Multi-Family Housing

Multi-Family Signage: Taking the Pain Out of the Process

Multi-Family Signage: Taking the Pain Out of the Process

Multi-family housing projects are complex environments. Creating the sign package for multi-family projects is no exception. There can be hundreds of elements and details that need to be organized, reviewed, communicated, produced and checked by multiple people. This can be a daunting process; but it doesn’t have to be.


State-of-the-art Technology for Multi-Family Signage

Software for Sign Industry


Sequoia Signs utilizes sophisticated, state-of-the-art digital technology to streamline, simplify and improve the signage process for multi-family developers. Our easy-to-use digital interface enables all parties to review and approve schedules and artwork. We provide our clients with a link to the platform that allows users to review conveniently on their time. Our software even allows for multiple users with individual user permissions so that specific people can be designated viewers, commenters and approvers.

We use a digital signage platform because it helps eliminate many of the pain points experienced by developers, contractors and owners. The pain was real – sharing large files and documents, many details to cross reference, review and approve.  All of the elements were disconnected.

Time is Money in the Signage Review Process

The old method of using a paper review process or PDF files is extremely time consuming. Multiple files and formats need to be cross referenced to ensure accuracy. If edits or revisions are needed, the turn-around time can cause lengthy delays. Signage is typically the final step in securing a certificate of occupancy, so a speedy timeline is critical.

With our digital review and production platform, all of your files and communications are in one safe place that can be accessed from anywhere at any time. If there are last minute changes, we can quickly and easily make corrections. When changes are made, everyone who needs to be notified in already in the loop! And a bonus – our in-house production team can quickly make modifications, saving you time and money.

Perhaps one of the most time saving features for multi-family developers is our ability to digitally map each sign in its location and display the artwork. One click can expand the location showing the exact art file. The user can add comments or approve within the software – giving us feedback in real time.


Sign technology interface

Benefits of Using Digital Sign Technology

  • All documentation is in one place
  • Sign locations are mapped with art files
  • Easy to use interface
  • Available 24/7
  • Review, comment or approve plans instantly
  • Multiple levels of permissions for hierarchal approval
  • Reduces frustration of using printed maps or PDF files
  • Saves time and money!

Get in touch with us for a demonstration of our technology and see the positive impact it can have on your business.

Multi Family Community Entrance Signs in Walnut Creek, CA

Multi Family Community Entrance Signs in Walnut Creek, CA

Community Entrance Signs create an impressive entrance for a Multi Family Community. It’s one of the first thing visitors and residents see upon arrival at the community. Sequoia Signs & Graphics works with communities in Walnut Creek and surrounding towns. A community entrance sign is sometimes called a monument sign. If you want your community to stand out in your area, investing in a monument sign is a great decision to make.

Condominium Monument Sign - Sequoia Signs Walnut Creek

Who can benefit from a community entrance sign

Sequoia Signs & Graphics has made many signs for residential communities over the years. Different type of communities can benefit from a community entrance sign. We have seen it’s popularity increase over time for different type of communities. Apartments, condominiums, townhomes, senior living communities, manufactured homes/RV parks, Homeowners Associations (HOAs), housing developments are amongst our clients.

Senior Living Entrance Sign - Sequoia Signs Walnut Creek

Multi-Family Community Entrance Sign - Sequoia Signs Walnut Creek

Why to invest in a community entrance sign

It’s quite an investment to get an new entrance sign for your community. As a result, this can make it difficult to convince owners or residents of the need of a new sign. Luckily, there are many benefits of a professional community sign.

  1. Visibility
  2. Durability
  3. Match property architecture
  4. Increase value of the property



Structure of a monument sign

A community sign can be fabricated in different ways and with different materials. However each entrance signs starts with a based. Considering the overall size of the sign, it always comes with a solid concrete base. This is to guarantee safety according to the state guidelines, approved by an engineer. The base of the sign usually is a combination of concrete, poles and steel wire.

