Which Mailbox Material is Best?
The most important aspects to consider are weather resistance and overall durability when choosing your mailbox material. Any of these materials can work well, as long as they are weatherproofed.
Steel is strong and can be formed into almost any shape and size. Although it is corrosion-resistant, it may require some additional weatherproofing. Painted steel is often highly rust-resistant and will hold up for decades.
Aluminum is not as strong as steel, but it is somewhat lighter. It also requires additional protection to be as weather-resistant as possible.
Plastic is weaker than aluminum and steel but is very weather-resistant. High-quality plastic mailboxes can last for many years.
For column-mounted mailboxes, a stone exterior provides weather resistance and stability. Stone columns can be permanent fixtures if they are protected from severe damage.
Some mailbox styles have a wooden exterior to give it a rustic appearance. These mailboxes are attractive but may not hold up well over time unless they are properly maintained and treated.
What’s the Best Color For a Mailbox?
The best mailbox color for your home will depend on the overall color scheme of your home. Jewel tones make excellent accent colors, as do subtle blues and slate gray. Choose a color that matches your home’s existing external accent colors.
Black and white mailboxes were traditionally very common, but now, mailboxes are available in a wide range of colors. Even stone columns can be customized in various neutral tones.
What Size Mailbox Do I Need?
Post-mounted mailboxes come in a limited number of sizes, and most families get the standard 6.5” x 19” mailbox.
Large size mailboxes are 8” x 21”, which allows slightly larger packages and more mail overall. Column-mounted mailboxes are available in similar sizes.
Families with more than five people will definitely want the larger size, but even small families may need that size if they receive a lot of mail or small packages.
Wall-mounted mailboxes tend to be much smaller, and sometimes don’t fit large envelopes easily.
Mail slots are typically wide enough to accommodate magazines and envelopes less than 2.5” thick.
Should I Get a Personalized Mailbox?
Unless you’re planning to move soon, a personalized mailbox is an excellent addition to your home’s curb appeal. A personalized mailbox can be helpful for guests trying to find your house and to help postal workers be sure they’re delivering the correct mail.
Many mailboxes are available with customized, built-in personalization. Letter stickers can also be used to personalize a mailbox after purchase, but it’s better to have a professional do it.
- Post-mounted and column-mounted mailboxes are the safest bet for rural and suburban homes. Wall-mounted boxes and mail slots are an option for urban homes, especially ones that don’t receive much mail.
- Most materials can be appropriately weatherproofed for years of use. Steel, aluminum, and plastic are common for post-mounted mailboxes.
- Look for accent colors that provide a bit of contrast for the front of your home.
- Choose a large size mailbox if you have more than five family members. Standard size will work for most smaller families.
- Locking mailboxes are a solid investment, but newspaper holders and rear hatch access are optional.
- Personalization is an excellent touch for long-term residents.