03.06.23
 

How to Install Exterior Floating House Numbers

Floating address numbers from Modern House Numbers

Suppose you're updating your home's exterior and doing everything you can to give it a modern and clean appeal. Modern floating house numbers can add a contemporary and unique flare to your home. At Modern House Numbers, we simplify the process of ordering letters and numbers. You can do it from the comfort of your home without visiting a store in person.

If you're not a DIY-er, you may have concerns about the installation process once you receive them in the mail. Fear not, the process is straightforward, and we'll walk you through it.

Why Floating House Numbers?

Most people are amazed that one simple change to their home's exterior completely updates the look and feel. Adding a modern address will automatically modernize the style of your home, and the clean lines of the contemporary numbers give it a refreshing feel that is easy on the eyes. Dark floating numbers overtop a light-colored house will offer the perfect contrast, so the numbers are visible and have a nice "pop."

Installing Your Numbers

Installing your Modern House Numbers is simple

Step One: Gather Your Supplies

Make sure you have everything you need before getting started. Supplies we provide:

  • House numbers
  • Number aligning template
  • Studs
  • Spacers

Supplies you'll need that we don't provide:

  • Painter's Tape
  • Exterior-Grade Epoxy
  • Rubber mallet
  • Drill
  • Level

If installing on masonry, stone or concrete, we suggest a hammer drill and specialty drill bit.

Step Two: Tape the Template

Using a level to make sure the template is perfectly straight, tape the template to the house where you want to install your numbers. Next, drill holes where specified by the template. Then, carefully remove the template. If you're installing on masonry or rock, use an 11/64" (or 3/16”) masonry drill bit.

Step Three: Add the Studs

Place your numbers face down on a soft surface. Be careful not to scratch the face of your numbers. Apply just a thin layer of epoxy to only one end of the stud. Now it's time to push the studs into your pre-drilled holes on the back of each number. You may need to do some light tapping.

Step Four: Apply Spacers

Grab your spacers and slide them over your studs. Then, apply another thin layer of epoxy to the exposed end of the studs.

Step Five: Push into Holes

At last, it's time to push your numbers into the holes you drilled in Step One. You may have to tap lightly with a rubber mallet. If so, cover with a soft, lint-free cloth. Be very careful and gentle to avoid scratching the face of your numbers. Remember that the steel studs must be concealed entirely to protect them against the elements.

How to Install a Floating Plaque

Installing your floating address Plaque from Modern House Numbers

The installation process for a custom address plaques is very similar to individual floating numbers. Our customers order all kinds of different plaques with numbers and letters. Letter plaques may be welcoming signs saying "hello" or a last name. Here's how to install a plaque.

Step One: Gather All Necessary Supplies

Supplies we provide include:

  • Plaque
  • Number alignment template
  • Studs
  • Spacers

Supplies you'll need that we don't provide:

  • Painter's Tape
  • Exterior-Grade Epoxy
  • Rubber mallet
  • Drill
  • Level

If installing on masonry, stone or concrete, we suggest a hammer drill and specialty drill bit.

Step Two: Tape Your Template

Use your level to ensure your number template is level and perfectly plumb. The level is necessary to ensure your plaque does not get installed crooked. Once you are satisfied with its location, tape the template in place.

Drill holes into the template according to the specified marks. If you're installing on masonry or rock, use an 11/64" (or 3/16”) masonry drill bit. Lastly, carefully remove the template.

Step Three: Add Epoxy

It's time to add a thin epoxy layer to just one stud end.

Step Four: Push in the Studs

Now, you will push your studs into the holes drilled in the back of the plaque. You may need to do some light tapping. If so, make sure to place your plaque on a soft surface to avoid scratching the face of your plaque.

Step Five: Slide on the Spacers

Then, it's time to slide the spacers over the studs. Add another thin layer of epoxy to the end of those exposed studs.

Step Six: Apply Plaque

You're almost done! All you need to do now is push the studs on the back of your plaque into the holes you drilled in Step Two. You may need to tap with a rubber mallet again to get the studs all the way in. If so, cover with a soft, lint-free cloth. Be careful not to scratch the face of the plaque. Please note that steel suds must be concealed entirely to protect them from the elements.

Address plaque from Modern House Numbers

An updated home address will do wonders for your home's curb appeal, and the installation process is simple and easy. In addition to letters and numbers, we also offer custom mailbox decals that are as easy as peel and stick to apply. Check out our online gallery to get some ideas of what might look best on your home. Clean, sleek, and modern house numbers may be just the finishing touch your home needs.

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rick mclain, author

Rick is a licensed architect at repp mclain design & construction. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona and an MS from the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). When he’s not designing and fabricating he enjoys spending time with Brandy, Jack, Avery & Taylor and restoring his grandfather’s Ford pickup truck.

You can learn more about Rick on the Repp McLain Website, on LinkedIn, at the AIA Website, or on Facebook.

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