There is no doubt that every household needs a letterbox, so why not make yours one that will reflect your great sense of style while serving its purpose? Although its primary use is securing your mail, a letterbox that is appealing to the eye will also enhance your house’s curb appeal. And while some people choose a letterbox that will blend in their exterior style, others want it to stand out. Finding your perfect match should be based on your personal preferences for sure, but for the sake of helping you out with your choice, in this post we’ll take a look at the pros and cons of the most popular letterbox materials – timber and stainless steel. Now let’s get to work.
There is no doubt that wooden letterboxes have a timeless appeal. They can fit in basically any design as their look makes any home appear warmer and more inviting. The simple aesthetic appeal of the timber letterbox will up your exterior design scheme and will safely store your mail and deliveries. Moreover, you will not have to worry about wood corroding or getting damaged for many years after you first buy it. There are wood types that are resistant to all weather conditions, the perfect example being the Accoya wood. This one is timber which has been modified and has properties that match or exceed even the best tropical hardwoods and treated woods. The best part about it is that letterboxes manufactured from it are designed from sustainable sources. It looks stunning and it lasts a generation. I’d say a timber letterbox is all a home needs to tie together the exterior design and add to its aesthetic appeal.
When people decide to buy steel mailboxes they associate metal with durability, strength and corrosion-resistant features. These qualities are certainly undeniable, but the truth is, stainless steel requires maintenance. In order to keep it in its best appearance and keep it from staining and discoloring, its surface needs to be taken care of regularly. And beware, there are differen qualities of steel. So just like with everything else, the more expensive the material – the higher its quality. Also, some products could be an imitation of stainless steel, and turn out to be nothing alike the product you ordered online, so make sure you know exactly what you are buying.
Whatever your choice may be, remember that the letterbox you choose should complement the outside of your home, not disturb it. Make sure to choose the material that requires less maintenance and performs its function of keeping your valuabale delieveries and mail safe from thieves and well protected aginst the elements.