For the fabrication of the visual part of the sign, different materials and construction methods can be used. This is determined based on the design of your sign and the budget. A popular material for monument signs is EPS foam. EPS stands for Expanded Polystyrene ( EPS) foam, creating a tough, outer shell. Although the name ‘foam’ is misleading, it’s a very sturdy material, resisting the elements. Due to the flexibility of the material you can make it look like concrete, brick or stones and form it into any shape. Alternative fabrication methods are aluminum, stones, bricks, concrete, HDU or colorcore.

HOA Entrance Sign - Sequoia Signs Walnut Creek

Our experts have the experience to recommend the right material, so you don’t have to worry about that. Based on your design requirements and budget we’ll propose the best solution for your signage needs. As a result, Sequoia Signs & Graphics is your local source for attractive, durable custom monument signs in Walnut Creek. Showcasing the professionalism and longevity of your community.

Call us today at (925) 300-1066 or fill in the contact form for a consultation with a Monument Sign Specialist!

Must-Know ADA Sign Guidelines for Multi-Family Housing

Must-Know ADA Sign Guidelines for Multi-Family Housing


Why follow ADA Guidelines?

If you fail to comply with ADA guidelines, you may lose tenants, pay fines, or pay for renovations that could’ve been prevented. At Sequoia Signs & Graphics, we will ensure that you are always up to date with the ADA guidelines.

The guidelines for commercial properties are different from residential properties. The good news is that Private residential properties don’t require all the rules that apply for commercial properties. Public areas in your apartment facility must be ADA compliant, but this doesn’t directly apply to the individual residential units. In terms of financial responsibility, the landlord bears responsibility for any accommodations built for tenants with disabilities as well as public area modifications However, the tenant is responsible for any requested modifications to an existing unit. This usually doesn’t refer to signage but is good to know for overall construction.

Follow ADA Guidelines for Apartment Housing - Sequoia Signs East Bay

1. Private Residential Housing

Private Residential Housing is not covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, this doesn’t mean that you are not required to adhere to any ADA Guidelines. It’s important to take note that it can affect some multi-family apartment projects, making it important for your signs to be ADA compliant. For example:

  • Public accommodations in residential buildings such as clubhouses, gyms, or swimming pools
  • Residential properties provided by educational institutions
  • Government-owned and/or operated residential facilities

ADA Signs for Multi-Family Housing - Sequoia Signs East Bay

2. ADA Guidelines for Multi-Family compared to Commercial

If you are renovating an existing building that is not ADA compliant, look closely at the sign requirements for doorways, exits, restrooms, and wayfinding. Not only are ADA signs required for these areas, but the signs must be fabricated and installed according to the ADA Guidelines. 

Read more about sign fabrication and installation in the guidelines here: ADA Signs for Multi-Family Housing that Is Compliant to Pass Your Inspection here.

In terms of financial responsibility, the landlord bears responsibility for any accommodations built for tenants with disabilities. Any requested modifications to an existing unit the tenant is responsible for. This usually doesn’t refer to signage but is good to know for overall construction.

3. ADA Guidelines when renovating

ADA Compliant Signs - Sequoia Signs East BayIf you are renovating an existing building that is not ADA Compliant, make sure to take a close look at the following features that are unrelated to signs. Be sure to inspect the following: doorways, hallways, restrooms, handrails, parking spaces, elevators, and more.

Moving on to the signage, which must be fabricated and installed according to the ADA Guidelines. Read more about: ADA Signs for Multi-Family Housing that Are Compliant to Pass Your Inspection here.

We hope the above has provided you with information on why and how to follow ADA Guidelines. Multi-Family Housing is treated differently than commercial when it comes down to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Are you curious how to incorporate branding and design into ADA compliant room signs? Or do you have any more questions about this topic? Give us a call or contact us via our contact form.

