There are a variety of reasons for businesses to replace old signs.  And no matter what the reason, the task can seem daunting.  Adding a new sign to your building isn’t an easy task. Aside from the challenges of finding the right sign, there could be issues with old signs that are already in place.  There could be damage to the exterior of the building. What if you just need to paint and repair the facade of your building, but you’re unsure on how to take down your old signage and reinstall it when the repairs are complete? You call the experts.

Whether you are business owner taking over a previously-rented space and are looking to replace old signage with your own; or a property owner or manager looking to update the facade of your building, the experts at Forerunner Signs & Graphics can help. Our general process consists of three steps: removing old signs or existing signage, patching and painting the building facade, and installing or reinstalling the new sign.


Older signage sometimes involves the use of high-voltage transformers, like with neon signs. It is very important that the removal of old signs be done by experienced professionals who know how to safely handle this type of material.


Neon and neon transformers are considered to be hazardous waste by most municipalities, so you need to know the proper steps for safe disposal. Forerunner experts will speak with the building owner or the property manager about the responsibility for removal of existing signs.


If you are simply repairing the facade of your building and plan to reinstall current signage, you still need someplace to safely store the signage during the façade-repair process. A professional sign company should help you find a suitable warehouse or house your signage themselves until the repair work on the outside of your building is complete.


Signs are generally anchored to the front of the building. If the prior signs are electrical signs, there are most likely penetrations for wiring that go all the way through the wall of the building. Forerunner can help you with the process of either repairing damage to the facade from old or existing signage, or updating the facade of the building, depending on your needs. It is best, both for appearance and for the integrity of the building, that all penetrations are repaired, and that the building front is painted and properly textured to match the rest of the building.

There are many challenges associated with matching paint and texture. At Forerunner, we work with a number of high-quality, professional painters to make sure you get the color and the texture you need. It is important not to take this step lightly, because poorly painted and textured facades can ruin the look of even the newest, most impressive signs.


Whether we are installing new signage or reinstalling signage, Forerunner handles all permitting, installation and final inspections.  Our team members are familiar with the permitting and building codes of all the municipalities in and around the Greater Kansas City area, and we will make sure that there is no issue with securing the appropriate permits.

Our installation specialists also have years have years of experience working with all types of building facades and structures.  We will ensure that your sign is installed safely, to code, and, of course, in a manner that maximizes the look and impact of the sign.

Forerunner’s experienced staff are dedicated to finding the signage solutions that are right for you and your business. We do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to signage, and that is why we design fully custom signs. We do our work in house so that we can fully stand behind the quality of our work.

If you’re in need of sign removal, sign replacement, sign installation or facade updates, contact the experts at Forerunner Signs & Graphics.  From concept, to creation, to installation – removal and recreation – we’re there for you every step of the way!

Michael Ryan