Choosing a house sign

Did you know that many councils in Australia actually require homeowners to display a visible street number at the front of their property? Yep, thats right and if you already knew that then you’re probably in the minority I’m sure.

Something that every new home, newly renovated house, apartment, or  building needs is a ‘standout’ address sign. If you’re like many other Aussies, you’ve probably just spent a small fortune on your dream home (either purchasing or renovating) and the one thing you possibly neglected to think about, let alone plan for was the final finishing touch. The cherry on top so to speak and that would be a personalised house sign, made just for you. Unique and unlike any other. House number signs not only look great but they are also helpful for home services, delivery drivers, trades and most importantly emergency service personal that need to find your home.

Sales of personalised house signs in Australia are on the rise and becoming more popular than ever before, in part due to the housing boom and renovation trend sweeping the nation. Another contributing factor is due to the increasing availability of light weight uv stable materials perfectly suited for the job. Good quality acrylic (or perspex®) can last for 30+ years plus in the outdoors without fading, it’s available in a range of thicknesses, textures and colours. It’s light weight and is ten times more shatter resistant than glass, making it the perfect material for customising a range of quality custom house signs to suit any home facade. 

There is currently an overwhelming range of house signs available online and it can be difficult to know what’s good and what’s not and honestly, there is some junk out there. Do your due diligence and carefully read product descriptions before jumping in to purchase. Ask about warranty periods – we’ve seen some as little as 3 months. Confirm that materials used are UV stable and won’t fade, peel and degrade under the Australian sun within a few weeks. Look for permanency like engraving or laser cut as apposed to decals, stickers and prints that can peel or flake off.

What size is best? How do I select the right colour? What materials are best? What are invisible standoffs? How do I install a house sign? Do these questions sound familiar? In an attempt to make choosing your personalised house sign a little easier for you and answer some of these questions, we’ve put together a simple guide that will hopefully make things a little easier for you. So what are you waiting for? Get started today and select the perfect house sign for your new or renovated home. Address it today!

letterbox signs number

Custom made letterbox address sign. Made by The Laser Cut Shop

Tips to buying a personalised house address sign for your new or renovated home.

When choosing a house number sign, first and foremost you want something that looks stunning and complements the facade of your home. It’s always nice if your house sign can catch the attention of a casual passer-by and impress friends & family while at the same time being functional and clearly visible to emergency services.

Your house sign should be a contrasting colour to seperate itself from your homes wall colour,  ensuring it stands out as much as possible. Picture a black sign with black numbers on a dark coloured house? it certainly wouldn’t be the best choice for maximum visibility or for when guests may be looking for your home. You could however choose to have a sign that blends in with the environment, but at least have the number in a contrasting colour to the signs main colour as this will really help it stand out!

Colours

It’s easy to overthink colours when it comes to house signs, but really, combinations of white, black and brushed metal colours generally look great with any exteriors. If you are really looking for a coloured house sign, remember to think about contrasting colours. Ask you number sign manufacturer what acrylic colours they can offer and work from there. Look for house number signs with a matte surface finish as apposed to gloss as it is superior at hiding light scratches, finger prints and dust.  Glossy /shiny house signs do look stunning and they have their place, but just be aware that even a light wipe with a soft cloth is enough to cause micro scratches and leave blemishes on  the surface. This is more apparent on gloss black and darker coloured surfaces.

larger house signs

HIGHLY VISIBLE HOUSE NUMBER – This matte black house sign with brushed stainless steel numbers contrasts really well with the lightly coloured rendered pillar. Find more house signs here at thelasercutshop.com.au

Materials

House signs can be made from almost anything. Wood, steel, aluminium, brass, corten steel (rusty look), acrylic/perspex and more. While there are a tonne of material options available, most modern home facades will benefit from the look and feel that acrylic house signs have to offer over some of the more outdated and expensive styles made from other materials. Furthermore, acrylic / perspex is easy to work with and relatively inexpensive making it an economical choice, while at the same time offering longevity in the outdoors. Acrylic is exceptionally resistant to UV rays and fading, making it the number one choice for sign makers all over the world. In addition to that, acrylic house signs are light weight, easy to install and are available in a range of colours and design options. There’s even acrylic based materials that look like real wood and real brushed stainless steel.  Other materials for your house sign include steel, aluminium, corten and powder coated metals. They are generally more expensive, heavy,  difficult to install, have fewer colour options and require ongoing maintenance. Powder coating will also fade over time with exposure to UV rays unlike acrylic. Steel is certainly stronger than acrylic and may be a good choice for certain situations. However, house signs installed on your homes facade generally is not one of those times where steel is necessarily the best choice. Once your house sign is installed,  it’ll probably never be touched again. Acrylic house signs are light weight, easy to install (even with double sided tape) are fade resistant and stand the test of time in the outdoors. Acrylic / perspex is the perfect choice for a personalised house number sign.