Common Design Misconceptions for ADA Room Signs

Common Design Misconceptions for ADA Room Signs

To incorporate branding and design into ADA Compliant Room ID Signs is a top priority for any new ADA sign design. Certainly, ADA compliance has the top priority, but it doesn’t mean that ADA compliant signs can’t be attractive in terms of design! This is a concern that we often hear from our clients. Luckily at Sequoia Signs & Graphics, we consider the best of both worlds, making sure that your ADA Room ID signs are compliant AND have an attractive design.

Misconception about ADA Compliant Room ID Signs

​It’s a common misconception that ADA Compliant Signs must be plain and bland. Although they need to be designed following the ADA guidelines, this is a common misconception. To comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, we’ll have to follow the design policies, but those guidelines are more flexible than one may think.  Therefore, your company’s branding can easily be incorporated into the design while still following the ADA guidelines!

Let’s have a look at a few guidelines that are related to the design of the sign. If you would like to know more about how to be ADA compliant and pass your signage inspection, read our other blog.


There are no stipulated colors, meaning that you are totally flexible in using your company’s colors for ADA signs and you’ll still be ADA compliant. The only requirement concerning the color of the sign is related to the contrast of the colors. ADA Compliant Signs require a contrast of 70% between the tactile and background color. This translates into making sure that either the tactile or background color needs to be darker than the other. However, you decide which color is darker and which color is lighter through your company’s branding. 


The material used for ADA signs is required to be non-glare. Sharp edges also must be avoided for safety reasons. At Sequoia Signs & Graphics, we have a large variety of materials available. When looking at your branding and the interior design of your space, we can propose a material that fits both. Some options include, but are not limited to wood, acrylic, or brushed silver.


When it comes down to fonts, there are a few more restrictions, unfortunately. The copy must be in all caps and the font must be San Serif. The ADA Compliant font restrictions will help you select a font that enhances readability. Italic, script, bold and decorative fonts are not allowed. If your branding includes this type of font, we will work together to find an alternative and come to a mutually agreed font. Apart from your signs being ADA compliant, you also want your signs to be readable. After all, that’s the main objective of the sign!

When designing ADA Compliant Room ID Signs, we see it as an opportunity to improve your branding through signage. Notwithstanding the design limitations, we can create powerful, effective, and compliant signs that extend your brand for increased awareness and consistency.

Hopefully, we were able to take away some doubts about the creative designs for ADA Signs. Are you ready to get started? Give us a call today or fill in the contact form, and we’ll be in touch shortly.

Increase the value of a Multi-Family Community with signs in Walnut Creek, CA

Increase the value of a Multi-Family Community with signs in Walnut Creek, CA

Increasing the value of a Multi-Family Community with signs is just one benefit of good signage. Monument sign, apartment number signs, wayfinding signs, just to name a few of the sign types that are essential in a Multi-Family Housing Community. Incorporation of your community branding and architecture is an important element of professional and attractive looking signage. Let’s look into 3 different ways to increase the value of your Multi-Family Community.

Multi-Family Community Entrance Sign - Sequoia Signs Walnut Creek

1. A good first impression at the entrance

The entrance sign of a community, also called monument sign, contributes to a good first impression. A good first impression will first of all affect current tenants, creating a luxury feeling of their community. Secondly a high-end entrance sign can increase value of the property by attracting new tenants. Investing in luxury features for your monument sign will elevate your communities appearance. A well designed entrance sign has a good balance between the architecture of your property and your communities branding. In addition to the monument sign, some luxury features to enhance it’s appearance include landscaping and lighting.

2. Enhance the feeling of ‘Community’

Multi-Family Community DirectorCreating a strong community feeling is a way to reduce tenant turnover and improve retention. Retention helps to reduce a lot of property costs, including sales costs, marketing, vacancy cost but also maintenance and cleaning. Well executed branding can contribute towards the retention of tenants. Effective exterior directional signage contributes to a certain level of safety for the tenants and their visitors. Safety is the number one priority for many tenants, living in a multi-family community. Effective wayfinding signage can also help tenants make use of the facilities more. Resulting in building tenant retention.

