Finding a Good LED Sign Installer and Supplier and How MC Signs Leads by Example

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Joel McLaren, owner of MC Signs in Chambersburg, PA, embodies the qualities needed, like Experience, Quality, Sensibility and Timeliness, when it comes to providing professional installation services for a high quality LED display.

Specializing in LED signs service and installation.

“Do the job when you are expected to do the job” Joel McLaren, owner of MC Signs

In the fast moving world of the LED signs, it is often difficult to find a reliable sign installer to install and connect a brand new LED display. Some installers are quick and efficient, easy to work with and on schedule. Others are fast to get a client's business, then slow to respond and always behind schedule. When a business has purchased an expensive LED display, they don’t want to waste any time waiting for the installation, that's time better spent promoting the organization or business.

Joel McLaren, owner of MC Signs in Chambersburg, PA embodies the qualities needed, like Experience, Quality, Sensibility and Timeliness. “Do the job when you are expected to do the job,” he said. With 30 years in the business, he has a good handle on what makes a good installer. MC Signs is licensed in 5 states (WV, VA, NY, PA, MD) and owns all their equipment which is important when choosing a sign installer. MC Sign offers six pieces of advice when it comes to a professional led display installation:

Quick Communication.
An organized installer will respond quickly to service and quote requests. If they have trouble getting a quote on time, chances are they will also have trouble getting the installation done on time.

Ask other local organizations who they used and the experience with that installer. First hand knowledge of an installer’s work directly from the source is extremely helpful when screening potential installers.

Experience with LED Signs.
LED signs have some unique installation requirements with regards to ventilation, communication, and structure so it helps to have an installer who is familiar with the process.

Proper Licensing.
Installers should be licensed in any state they provide services. This allows them to get the correct permits needed, and avoid any code issues with the city or state. Many states provide specific licenses for signs, like California’s “C45-Electrical Sign Contractor” license.

Anyone doing construction of any kind must have general liability insurance coverage. This protects the business if something goes wrong and damage or injury occurs. Always ask for a copy of their “certificate of liability insurance” before starting any work, and make sure the dates are current on the form.

In-House Equipment.
An installer who owns their trucks and cranes is much more likely to assist quickly and keep an installation on schedule. There are installers out there who broker the actual install to another company. This rarely works out well for the business and the install schedule can suffer if the broker is not organized enough.

MC Signs focuses mainly on service and installations, but they do sell LED displays and have been receiving consistent referrals from happy customers. “There is a huge demand for [LED displays]...everybody wants one” he relates. “Basically, we sell one to one person and someone asks them where they got it and they call for a price“. With an understanding of LED displays, McClaren has been able to expand their installation skills to keep up with technology and offer their services to a larger market.

When sourcing LED suppliers, MC Signs currently uses Vantage LED, in Corona, CA. “The prices are good...the product is good, looks nice, and easy to use” he said, also mentioning that his factory rep is always available to answer questions and assist him quickly. When asked what makes Vantage LED unique from other manufacturers, he is quick to point out their LightSpeed™ software, fully developed and supported in-house and in the USA. “It is very easy to use” he said.

A quality installer and LED display go hand in hand for an organization’s effective promotion of their goods and services. A poor installation can leave a sign that could be a safety risk and a low quality LED display can waste valuable advertising time because of constant issues and outages. Putting in the extra time to research a potential installer and/or supplier is time well spent, ultimately saving time and money while maximizing ROI.

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