Things to Know Before Choosing an Outdoor Storage Unit
It’s probably no surprise that of those Brookfield residents who use self-storage, most choose indoor self-storage units. But, even so, there are plenty of Brookfield unit renters who find that outdoor units meets their needs just fine. If you’re considering renting a self-storage unit in Brookfield, consider the following before you make your choice between indoor or outdoor:
Most Outdoor Units Have Roofs But No Walls
Although they are outside, most outdoor storage units have a roof of some sort (much like a carport), as well as a gravel or cement floor. So, although they do not offer the same level of protection that an indoor unit offers, they do offer some protection from the elements. What really matters is what you’re storing: If what you’re storing won’t be damaged by the elements, an outdoor unit may be all that you need. If, however, what you’re storing is likely to rust or is particularly valuable, it’s probably best for you to invest in the extra protection that a climate-controlled indoor unit can offer.
Covering Your Items Gives Them Extra Protection
Although it is true that most outdoor units have roofs that can offer some protection, unit renters are typically advised to put a tarp or similar cover over their belongings. This adds an extra level of protection against damage from the sun and rain that a unit roof isn’t likely to provide. It should be noted, however, that choosing a waterproof material may help protect belongings from rain, but moisture that gets under that cover can still be an issue.
Food Doesn’t Belong in Your Storage Unit
Regardless of what you’re planning on storing, remove any food before the items are placed in your storage unit or area. Food left in your belongings (especially if your stored items offer a safe, cozy place for animals to hide) is more likely to attract pests like ants and rodents—pests who may try to move in permanently once they’ve found the treats you’ve left behind for them.
Brookfield Self Storage in Brookfield offers a variety of indoor and outdoor storage units for residents throughout the area. Call today for more information.