Choosing the Right Residential Mailbox

By: Julien Raynal

Residential mail boxes adorn many beautiful houses in the United States. They add to the aesthetic beauty of the homes while providing utility value. They ensure that all your mail is deposited in one place and also protect the mail from the elements. In addition, they add to the convenience since we do not have to be personally present to receive the mail from the mailman.

The history of mail boxes goes back to the history of the mail system itself. As people started getting more mail and did not want to miss them and to protect them from rain, sun, and snow, mail boxes came into the picture. In recent times they have become a beautiful accessory to the homes and they come in many different colors and materials.

Mail boxes not only perform the function of receiving mail, but also make it easy for you to leave the outgoing mail, which the postman can pick up when they come for delivery rounds. Mail boxes have become a mandatory accessory in every house these days. In residential units, mail boxes are provided by the apartment itself. For individual homes, it is the prerogative of the owner to install a mail box to ensure proper receipt of mail.

Mail boxes need to adhere to certain standards. You cannot place your curbside mailbox anywhere. They have to be present in a particular location near the curb and also at a particular height at which they will be easily accessible to the postman. Normally mail carriers expect the box to be at a height of about 42 inches to 46 inches measuring from the pavement to the bottom edge of the mailbox. If it is not properly placed, you risk losing your mail or your mail not being delivered. Always ensure you contact the local carrier or the post office to ensure correct location. The address number should be clearly marked on the flag side of the mailbox in a contrasting color. The markings should be at least one inch tall.

The signal flag is present in most mail boxes. If you do not want to travel to the post office to deposit your mail daily, then plan on buying a mailbox with the red flag. The red flag is used to indicate to the mail carrier that you have outgoing mail inside the mail box. The mail carrier will pick it up and put down the flag to indicate that he has picked them up.

There are many options when it comes to mail boxes. Victorian mail boxes are elegant when it comes to design and workmanship. They are made from multiple castings of aluminum or brass and are painted beautifully with durable powder coating. These are timeless and elegant additions to any home. Many wall mount or post mount options are also available. The most popular ones are the curbside mail boxes that come up in different colors, sizes, and shapes. Mail posts are available for most of the mail boxes. These posts come in beautiful shapes on which you can place your mail box.

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