What are you storing for the winter? Is it time to pack the convertible up until warmer weather rolls back around? Is the boat going into hibernation mode until the annual Memorial Day Weekend beach trip? Or are you just storing things year-round and need to make some climate control adjustments before the snow starts falling? No matter what it is that you’re storing the most important part of any storage facility, whether residential or commercial, is that you create a tight seal that won’t settle over time. Let’s tackle some common long-term storage problems, and how you can upgrade your current storage situation to fix them.
I’m currently storing my boat under a covered structure with no sidewalls.
A canopy won’t create a tight seal around your boat. For best protection, you would need to essentially shrink-wrap your boat every year to prevent rain, harsh sunlight, or snowfall from damaging your prized possession. By enclosing your metal canopy with four walls, you provide the full spectrum of protection from hurricane-force winds, earthquakes, pests, and settling particles. Even adding partial walls can be a step in the right direction for extending the life of your investment.
We’ve got a new RV, and I don’t want to look at it parked in the driveway all season long.
It’s not just an inconvenience. Depending on your HOA or the local climate, it could cost you to leave your RV in the driveway. Check out our article here on RV storage. https://coastalsteelstructures.com/what-is-the-true-cost-of-rv-storage/ Finding local RV storage might be more accessible than you think. It’s just a matter of deciding what level of service you can afford, and what amenities you deem to be essential. While some RV storage lots exist solely to keep your RV out of site and in a secure lot in the offseason, others provide much more protection. If you’re opting for an indoor storage facility, we recommend that you talk to the owner about the quality of the building. If you’re paying for climate-controlled RV storage, you want to make sure that the building is made securely with steel.
For our current storage needs, we need to go climate controlled.
If you didn’t opt to insulate your metal building when it was first erected fully, this renovation is going to be your best return on investment. Without proper insulation, you risk a pretty substantial condensation problem, especially in the winter. As snow piles up against the outside of your building, the cold-to-cold steel contact creates a recipe for moisture buildup on the interior. That’s a problem for any long term storage solution. Thankfully, prefabricated metal buildings can be upgraded with cost-effective retrofit insulation solutions. Adding blanket insulation can majorly increase the value of your building, all while adequately protecting anything you choose to store.