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Everyone knows them, everyone needs them and everyone usually owns one of them. House numbers have been faithful companions for years and can be found on every property. They offer us the possibility of orientation and findability. For this reason, house number signs are absolutely necessary and it is impossible to imagine life without them.

But which model should one choose in this flood of offers? What criteria do you have to take into account when buying and how do you actually mount house numbers? These questions and many more will be discussed in this article. We want to prepare you optimally and make your purchase decision as easy as possible.


  • House numbers are used for orientation and to make them easy to find. That is why every homeowner is obliged to affix the house number signs and place them in a legible position.
  • Important purchasing criteria are the material, the format, the style and the weather resistance. There is also a choice between illuminated and non-illuminated signs.
  • In terms of price, house number signs can be divided into 3 categories. High-quality products are available from the mid-price segment upwards.

The Best House Number: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for house numbers

To give you a good overview of the criteria for buying house numbers, we have listed the most important ones below. These aspects should give you an idea of what to consider when making a purchase decision:

The question now is, of course, what exactly you should look for in the individual aspects. This is exactly what we would like to explain to you in the following and give you an understanding of the details so that you know even better.


The material is very important for house numbers and contributes with its advantages and disadvantages also to the weather resistance and appearance. Popular materials include acrylic, stainless steel, aluminium enamel and slate.

While house number plates made of acrylic and stainless steel are particularly robust, those made of enamel and slate have an unusual design.

With aluminium house numbers, it is important to ensure that they are anodised. This means that a protective layer is created so that no unsightly oxide layer can form on the material. All these materials are durable and weatherproof.


House numbers come in many different formats, varying in height, width and also depth. Some are two-dimensional and some three-dimensional. Of course, individual taste plays a major role here.

However, when making a choice, one must adhere to the guidelines set by the respective city or district. It is therefore important that the house number sign is clearly legible from the street.


Of course, the style to be chosen also depends on your own taste. You can choose between modern, classic, Bauhaus and many other styles. In addition, the font can be linear, italic or scrolled.

Weather resistance

Weather resistance is derived from the materials used, but as already mentioned, all common materials are weatherproof. And they have to be, because depending on how the house is built and where the house number is placed, it will feel the full force of all weather conditions. Rain, frost, snow and sun must not lead to unsightly discolouration or fading.


When it comes to lighting, there are two options. On the one hand, there are house numbers without an integrated light, which are suitable if the number is placed in a bright and visible place.

On the other hand, there are house numbers with integrated lighting, which are again recommended in dark corners. With this variant, you can choose between a different number of LEDs and the capacity of the batteries. The number is usually between 4 and 6 LEDs and the capacity is positive from 1000 mAh.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about house numbers answered in detail

In the following, we address the most important questions about house numbers. These answers should give you even more clarity and prepare you as well as possible for the upcoming purchase decision.

Why do house numbers exist?

House numbers have become a matter of course, so it is impossible to imagine life without them. According to German law, every owner of a house is even obliged to display a house number in a clearly visible place.


House numbers provide orientation and make it easier to find properties. (Image source: Jung Ho Park/ Unsplash)

What kind of chaos would it be if the postmen didn't know where which letters belonged? It is impossible to imagine life without house numbers. Accordingly, house numbers serve for orientation, addressing, the possibility to be found and to be found.

What types of house numbers are there?

House numbers differ not only in their format, style and colour. You can also choose whether they should be written out literally or whether the numbers should be used. Furthermore, you have the option of buying the individual numbers or integrating them into your letterbox or into a sign with your family name.

What does a house number cost?

Of course, it depends on what kind of house number you are interested in. In most cases, the ones without lighting are cheaper than the ones with. The following table shows the characteristics of the house numbers in the 3 price categories.

Price class Available products
Low-priced (5 - 20 €) House numbers without lighting, partly weatherproof materials
Medium-priced (20 - 150 €) House numbers with and without lighting, weatherproof materials
High-priced (from 150 €) House numbers with and without lighting, designer pieces, weatherproof materials

The lower-priced products are only partially weatherproof, as there are stickers as house numbers in this range, among other things. What is also clear, however, is that you can already buy very good and also durable products in the medium price range.

Is it difficult to install a house number?

The degree of difficulty of installation depends entirely on which model you ultimately choose. The condition of the house wall also plays a major role. If the house number is to be attached to a plaster wall, experts advise the use of silicone adhesive.

For clinker, however, the use of plug-in dowels is advisable. Generally speaking, most manufacturers guarantee that their products are easy to fix. Therefore, it is usually the case that the house numbers are delivered ready for installation and you only have to attach them to the wall using one of the aforementioned variants.

Where should the house number be placed?

The house numbers do not necessarily have to be placed on the house wall. It is only important that they are clearly visible from the street. If the house is clearly visible from the street, the house number should be placed on the house wall at a height of 1.50 to 2.50 metres.

It does not matter whether the number is placed to the left, right or above the front door. If the house is further back, it is obligatory to place the house number plate at the beginning of the property, facing the street, at the specified height.


House numbers provide us with orientation and enable a targeted search for properties. Accordingly, a world without house numbers is no longer imaginable.

If you are interested in a new house number, it is best to consider the following purchasing criteria: material, format, style, weather resistance and lighting. Once you have found your favourite, pay attention to the instructions regarding the placement and mounting of the house number.

As we can show, high-quality house numbers are already available in the medium price segment. So you don't have to spend a fortune to get good quality house numbers. According to the manufacturers, they are also very durable and robust.

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