Even if you send more messages than ever from your mobile device, you will still have a letterbox at home, and that is something that is never going to change — no matter how much more technologically advanced your house gets. Letterboxes occupy a beloved place in culture and history which virtually guarantees that these iconic boxes are here to stay.
Now that isn’t to say that they haven’t developed over time; in fact, today’s mailboxes are more advanced than ever before. From the security to aesthetic considerations, materials to design, read on for what you need to know before purchasing a new letterbox.
1. It is one of the most underrated home upgrades.
This year you may have made it your mission to undertake the outdoor home improvements that you have been putting off for several years. These projects may include fixing any cracks in your driveway, introducing solar landscape lights, freshening up your front door, or updating your numerals. However, there is one essential outdoor home upgrade that is highly underrated and forgotten by too many homeowners — the letterbox.
Possessing a letterbox is conventional practice for all homes; however, if you haven’t modernized yours in a while, then it may be time to commit to giving it a makeover. Not only is this important for practical and visual reasons, but it also is necessary for security purposes. Ask yourself, when was the last time you examined your mailbox? If it has been more than a couple of years, it is time to (at least) explore the new and improved options.
2. It should be considered part of your home’s security system.
One of the most crucial considerations you need to make when looking to purchase a new letterbox is what security mechanisms does it comprise and whether or not you are comfortable with the level of protection it provides. Generally, as your letterbox can easily be a vulnerable point in your home, it is suggested that you select a mailbox that is either key lockable or has a provision for a lock.
If you aren’t sure about the security features you need or want to learn more about the options, make sure to speak with an industry-leading provider that understands and focuses on security features. Regularly, these high-quality providers sell some of the best priced, most advanced home security products and letterboxes.
3. Pay attention to materials.
As with anything you utilize in the home, you want to make sure you are considering the materials from which your letterbox is made. After all, not all mailboxes are made from the type of high-quality materials that are necessary for it to be able to stand up against the elements over multiple seasons and years. Therefore, it is essential to consider what conditions the letterbox is going to have to stand through and take that into account when looking at options for materials.
Generally, if you need the most durable and reliable option, you are going to want to buy a metal or stone one (such as stainless steel or sandstone). Alternatively, if you want durability and a more modern look, opt to install a stainless steel or black stainless steel version. Furthermore, a galvanized steel letterbox is attractive for homeowners who fancy a more rustic vibe at the entrance to their home.
4. Keep looking until you find the right one for you.
One of the things you will quickly realize when you are looking for a new letterbox is that there are plenty of options on the market. In fact, when browsing the wide array of letterboxes for sale, you may find it overwhelming to choose as there are numerous design possibilities. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you keep searching until you see the right one for you.
For aesthetic purposes, you may prefer to have a freestanding letterbox; alternatively, a fence-mounted letterbox or brick-in letterbox may be a better fit for the style of your home. There are practical matters to consider as well; if you regularly receive parcels, then you are going to want a letterbox that has a large opening to guarantee that the packages fit inside.
No matter which design you think is right for you, make sure that the one you choose flows naturally with your current landscaping design and the architecture of your home.
When was the last time you upgraded your letterbox? Is it something you are considering doing in the upcoming months? Let us know your thoughts and experiences regarding mailboxes in the comments below!
Beau Flavell has been a Product & Account Manager for Sandleford Holdings since July 2017. He completed his VCE at Brighton Grammar School and also holds an A-Class Electrician License. Beau has been working on developing a new range of innovative letterboxes and currently lives in Melbourne, Australia.