What Are the Types of Self Storage?

Some people use self storage for temporary life situations like moving, building a house, moving home for the summer from college, deploying in the military, a long-term but temporary job relocation, moving into an assisted living, storing oversized items, business and much more.

College students store their dorm furnishings during summer breaks when they return home. Businesses use storage to store oversized equipment, excess office furniture, client files, archived files and records and other business supplies. Some homeowners use it to store their toys like sporting equipment, boats, jet skis and RVs as well as seasonal decorations.

For some, renting a storage unit or space is a new experience and for others, it can be old hat. But if you’ve never done it before, the number of choices may be intimidating or confusing.

There are many types of self-storage spaces available. Depending on what you need to store will determine which type of space or unit you need. At Tiger Self Storage, we have four types of spaces: non-climate-controlled units, climate-controlled units, drive-up units and open space units. What you need to store will determine what type of unit you need.

Non-Climate Controlled Units

Non-climate-controlled units are great when you don’t need to store things at a certain temperature. They are less expensive than climate-controlled units. So for those on a budget, this can be a key decision maker. Also, if you are storing items for a short amount of time (less than a couple of months), even things like wooden furniture will be okay. Make sure to take your wooden furniture apart and clean it before storing.

Ceramics, metal and glass do well in non-climate-controlled units. Outdoor furniture, lawn equipment, low-cost furniture, everyday dishes and glassware, pots and pans also do well in a non-climate-controlled unit.

We don’t recommend storing family heirlooms in a non-climate-controlled unit.  

Climate-Controlled Units

Climate-controlled storage is ideal when your belongings need more than just protection from outside elements. When our summers get hot and humid, a climate-controlled unit protects your items from extreme temperatures, humidity, mold, mildew and warping.

If you need to store furniture, antiques, pictures, musical instruments, electronics such as TVs or computers, fine art, books, mattresses, old vinyl records, important documents or business records, then you probably want a climate-controlled unit. Also, if you’re storing items for a longer length of time, climate control helps protect your belongings.

Keep in mind that wood furniture can warp, split and crack when there are big changes in temperature. Leather furniture also does better when it isn’t exposed to extreme temperature fluctuations or mold or mildew which can cause discoloration.

Climate control is also better for appliances such as refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, washers and dryers so electrical and mechanical parts are protected from cracking and rusting.

Because these units are cooled in the summer and heated in the winter, air circulates through the unit which means that gets fresh clean air and has better air quality which is great for electronics.

Clothing is another item that we normally forget about when it comes to climate-controlled. If you’re storing clothing for a length of time, big fluctuations in temperature have an effect on elastic, Lycra and spandex (think underwear, socks, workout clothes, etc). If stored for years, fabrics get brittle as well when exposed to extreme temperatures.

Paper can get brittle and crispy when exposed to extreme temperatures. Glued book bindings will dry up and crack.

Since climate-controlled units have additional insulation and are inside, less dust accumulates keeping your belongings clean.

Drive-Up Units

Drive-Up storage offers the most convenient way to access and store your belongings. If you have heavy items, a lot of stuff or just simply want easy access, renting a drive-up unit can be a great solution for you. Our units are easily accessible even if you have a big moving truck and need to pull up to your unit to load and unload.

Open Space Units
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Open space units are ideal for boats, RVs, jet skis, trailers and cars. Whatever your situation whether you’re moving or need a place to store your vehicle, our outdoor parking spaces are perfect for that. We have crushed concrete and limestone gravel parking spaces to park your vehicle.

The open space units are within the gated, code-entry facility for security and peace of mind knowing that your valuable RV, boat, jet ski, trailer or car is safe and secure. Our gate requires a code for access and our facility and we offer pricing for vehicles under 30 feet and more than 30 feet.

Meeting Your Storage Needs

We have a wide variety of options for storage at Tiger Self Storage and are happy to help you select what best fits your needs and budget. For non-climate-controlled units, we have 10×10, 10×15 and 10×20 sizes. For climate-controlled units, we have 10×5, 10×12 and 10×15. For open space parking, we offer space and pricing for under 30 feet and more than 30 feet.

We believe in offering low, affordable pricing every month, not just move-in specials to get you in the door. Call us today and we’ll walk you through choosing a unit that is right for you 281-446-9508.

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