Should You Buy House Address Numbers or an Address Plaque?

December 7, 2016 9:19 pm by

Whether you are building a new home or simply making sure your address is well displayed and visible on your current residence, you will eventually face the “address dilemma.” Do you purchase and install individual decorative house numbers or buy a single address plaque?

In this article, the experts at The MailboxWorks will lead you through the advantages of both choices. Let’s compare them side by side:

Architectural Mailboxes Laguna Address House NumbersFaster Shipping = House Numbers – If you are in a hurry, decorative house numbers often have a strong advantage over custom address plaques when it comes to processing and shipping times. You simply select the house numbers you need for your address and typically, the order processing time is minimal.

For example, at The MailboxWorks, the 4 inch Laguna House Numbers and 4 Inch Fuoriserie Ecco House Numbers ship in one day.

Certainly, there are address plaques that also ship in one day such from our selection of designs available here at The MailboxWorks like the Whitehall or Gaines address plaques, but by most accounts, house numbers ship faster than address plaques.

Easy Installation = Address Plaques – On the flip side, address plaques hold the advantage over house numbers in terms of ease of installation.

For example, if you have a five-digit address, most house numbers will require two screws (or mount attachments) per numeral, which is twenty in total to install. Turning twenty screws rarely poses a difficult task for homeowners but an address plaque often can be installed with merely two screws.

And when you consider that every decorative house number needs to be level when installed so they line up with the other numerals, a single address plaque offers a much easier and quicker installation process.

Majestic Small Oval Brass Address PlaqueMore Mounting Options = House Numbers – Alternatively, house numbers provide a significant advantage over address plaques in the creative manner in which they can be mounted.

While address plaques are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and orientations including square, round, oval and rectangular, there’s usually only one proper way to mount an address plaque: level.

But house numbers can be installed in a semi-circle or on an angle, or across an eve of the house, or upon different surface levels with far more variety and creativity than their address plaque counterparts.

Background Contrast = Address Plaques – While the contrasts noted above are the primary differences between address plaques and house numbers that most often come into play when a homeowner considers a purchase, the experts at The MailboxWorks also suggest that homeowners consider a few more nuances of each approach.

For example, what is the textural contrast and color contrast between the home and the preferred numbering solution?

Some decorative house numbers may get lost in the contrast between a shiny siding and a similar color, whereas an address plaque is designed with a background to provide the maximum contrast for the address numbers to be seen.

Best Budget Value = House Numbers – Additionally, if budget is a concern, house numbers are typically less expensive than address plaques, unless one has a five or six-digit address and then the reverse may be true.

QualArc Bayside Lighted Address PlaqueReflective & Lighted Address Signs – The MailboxWorks also suggests that homeowners consider not only how their address numbers will look during the day time hours, but also how they will appear in the evenings or late at night if emergency response personnel or firetrucks were to be called to the residence. For this, consider illuminated address signs.

If the area in which the address numbers are not adequately lit, The MailboxWorks offers address plaques with lighting options inside of them (such as the QualArc Bayside Lighted Address Sign), as well as solar powered lamps that can be mounted above to illuminate your house numbers or address plaque.

Need Help Choosing House Numbers or Address Plaques?

If you are unsure whether to buy an address plaque or go with decorative house numbers and you need assistance ordering, please call and speak with our mailbox experts toll free at 1-800-824-9985. You can also use our online contact form to reach us here at The Mailboxworks.

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