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Tile House Numbers

Tile House Numbers

When you think of tile house numbers, you probably only think of ceramic tile. But think again. In addition to ceramics there are porcelain enamel tiles and natural stone tiles. House numbers are made in all these varieties. These tiles are all made of naturally occurring materials from the earth, so they are very durable. It is also possible to obtain small ceramic house numbers that fit on mailboxes.

Clay Tile House Numbers

Ceramic and porcelain enamel tiles are made from clay that is fired in a kiln. Ceramics use red or white clay. The tiles are fired, then glazed and fired again. Firing clay at different temperatures produces different quality end products. If your tile house number will be subjected to extremes of heat and cold and be exposed to the elements, then make sure that it is stoneware quality.

Sometimes an artisan will hand paint a finished decorative tile for use as a tile house number. In this case, the paint is over the glaze, so these tiles should only be used in a protected area such as under a porch or other overhang.

Porcelain enamel tile house numbers are made from refined porcelain clay that produces a denser, sturdier product. The tile is fired, enameled and fired again. Porcelain tile house numbers are always frost proof and will withstand extreme weather conditions for many years.

Natural Stone Tile House Numbers

Slate, marble and granite are the three types of natural stone most used for tile house numbers. The stone is quarried and will vary in color and texture. The stone is then etched, carved or engraved and may or may not be painted.

Marble comes in many natural colors from the lightest pinks and whites, through blue, green and red, all the way to the deepest black. This natural stone withstands the most extreme weather conditions. When being used as a tile house number, the marble is etched. It is not normally painted.

When people think of slate they think of the color gray. But slate has many natural colors, both light and dark. Some slate looks red or blue rather than gray. Slate tile house numbers are carved and then either painted or left unpainted. There is also a technique of raised lettering where the background is carved away, leaving the numbers or letters looking embossed.

Granite is often used in making cemetery memorials. It is an exceedingly durable material. Granite has a speckled appearance and comes in colors ranging from yellows and reds to greens and blues and several dark grays to blacks. Granite tile house numbers are engraved and the numbers can be painted or left unpainted.

Tile house numbers are a good choice for many reasons. They provide both durability and beauty but at the same time are a tribute to the Earth's bounty.

Ceramic, clay or tile is a popular material for address signs.

Address plaques also are designed with wood frames.

Metal choices are traditionally brass or cast aluminum for a more robust material.