What better match for cold weather storage than cold, hard steel? There are many ways to use metal buildings to protect assets from winter storm damage. Here are just a few…
Store Wood Away from the Damp
Maybe you have half a cord of firewood that you plan to use over the winter. Or, maybe you have an unfinished home improvement project and don’t want to leave your lumber under a tarp in the yard. All wood materials need to be elevated off the ground to limit infestation by pests. And you know it’s not smart to keep the wood near your house since logs might contain termites and wood boring beetles that enjoy wood framing and siding. A metal storage shed with racks to hold lumber and logs keeps wood dry and ensures pests don’t migrate to your house.
Dock Your Boat for the Season
Whether you have a motorboat, water skis, or other gear for lakefront enjoyment, you know that it’s safe for these items to get wet. But it’s not a good idea for expensive boating equipment to simply be outside all winter getting drenched and then frozen. And you know how your neighbors feel about people parking boat trailers on the street. With a metal storage shed, you can keep your water toys out of sight, in great shape, and ready for fun in the spring. Be sure to check with your HOA about their rules for metal structures and read our post “Talking to HOAs about Your Steel Building”.
Keep Green Things Green
If you are a dedicated gardener, you may have come to terms with the cycle of life and embraced the fact that most of your plants will die off over the winter. But if you want to keep favorite cultivars alive through the coldest times of year, you do have the option of outfitting a metal shed with large South-facing glass windows to catch the warmth of the winter sun. Unlike a greenhouse that is mostly glass or plastic with a thin metal frame, a sturdy steel shed can serve dual purpose as a space to keep all your gardening and lawncare tools. And don’t forget that patio furniture that could last for many additional years if you just stored it over the winter.
Protect Vehicles from Winter Precipitation
Whether it’s a carport or a full garage, a metal structure that keeps snow and ice off your car can be a godsend on those early mornings when all you want is to get on with your commute. Steel is ideal for this type of all-weather application and can stand up to the weight of snow much better than a cloth canopy. A steel carport also cuts down on ice accumulation and keeps your paint job in better shape. You won’t be stuck trying to scrape off ice by hand or melting it with water only to have it refreeze and make your car doors impossible to open!
Use Business Storage for Temporary or Ongoing Needs
Steel storage units can provide a secure, protected environment when you need extra space to meet the needs of your organization. Maybe you need a place to store boxes and boxes of paper files at the end of 2017 to make room for new paperwork. Or, perhaps you need a mini-warehouse for excess holiday inventory. If employees need to frequently access the space or if temperature sensitive items will be stored, remember to plan for insulation and climate control to make the steel storage space suit your purposes.
There’s Still Time for Construction
Since steel isn’t as sensitive to the elements as wood, winter construction is often feasible. And the best time to start with designing the building and prepping your site for installation is always right now. To get started, contact our team for a free quote.