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Newport News, VA

It’s a Jungle Out There. Let Our Distinctive Wooden and Routed Signs Help You Stand Out.

Retailers, restaurants, inns, outfitters, apartments and recreation areas seeking signage that reflects an outdoorsy, nautical or western character will appreciate wooden and routed signs from Signs By Tomorrow Newport News.

Many businesses and organizations use them as storefront signs. Carved or routed post-and-panel signs are also popular. Local and state governments often position them at entrances to hiking trails and boat ramps for a rustic look. These signs often are also incorporated into other signage. For example, you’ll often see them as part of monument signs in front of condominium buildings, housing subdivisions or boating marinas.

Of course, the rugged look of routed signs and carved signs isn’t limited to exterior applications. Bars, clothing retailers, eateries, sporting goods stores and others seeking to accent their interior décor with an outdoor, nautical or western theme also rely on these rugged-looking signs.

Select from two basic types: Carved or routed

Carved signs from Signs By Tomorrow Newport News feature letters, logos and graphics that are carved by hand or mechanically routed. Your custom design is recessed or indented and sits below the surface of the signage material.

Routed signs are just the opposite. They are created by carving or routing away the background to make the design stand out. This format is known as “bas-relief."

With either technique, you benefit from dimensionality. Unlike two-dimensional signs that feature only height and width, carved or routed signs add an element of depth. 3D signs are naturally more eye-catching and aesthetically appealing than flat alternatives.

Choose from a variety of signage materials

To give you a wide variety of prices and options, Signs By Tomorrow Newport News offers carved and routed wooden signs in weather-resistant cedar and redwood.

High-density urethane (HDU) is also a great material for exterior routed signs. Easy to fabricate and weather resistant, HDU does not crack or warp. It accepts paint readily and resembles real wood once finished.

Another popular material choice for outdoor applications? Medium-density overlay or MDO. These readily carved or routed panels feature a paintable or stainable surface. They’re made of plywood with a resin overlay bonded to the wood by heat and pressure. The overlay has a high resin content to resist water, weather and wear.

Enjoy painting, staining and sandblasting options

Carved signs and routed signage from Signs By Tomorrow offers customization opportunities beyond the size, shape and one-of-a-kind logo, letters and graphics you specify. Depending on the material, they also can be:

  • Painted
  • Sandblasted to add texture and character
  • Scorched for a burnt look
  • Stained
  • Unfinished

Many carved or routed signs combine several of the options outlined above. For example, we can paint the letters and stain the background. Of course, a good many others are left unfinished to allow the aging and weathering process to enhance their natural appeal!

Use carved or routed signs in any number of applications

Anyone looking for signage with a nautical, western or woodsy character can benefit from outdoor routed and sandblasted signs from Signs By Tomorrow Newport News:

  • Bars
  • Bed-and-breakfasts
  • Boat launches
  • Campgrounds
  • Condominiums
  • Factories
  • Golf courses
  • Hiking trails
  • Motels
  • Industrial parks
  • Inns
  • Marinas
  • Parks
  • Picnic areas
  • Restaurants
  • Retailers
  • Schools
  • Shopping centers
  • Subdivisions

Questions & Answers

Are there any limitations to size or shape for these signs?

Not really! Compared to many other options, carved and routed signs are remarkably easy to fabricate.  Don’t be reluctant to go big. And, don’t hesitate to ask your team at Signs By Tomorrow for attention-getting silhouettes. For example, wooden signs, HDU signs and MDO signs cut in the shape of states are possible!

See examples of our many outdoor routed and sandblasted signs

Visit our Inspiration Gallery for creative ideas for your next project. To speak with a Signs By Tomorrow pro for a solution that meets your needs and budget, contact us or drop in today. 


To speak with a Signs By Tomorrow professional in the Newport News, VA area contact us.

What our customers say

Great service people and the sign was just what I was looking to get. Thanks.

Craig D. Dockings, December 2019.

This is a very reliable business. They are professional and makes the process very pleasant.

LaRonda W., Grifols Biomat USA, December 2019.

Thank you for much for the speedy and professional service. The sign for a short notice returning airmen was on the mark! The person was very excited to see her welcome home displayed on our garage door! You made my day with helping to make an airmen's return from her first deployment a day that she will remember for the rest of her life. You all are awesome! From one retired USAF member who knows I thank you and I will be in touch again if needed for other occasions.

Trenna H., Trenna Hooten, December 2019.

Wonderful, friendly service everytime!

Tina M., Habitat for Humanity, December 2019.

great work from these guys with a fast turn around.

Kevin M., Kinyo Va. Inc, December 2019.

The service provided was very good. When the vinyl letters we ordered were installed, there was one of the letters that apparently had some slight imperfections in it and we were told that they would provide a replacement letter and the installer would be back to remove the defective and replace it with the new vinyl letter. We have yet to see this new letter but believe it will be forth-coming.

Daniel Z., Continental Powertrain USA, LLC, December 2019.