Although the task of attaching / mounting an engraved plaque to a wall, or to a funeral stone seems to be pretty much straightforward, there are a couple of things to know about this task. That’s because if not done properly, you may end up ruining your plaque or the surface where it is supposed to be placed.
So, if you need to attach a house address plaque, or a person or pet memorial plaque, here are a couple of tips.
1. First of all, there’s something that you should know about the most common types of materials the average house walls are made of. These are, brick, stone, wood siding, hardy board siding, vinyl siding or stucco. Now, when attaching an engraved house address plaque or property plaque on a surface made of stone, brick or stucco, a good way to do it is via screws with plastic sleeves.
If the plaque comes with holes already made, simply place it on the wall in the desired spot, mark the holes with a pencil, then drill holes into the wall in the marked spots. Fit in the plastic screw sleeves into the holes, add the plaque on the wall, alligning its holes with the ones in the wall, then simply fix with screws.
2. If your engraved plaque arrives without any holes, you can choose to drill 2-4 holes in it, in order to fix it in place. However, depending on its thickness and the type of stone it’s made of, you should carefully choose the drill. Also, make sure the holes have the right size, to allow the correct screws to pass through. That’s because if you use thinner screws, for a heavier plaque, it may simply fall off, as the screws may not support its weight, if the plaque is mounted vertically.
3. If the stone engraved plaque will be placed outside, make sure you use screws made of stainless steel, or at least from an alloy that’s not susceptible to water corrosion. Also, it’s a good idea to use screws slightly thinner than the plaque’s holes, to make sure the plaque won’t crack when they dilate, during hot weather conditions.
4. If you’re going to fix the plaque via adhesive glue, make sure you choose a strong type of glue, that is also water resistant, if of course, the plaque will be placed somewhere outside. Also, to avoid water infiltration from above the plaque, you can add a thin layer of transparent silicone on the top part of the plaque, or all around it.