3. Attention to detail of your Multi-Family Community

Details matter! This often refers to the service provided by a community, but details also matters when it comes down to the maintenance of the property. The maintenance of the property includes well taken care signage. If you provide much attention to detail, this will help you to increase the value of your community. When investing in good signage, the maintenance factor plays a role. Well designed signage, with the right materials, requires less maintenance. This will provide a better overall look and care for detail.

Multi-Family Community Wayfinding Signage - Sequoia Signs Walnut Creek



Although investing in good signage might look like an overwhelming cost, it’s actually only a small cost compared to the overall investment of a new development. And at the up side, well designed and fabricated signage will provide many benefits to your community that last for several years. Entrance signage, unit number id’s and wayfinding signage is an extension of your brand, contributing to it’s overall appearance.



At Sequoia Signs & Graphics we have experience working with multi-family housing developments, designing, fabricating and installing signage. Give us a call at 925.300.1066 or fill in the contact form, and we’ll be in touch with you shortly.

How Signage Contributes to the Rebranding of a Multi-Family Development

How Signage Contributes to the Rebranding of a Multi-Family Development

Rebranding a multi-family housing development is an interesting topic for developers. Rebranding not only provides an excellent opportunity to broaden a resident base, but it can contribute to increased retention rates and positive property reviews. When executed correctly, rebranding a multi-family property can bring the entire property to the next level. 

Signs rebranding

A rebranding of a multi-family housing development starts with the actual creation of the brand. Before designing a new logo and its colors, it’s crucial to understand the type of residents you would like to attract. What kind of atmosphere would you like to radiate towards your residents? Perhaps in order to achieve your goal, even a new name might be required. A property rebranding often goes hand in hand with an upgrade of your facilities, like a temperature-controlled pool, a health club, amenities, or luxury finishes in the units. These types of upgrades create unique selling points and broaden your target audience by offering different price points. All of this contributes towards the creation of the new brand.

When starting the rebranding process, we always emphasize keeping the implementation in mind. A logo design for a web-based business is completely different from a logo design that will be turned into signage and collateral. The color elements are equally important because certain screen colors might not be convertible into print or paint colors. Therefore, it’s important to find the right type of partner for your property rebranding.

Interior & Exterior Signs execution

Once your logo design and branding package has been finalized, it’s time to move on to the interior and exterior signage execution. We’ll summarize the most important sign types for your multi-family housing development.

Monument Sign

A monument sign is sometimes also referred to as an entrance sign or community sign. A monument sign creates the first impression of your property; this is especially relevant for potential new residents. These are often large investments but can have a powerful impact.  A professional-looking and well-maintained monument sign helps attract the attention of people walking or driving by. When rebranding a multi-family property, it may be possible to use the existing monument structure. Refurbishing an existing sign is a great option to create a new look for your property while keeping the cost low.

Wayfinding Signs

Wayfinding signs and directional signs have a more practical purpose for existing residents and their visitors. Good wayfinding signage contributes towards a good experience, especially for visitors, because they help people find their way around the property. Apart from the practicality of wayfinding signage it also contributes towards the overall look and feel of the property, by incorporating your branding. Don’t forget when you are adding new facilities to your property, to update your wayfinding signage as well.

Unit Numbers

Every unit at the property needs its own unit number, with clear visibility. At Sequoia Signs & Graphics, we incorporate your branding on each unit number sign. Keeping in mind the size, font, and contrast colors to ensure good readability. If your property is an interior apartment building, all unit number signs need to be ADA compliant in order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act to pass inspection. ADA compliant signs include more than tactile and braille. As a licensed California sign contractor, Sequoia Signs ensures your signs meet all requirements for California’s ADA Code.

The above are just a highlight of the most important multi-family housing signs for your development. Contact our team today to start the conversation about rebranding! Scroll down to fill in the contact form or click here.

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