It’s a fact that in today’s technology-driven world, social media has almost completely replaced the traditional form of written communication – mail. Nevertheless, lovely letterboxes continue to grace the homes across the world. There’s a certain charm to these “vintage” exterior elements that makes it incredibly difficult to part with. Letterboxes are here to stay, and if you’re looking to upgrade your curb appeal with one, here’s what you will need to consider.
Custom or Ready-Made?
If you’re in a hurry and want a letterbox this instant, you can purchase a ready-made letterbox from any garden supply store or exterior décor retailer. But it’s also important to know that just like any other home element, a letterbox can also be custom-made to fit your requirements. Especially if you have a unique exterior that demands a unique letterbox as well. In that case, consider enlisting the help of a manufacturer who specializes in custom made letterboxes that precisely fit your exterior in size, shape and design. Custom made letterboxes also allow you to give your design a personal touch in the form of a unique carvings, or other additional decorative detail to your liking.
The Matter of Material
As with every exterior feature, you need to choose a letterbox that will be able to gracefully withstand the outdoor conditions that it’s going to be exposed to 24/7. With this in mind, the material your letterbox is made of matters a lot. For instance, if you want to enhance your curb appeal with the charm of a classic wooden letterbox, it’s best to choose highly-resistant woods such as teak or Accoya, which are almost immune to damage from the sun, rain, or pest. If metal designs are your cup of tea, stainless steel letterboxes are also a great investment in durability.
There’s also the Choice of Mount
When you think about letterboxes, the first thing that usually comes to mind is the iconic post-mounted curbside letterbox that we see all the time on TV and in films. However, there are other mounting options which might be more suitable for the modern homeowner. Like for instance, the door-mounted or wall-mounted types which allow you to have the convenience of getting your mail without actually having to leave your front porch. If you go with this mount, make sure that the materials and design match your siding. Some people also choose to have their letterbox fence-mounted, which is quite convenient for postmen as they won’t need to enter your property.