Although there are a myriad of options when purchasing residential wall mount mailboxes, many people still have questions about how to install a wall mount mailbox properly.
You don’t need any special skills for DIY wall mount mailbox installation however, in this article The Mailboxworks offers four things you should keep in mind as a guide to locating the best place to mount your new home mailbox.
- Keep your mailbox protected from inclement weather
- Your mailbox should be viewable from a window or door
- Know the proper wall mount mailbox installation height
- Check with your local postmaster before installing your wall mount mailbox
1. Protect Your Wall Mount Mailbox from the Weather
First, you should consider where you want to install a wall mount mailbox so that the location provides protection from inclement weather conditions such as snow, rain, and strong winds. While many wall mount mailbox designs provide inherent features that protect the mail from the elements, you shouldn’t have to stand out in the wind or rain to retrieve your mail. For DIY wall mount mailbox installation, try and choose a location that is protected by a wall, alcove, overhang, or other architectural feature of your home.
Many wall mount mailbox designs have window-type features that allow you to see whether your mail has arrived or not, so keep this in mind when you install your wall mount mailbox near your home’s entrance. Your home mailbox should be viewable from inside a nearby window, door, or peephole. Install the wall mount mailbox in a convenient location where you don’t even have to open the door and step outside to see if your mail has arrived. If your mailbox has a viewing window, you might also want to consider whether or not your wall mount mailbox installation will make it visible from the street or sidewalk. No need to broadcast to potential mail thieves that your mail has arrived.
3. Know the Proper Wall Mount Mailbox Installation Height
Because many wall mount mailboxes are located on porch areas or front door steps, you will need to consider the wall mount mailbox installation height from two perspectives:
- The mailbox height for the postal carrier
- The mailbox height for the homeowner
With a DIY wall mount mailbox installation the location might include steep steps. If the mailbox is installed at a level that coordinates with the highest step it may only make it easiest for the homeowner. However, it’s also important to install a wall mount mailbox at a height that does not create a hardship for your postal carrier who may be reaching to deliver your mail from a lower step. So consider choosing a wall mount mailbox installation height that takes both users into consideration. For more information on wall mount mailbox height, check out USPS mailbox guidelines page.
Finally, if you want to install a wall mount mailbox in a new location (different from your current mailbox location), it is recommended that you first consult with your local postmaster. You will need postmaster approval for the new location and to ensure that your mailbox installation complies with USPS regulations and rules.
The Mailboxworks is located in Naperville, Illinois (near Chicago) and is North America’s leading online supplier for both commercial and residential mailboxes, including column mount, post mount, and wall mount mailboxes. If you live in the Chicagoland area ask us about our mailbox installation services.
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