Choosing the shape of your house sign-

The next thing to think about for your house sign is the shape. Shape is a really personal preference. Inspiration for the shape of your house sign can come from things such as the surrounding nature, the architectural design of your home or other exterior features. You may just love circles, squares or rectangles and they are by far the most popular choices with the majority of home owners. However you could opt for a triangle, hexagon, oval or even a completely random design that ties together the features of your home design. Something else to consider,  is how long is your street address and/or  house number. Based on that, what shapes may be better suited. Your street name may well end up being the determining factor of the shape of your sign. The Laser Cut Shop has a variety of standard sized house signs available and can also help you with complete custom shapes and sizes.

How big should my house sign be?

When it comes to house signs, SIZE DOES MATTER! The size of your house sign is really important when selecting your design. Think about the location of the sign and determine how much free space you have to work with. Whatever location you choose, your number sign needs to be clearly legible from the street and depending on the distance , you may need to go really  big or alternatively select a smaller sign and place it a little closer to the street so it is legible.  Three factors for you to consider are,

1-The maximum distance that the sign needs to be viewable from.

2-The optimum distance

3- The height of the lettering/numbering.

Step out the distance from the curb to the location of your house sign then use the chart below to determine the minimum size recommended for your numbers. If you have room to go bigger, it’s almost always better to do so. Next, find a house sign manufacturer that will send you a preview image of your proposed sign before fabrication. Make sure they include dimensions that show you not only the overall size of the sign but most importantly the size of the numbers. Be sure to check the specifics of the preview image including number sizing. If you don’t think the numbers are big enough or will be clearly readable then you can always ask for adjustments to be made.

house sign distance viewing chart

The chart above is commonly used by professionals in the signage industry to determine the best sizing for letters based on viewing distance.

Where Should I Install My House Sign

As the name suggests your house sign generally has the greatest visual impact when installed on your homes facade facing the street but can also look great on your letterbox. It’s best to install the sign at roughly eye level or above. Make sure that it is clearly visible from the road and not obstructed by trees and or bushes. Lighting your sign for better visibility at night is also something to consider. One of the simplest options is to install your  house sign directly under an existing light fitting already on your house or, perhaps your streetlight is in a position that lights up an area on the front of your house? Your local hardware store will have a range of solar powered garden lights that, with a little creativity, could be install in numerous ways to light up your house sign. 

House Sign Installation

As mentioned above, acrylic house signs can be super easy for DIY install and quite often there is more than one way to do it.

Double Sided tape

The easiest method for installing your house sign by far is using double sided tape. Simply peel and press! But not just any double sided tape, be careful with many of the tapes from the local hardware stores – use these at you own risk. Many of them won’t be appropriate and your new house sign will fall off. There are however, some great double sided tapes on the market that are made to work well in the outdoors environment and are used by professional sign writers throughout the world. Some stick so strong that you will have trouble ever pulling the sign off. The most common mistake when installing signs with double sided tape is that people don’t read the instructions provided by the sign manufacturer.(if included at all) Good house sign manufactures will always include installation guides based on tried and tested methods researched and proven over time. They know how to install correctly and what works, so be sure to follow their advice. One of the biggest mistakes we see with our customers  using double sided tape is that they clean the wall first with soap and water, methylated spirits, or a completely random cleaning agent. What you need to remember is that these cleaning products contain a range of ingredients that you have no idea about.  Meaning, they can leave a residue on the surface that may in fact have the opposite effect to what you want and actually repel anything from sticking. This means your new house sign may stick at first instance but fall off and break a short time later.  So follow the manufactures guidelines to the letter and your sign won’t fall off.

At The Laser Cut Shop, we have researched and tested a range of double sided tapes with our signs. From our long term testing we have found, what we believe to be one of the best commercial high bond double sided tapes up to the challenge. Offering excellent adhesion to bricks, render, wood, dry paint, steel and other flat surface.