Construction project managers and architects who are renovating apartments and other multi-tenant and multi-unit complexes (including commercial properties) are often faced with one of two choices:
- Either replacing old vertical wall mailboxes with new 4C horizontal mailboxes
- Or replacing old vertical mailboxes with new vertical apartment mailboxes
It’s a dilemma that is packed with a myriad of challenges throughout the process of sourcing and procuring the proper apartment mailboxes for their project.
In this article, the mailbox experts at The MailboxWorks provide guidance to sidestep the most common three mistakes made when selecting commercial vertical mailboxes for one’s construction project:
- You cannot order Florence vertical mailboxes for a new construction project
- If vertical mailboxes don’t have a striated aluminum finish they will scratch and show fingerprints easily
- If the vertical mailbox supplier is not reputable or knowledgeable, it could cost you more in the long run
New Construction Projects Cannot Use Vertical Mailboxes
The first mistake to avoid is ordering vertical mailboxes for a new construction project. The United States Postal Service (USPS) vertical mailbox guidelines are very clear:
- They do not allow the installation of vertical apartment mailboxes on new construction projects.
- But they do allow vertical mailbox replacement for renovation projects only.
On all new construction projects (and major renovation projects) it is mandatory to install Auth Florence horizontal compliant USPS STD-4C commercial mailboxes.
Because the USPS regulations are very specific and detailed, it is vital to the success of your renovation or construction project to get postmaster approval first.
Before buying vertical mailboxes for your project, you need to be aware that 4B+ vertical mailboxes are only approved by the USPS when they are replacing recessed vertical mailbox models in an existing rough wall opening. Additionally, that rough wall opening cannot be altered during renovation.
Buy Vertical Mailboxes that Resist Scratches and Fingerprints
A second common mistake made when buying vertical mailboxes is to purchase vertical apartment mailboxes that do not have a striated aluminum finish.
Non-striated vertical mailboxes notoriously attract unsightly fingerprints and easily scratch, which often completely negates the advantage of being able to do vertical mailbox replacement.
Your new Florence vertical mailboxes should have a striated finish so that they are not only scratch resistant but also far easier to keep clean and looking new.
Who You Buy From As Important As What You Buy
A third common mistake made when buying new vertical apartment mailboxes is to buy on price alone, with no regard for the mailbox vendor’s experience or reputation. When buying, be sure the advice you get is in line with USPS mailbox guidelines.
USPS mailbox installation guidelines are very specific so it’s wise to buy Florence vertical mailboxes from a reputable and knowledgeable mailbox supplier, one who can walk you through all the various options and considerations and accurately answer your questions.
Here at The MailboxWorks our mailbox experts are quite knowledgeable about every mailbox product they sell and can ensure you choose the most appropriate vertical apartment mailboxes for your renovation project.
If you have any questions about buying Florence vertical apartment mailboxes including replacement parts or installation, call our Mailboxworks customer service line toll free at 1-800-824-9985 or contact us through our online contact form and someone will be glad to serve you. For more information see our article on Vertical Mailboxes Replacement Information.
You can buy Florence vertical mailboxes from our online store, but we also have a showroom in Naperville, Illinois (near Chicago), so if you are in the area, drop by and talk with our mailbox experts.