How to Buy a Mail Shelter for Outdoor Mailboxes

March 1, 2011 5:38 pm

As the housing market continues to falter, apartment and rental unit owners are focused on enhancing property appeal in order to sustain profitable lease or rent levels.  One major upgrade to any property is the addition of stylish, USPS approved Vario mail shelters or outdoor mail centers.

UPDATE: 4C Pedestal Mailboxes have been discontinued as of November 30, 2020. The USPS Cluster Box Unit (CBU) Mailbox is now the standard for all multi-family mail delivery.

A pre-engineered Vairo mail shelter for the commonly known 4C locking outdoor mailboxes allows mail centers to be placed anywhere on the property rather than installed as a wall mount mail center or indoor commons mailbox unit.

“Our tenants love the convenience of this new feature,” notes a 410-unit property owner in Bend, Oregon, “placing the new outdoor mail centers strategically near each building makes it much easier for tenants to get their mail.  It’s much better than the old system of having all 410 mailboxes in the commons. Now the commons has so much more room.”

Before you purchase covered mailboxes for your outdoor mail centers, first determine the number of outdoor mailboxes needed.  Then determine the number of locations or mail centers you wish to purchase.  If some outdoor mailbox locations require more Vario mailboxes than others, each mail center can be specifically customized to meet the needs of each mail center location.

Once you’ve calculated the number of outdoor mailboxes required for each location, determine whether or not you want to provide tenants with overhead mail shelter for their stops at the mailbox.  For overhead mail shelters, select the appropriate sized Vario mail shelter kit – these kits, unlike the roofless Express units, each contain a roof truss that can be finished to match any style of shingle used on your property.

One the roof decision is made, select the mail shelter kit powder coat finish and interior side panel color.  Optional exterior aluminum side panels may also be added and come in a variety of colors to match the mail center unit.

And before you order your mail center for outdoor mailboxes, determine whether your locations require a 90 mph wind resistance unit or a 150 mph wind resistance unit.

Finally determine whether you want to add an additional sense of safety and security to each mail center unit thru the addition of the optional lighting kits.  These mailbox lighting kits for the Vario mail shelters are available in solar powered units as well as traditional AC powered lights.

Stainless steel fasteners and Hilti Anchoring Systems are included with each to ensure that each mail center unit is securely located on the property.

For assistance with any Vario mail shelter project or Express mail center, contact The MailboxWorks at 1-866-717-4943. Discounts are available for most projects with multiple 4C mailbox units or Express or Vario shelters.


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