Why are the new CBUs better than the old NBUs? Here’s a short list. LOOKS, SPACE, FUNCTION, SECURITY, HEAVY WEIGHT, NO RUST
after photos do showcase some of the issues.
LOOKS > This is quite evident in the photos. Dark Bronze color was selected by this apartment complex to blend in with the natural settings.
SPACE > Four units were needed to replace the six units in the before photo. They are set at the back of the sidewalk freeing up the sidewalk for tenant use without dodging the boxes and people picking up their mail.
FUNCTION > The new mailbox compartments are 12″ wide so the mail is no longer folded and arrives undamaged. At 3″ high each mailbox holds packages such as books, medications and small packages. For oversized packages there are package boxes built into each unit. These tenants went from 4 package boxes to serve everyone to a total of 7 package boxes. The old mailbox compartments were so small very few packages actually fit in a mailbox compartment.
Also there is a large outgoing slot built into the frame of each unit so mailing 10″ x 12″ envelopes is easy, they slide right in.
SECURITY > The mailboxes have extra thick mailbox doors, non-twistable locks, heavy-duty locking bars that hook into the frame. There are no pry points. The outgoing mail is built into the frame and has a fishing guard on the inside. The mail drops out of sights.
NO RUST > The units are fully constructed of stainless steel and aluminum and have a full powder coat finish so there is nothing to rust, ever.
It’s no wonder the USPS de-certified the old style box in 2000 and do not allow them to be installed. In the past 12 years all repair parts were long ago used up.
SAFETY> I know this is not on the list, but it is important to note that the new mailboxes sit at the back of the sidewalk so they do not get damaged by people packing out of tight parking spots.
If your mailboxes are looking horrible or are falling apart in your neighborhood, the post office no longer replaces them. Call us for an estimate for upgrading to the new, strong, handsome, safe and practical CBU, which by the way stands for Cluster Box Unit.