Mailboxes are one of the most familiar sights in the country. Everyone has seen mailboxes before, and nearly everyone has one. There are many different types of mailboxes available, and many can be both functional and decorative.
For many of us, the first mailboxes we owned were Valentine mailboxes at school. Made of construction paper and taped to our desks, Valentine mailboxes were the perfect receptacle for those holiday wishes from our classmates. Even Charlie Brown had a Valentine mailbox, showing how ingrained this childhood activity is in popular culture.
Now that we are grown up, our residential mailboxes come in as many different styles as we do. There are rural mailboxes for those in the countryside, and apartment-style locking mailboxes for people who live in the city. Some people choose to hand paint their house number and name on their mailbox, while others opt for the convenience of self-sticking letters and numbers. Those who are particularly artistic may also paint a favorite design such as flowers on plain mailboxes, and those who are not so gifted may choose decorative mailboxes or mailbox covers instead.
For a finishing touch to your mailbox, you may choose to buy a custom mailbox name plate. Mailbox name plates are available in a wide variety of styles and colors. You can get a metal name plate that features ornate scrollwork or one fashioned to resemble a weathervane. Today, there are even name plates available that are digitally printed with any colors, letter fonts, and pictures that you choose.
You may buy a mailbox that is a one piece unit for easy installation. An example of such units is the Mailmaster series by Step 2, a one piece heavy duty plastic unit that requires only the separate purchase of a 4×4 post to install. You may also choose to mount a plain mailbox to a separate wood or metal post.
Whatever type of mailbox you decide to use, you should visit the United States Postal Services website and review the mailbox requirements prior to installing your new mailbox. There are federal requirements on such details as distance from the curb and height from the ground. You should also check with your state and local governments to see if they place additional restrictions on mailbox placement. Homeowners’ associations may also place restrictions on the type of mailbox you can use, so if you belong to an association, you should also check their rules and regulations for mailboxes.