They mark your home and add a pinch of panache to porches. But home numbers not only help guests and mail carriers find your abode. They also aid emergency crews who regularly search out homes in times of crisis. Although address numbers serve an important purpose, some attract little attention. That is why it's important to display simple, identifiable numerals.
Beauty is far from the most important factor in choosing house numbers, says Richmond Fire Department Lt. Keith Vida. "The main thing that matters is size. The bigger the numbers are, it makes it that much easier for us. We are looking for things that don't blend in. We want them to stand out."
Choose numbers at least 4 inches high; make sure they offer contrast against their background and can easily be seen from the street during the day and night, he advises.
Ranging from purely functional to highly decorative and individualized, house numbers come in myriad shapes, sizes and materials. A simple rule to remember: the less decorative they are, the more easily recognized.
Prices depend on materials, intricacy of designs and the number of numbers used.