Even though technology has found ways to become the primary option for written communication, good old traditional door mail is far from gone, and it’s not yet completely replaced by email and social media. The way in which people receive their home mail hasn’t changed all that much. It still includes a postman who delivers our letters, postcards and all sorts of packages to our property and puts them in a box placed in front of our home. However, there’s one aspect that has actually been through several changes, all in order to make the process safer and store your mail in a more convenient way. Yes, there are a few, new-ish types of letterboxes that you should know about.
This type isn’t quite a box per se and you get the mail delivered directly into your home. If you plan on installing a door mounted letterbox then you need to have in mind all the alterations that come with it. Your door won’t look the same, so be careful to match this addition to the model and design of the door. For instance, a more traditional wooden door would go well with a brass box, whereas a door in a modern design would look good with a sleek, clean plastic or brushed steel letterbox. Just be advised that this may not be an ideal choice for those of you with pets, because they will have easy access to the mail and can tear it apart or misplace it.
A door letterbox implies that a mailman needs to come to your door through your front yard. While that is not such a bad thing, there are people who simply prefer to keep their gate closed – either for privacy or because they have a pet. If you are one of those people, an in fence letterbox may be the perfect solution. You will keep your pet safe, your privacy intact and still get your packages and letters. There are a few considerations for this type too. It is supposed to be made in accordance with the specifications of your already existing fence. Additionally, an in fence letterbox can be mounted into wooden, brick and steel fences – you simply need to consult with a specialist so that you can avoid mistakes. And for better security, it also has a key lockable rear door.
The choices are many. You can opt for a model made of sturdy galvanized steel and powder coated finish that sports a great style and high durability features. Or, there is the option to install an in fence letterbox that is designed with an eco-friendly Accoya wood which is built to withstand tough conditions anywhere in the world. And lastly, you can personalize it by engraving your last name or anything else you find appropriate.
When one thinks about letterboxes, the first type that often comes to mind is the post mounted one, or also known as curbside. These are quite commonly used and are usually placed outside the yard. Unfortunately, because of their location, post mounted letterboxes are prone to damages caused by vandalism. However, when compared to the other above-mentioned types, the curbside letterbox is most visible and most convenient for postmen that deliver letters and packages by truck, since they won’t need to walk to your fence or door.