3M™ Diamond Grade™ DG³ Reflective Sheeting

DG³ Cost Comparison Calculator

You may save money in the long run as DG³ Reflective Sheeting may cost less than you think.

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Our upgrade calculator shows you the cost and the value in upgrading your signs to 3M™ Diamond Grade™ DG³ Reflective Sheeting.

 
  • Step 1: Sign details

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    Enter your current sheeting type so we can show you how much it would cost to upgrade to 3M™ Diamond Grade™ DG³ Reflective Sheeting (Type XI).

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  • Step 2: Project costs

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      Changes to sign material, labor and installations costs will be reflected on both sides of the comparison to isolate the difference in sheeting cost.
      A Route 66 highway sign
      Substrate cost (flat panel) (per sign)
      Substrate cost (extruded panel) (per sign)
      Sign post or structure cost (per sign)
      Estimated imaging cost (per sign)
       
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    vs. 3M™ Diamond Grade™ DG³ (ASTM Type XI)

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      (Total Installed Sign Cost () / years warranty) - (Total Installed Sign Cost (ASTM Type XI) / years warranty) + (electricity (annual) (if applicable) + maintenance of lights (annual)) (if applicable) * 12
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      (Total Installed Sign Cost () / years warranty) - (Total Installed Sign Cost (ASTM Type XI) / years warranty) + (electricity (annual) (if applicable) + maintenance of lights (annual)) (if applicable) * 12
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    • Cost comparison is an estimate only and is based on assumed values that may vary for your project. This is not a quote or bid and does not guarantee price.

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    • Brightness and Durability.

      3M's Type XI sheeting outperforms 3M's Type IX, IV, and I sheetings' performance in all years of their warranted life. Even after 12 years, 3M's Type XI sheeting warranted performance is still above 3M's Type IX, IV, and I sheetings' initial performance.

      Line graph showing Type XI sheeting is more retroreflective than Type IX, Type IV and Type I sheeting over 12 years.
      1. Year 1 initial retroreflectivity minimum values from ASTM D4956-19
      2. Retroreflectivity values correspond to observation angle 0.2° and entrance angle -4°
      3. Federal minimum for white guide sign sheeting at observation angle 0.2° and entrance angle -4°
      4. Sheeting retroreflectivity values over time are based upon minimum warranty performance levels. Actual sheeting performance may be higher.
 

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Calculator instructions

The DG³ Cost Comparison Calculator estimates the cost and the potential savings over time in upgrading your sign to 3M™ Diamond Grade™ DG³. Simply select the current reflective sheeting you are using, sign size, imaging method and number of signs to calculate your results. Modify the suggested values to make the comparison more specific to your project.

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  • This is a list of information you will need for the calculator. You may also use our prefilled values for a quick result.

    • •  Sign size
    • •  Current sheeting type & grade
    • •  Imaging method
    • •  Number of signs
    • •  Sheeting and imaging costs
    • •  Sign materials costs
    • •  Labor and installation costs
  • Disclaimer
    The brands listed above are trademarks of 3M. *CPL calculation considers Total Installed Sign Cost ÷ (((Initial Brightness + End of Life Brightness)/2) X Estimated Life in years). It is based on white sheeting @ .5/-4 (angle most commonly experienced by drivers). Minimum percentage RA retained at end of estimated life is calculated at 50% for EG and 70% for HIP and DG³. Values are according to ASTM D4956 requirements for each sheeting tier.
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