What is Outdoor Storage?
When you’re driving down the road and you see what looks like a row of garages attached to one another, this is outdoor storage. Outdoor storage comes in many shapes and sizes but it is most commonly 10’ x 20’ in size. The units have four walls, a ceiling, and a roll-up garage door. The floors are cement and they are secured by a lock.
Outdoor storage is very convenient. You can drive right up to the unit and load and unload your belongings. No need to haul items upstairs, down a hall or in an elevator.
Good for Large Items
Outdoor storage is great for large and heavy loads because you don't have to carry the items very far. For units 10’ x 20’ and larger you can store a car or small boat for protected vehicle storage. You can also store a motorcycle in outdoor storage.
Save on Money
You can save money if you are paying for movers because the loading and unloading is quicker than with indoor storage. Outdoor storage is also often more economical than climate-controlled storage.
When not to use Outdoor Storage
Outdoor storage does not make sense for smaller items, valuable items or temperature-sensitive items.
What is Indoor Storage?
Indoor storage is similar to having a closet in your house. The doors to the units are inside and run along an interior hallway. They have four walls, a ceiling, a cement floor, and a large door into the unit. They come in all sizes and can range from very small to very large depending on the facility.
Extra Level of Security
With indoor storage being inside, you get an extra level of security with the locked entry door into the building.
Protected from the Elements
A major benefit of indoor storage is the protection that you get from the outside elements. You won’t be getting snowed or rained on when re-organizing your unit. It's also cleaner than outdoor storage as it provides an extra level of protection from dirt and sand entering your unit.
Some indoor units are climate-controlled and some are not. The ones that are not climate-controlled naturally get some level of climate protection from the temperature regulated hallways and the overall enclosed environment.
Save on Money
If you select a unit that is a little harder to get to you can often save some money on your monthly rent.
When not to use Indoor Storage
Indoor storage does not make sense for large and heavy items that are difficult to move. This is true because it is hard to move the items through the doorway, down the hall and maybe even up an elevator.
What is Climate-Controlled Storage?
A climate-controlled storage unit is a storage unit that is kept at a temperature between 55 and 85 degrees. Climate-controlled units are almost always indoor units and are used to protect your more sensitive items from extreme temperatures and humidity.
Benefits of Climate-Control
The benefits of climate-control are the units provide protection against fluctuation with extreme temperatures. Items that would normally get destroyed can remain in good condition. Items such as photos, leather furniture, electronics, and antiques do better in a climate-controlled environment.
Climate-control costs more than non-climate-controlled units. The benefits may be worth the cost if you are storing items of value.
Protection from the Elements
Climate-controlled makes the most sense when you are storing sensitive items for a prolonged period of time.