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Alaska Mailboxes For Every Property
Everyone has heard the motto of the USPS: that neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will stop mail delivery. Though the motto is actually a myth, the need for reliable mail delivery is not, and nowhere is that as true as in Alaska.
With just under a million people, Alaska has just over 250,000 households, and all of them require mail delivery, sometimes in difficult conditions. There are also just over 21,000 businesses, or commercial properties, as well. All these properties require safe and reliable USPS mail delivery.
With the expense of shipping to Alaska, it is vital that package delivery be handled with care as well. Businesses and families must be able to receive packages without the fear of damage or theft, whether they are in a larger urban center such as Anchorage or a small town.
We provide safe and secure mailboxes of varying types for Alaska properties, both commercial and residential. We also have replacement parts for parcel lockers, curbside mailboxes, and the new 4C centralized mail delivery systems as well.
USPS Approved Mailboxes For Alaska Residential Properties
Curbside mailboxes are common in Alaska, as they do not require USPS personnel to walk to each mailbox to deliver mail. Many of these mailboxes are weather-resistant as well. Wall-mounted mailboxes, which are found in areas with a denser population, may work in some suburbs and mount near the front door of each residential property.
Because the weather conditions are often tough, these mailboxes are made from durable materials such as aluminum, which resist weathering and tough conditions. Locking units are available for areas where theft is an issue, and these mailboxes can be ordered in larger sizes if they need to hold larger mail volumes or if residents must travel often.
In Alaska, curbside mailboxes must be installed with driver safety in mind. Both state and USPS regulations must be followed when installing curbside mailboxes. As roads can become treacherous, curbside mailboxes must have wooden posts or metal posts that can give way in the event of a collision in order to prevent injury to drivers.
Centralized Mail Delivery In Alaska: The USPS-Approved Units
Because of the driving conditions in Alaska, state authorities encourage the use of centralized mail delivery whenever possible. Centralized mailboxes come in the form of a single cabinet that holds multiple customer compartments. They work well for residential properties, neighborhoods, some communities, and commercial properties.
These mailboxes can mount to indoor or outdoor walls, recess into surfaces, or stand alone on a pedestal or as a freestanding model. The newer models often have parcel lockers for holding valuable packages as well.
Currently, the new 4C mailboxes are required by the USPS for new installations and come approved by the postal service. Older 4B models, with square or vertical compartments, may still be found, but are being phased out due to the improved security and durability of the newer 4C models. 4B mailboxes can only be purchased to replace mailboxes of the same type, in the same location, and if no major renovations are happening in the area.
One parcel locker per ten compartments is required by the USPS, and for apartments, that number is now one locker per five compartments.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are The Rules For Installing Curbside Boxes in Alaska?
The regulations for installing curbside mailboxes in Alaska come from two sources: the USPS and the Alaska Department of Transportation. Both sets of rules must be followed when installing curbside mailboxes.
The USPS requires that curbside mailboxes stand 6 to 8 inches back from the road or curb, and to facilitate easy mail delivery, must stand 41 to 45 inches from the ground. Mailboxes must be on the same side of the road as every other mailbox in the area. They must not be so damaged that delivery is impossible, or obstructed.
Statewide rules require metal or wooden posts only, which can break away and prevent serious injury to motorists during an accident. Other types of supports can pose a hazard to vehicles.
Can I Customize My Alaska Centralized Mailboxes?
4C mailboxes are the only type of centralized mailboxes that can be used to create and customize a centralized mail system, as they are USPS-approved for new installations. These units come in different sizes, have varying customer compartments, and can mount side by side until all customer needs are met.
What Is The Best Way To Handle Packages In Alaska?
For packages arriving via the USPS, parcel lockers offer secure delivery, storage, and retrieval of packages. Parcel lockers can be purchased alone, they can come with 4C mailboxes, or they can be purchased to mount beside an existing 4C setup.