High Performance Reflective Sheeting Helps Improve Safety

Signs made with higher performance reflective sheeting are more visible and help improve safety. They also can save you money over the life of the sign. Signs deteriorate at different rates. Age, location, sun exposure and sheeting type all affect a sign's useful lifespan. The best measure of the cost of a sign is its life-cycle cost (i.e. the cost of the sign divided by its useful life). Factor in labor, hardware, administrative expenses and other costs that are incurred each time a sign needs replacement and the savings for longer-lasting signs gets even better.


3M™ Engineer-Grade Prismatic Sheeting

Non-metalized microprismatic lens reflective sheeting designed for production of reflective noncritical traffic control signs and commercial signs and applications that are exposed vertically in service. Applied to properly prepared sign substrates, 3M™ Engineer Grade Prismatic Sheeting provides brighter daytime and nighttime appearance than conventional beaded Engineer Grade sheeting, while significantly reducing carbon footprint. Its unique prismatic construction provides a higher level of retroreflectivity than beaded Engineer Grade sheeting.

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ASTM Types Overall Performance Visibility Sign Cost* Expected Life Cost Per Year
Meets and exceeds D4956 Type I Specification May not meet federal minimum reflectivity levels over the life of the sign 500 feet $35.94 7 years

$5.13

*Example only - actual costs may vary


3M™ High Intensity Prismatic Reflective Sheeting

Non-metalized microprismatic lens reflective sheeting designed for production of reflective durable traffic control signs, work zone devices and delineators that are exposed vertically in service. Applied to properly prepared sign substrates, 3M™ High Intensity Prismatic Sheeting provides long-term reflectivity and durability, with an improved optical package to increase nighttime safety. Its unique prismatic construction provides a high level of retroreflectivity for multiple traffic control situations.

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ASTM Types Overall Performance Visibility Sign Cost* Expected Life Cost Per Year
Meets both D4956-09 Type III, Type IV, and D4956-07 Type X Specifications Good 1000 feet $40.63 10 years

$4.06

*Example only - actual costs may vary


3M™ Diamond Grade DG3 Reflective Sheeting

Highly reflective, durable, microprismatic lens sheeting with pressure sensitive adhesive. Performs at all sight distances - short, medium and long - and where signs are placed in disadvantaged locations such as overhead or left shoulder. Signs are highly visible, even in visually complex nighttime roadway environments.

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ASTM Types Overall Performance Visibility Sign Cost* Expected Life Cost Per Year
Exceeds D4956 Type XI specification Excellent 1500 feet $55.50 12 years

$4.63

*Example only - actual costs may vary