All of our mailboxes are made with materials designed to withstand outdoor exposure. We use galvanized steel, aluminum, stainless steel, and ocasionally UV-resistant plastic. These materials serve well when exposed to the elements. Additionally, all metal parts are pre-treated then powder coated with a material specially formulated for outdoor use. Powder coating is a painting process that creates a chemically cross-linked finish that is very durable and long-lasting, similar to the process used for cars. Despite the steps we take to design our products for outdoor use, improper installation and care can lessen the life span of our products. Please use the following guidelines to give your mailbox a long and happy life:
- Never install mailboxes or posts in the path of sprinklers. Regular exposure to water can promote corrosion and build up calcium deposits on the surface.
- Wall mount mailboxes are designed to mount on walls, under roof eaves. While we design all our mailboxes for proper water flow and drainage, direct and driving rain can find it’s way into wall mount mailboxes if installed in open areas.
- Keep your mailbox clean. We suggest wiping it down every season, with a clean cloth and a mild detergent. This removes dirt and dust buildup, which can contain corrosive chemicals that can damage the finish.
- The powder coated finish can also be cleaned with protective cleaners, such as car wax. We don’t maintain a list of approved cleaners, so please test a small hidden area of your product before using such cleaners to make sure it doesn’t damage the surface.
- If you want to install your mailbox into a wall or other structure, such as a masonry column, please consult a qualified carpenter or mason. Discuss the potential for water intrusion with your chosen professional and make sure she or he installs the mailbox to prevent water pooling and promote proper water drainage.