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Express Hoardings

Welcome to Express Hoardings. Being a part of the Poppy Signs group, we can design and manufacture a wide range of hoarding board projects for use all around construction sites. In addition to hoarding boards we can also manufacture initial entrance signs on posts, direction signs, sales centre header signs, internal displays, vehicle graphics and full-colour images! We have 30 years of experience specialising in construction site signage, including all the necessary site safety signs.

Excellent customer service is something we take great pride in. In order to tailor our services, we think that the most effective way to conduct business is to cultivate long-term client relationships and solid understanding of our customers needs. Express Hoardings can give you advice on the best materials and methods for executing all of your printed media solutions and will astound you with high-quality outcomes and products because of the most up-to-date printing tools. We are eager to help you with our high-resolution and quick printing solutions because we recognise how important it is to establish a company's brand and image.

Call us for a free consultation today and let's get started on your large-format printing project. We're excited to add you to our list of devoted and numerous clients and to collaborate with you on all the innovative projects you send our way.

Frequently Asked

To provide better assistance to our customers, we have put together a list of commonly asked questions and their corresponding answers about our products, artworks, and ordering procedures.

We have classified the FAQ page into various sections to enable you to find answers to your questions about hoarding boards and the materials we use. If you have any queries, please use the contact form provided below.

Hoarding Board

What are printed hoardings?

Printed hoardings are large temporary protective structures that feature eye-catching graphics, such as advertisements or brand logos. They are easy to install and offer a cost-effective means of creating advertising space while improving safety, security, and privacy. There are many benefits to investing in printed hoarding panels. These large format graphic hoardings are sturdy and cost-effective, making them an ideal promotional tool. Additionally, hoarding panel printing helps enhance the overall safety of an area.

What are hoarding graphics made of?

Hoarding graphics are graphics that are usually printed onto the wooden canvas of a traditional hoarding. Generally, vinyl graphics are used for hoarding printing, and these can have a matt or glossy finish.

However, if you are looking for the best material for hoarding graphics, Dibond hoardings are the ideal option. This is because Dibond hoarding material is made from robust and weather-resistant aluminium composite that can be recycled. Consider Dibond hoardings for a more eco-friendly option when you require hoarding around a construction site.

In the UK, Express Hoardings is the only company with an in-house hoarding printing, design, and installation service. Additionally, they provide a free site survey to ensure that you receive customised printed hoarding designs tailored to your needs. This exceptional hoarding graphic service is designed to ensure that project timelines are kept to a minimum.

Are site hoarding panels made from durable material?

Yes, site hoarding panels are constructed using an exceptionally robust aluminium composite material (ACM) that is rust-resistant and can endure tough weather conditions in the UK.

What sizes of ACM site hoarding panels do you supply?

If you're wondering about the sizes of ACM site hoarding boards, we can help. Our standard sizes come in four options: 2440 x 1220mm (8ft x 4ft), and 3050 x 1500mm (10ft x 5ft) sizes, and almost uniquely we offer super sized 3050 x 2000mm (10ft x 6.4ft), and 4050 x 2000mm (13ft x 6.4ft) board sizes. However, we're always happy to manufacture custom sizes to best meet your needs. To discuss your requirements, reach out to our sales team at [email protected].

What print resolution will my graphic be printed at?

At Express Hoardings, all of our site hoarding boards are printed at an impressive 1440dpi resolution. This level of precision ensures that the images on the panels are incredibly sharp and clear, whether they are viewed up close or from a distance.

Is site hoarding panels suitable for long term outdoor usages?

The hoarding panels we offer are constructed from an exceptionally robust aluminium composite material that is resistant to rust and capable of enduring all kinds of harsh weather conditions. If you intend on keeping your hoarding in place for an extended duration, we recommend applying a protective laminate finish to prolong its lifespan and maintain the pristine appearance of your images for an extended period.

Is it possible to use my own artwork?

Absolutely! You have the option to upload your custom artwork when placing your order online, or you can send it to us at a later time.

I don’t have access to a graphic designer can you help?

If you don't have access to a graphic designer, don't worry. Our company provides a UK-wide installation service with signage installation engineers who are fully trained and insured. We understand that installation projects can vary widely, which is why we don't offer off-the-shelf solutions.

