Are these signs safe for outside? Yes, Nutmeg Designs house numbers are safe for the outdoors, especially when you account for the nemesis of wind. We are careful to use hardy materials:
- Waterproof glue
- Newly quarried Pennsylvania slate
- Sanded grout
- Sealant for stain resistance
To deal with wind, we advise securely fastening the house number onto your home. We found this out the hard way.
We made a sign for our own home, one of the first ones we created, and hung it with a leather strap. After a tropical storm, and disconcerting amounts of wind in the Philadelphia area, we decided to advise clients to use screws through the holes, rather than hanging on a strap. When our neighbors across the street commissioned the 46, we gave them our new instructions. Then another storm whipped through, and the wind knocked our 45 off the wall and crashing to the porch floor.
When I commented to our neighbors that their sign was still safe, they said, “Well, we followed your directions to screw the sign into the bricks.”
So then, we took our own advice and did the same with the 45, after I had repaired it. The saving grace of being a mosaic artist is that I have the skills to repair the broken pieces.
The 46 is exposed to the elements more than our 45, but rode out the storm.