Boost Your House Number’s Visibility
Help visitors, emergency response crews and the pizza delivery guy find your home more easily.
Easy-to-read house numbers serve as more than a mere convenience for guests. In an emergency, highly visible house numbers ensure that response crews can locate your residence quickly. Make them “pop” with these ideas.
- Bump up the size. Small numbers are hard to read, especially if you have a large front yard separating your home from the road. Install numbers that are at least 4 inches tall.
- Add contrast. Be sure there is a marked contrast in color and brightness between the number and the surface it is attached to. If not, change to a more noticeable color or mount the number on a contrasting background.
- Lighten up. Even if your house number is clearly visible during the day, it may not be after sunset. Add an exterior light to your home to illuminate the numbers or use solar-powered digits.
- Curb it. Some communities allow house numbers to be spray-painted on the curb with reflective paint. Contact your city hall to see if it is permitted and for names of reputable companies — or do it yourself.
- Post it. If you have a long driveway or lack a good spot on your home’s exterior, display your house number on a post or large stone near the foot of your driveway.