Safeguard your mailbox from snowplows while adding curb appeal

In wintry climates where massive snowplows patrol the streets, it seems like mailboxes are marked with a bull’s eye. At least in my neighborhood in West Michigan, mailboxes appear to be a favorite target for these super-sized snow dispensers. While plow drivers aren’t intentionally trying to dismantle your mailbox, you should consider protecting it nonetheless. 


With snow and ice adding up, plows begin their early morning expedition up and down the streets scraping and blasting snow and slush out of the road and into yards and driveways. No matter how well constructed, average mailboxes on treated wood posts cannot stand up to the pummeling a snowplow will unleash. Snowplows hurl hundreds of pounds of snow in one pass, and the result can be devastating. 


Mailboxes are absolutely essential, but they can be very expensive to replace each year. So, if you're tired of the hassle and expense of replacing or repairing your mailbox, or don’t want to be among those in the neighborhood to plant a fallen mailbox into the snow bank until the ground thaws, assemble your own decorative mailbox support with wood. 


Pressure treated wood mailbox support and snow guard with decorative accessoriesUse pressure treated lumber and 4x4 or 6x6 wood posts and design and assemble your own piece of front yard art that not only looks great year-round but also will defend your postal integrity. Add decorative 6x6 or 4x4 post caps: wood post capscopper post caps, solar post caps, or other low voltage lighting will add that final touch. For your posts, make sure to use MCA or MCQ lumber or other treated wood that’s approved for ground contact prior to constructing. 


When you’re finished, you’ll have a decorative and structural mailbox support that will stand up to virtually anything the plows can throw at it.


Mailbox Placement

Placing your mailbox at a safe distance away from the road as you possibly can is a good place to start. There are, however, postal regulations for the distance your mailbox can be from the street. Your mailbox must be at least 8 to 12 inches away from the curb of the street and 36 to 42 inches off the ground, according to the U.S postal regulations, so be sure to keep those numbers in mind before beginning any project.

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