Mailboxes FAQ - Everything you need to know about mailboxes
How much is a mailbox?
A residential mailbox by itself (without a post) costs between $50 and $470, depending on the material, style, features (locking, non-locking, etc.) A mailbox and post combo usually ranges between $200 and $830, again depending on the material, style, and features. For customers purchasing mailboxes for a residential development, we offer bulk pricing.
What is the best material for a mailbox?
Steel and Stainless Steel are probably the most durable materials for a mailbox, and therefore likely the best. Steel is highly resistant to rust and the elements, making it a reliable choice for a mailbox. But powder-coated cast aluminum is also a common and reliable material for a mailbox and post.
Does the post office sell mailboxes?
No, the United States Postal Service does NOT sell mailboxes. But not to worry: that’s why we’re here.
What is the size of a normal mailbox?
A normal Economy Mailbox is 9 in. H x 7.25 in. W. x 20.5 in. D and weighs 6 lbs. Our popular Janzer Mailbox, on the other hand, is 10 ⅞ in .H x 8 ⅝ in. W x 21 ⅛ in. D and weighs 9.3 lbs. This is considered slightly larger than a standard mailbox.
Do mailboxes have to be approved?
Most, if not all, residential mailboxes by brands we sell are already USPS approved for residential curbside delivery. However, the USPS does have requirements for where your mailbox is located if you want to receive incoming mail.
- Position your mailbox 41 in. to 45 in. from the road surface to the bottom of the mailbox or point of mail entry.
- Place your mailbox 6 in. to 8 in. back from the curb. If you do not have a raised curb, contact your local postmaster for guidance.
- Put your house or apartment number on the mailbox.
- If your mailbox is on a different street from your house or apartment, put your full street address on the box.
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Also, the USPS requires that slots for locking mailboxes be at least 1.75 inches high by 10 inches wide. If you only check your mail periodically, a locking mailbox must have the capacity to hold a daily volume of mail.
What is a Post Mounted Mailbox?
A post-mounted mailbox is exactly what it sounds like: it is a curbside mailbox mounted to the top or side of a 4x4 post and is designed for USPS curbside delivery. Post mount mailboxes are available with either non-locking or locking features and usually have flag-side address numbering.
Does a mailbox have to have a flag?
It depends. If you want to send outgoing mail via the USPS, then Yes, your mailbox has to have a flag. The USPS requires that signal flags be mounted on the right side of the mailbox when facing the mailbox from the front.
However, if you have no need for outgoing mail and just need to receive mail and packages (as is common with most wall mount mailboxes, for example), then an outgoing flag is not required. If your mailbox does have a flag, note that it can be any color except any shade of green, brown, white, yellow or blue. The preferred flag colors are fluorescent orange or red.
What are community mailboxes called?
The most common type of community mailbox is a cluster mailbox or CBU mailbox: a multi-tenant, pedestal mounted mailbox system for centralized mail delivery to apartments and/or residential communities. They contain 8, 12, 13, or 16 locked tenant mailboxes and between 1 and 4 parcel lockers for package delivery.
Who is responsible for community mailboxes?
If the USPS owns the community mailbox, then the local post office is responsible for it and provides every resident a compartment and three keys for their mailbox unit, free of charge. If the CBU is part of an apartment complex, then the builder or property manager usually provides the mailbox keys to tenants and is responsible for the community mailbox.