Types of Self Storage
There are two main types of self storage; shed-type storage and
indoor storage. Both types of self storage often consist of sheet
metal partition walls and either regular doors or garage-style roll-up
doors. Outdoor storage units usually have sheet metal ceilings with
lighting inside the units. Indoor storage often has thick wire mesh
ceilings to allow circulation as well as access for water from the
warehouse sprinkler system in case of fire. For this reason these
units often rely on light to filter in from the warehouse. Some
storage companies have all units at ground level and others utilize
a multi-level design with smaller units on upper floors.
In outdoor storage units, there is usually no control over temperature
and humidity. For this reason you should be sure that items you
store in these units are not vulnerable to these factors. Thus,
for example, you would not want to store archive documents, oil
paintings, suede furniture, fur coats, antique furniture or other
such items in an outdoor storage unit. Indoor storage units usually
cost more but are climate-controlled and a much safer alternative
for storing delicate items.
As well as these two main types of self storage, many facilities
offer vehicle storage space. Some offer indoor vehicle storage which
can allow for storage of vehicles as large as full-size motor homes.
Other forms of indoor vehicle storage can involve rack storage of
boats and other recreational vehicles. Some storage facilities even
offer specialized services such as vehicle storage preparation which
can involve fluid treatment, changing or draining and protective
covering. Usually vehicle storage is restricted to unprotected outdoor
Even the best self storage facility is susceptible to the occasional
mouse getting past it's tough security measures. Storage companies
should and usually do have pest control measures in place. These
measures may include insect and rodent traps and regular sprayings
to combat insect infestation.
The four main enemies of self storage are leaks, humidity, rats
and insects. Taking a look at an empty storage unit should tip you
off to any possible problems at the facility.
Now it's time to decide what size of storage unit you require.