Aluminium Composite Material

What is Aluminium Composite (ACM)?

Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) is a popular three-layer composite sheet used in building materials. The sheet is made up of a plastic core layer with aluminium on both sides. The outer layer of the product has a decorative and protective coating. In recent years, ACM building materials have grown in popularity due to their modern, sleek appearance.

ACM materials have gained popularity in the construction sector over the last few decades. Designers love the variety that these materials offer and prefer to use them in their creations. While all ACM sheets will have a thin layer of aluminium, there are two choices for the core material. The first material is Polyethylene (PE). ACM panels that use PE cores are more affordable and lighter, making them a popular choice for buildings that are up to two stories tall.

For larger buildings, builders are opting for more specialised fire-retardant cores. While fire-resistant cores are more expensive, new fire safety requirements may necessitate the use of these panels in multi-story constructions.

Is ACM Fire-Resistant?

Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) panels come with different fire-resistant ratings. B1 is the common rating for most ACM panels. However, not every plastic aluminium composite panel is fireproof, and the fire-resistant performance is determined based on the non-combustibility grade. There are four types of non-combustibility grades; B1, B2, B3, and A2. B3 is the lowest grade with a flammable raw material rating, while B2 is classified as a combustible building material. Therefore, when choosing a fire-resistant material for your building, it is crucial to consider the product's fire rating feature.

  • A2 fire protection rating is for non-combustible construction materials that are difficult to burn.
  • B1 classification is for flame and fire-retardant building materials that have good flame and fire-retardant properties. When the material comes into contact with an open flame in the air or is exposed to high temperatures, the fire will not spread quickly. Once the fire source is removed, the combustion will stop as quickly as possible.
  • B2 is the third fire-resistant performance class for flammable materials. These substances have unique fire-retardant properties. When exposed to a fire in the air or a high temperature, they will ignite, causing the fire to spread, similar to wooden columns, beams, staircases, and trusses.
  • B3 classification for construction materials is the least efficient in terms of fire safety. They are flammable materials that do not have any fire-retardant properties. As a result, they are regarded as flammable and dangerous and are the worst choice for building claddings.

Where Can You Use ACM?

Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) is popularly used in curtain walls, exterior wall decorations, advertising, and interior wall decoration. It's essential to note that the specifications of the building material vary depending on its intended use.

  • ACM for Building Curtain Wall: When using ACM for building curtain walls, the top and bottom aluminium panels must have a minimum thickness of 0.50mm, and the total thickness must be at least 4mm. Typically, aluminium sheets from the 3000 and 5000 series are used, and it should be coated with fluorocarbon.
  • ACM Material for Indoor Use: In most cases, upper and lower aluminium panels used for indoor purposes are made of an aluminium plate with a thickness of 0.20mm and a minimum thickness of 0.10mm, with a total thickness of 3mm. The coating is either polyester or acrylic. Additionally, ACM can also be utilised in airplanes, cabinets, and automobiles.
  • ACM Materials for Exterior Wall Decoration and Advertising: For exterior wall decoration and advertising, the top and bottom aluminium panels should be rust-resistant and have a thickness of at least 0.20mm, and the total thickness should be at least 4mm. A fluorocarbon or polyester coating is typically used.

Advantages of ACM and its Popularity

  • Rigidity: Compared to a single-layer aluminium plate, the aluminium-plastic composite panel features a higher elastic limit, is more resistant to bending, and can maintain good flatness performance naturally over an extended period without requiring excessive external force.
  • Lightweight: ACM is composed of aluminium and a small-density plastic core material, making it smaller and less hefty than other metals with the same thickness and rigidity.
  • Colourful and Decorative: The layers of the aluminium-plastic panel can be manufactured in a variety of colours, and the design can be tailored to suit any application. Additionally, photocopying technology can replicate various textures, such as granite, wood grain, and metal patterns, to create a unique texture and high-quality pattern design.
  • Durable: Aluminium-plastic composite board utilises a metal and core material thermal composite technology with strong bonding. The surface coatings vary based on the application environment, with fluorocarbon coatings providing superior weather resistance.
  • Affordable: Pre-coating continuous coating and metal/core material continuous thermal compounding manufacturing are used in producing aluminium-plastic composite panels, thereby resulting in high production efficiency and low raw material costs. ACM is an economical alternative to typical metal veneers.
  • Eco-friendly: The discarded aluminium-plastic panel contains recycled aluminium and plastic core components that have low environmental impact. Moreover, wood-aluminium composite panels and outdoor ornamental aluminium-plastic panels utilise fluorocarbon coatings, which are highly durable with low maintenance costs, resulting in low overall life cycle expenses.
  • High Surface Flatness: The surface flatness of the aluminium-plastic composite panel exceeds that of a single-material metal sheet, particularly the large-sized sheet materials, owing to the continuous thermal composite production process. It has a flat and uniform appearance and is often used for architectural decoration.

