diamonds and rectangular shapes.  Holes can be pre-drilled and reinforced with grommets, or nails can be used to secure these signs to walls, doors and stands. We’ve even seen them nailed to trees! Double-sided tape can also be used to affix them to flat surfaces. Our recommended method for setting up your temporary road sign is with a quad stand and a sandbag or two. It’s easy to set up and will fold flat, making it easy to transport and store your signs.

If all of that isn’t enough to convince you that Coroplast is the way to go when it comes to your temporary signs we’ve got one final point: Coroplast signs cost less than aluminium signs. Coloplast signs are the best way to free up funds for more important things like the 10L thermos of coffee or the 3 extra pairs of long underwear that are essential for working in those arctic conditions.


Other Options

There are other temporary signage options available of course. One great option is aluminium signs mounted on quad stands; they can be easily set up, moved, and stored over the summer, making them perfect for reusing each winter. Wooden A-frame sandwich boards also make great temporary signs and can be printed single or double-sided. These options are a little pricier than their Coroplast counterpart, but they do last longer and can be reused years to come.

If you’re looking for a quote or you’re  still unsure of the best solution for your temporary sign needs, get in touch. We’re always here to help.