It’s a fact of life that we don’t use traditional mail as much as we did in the past. But even in this increasingly connected world where most of our written communication takes place online, letterboxes remain a permanent addition to the exterior of our homes. And how could we ever have the heart to get rid of them? Our letterbox is where we received the love letters sent by our childhood crushes, the heart-warming holiday carts from our grandparents, and the vacation postcards from our friends. Although this may not be the case today, just the mere presence of a letterbox brings more warmth and joy to a home.
What’s more, the popularity of letterboxes is currently on the rise with a wide range of contemporary models to choose from. The fact that the humble letterbox is being regarded as a timeless staple in exterior design, means that you should invest great care in choosing the right model for you. Whether you’re looking for a sleek, minimalistic box that can complement your modern exterior, or are looking for something with a little more vintage in it, this is what you need to consider.
Choose the Perfect Mount
Of course, the way your letterbox is attached to your exterior can also greatly influence its look. Today, many contemporary homes are adorned with a sleek fence mounted letterbox. Unlike fence mounts of the past which we’re very susceptible to vandalism, today’s fence mounted letterbox is made to the exact specifications of an existing fence and fits perfectly in it with a flush finish. This design is also very convenient to use. The mail man can drop off the mail without having to enter your property, while you can safely get your mail from the inside of the fence by opening its lock-protected door.
Of course, there are also wall mounted models as well, where the letterbox is integrated into your houses siding. When opting for this kind of a design, choose a colour and material that won’t disturb the look of the siding. There’s also the option of having your letterbox installed by the curbside in the form of a post-mounted model. A post-mounted letterbox is especially prone to vandalism because it’s outside of your fence, therefore choose this model if you live in a usually safe neighborhood.
Materials Matter a Lot!
Another important thing to consider is the material a letterbox is made of. Stainless steel metal units are popular because of their durability and resistance to all sorts of outside conditions such as humidity and UV rays. Stainless steel letterboxes work best when implemented in either an industrial inspired exterior, or a more modern one. On the other hand if you’re looking for something more traditional you might want to explore the range of wooden letterboxes.
A wooden model might be tricky to settle for because overtime it can become damaged by the elements. However if you choose an exceptionally durable material such as Accoya wood this won’t be the case. Accoya is a type of modified timber that is very resistant to sun damage and moisture. Letterboxes made from Accoya are famous for their rich, earthy colour and sleek aesthetic appeal.