Foamex Material

What is Foamex?

Foamex is a type of board that is 5mm thick and composed of compressed PVC foam. This material is versatile and offers a range of benefits, including strength, durability, and weather resistance. It is also fade-resistant, cost-effective, and eco-friendly.

Foamex boards are popularly used in various ways such as wall cladding, partitioning, and shop fittings. They are also ideal for creating information boards, sale signs, store displays, exhibition graphics, and point-of-sale signs. With their fire-rated feature, Foamex boards also work well as hoardings and event signage.

What size sheets do Foamex come in?

Foamex sheets are versatile materials that can be used for various applications, such as signage, displays, and exhibitions. If you're wondering about the sizes that Foamex sheets come in, read on!

Foamex sheets can be printed and cut to any size. Our website offers pre-cut sizes to make it easier for you to choose your order based on the hoarding panel size! These sizes are 600 x 400mm, and 600 x 600mm, 1200 x 600mm and 1200 x 1200mm.

If you require a larger Foamex sheet, we can provide sheets up to a maximum size of 3048 x 1951mm (10ft x 6.4ft), and 3962 x 1951mm (13ft x 6.4ft), with the option to have drilling holes to help mount them. This is because the size and weight of the board may be too heavy for hook and loop fastening to safely secure to a hoarding board or wall. Contact us for a quote

Can Foamex Sheets be used outdoors?

Yes, Foamex Sheets are suitable for outdoor use thanks to the high-quality UV ink printing process. This process ensures that your foam board display can be safely exhibited outside without any fading or running issues.

Unlike wood, Foamex is water-resistant and doesn't rot or swell in wet weather. This durability makes Foamex Signs a popular choice for various outdoor events, constructions sites, hospitality venues, retail environments, community centers, churches, and schools.

How do I mount my Foamex PVC Board?

If you're looking for a lightweight and sturdy display board, Foamex Signs are an excellent option. There are several ways to install them, making them a versatile choice for different purposes. Here are some tips for mounting your Foamex board:

  • Freestanding Display: You can use a wedge base to create a freestanding display board.
  • Post or Stake Mount: Install your Foamex board on a post or wooden stake for a front of business or estate agent sign.
  • Wall Mount: Foamex signs can be mounted on walls. Drill holes into your desired location and then mount using chipboard screws. For larger displays, it is recommended to leave a 20mm margin between each hole and the edge of the Foamex sheet, with each hole roughly 500mm apart.
  • Ceiling Hung: You can also hang Foamex signs from the ceiling.
  • There are several fastening options available to help you install your Foamex board, including screws, hook and loop fasteners, and magnetic tape. For larger sizes, we recommend using screws due to the weight of the sheet.

    With these tips, you're ready to install your Foamex board for a clean and professional display!

How do I supply artwork for my Foamex panels?

Submitting print-ready artwork for your Foamex panels is a hassle-free process. Simply use our Artwork Upload function when selecting your product options above. If you encounter any difficulties or need assistance in designing your artwork, feel free to take advantage of our templates or the in-house design service we offer. Moreover, if you have pre-existing artwork, we also provide a free artwork checking service.

Are Foamex Sheets fire safe?

