Mail slots for doors or walls (popular in Europe) are wonderful reminders of the personal walk up mail delivery long offered by the United States Postal Service. Long before the days of postal trucks and community mailboxes, postmen walked from home to home, delivering mail directly to each front door.
If your neighborhood still allows for door-to-door walk up mail delivery service, one of the simplest and most secure methods of receiving your mail are door mail slots that are installed into your front door (or installed in a wall nearby).
The MailboxWorks, the nation’s leading retailer of home mail slots (as well as many other commercial and residential mailboxes) offers a wide variety of choices for either upgrading or installing mail slot mailboxes for the first time.
In this article, we’ll provide a complete overview of the features and options you should consider when selecting the perfect mail slot for your home, covering:
- Mail Slot Security
- Mail Slot Size
- Mail Slot Finish
Mail Slot Security
First, this type of home mail delivery is considered one of the safest ways to receive your mail, even more secure than having mail delivered to a locking wall mount or post mount mailbox.
Two popular mail slot mailboxes that offer this added security are the MailboxWork’s European Home mail slots and the Streetscape Executive mail slots. For homeowners who wish to further secure their mail on the inside of their home, The MailboxWorks offers the Auth Florence letter drop mailbox with an inside-the-home locking collection box.
Mail Slot Size
The second consideration is choosing the appropriate mail slot size for your needs.
The smallest available mail slots, such at the European Home satin brushed stainless steel mail slots, will accommodate mail that is less than two inches high and ten inches wide. The largest mail slots, also made by European Home in satin or polished stainless steel, can accommodate small packages such as books that are up to four inches high by thirteen inches wide.
Every installation includes an outside mail slot plate to cover the hole cut through your front door or wall. The actual mail slot plate size is always slightly larger than the actual size of the slot the mail is delivered through.
Once you determine which mail slot size to select, the next consideration is to consider whether or not to order the optional mail slot plate for the interior side of the door or wall, which will help give the installation a more professional finished look both inside and outside of the home.
Because the interior mail slot plate is relatively inexpensive and provide a great “bang-for-the-buck,” the experts at The MailboxWorks always encourages including this with your order.
Mail Slot Finish
Finally, you should also consider which finish or color to choose. Most mail slots are offered in a stainless steel in two finish choices:
- Satin brushed finish
- Polished stainless steel
The MailboxWork’s Streetscape Executive mail slots are a wonderful choice for homeowners looking for a natural brass finish that will patina and darken over time to its own very unique color.
And for those homeowners selecting the Auth Florence high security letter drop mailbox with locking collection box, a wide variety of powder coat finishes is available such as antique bronze, dark bronze, postal grey, silver speck, white, sandstone, gold speck, black, as well as anodized aluminum.
Contact the mailbox experts at The Mailboxworks toll free at 1-800-824-9985 if you have any questions or need help choosing a mail slot mailbox for your home.