Add an enamel house number to you home for a classic touch

Door Numbers: Should I Choose Acrylic or Enamel?

Door Numbers are often an overlooked element in interior design. At first, they appear to be a small and minor detail, often dismissed as being boring or irrelevant, but at a further glance, you will see that it is quite the opposite. 

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What is an Enamel House Sign?


During the 1800s when Europe was experiencing an industrial boom, cities commissioned the production of enamel signage to highlight street names and building name plates. Ultramarine blue was the most popular colour used at the time and has since become the iconic look for traditional enamel signs. From their appearance on grand Spanish ‘Ramblas’ to the most majestic ‘Avenue’ in the city of Paris, enamel signs offer a long-lasting elegance and finesse.

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How Are enamel house number plates made?

An enamel sign begins life as a sheet of metal, usually steel, that is cut and filed to its desired shape. This is then hammered down to give it a gentle arching or perhaps to add flanges to the edges. Holes are added for the screw fittings and the corners are hammered flat. Next, the enamel pigmentation is prepared and then spray painted onto the metal plate before being transferred into a kiln where it is fired at temperatures up to 820ºC. This makes the glass particles fuse together onto the metal plate to create the base layer of colour. Once this sets, further layers of enamel can be applied to build up a rich, intense colour. The stencils are removed and routine quality checks take place to make sure that each sign meets the high standards required. It is a labour-intensive process that creates long-lasting, classic door numbers. 

What are acrylic house signs?

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How are acrylic house plaques produced?

Acrylic signage is produced by machines in an industrial process involving UV printing. The plastic sheet is cut to size and the edges are either left unfinished (to give a frosted appearance) or finished (to give a smooth appearance). The desired colour is then printed onto the sign, either onto the front or back depending on the required finish and purpose of the sign. Printing on the front of the sign is what is considered a ‘standard’ finish and this gives the sign a smooth, matte look. However, care has to be taken when using this method as the surface is prone to scratching and this will damage the colour. When printing on the back of the sign, the colour appears richer and more intense and takes on a glossy appearance. It is also not prone to scratching in the same way that the colour printed on the front of a sign is. 

Enamel Signs vs Acrylic Signs

The battle of the door name plates


Properties 

Enamel Signs 

Acrylic Signs

Does Not Fade Under UV Light

Scratch Resistant 

Weather Resistant 

Can Survive Intense Heat

Will Last 30+ Years

Quick Production 

The Results?


Based on the table of qualities above, tradition beats innovation. However, it is important to consider the needs and personal style of the consumer. 

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Period Properties:


From picture-postcard country cottages to majestic castles, each period property has a story to tell. Their facades have been witnesses to major historic events and often carry the battle scars as proof. This type of property is a constant project and any developer’s dream-come-true, especially if the period features are maintained. Often retaining, or growing in value, period property is something to be celebrated. 

Indulge in the heritage of the property and customize whimsical style enamel door signs, in keeping with the colour scheme of the exterior. Not only will they be aesthetically more appropriate but the signs will also last a lifetime. This means that despite the door numbers being new, the whole style harks back to the golden age of industrialisation in the 1800s and could be considered to be an original feature (depending on the construction dates of your property). 

Modern architecture is perfect for enamel house signs

Quirky house number signs for modern architecture:


One thing that most modern buildings have in common is their lack of colour. They are a geometrical unity of white, chrome, beige, brick and black. Any deviation from this is uncommon and if done, the building is deemed to be, positively or negatively, a ‘black sheep’ by the design world. This creates two possibilities for signage - minimalism or contrast. 

While an enamel house name sign is limited to the colours available in the enamel pigments, acrylic signs can be printed with almost any colour under the sun. Choosing a glossy bright, zesty coloured acrylic sign for the wall of an ultra-modern villa shows a playful personality while oozing confidence. It says ‘We take design seriously, and want to be recognised for it’. 

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When thinking about which house sign to add to your facade the key things to remember are:


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Long live door numbers


A house number is a mandatory addition to houses in many countries. But, with a wealth of designs available, you can rest assured that the door numbers you choose will add the stylish finishing touch that you desire for your property.

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