Question: What’s the main difference between the aluminum and the bronze plaques?
Answer: Great question! There are a ton of differences between aluminum and bronze plaques. The primary differences are appearance, weight, price, mounts, and weathering. First, you’ll need to decide which appearance you like better because aluminum has a silver color that is more contemporary, and bronze has a metallic brown color that is more traditional. Additionally, the weight of the metals themselves are different. Aluminum is lighter than bronze. Aluminum is also cheaper by about 10 percent than bronze is, so if you’re looking for a more budget-friendly plaque, this will probably be the way to go. For mounts, bronze is a bit more versatile, it can go on the wall or on the floor whereas aluminum can only have a wall inset. Finally, the two weather slightly differently. Because aluminum is slightly cheaper and is the less durable of the two metals, it will weather faster. Both can be used outdoor or indoors, but if you’re looking for something that will really maintain its integrity outside, go for bronze.
Question: Can aluminum plaques go outdoors?
Answer: The answer is both yes and no. Aluminum plaques CAN go outdoors, and they will hold up in a variety of weather conditions. That said, aluminum won’t hold up for nearly as long as bronze will due to the type of metal it is. However, if you’re in a pinch and need to put an aluminum plaque outdoors, it won’t wear out too quickly.
Question: What should I use an aluminum plaque for? Can I use an aluminum plaque to memorialize a bench?
Answer: Another great question! Lots of people wonder what the best use is for an aluminum plaque, and that’s a tough one to answer because there are so many uses for them. How you’ve probably seen them in the past is being utilized for recognition purposes. They’re used to memorialize events or commemorate individual who have passed on. They’re also used to honor donors of buildings, monuments, and causes. Yet, there are a number of unknown uses for them such as custom logos, grave markers, military seal display, historical marker, industrial sign, paperweight, and desk name plate.
So, yes! An aluminum plaque can absolutely be used to memorialize a bench. That said, be mindful of where the bench is going to be. If the bench will somewhere that gets a lot of hard weather, you might consider a bronze plaque since that will fare better in harsh weather conditions.
Question: Which is more expensive? The bronze plaque or the aluminum plaque?
Answer: The bronze plaque is more expensive. The aluminum plaque will cost about 10 percent less.
Question: I’m looking for something traditional. Which type of plaques looks most traditional? Is aluminum the most traditional plaque?
Answer: No, aluminum is a more contemporary looking plaque that provides both style and grace to your memorial. That said, if you’re seeking something traditional, your best bet is a bronze plaque. Bronze plaques offer a much more classic and traditional look. East Point Foundry offers bronze plaques as well.
Question: Can I use this type of plaque (aluminum) in the ground outside?
Answer: No, aluminum plaques are not suitable to be mounted in the ground. While this may seem inconvenient, not mounting aluminum into the ground outside really just protects your investment. Aluminum plaques are best suited to be mounted on the wall. Their material wears much better inside and when it’s not consistently under foot. For any outdoor floor (ground) insets, make sure you utilize a bronze plaque. Bronze is more durable, weathers better, and fairs much better if anyone could potentially be stepping on it.
Question: Do you make the plaques yourself? Is there a middle man?
Answer: Nope! No middle man whatsoever. Part of East Point Foundry’s promise to you is to keep costs affordable by keeping all services in-house. Every single plaque we sell is made right here in our Atlanta, Georgia location. We’re handcrafting everything which means 1) you won’t find higher quality anywhere and 2) East Point Foundry offers competitive pricing because we don’t need to pay a middle man for their services!
Question: Who typically orders aluminum plaques from East Point Foundry?
Answer: East Point Foundry has been trusted by major private institutions, such as Primus, as well as local and governments, doctors, lawyers, and business professionals. We love to deliver quality products no matter the recipient and this idea in practice has us to be trusted by top talent all over the country.
Question: What types of styles are available? Is there anything I cannot customize?
Answer: All of our plaques are customizable and will be approved by you throughout the process! There are a variety of different styles for each of the four categories: borders, textures, size, and art & layout.
For borders, you’ll have the option to have no border, a single line, double line, or bevel border.
For texture, you can choose between leatherette or pebble. Leatherette plaques imitate the texture of level and are smoother than pebble variety. Pebble has a more striking texture. However, both are subtle in design and will not distract the viewer from the purpose of the plaque. The texture merely provides an artist spin to the plaque.
For size, there are endless possibilities. We’re happy to accommodate large or small plaque needs. Additionally, the basic shapes include both round and rectangle, but if you have a more unique need then you’re welcome to customize your shape. See Colored Aluminum Plaques below for an example of a custom shape order.
For art & layout, the sky is your limit. We pledge to attend to the details that are most important to you in creating your plaque. Whether you need logos, years, names, dates, foundations, etc. listed correctly, we will ensure it is done right!