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Your Image Is Our Business

Thriving on high quality design, Critical Signs is your one stop shop for all of your marketing and design needs.



  • Carved / Sandblasted Signs

  • Precision CNC Letters - Dimensional and Prismatic

  • Vinyl Signs (Aluminum, Wood, ect.)

  • Architectural Signs and Pylon Signs

  • Channel Letters

  • LED

  • Neon Lighting

  • Monument and Entrance Signs

  • Site/Yard Signs


  • Column Trophies

  • Cup Trophies

  • Acrylic Trophies

  • Crystal and Glass Awards

  • Acrylic, Plaques

  • Stand Up Plaques

  • Wood Plaques

  • Leatherette Plaques

  • Floating Glass Plaques

  • Dedication Plaques

  • Bronze Precision Tooled Plaques

  • Medallions

  • Business Cards

  • Scratch Pads

  • Mugs

  • Letterhead

  • Key Chains

  • Lanyards

  • Pens


  • Window and Glass Decals

  • Wall wraps

  • Die Cut Decals

  • Bumper Stickers


  • Lighted Sign Diagnosis

  • Storm Damage Repairs

  • Wear & Tear Repairs

  • Bulb Maintenance

  • Bracket, Post and Other Mounting Material Replacements


  • Residential

  • Commercial

  • Large and Small Fleets

  • Cars, Boats, Trains and Planes


permit expediting

Let us do all the work. We will pull your permits for you! We weren't kidding when we said we do it all.


Most companies will charge you a fee to to do a site survey. At Critical Signs our experts will travel to you for FREE.


Our designers will work with you one on one to render high quality designs for your job. 



In January of 1999 Shawn Monahan began his business primarily lettering race cars and occasionally working on commercial vehicles. Shawn's first year of business thrived from word of mouth referrals only. As a result, the following year Shawn developed a large amount of business from the quickly spreading news of his excellent quality of service.

For the first two years, Shawn operated Critical Signs from his home garage. Business quickly boomed, and Shawn could no longer accommodate the demand from home, so he opened his first commercial location in Waterford in September of 2002.

To keep up with the growing business, Shawn's brother James (better known as Diego), joined forces. They decided to add screen printing and embroidery to their list of services, thus changing their name to Critical Signs, Graphics, Screen Printing and Embroidery, LLC.

The property in Waterford sold, and Critical Signs was forced to make a move. Born and raised in Waterford, Shawn and Diego sought to keep the business in their home town but were unable to find adequate space to fill their customers' orders.

As such, they chose to relocate and expand to a large shop in Groton. Business continued to grow and eventually the opportunity arose to move back to Waterford. They grabbed at it - a 4500 square foot industrial space on Route 85 - and is now the current home to Critical Signs! Shawn still owns Critical Signs, which has a few sub-divisions including Critical Trophy and Plaque, and Critical Tint and Paint Protection. Critical Screen printing and Embroidery is currently under total ownership of his brother Diego, who now operates across town. Despite being two separate businesses, Critical Signs and Critical Screen share customers and artwork. They are known throughout the business and racing communities as Team Critical. Although race cars now only make up about 10% of their total business, they still enjoy helping racers.

Shawn and Jenn thrive on quality service, thus creating their slogan

"Your Image is Our Business!"




The ladies that make up

Critical's design team are ready to serve you using their expert knowledge of design and master sign production abilities.  


Critical Signs

1068 Hartford Turnpike

Waterford, CT 06385




Tel: (860) 443 - 7443

Fax: (860) 437 - 7444



Mon - Fri: 8am - 4pm

​​Saturday - ​Sunday: Closed

Critical Signs is your outlet for all things design. From lit sign faces, vehicle wraps, company cards and everything in between... we have it all. Our staff is efficient, friendly and quick to respond. We look forward to doing business with you!​

Visit us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ CriticalSigns

Thank you for visiting www.critical-signs.com.

We look forward to working with you very soon!


Shawn Monahan


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