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Montana Mailboxes: For Every Home and Business
Mail delivery is a staple in every state. Montana is no exception, with its one million residents and approximately forty thousand businesses. Most of this delivery happens via the USPS, and that includes regular mail and packages. Montana has one of the fastest growing populations as well, meaning that new homes, businesses, and mailboxes will be needed in the coming years.
All homes and commercial properties need mail delivery, and it’s the property owner’s responsibility to provide mailboxes and ways to receive packages. The good news is that mailboxes for every type of property exist, and for some systems, parcel lockers also exist for safely receiving packages.
We provide mailboxes for every home and business in Billings, Missoula, Great Falls, and everywhere in between. We also provide replacement parts for each mailbox as well, ranging from mailbox doors, posts, pedestals, locks, and flags. Replacement parts can be used to repair single-family mailboxes as well as larger, commercial mailbox systems.
Montana Mailboxes with USPS Approval for Families
Single-family mailboxes are the type that usually come to mind when thinking of mailboxes. These types are usually curbside and wall-mounted mailboxes.
Curbside mailboxes simply stand near a curb, and so long as they are installed six to eight inches from the curb or road surface and are between 41 to 45 inches high, they are eligible to receive USPS delivery. Mailboxes also should not use any dangerous supports such as concrete-filled buckets to avoid damage to vehicles. Montana also has its own rules for the installation of mailboxes.
Curbside mailboxes have the best potential for enhancing curb appeal—literally. This can add to the value of a home or rental property and come in handy when it comes time to rent or sell. These mailboxes can also come as multiple units, with more than one unit sharing the same post or posts, and this works well in some communities.
Wall-mounted mailboxes must be installed near a front door or above a porch, in an obvious location. However, they are the easiest to install and also have some potential for customization.
Both types of mailboxes can come as locking models.
Montana Mailboxes with USPS Approval for Commercial Properties
Commercial properties here refer to multi-family communities such as apartments and those properties that house businesses. Mailboxes for these properties typically handle larger mail volumes and packages, which are increasing in recent years.
These types of mailboxes are more common in larger cities such as Billings but are also installed in new apartment developments and commercial properties elsewhere. The 4C line of mailboxes contain multiple horizontal compartments contained in the same sturdy cabinet. These mailbox types, which are USPS-approved, can mount onto concrete slabs, recess into walls, or mount onto vertical surfaces, making them versatile when it comes to installation. Each customer unit locks as well.
Parcel lockers are usually included with 4C mailboxes, and these locking compartments hold packages until the customer retrieves them with a provided key. The USPS requires at least one parcel locker per ten customer compartments for all new installations. For apartments, this requirement is now one for every five compartments.
All parcel lockers must be no lower than 15 inches from the floor level, while every customer compartment must be between 28 and 67 inches from the floor. However, 4C mailboxes are built with these requirements in mind, making installation simpler than it would be otherwise.
Frequently Asked Questions About Montana Mailboxes
Where Should I Install 4C Mailboxes in Montana?
The best place to install such a centralized mail system is in a centralized or front location on a property, such as a clubhouse, kiosk, lobby, or central hallway. The location must be easy to access and be free of all hazards such as ice or other obstructions.
Can Other Mailbox Types Be Installed for Centralized Mail Delivery?
As of 2021, only the 4C line of mailboxes can be purchased for new, centralized mail installations. The older 4B mailboxes, which have square or vertical compartments, cannot be used for this purpose. They can only be purchased to replace mailboxes of the exact same type, and only if no renovations are happening to the area.
4C mailboxes can mount side by side, and contain varying customer compartments, allowing property managers to meet the needs of all tenants. More parcel lockers can be added as needed.
Who is Responsible for Damaged Mailboxes in Montana?
Almost always, the property owner is responsible for repairing or replacing damaged mailboxes. In some cases, highway authorities may be responsible if a mailbox was struck by a snowplow, and the property owner can provide proof.