5 Things To Consider For Your Self-Storage Metal Buildings

5 Things To Consider For Your Self-Storage Metal Buildings

When paired with the right location and design, metal buildings are a great choice for self-storage facilities.

Metal buildings have always been a popular choice for self-storage facilities ever since they first started popping up across North America in the 1960s. In recent years, things have started to shift, not so much in the building type (metal is as popular as ever), but in consumer demands.

There is a lot of competition out there, and people who use self-storage know it. If you’re considering getting in on the game, here are some pointers that will help make your storage buildings attractive to new clients.


  1. Location

People who use self-storage no longer want to drive to a lot on the outskirts of town. They want their belongings close at hand. To accommodate this, try finding an appropriately zoned lot that that offers convenient access to nearby residents.

Better yet, if you can locate your storage facility near a residential area that is currently underserviced by a competitor, or in a developing neighbourhood, you’ll stand to win over new clients.


  1. Design

One of the things that make pre engineered steel buildings so appealing for self-storage compounds is that they’re highly customizable. They can be built to any size and in just about any layout imaginable. This allows owners to incorporate a range of useful design features, such as: 

  • Drive-up and drive-through access
  • Climate controlled storage (ie. insulated metal buildings)
  • Multiple stories to maximize lot size
  • Varied storage unit sizes to serve a range of clients


  1. Additional Services

To maximize potential revenue streams and enhance customer convenience, many self-storage operators include additional services, including: 

  • Retail space to sell commonly used moving and packing supplies
  • Moving trucks that clients can hire
  • Onsite café

Pre engineered buildings can easily be configured to accommodate any of these operations.


  1. Landscaping and Exterior

Esthetics play an important role in consumer buying decisions, even for something as simple as renting a storage unit. By surrounding your storage buildings with attractive landscaping, consumers will find your facility more inviting. Additionally, these structures can be finished using a variety of eye-pleasing trims that will provide years of worry-free use, including:

  • Brick
  • Stucco
  • Metal
  • Stonework


  1. Security

Client trust is an important aspect of any business relationship, especially when personal possessions are at stake. To keep would-be intruders from infiltrating your property, there are numerous deterrents you can use: 

  • Security lighting
  • Entrance keypads
  • Perimeter fencing
  • Surveillance systems

By ensuring these security measures are highly visible, it will make potential thieves think twice about trying to break in.


For more advice on using pre engineered steel buildings for self-storage facilities, read: Metal Storage Buildings: The Mini Storage Business Solution.


To begin planning your next self-storage facility project, talk to the guys who know metal buildings at Metal Structure Concepts. We offer complete design-and-erect building services in BC, Alberta and beyond.