The 5mm-thick Foamex boards are Class 1 fire rated to BS476 Part 7, 1987. The test produces a fire rating of Class 1, 2, 3 or 4 depending upon how far a flame travels over a surface. This means Class 1 is the best rating as it shows the lowest level of flame spreading. The 10mm Foamex sheets are safe for use in public areas where safety measures are required, such as schools, leisure centres, hospitals, public and community buildings.

Correx Material

What is Correx?

Correx is a type of extruded polypropylene sheet that is sold under a specific brand name. While it is sometimes referred to as corrugated plastic, it is different from corrugated cardboard in that it consists of a single piece with two flat surfaces and flutes, or open pipes, running through it. The thickness of Correx is determined by the size of these flutes.

What Material is Correx Composed of?

Correx is manufactured using propylene ethylene copolymer, which is a type of corrugated plastic.

What is the Manufacturing Process of Correx?

The production process of Correx involves the use of a molten plastic material that is forced through a metal template or die. As the plastic material passes through the template, it cools down and solidifies into a continuous sheet. The sheet is later cut into individual boards which can be printed on.

Is there a difference between Correx, Corvex, Coriflute and Corrugated plastic sheets?

If you're confused about the similarities or differences between Correx, Corvex, Coriflute and corrugated plastic, don't worry. While these may seem like different products, they are all essentially the same thing: corrugated plastic sheets.

That being said, it's important to note that Correx is actually a brand name that has become so widespread that people use it as a generic term to describe any type of polypropylene fluted plastic sheeting. So, whether you're looking for Coriflute or Corvex, you're essentially looking for the same thing as Correx.

Is Correx recyclable?

Yes, Correx can be recycled and it belongs to the Waste stream 5 category.

Does Correx decompose naturally?

Although Correx cannot be classified as biodegradable, it will eventually decompose and fall apart with prolonged exposure to sunlight.

Does Correx have Waterproof Properties?

Correx is definitely 100% waterproof, making it an excellent option for temporary signs and outdoor advertising displays that require printing.

What is the temperature range that Correx can handle without melting?

The temperature at which Correx begins to soften is around 144 degrees Celsius and it will completely melt at 165 degrees Celsius.

Is Correx resistant to fire?

Ordinary Correx does not have fire-resistant properties. However, there are alternatives that offer flame-retardant capabilities. We recommend consulting with our team to explore these options further.

What is the Strength of Correx?

Correx is an incredibly strong material that can withstand a significant amount of force. It's especially resistant to tearing or breaking when its thickness is 4mm or greater, making it highly durable for a wide range of applications. However, it should be noted that while it can be easily bent along the flutes, it's much more challenging to bend it across them.

What is Correx used for?

Correx, a corrugated plastic material, finds its applications in a broad spectrum of industries. The material's uses are determined by its thickness.

The 2mm-thick Correx variety, being the thinnest, is widely used in tray and packaging applications.

The 4mm version is the preferred choice of many printers for small outdoor signs and point of sale products that include stockist boards, safety signs, and bollard covers.

Thicker 6mm and 8mm Correx varieties find their use in creating larger signage, where their extra thickness adds to their strength.

General Shop

Can I create a customer account?

Absolutely! At Express Hoardings, you have the ability to create your own personal account. This allows you to keep track of your orders and save time when placing future ones. You only need to enter your delivery and billing details once, and they will be automatically added to all of your orders going forward.

What is the typical waiting time for my order to arrive?

Typically, it takes around 5-7 business days to create and send out a product before it can be delivered to you. However, there may be some delay if artwork is submitted and changes need to be made.

Do you deliver outside the UK?

Unfortunately, we do not currently offer international shipping outside of the UK. However, if you are located within the UK, your order will typically arrive within 5 to 7 business days. For additional information, please refer to our delivery and returns page.

Can I cancel my order?

If you need to cancel your order, you have the right to do so under the Distance Selling Regulations. To cancel, simply contact us by phone or email within 24 hours after your purchase date, and make sure to provide your order number. This allows us enough time to stop any printing or installation processes and process your refund. Refunds will be issued to the credit or debit card used to make the purchase.

What if my product arrives broken?

If your order arrives damaged, give us a call within two days of receiving it. We recommend taking pictures of both the packaging and the product itself before attempting to install it. Please note that we are not responsible for any damages that occur during or after installation.

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