SOURCE: American Steel Buildings

November 08, 2007 12:34 ET

American Steel Buildings Discusses Choosing Between Climate-Controlled and Regular Self Storage Steel Buildings

Dean Brown, the President of American Steel Buildings, Has Some Advice for Entrepreneurs Trying to Decide Between Climate Control or Regular Self Storage

TULSA, OK--(Marketwire - November 8, 2007) - The self storage industry has been one of the fastest-growing industries for the past 30 years. However, entrepreneurs starting their first self storage, or looking to expand their current facilities, may not know everything that goes into the construction of climate-controlled self storage versus regular self storage.

For example, many city zoning departments require that climate-controlled self storage steel buildings have about 5 or 10 times the parking that the facilities actually need.

Dean Brown, the president of American Steel Buildings (, has some advice for entrepreneurs trying to decide between climate control or regular self storage.

"There are a lot of factors to consider with planning a self storage facility," Brown said. "Without the right information, strategic decisions can become costly mistakes."

One of the biggest differences between climate-controlled self storage steel buildings and regular self storage buildings is the initial investment. Climate-controlled buildings are more expensive up front and take about a day longer to construct than a regular self storage building. However, climate-controlled self storage commands higher rates than regular self storage, according to Brown.

"Climate control steel buildings will cost $1 to $1.50 more per square foot, but it can be rented for about 25 percent more than regular storage," said Brown. "If you can afford the extra money up front, climate control is a good idea, unless your area is already flooded with climate-controlled self storage."

The clientele for climate-controlled self storage and regular self storage also differs. Climate control is more important for businesses with temperature- or moisture-sensitive inventory, or for people storing expensive electronics or antique or leather furniture. People interested in temporary storage or clients storing less valuable items don't want to spend the extra money on climate-controlled self storage.

"A lot of businesses will run out of office space and look for self storage facilities to house paperwork or equipment," Brown said. "Climate-controlled storage near a downtown area is an excellent investment."

For more information about the advantages and disadvantages of climate-controlled and regular self storage, visit American Steel Buildings online at

About American Steel

American Steel Buildings designs and distributes quality pre-engineered commercial steel buildings, including mini-storage/self-storage buildings, offices, shops, retail businesses, warehouses, churches and agricultural buildings.

American Steel planted its roots in the heart of America in the 1980s. American Steel offers service and quality products to a growing customer base spanning the entire United States.

Since its buildings include construction drawings, most smaller buildings can be erected with basic construction knowledge. However, American Steel also offers erection labor services, and all buildings are designed to be compliant with local codes.

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