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Mailboxes For Homes and Businesses in Iowa
Like many other states, Iowa has a growing population. Growing nearly five percent in the past ten years, Iowa now has over three million people. This means new residential mailbox installations, and it also means new commercial mailbox installations for apartment complexes, entire communities, and businesses. As of 2021, there are over a quarter million businesses and well over a million housing units.
It is the responsibility of property owners and managers to provide safe and effective mail delivery from the USPS. This is true for residential and commercial tenants. Package delivery is a must in some cases, too.
Serving the Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport areas, as well as everywhere in between, we provide not only new, USPS-approved mailboxes of all types. We also provide replacement parts for all types of mailboxes, and these range from doors, locks, flags, customer numbers, and much more. Accessories are also available to enhance the look and security of your mailboxes.
USPS-Approved Mailboxes for Iowa Homes and Small Businesses
Virtually every home and small business needs mail delivery. Curbside mailboxes and wall-mounted models can meet these needs for both single-family homes and businesses. For multi-family homes and condos, curbside mailboxes can also come as multi-family models, where more than one customer compartment mounts to the same post or posts.
Wall-mounted and curbside mailboxes can also come as locking models, or as larger models to accommodate more mail delivery than average. This is useful for small businesses and for those who cannot check their mail often.
Both mailbox types can enhance the look of a home or small business, adding to its curb appeal and increasing the property’s value. For rental properties, the right curbside mailbox can suit the palette of a home and increase its value and help to attract tenants.
Everything from posts to finishes and address numbers can be customized for these mailboxes.
USPS-Approved Commercial Mailboxes for Communities and Commerce
For larger commercial properties, apartment complexes, and some communities, curbside and wall-mounted mailboxes are insufficient to meet mail delivery and package delivery needs. In these cases, centralized mail delivery works well.
The new 4C mailboxes have multiple, horizontal customer units contained in the same cabinet. These units all have sturdy locks, and parcel lockers are usually included to hold packages safely until each customer can access them. One parcel locker is needed for every ten units, except for apartments where that number is one per five.
4C mailboxes mount onto walls, stand alone on concrete slabs, or recess into vertical surfaces. They are versatile, and work well in kiosks, lobbies, hallways, and near parking lots. Best installed in central locations, they are very durable and resistant to damage and vandalism. Replacement parts are available in the uncommon event that damage occurs or a lock breaks.
Frequently Asked Questions About Iowa Mailboxes
Who is Responsible for Damaged Mailboxes in Iowa?
Snowplows are a common reason for mailbox damage in Iowa, though vandalism and other damage can occur.
Usually, the owner is responsible for replacement or repair, and the USPS won’t deliver to destroyed or heavily damaged mailboxes. Sometimes, city and county authorities are responsible for replacing mailboxes, but this depends on the locality. Check with your local authorities to know if this is the case.
Can I Create a Custom Mail Station in Iowa?
If you manage a large property with many tenants, you may be wondering if you can mix and match mailboxes to meet the needs of everyone. Only the 4C mailboxes can be used for this purpose, as they are USPS-approved.
4C mailboxes and parcel lockers are designed to mount side by side, no matter which type. They have varying numbers of customer compartments and parcel lockers. More can be added over time as tenant needs increase or more people or businesses move into a property.
4B mailboxes still exist in some locations, and these mailboxes have square or vertical compartments. They are being phased out and cannot be purchased for new installations or major renovations.
How Must Mailboxes Be Installed in Iowa?
Curbside mailboxes must stand 6 to 8 inches back from the curb, and between 41 and 45 inches high. Wall-mounted mailboxes must be in an obvious and easy to reach location. For centralized mailboxes, ensure no parcel locker is closer to the floor or ground than 15 inches, and that all customer compartments are between 28 and 67 inches from the floor. And all mailbox types must have no obstructions around them or other hazards.