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Mailboxes For Rhode Island Homes and Commerce
Rhode Island may be the smallest US state, but its need for mail delivery and package delivery is as big as many other states. With just over a million people, Rhode Island needs more mail delivery than some larger, less populous states. And this delivery is necessary not just for homes, but for commercial properties such as businesses and entire communities.
The good news is that there is a mailbox for every property. These range from the simplest curbside mailboxes for rural homes to full, centralized mail delivery systems that include parcel lockers.
We serve the Providence, Newport, and Warwick areas as well as every place in between, providing mailboxes for every home and commercial need. If the worst should happen to your mailbox, we can help reduce your repair costs by providing specific replacement parts such as mailbox locks, doors, posts, and cabinets. We also provide accessories for every mailbox type, such as address numbers.
USPS-Approved Rhode Island Mailboxes for Homes and Small Businesses
Sometimes, simple is best. The wall-mounted and curbside mailbox types will serve most homes and small businesses well. They are easy to install and repair, if necessary. Curbside mailboxes also have the highest potential for customization out of all mailbox types, and are often central to enhancing curb appeal and therefore, a home or rental property’s value.
Both mailbox types come in a variety of colors, styles, and finishes. Locking models are even available if security is a concern, or if sensitive mail is handled on a regular basis. For communities such as condos or strip malls, multi-family curbside mailboxes may help keep mail delivery organized and consolidate all mailboxes into one or several areas. This can reduce maintenance costs and installation time.
Ensure that curbside mailboxes are six to eight inches from the curb or roadside, and that they stand between 41 and 45 inches high. If it is damaged by a snowplow, check with local authorities to see if that mailbox can be replaced or reimbursed. Rhode Island may reimburse for mailboxes destroyed by state snowplows. Otherwise, it is the owner’s responsibility to replace mailboxes.
USPS-Approved Commercial Mailboxes for Rhode Island Properties
When entire communities or large commercial properties need mail delivery, centralized mailboxes are often the best choice. These mailboxes contain multiple customer units inside the same cabinet, and often include parcel lockers to account for increasing package delivery.
The new 4C line of mailboxes are the only ones approved by the USPS for new installations. They all have horizontal, locking customer compartments and typically include parcel lockers. The older 4B type, which have square or vertical compartments, are being phased out for USPS delivery. They can only be purchased to replace mailboxes of the exact same type or for private delivery.
4C mailboxes are versatile, as they can mount to walls, recess into surfaces, or simply stand alone as freestanding models. When installing, ensure that each compartment is between 28 and 67 inches from the ground level, and ensure no parcel locker is lower than 15 inches from the ground or finished floor.
Frequently Asked Questions About Rhode Island Mailboxes
Where is the Best Place to Install 4C Mailboxes in Rhode Island?
4C mailboxes, as they are considered centralized mail delivery, are best installed in a front or central location of a property. Often, they are near parking lots, in apartment lobbies, in central hallways, or even in outdoor mail kiosks. Freestanding models can mount to concrete, while recessed models work well in kiosks or in indoor, central locations such as resident clubhouses.
How Do Parcel Lockers Work in Rhode Island?
With centralized mail delivery, at least one parcel locker is required by the USPS for every ten customer units. Recently, the USPS changed that requirement for apartments, and all new installations will need to include one parcel locker per five compartments.
Parcel lockers hold customer packages until pickup, and each customer receives a key when a package gets delivered.
More parcel lockers can be added to a centralized mail system if needed, as they are designed to mount beside existing 4C mailboxes.
Should I Upgrade My Old 4B Mailboxes in Rhode Island?
If mail theft and damage are issues for your older, 4B mailboxes, then upgrading to the new 4C line may be a good idea. Safety and security are two things that tenants look for when choosing a property and upgrading mailboxes may go a long way toward tenant retention.
4C mailboxes are generally sturdier than their older 4B counterparts and resist weathering very well, making them more attractive.