Choosing Vertical Mailboxes for Your Renovation 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 a renovation project.
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 mailboxes with new 4C horizontal mailboxes
- Or replacing old 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.
Here are the 3 common mistakes to avoid:
- You cannot order vertical Florence mailbox units for a new construction project
- If they don’t have a striated aluminum finish they will scratch and show fingerprints easily
- If the Florence mailbox supplier is not reputable or knowledgeable, it could cost you more in the long run
1. New Construction Projects Cannot Use Vertical Mailboxes
The first mistake to avoid is when ordering vertical mount mailboxes for a new construction project.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) mailbox guidelines are very clear:
- They do not allow the installation of vertical apartment mailboxes on new construction projects.
- But they do allow this type of 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+ mailboxes are only approved by the USPS when they are replacing vertical recessed mailbox models in an existing rough wall opening. Additionally, that rough wall opening cannot be altered during renovation.
2. Buy Units 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 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 mailboxes should have a striated finish so that they are not only scratch resistant but also far easier to keep clean and looking new.
3. Who You Buy From Is 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 apartment mailbox units from a reputable and knowledgeable mailbox supplier. Buy from a supplier 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.
Still Have Questions ?
Do you have any questions about buying Florence vertical mount mailboxes including replacement parts or installation?
For more information see our article on Vertical Mailboxes Replacement Information.
Florence Manufacturing also has additional information on their PDF file entitled, Choosing Centralized Mailboxes that Comply with the U.S. Postal Service Regulations.Tags: Commercial Mailboxes, Renovation, Upgrading Mailboxes, Vertical Mailboxes