Address plaques are most commonly used to indicate the number of a house, office or store. Address plaques are made of many materials and are available in many shapes and sizes. 93 percent of Americans own an address plaque, making it one of the most popular forms of plaques on the market.
The most common materials for address plaques are metals, especially bronze. Bronze plaques are likely to outlast any other form of plaque on the market. These types of plaques will also withstand poor weather conditions better than any other form available. Although metals are the best material to use, many individuals and families opt for wooden address plaques as they seem more pleasing to the eye. Wood plaques tend to match outdoor dcor and patios better than their metal counterpart. If you choose to display a wooden address plaque, it's best to make sure it is sheltered by a covered deck or awning. Covering a wooden plaque will ensure it does not become moldy from the rain or snow.
The size of the address plaque you choose will depend on a number of factors. In order to ensure you purchase the most appropriate plaque for your home, you may want to consider the factors which influence the size of your plaque. Below you will find a list of these factors as well as a brief explanation of each:
- The Space Provided - If you do not have a lot of space around your door due to hanging plants or other decorations, you will not want to have a large address plaque. Not only is it unlikely to fit, but if it does fit it will look out of proportion and cluttered.
- The Amount of Numbers - The amount of numbers in your address will greatly determine the size of your plaque. If your address is a three or four digit number you will need a larger plaque than a one or two digit number. Likewise, if you wish to add extra detailing such as flowers or vines, your plaque will need to be larger as well.
- How Much Are You Willing to Spend - Because of the cost of plaque materials, such as metal and wood, the larger the size of your plaque the more it is going to cost you. If you do not want to spend a great deal of money on your address plaque, perhaps a smaller design will better suit your budget.
Address plaques can be elaborately decorated or simply designed, depending on your preferences. Elaborate and fancy designs are great, but ultimately, address plaques serve only one purpose and that is to identify the location of a house or building.