As a homeowner, you’re aware that a residential mailbox is a key accessory that is utilized nearly every single day for bills as well as package deliveries. But, a home mailbox, one that’s made to be decorative, can also become a design element that features your home’s architectural style.
When choosing decorative residential mailboxes, homeowners often find themselves in an unfamiliar territory. It's understandable. After all, you rarely get one unless you’re fond of changing your home exterior’s look.
If getting a decorative residential mailbox is an unfamiliar and infrequent purchase, then you should know that there are aspects that you need to consider.
The first one is USPS approval. Its importance has nothing to do at all with either your postman will mail you packages or not. A USPS approved decorative residential mailbox is one that passed dozens of rigorous testing in order to ensure that the product is capable of withstanding years of abuse.
You should also get the unit that comes with replacement parts. The parts of a mailbox are all bolted together including the post, bracket, the mailbox itself as well as the number plate. When damages occur, you should be able to fix the problem without having to purchase an entirely new mailbox. If you are not sure if your chosen model comes with replacement parts, check out product reviews and/or call the manufacturer.
In terms of material, you will have lots of choices for decorative mailboxes. Steel was popular ten to twenty years ago but it is notorious as it can rust easily. Wood is a great material and it does not fail in enhancing a home’s exterior, but it can be expensive to replace. The best material for decorative mailboxes is aluminum. Why? It is because it is rot and rust-free! It can last more than a decade and it is a durable material. Replacement parts are affordable and available as well.
For the size of your mailbox, there are no hard-and-fast rules. But, if you often get large packages, then you definitely need a large mailbox. A bigger box that is in a bold color will also be easily seen by a postman.
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