dealguy11 wrote:That's really cool. I'm curious about the choice of foam for this base rather than brick and concrete. Was there a significant cost difference? Was there a weight concern?
Typically we farm out our Foam Monument signs and love them.
This time our quote for this project seamed a little high and I knew I could do it in the shop and wanted to try to make some of them in our shop vs having to send them out.
Our hard coat is not as strong as the vendor we use, but there are some other additives to make this one stronger for the next project.
$100 in foam
$120 in hard coat
$80 in paints
$40 in adhesives
Plus time making it
Advantages for us with foam:
This does not require a complete footer under it like a real brick would require. We only need to do two posts, direct burial, to install.
We don't have to subcontract to a mason to build the base and have to wait on their lead time and build time to finish the project.
We have a generic architect stamped drawing made to use for all our foam monument signs with approved footing for the county. If it was brick & mortar I would need an architect stamped engineered drawing made for our project.
We can install in one day on the foam signs.