MAILBOX SNOWSHIELD

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PROTECT YOUR MAILBOX FROM SNOW
PLOWS AND HARSH WEATHER!
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PRESS RELEASE - December 31, 2014 - Cleveland, Ohio

A-1 Protective Products Company today announced significant improvements to it's Mailbox Snowshield product line. The company product designers continue to improve the products by strengthening the high density polothelylene shields by increasing shield thichness from .25" to .375". Although the original design was developed to withstand normal snow driven loads, the new design is more than 30% stronger. Additionally, the new design relocates the support posts to produce additional resistance.

The company is committed to providing the best possible products and will continue to work on developing improvements that enhance both performance and functionality.


POSTED - April 7, 2014 - CITY-DATA.com FORUM

In areas of the country where there is A WHOLE LOT of snow and the roads are such that they are plowed at higher speeds there is NO WAY that any kind of mailbox will survive. Those cheap plastic units get literally LAUNCHED apart.

The fact is that the solution is to use something else to absorb the energy of the plow-thrown snow and ice. I have seen MANY FOLKS rely on this: MailBox Snow Shield Protects Your Mailbox and Mail from SnowPlows and Harsh Weather! It works VERY VERY WELL and is based on the FACT that road signs endure the plows because of the physics of TWO sturdy metal supports being a much more effective absorber of impact than any other system. The only downside is for it to be effective it has to be relatively close to the "lead side" of the mailbox and that makes it s little less attractive. Some folks use a more decorative fence type deal -- Saginaw, Bay County Road Commissions have specific guidelines when it comes to mailbox protectors | MLive.com I don't know if the fence is removable so it might be a violation...

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Protecting Your Wood Mailbox In Harsh Weather

by Todd Arend

For those individuals who live in a habitat of cold winters and heavy snowfall, snowplows are always around. This massive truck can be a relief for cars making their journeys through the snow, but a snowplow can also be a nightmare for your wood mailbox.

For those individuals who live in a habitat of cold winters and heavy snowfall, snowplows are always around. This massive truck can be a relief for cars making their journeys through the snow, but a snowplow can also be a nightmare for your wood mailbox. Because mailboxes are absolutely essential yet very expensive to replace each year, there are a few things you can do to make sure your mailbox will last at least until spring.

One simple thing you can do is to place your mailbox the safest distance away from the road as you possibly can. There are, however, postal regulations for the distance your mailbox can be from the street. Usually 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 so be sure to keep those numbers in mind when making your wood mailbox sturdier.

The first thing to remember when safeguarding your wood mailbox from projectile snow and ice is that the drivers of the snowplows are not trying to ruin your wood mailbox on purpose. You should always make sure the things you do to protect your mailbox is safe for drivers and will not damage their vehicles or cause injury.

One effective way to protect your wood mailbox is a snow shield. Snow shields are rectangular pieces of wood attached to the wood mailbox to prevent snow and ice damage. Snow shields will also make your wood mailbox easier to see in heavy snowfall. These snow shields come in all different colors and can even be purchased to match your wood mailbox. Some can also come printed with your name and address.

Another way to protect your wood mailbox from ice and snow damage is with brightly colored posts with flags placed behind or on top of the wood mailbox. These will also make your mailbox easier to spot in a storm.

A creative way to protect your wood mailbox is with tires. Placing tires around the base of the post is popular in suburban neighborhoods, but they also run the risk of being damaged by snowplows.

If you do not want to add anything to your yard, a little labor will do the trick for safeguarding your wood mailbox. Being sure that the mailbox post is clear from snow a few feet on each side will do wonders in preventing damage due to snow. This can be done at the same time as you shovel the driveway, and it is also very good exercise! Clearing snow from the actual wood box itself will also be beneficial because it can prevent your mail from getting soggy and wet. It can also help protect your wood mailbox from rotting or cracking due to all the water.

The base of your mailbox will also be an indicator of how strong your wood mailbox will hold up in the winter. Securing the post with cement or bricks will usually give it the muscle to stay in place even in heavy snow. If you do not want to add cement or bricks, reinstall your existing wood mailbox post at least a foot and a half into the ground.


Cleveland, Ohio - October 2009

A-1 Protective Products Company today announced the release of their latest product, the Mailbox Snowshield. A-1 has developed a low cost easy to install snow shield designed to provide protection from the constant pounding of snowplows blasting snow, sleet and ice against unprotected mailboxes and support posts. Although there are a magnitude of homemade devices residents try and construct to protect their mailboxes, many of these end up destroyed or mangled by winter's end. The Mailbox Snowshield uses two heavy duty universal steel posts which are height adjustable and a 24" x 30" high density polyethylene shield. Multiple units were tested throughout last winter and stood up to the harsh test of resisting east side snowplows both on side streets and main thorough fairs. The results were outstanding with no damage incurred to mailboxes or the snow shields.

Northeast Ohio winters are often brutal and damaged mailboxes continue to be a problem in most communities. Many residents invest hundreds of dollars in mailboxes and supports only to have to reinvest when snowplow damage occurs. Although some local governments will accept limited responsibility and/or liability, replacements are generally extremely modest or non existent, seldom of like kind and quality. Therefore residents are forced to try and somehow repair the damaged mailboxes and supports in the middle of winter to enable continued mail service until the spring, when the damaged mailboxes and supports can be replaced or repaired adequately.

Although there are a number of devices available, they are generally difficult to install, provide limited protection and are high priced. The Mailbox Snowshield suggested retail price is $99, can be installed in 30 minutes or less and will provide many years of protection. A-1 Protective Products president Robert Lewis said " it was easy to identify the need, I just went to my mailbox one wintery January day, looked at my mailbox and my neighbor's mailbox and thought there must be a way I can avoid having to deal with this damage every winter. After searching the internet for a good solution I decided to build one and learned it wasn't as easy as I thought it might be. Heavy duty posts were expensive and weren't easily made adjustable or even available in small quantities. Shields made of wood would not resist the elements. Shields made of metal would be heavy, difficult to fabricate and not easy to work with. I spent significant time with engineers developing a low cost, easy to install, high strength solution and a product was born".

The Mailbox Snowshield is comprised of components made in the USA and assembled in Eastlake, Ohio. Local governments in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga Counties were recently notified of the product's availability. However, if there is interest in learning more about this new product visit www.mailboxsnowshield.com or email info@mailboxsnowshield.com.

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