Boost Your House Number’s Visibility
Help visitors and emergency responders find your home more easily.
Easy to read house numbers serve for more than a mere convenience for guests. In an emergency, highly visible house numbers ensure that response crews can locate your residence quickly. Precious minutes can be lost if your house number is hard to find or read. Make it “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 offer the option of having a house number spray-painted on the curb with reflective paint. Contact your city hall to see if your town offers this service 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.