A Guide To Address Number Placement

Tips on placing your home's address number in the best location.

Numbers are displayed on the exteriors of homes to help people locate a particular street address. When you position the address numbers on your house, consider the following tips to help visitors and delivery people readily locate your home.

1. Use large numbers

Ensure that the numbers you place on your home are large enough to be easily read from the opposite side of the street, even in low light conditions. Numbers that are too small cannot be overcome by even the best placement.

2. Use readable numbers

While many stylized number styles are available, make sure to select address numbers that are easy to read and discern. Are there so many flourishes the numbers are unclear? Does the seven look like a one? Could the four be mistaken for a nine? Express yourself, but not to the detriment of function. In addition, consider the color against which the number will be displayed. If the wall on which the address will be mounted is light, dark colored numbers will be most visible and vice versa.

3. Place the number at the front of the building

Position the address numbers at the front of the building, in a location that is unimpeded by landscaping and which faces the street. If the front door of your home faces the street, placing the address next to the door is a logical location. Otherwise, place the address at another front-facing location. Make sure it is not hidden by plant or tree growth in any season, or by any decorative objects that may be part of the landscape.

4. Position the numbers above eye level

Place the numbers high enough on the front of the building so that they are readily viewable by someone standing on the sidewalk as well as by people in cars. Placing them above eye level will prevent them from being blocked by parked cars or other mobile objects.

5. Position numbers horizontally

If at all possible, place the numbers of a multiple digit address horizontally. When digits are positioned vertically or diagonally they are much more difficult to read.

6. Light the numbers

If the numbers are not the lighted type, make sure they are placed to take advantage of porch or yard lighting. An address that may be clearly visible in the daytime can be obscured by darkness or shadows in the nighttime. If the address cannot be placed where it will be illuminated by existing lighting, consider adding a small spotlight or motion sensor-activated light to shine on the numbers.

7. Duplicate the numbers on the curb

No matter how well you display your house numbers, it is wise to duplicate the address on the curb in paint. Use paint intended for street surfaces as it is durable and easy to see under different conditions. Home improvement stores carry this paint as well as stencils to make the address number painting process quick and easy.

8. Check local ordinances

Local government ordinances often dictate size and placement of address numbers for dwellings and businesses. For those in homeowners associations, architectural elements including address numbers may be governed by association covenants. Before installing new or replacement numbers, check the local regulations that may affect your positioning.

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