Category Archive: Storage Unit Tips

How to Solve Graffiti Problems for Self-Storage Facilities

Graffiti-based vandalism is nothing new. Unfortunately, the U.S. has recently seen an uptick in graffiti-related incidents, costing an estimated $12 billion in annual cleanup expenses. Self-storage facilities in particular, often isolated and unmonitored, can quickly become the perfect targets for graffiti vandals.

Not only does graffiti damage your physical structure and emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), but it also decreases the curb appeal of your facility and lowers property value. To protect against these threats, studies show that it is critical to remove graffiti as soon as possible so as not to create an inviting target for more vandals.

Graffiti Damage

Graffiti on a metal security door in New York NY.Graffiti can take many forms, damaging all kinds of public and private property across the country. Here are some fast facts:

  • The Department of Justice estimates billions of dollars are spent annually to remove graffiti
  • Graffiti has been proven to contribute to reduced ridership on transit systems, loss in revenue, reduced retail sales, and a decline in property value
  • Graffiti can appear on building walls, transit systems, statues, traffic lights and signs, bridges, monuments, sidewalks, and almost anywhere else
  • Vandals commonly use spray paint, large markers, glass etching fluid, and shoe polish

The Solution

In order to combat the harmful effects of graffiti vandalism, Valspar has partnered with Graffiti Removal Services (GRS) to develop a cost-effective coating system that protects buildings from defacement. GRS brings over 15 years of graffiti fighting experience to help Valspar outline products, techniques, and procedures for removing graffiti from all metal surface buildings.

valsparThis ASTM and Valspar Coil and Extrusion product-compliant system uses non-toxic brush-on/wipe-off application to quickly and effectively remove graffiti without damaging the underlying coating. It is water-soluble, biodegradable, and environmentally friendly. The innovative cleaning system protects every coating in Valspar’s product line against the disfiguring damages of graffiti vandalism and graffiti-removal.

The combination of Valspar’s high-performance coatings and GRS’ environmentally safe cleaning system can earn building owners substantial cost savings on repainting or replacing panels.

The benefits of Valspar and GRS’ solution are twofold:

  • Resistance – The tested and approved ASTM-compliant graffiti-resistance is built right into Valspar’s products, so no expensive add-ons are required. The system covers both existing and new construction.
  • Restoration – All products have an easy brush on/wipe off application with no dwell time required to remove graffiti quickly, safely, and accurately. This product is non-toxic, water-soluble, sustainable, and biodegradable.
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Valspar and APS

Want your custom prefab storage unit to stay custom to your tastes and your tastes only? American Prefabricated Structures (APS) can design and build a storage unit to the color and finish of your choice, while also protecting against the harmful effects of graffiti vandalism. Don’t let the risk of graffiti deter your decision to customize your storage unit.

For more information about how to protect your custom self-storage units, contact APS today.

Custom (Re)Design Your Self-Storage Units: How to Increase Curb Appeal and Your Bottom Line

The first self-storage units, appearing before 1970, were very different from the units commonly seen today. Self storage facilityThey sat upon poorly utilized land, featured expensive designs, and required a lot of maintenance over time. Instead of going by local demand, first generation designs had site plans including an arbitrary mix of units. Changing the unit styles to fit actual customer needs required expensive building modifications.

Today, the industry landscape is very different; self-storage designs have evolved with enhanced flexibility to meet changing market demands. Custom self-storage units are an economically feasible solution to maximize land and create long-term, virtually maintenance-free designs. Site plans have more user-friendly positioning of the units based on the surrounding area, available building products, and cost-effective technology.

Advantages of Designing Self-Storage Unit

Choosing design modifications to renovate your units not only enhances your self-storage curb appeal, but also improves your bottom line. With custom storage units, you can choose the design most appropriate for your facility’s use (indoor vs. outdoor, commercial vs. residential) as well as determining which materials would minimize long-term maintenance and best suit your environment – not to mention give your building a sleek façade.

This exterior is a close up of the security unit.In order to meet customer needs, self-storage owners now focus on creating a mix of storage units that better caters to these considerations. Whether building from the ground up or buying and updating existing buildings, owners save both time and money by customizing units from the start to reduce the need for modifications down the road.

Renovations to your building’s façade don’t need to be monumental to have an impact on your bottom line. Carefully selecting the right materials and features to match the needs of your customers will enhance the form — with increased business stemming from greater curb appeal — as well as the function — money saved on reduced maintenance costs — of your unit.

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aps_4_design_ebookThe right materials and an eye-catching exterior will help you define your brand and distinguish yourself from competitors. American Prefabricated Structures offers over 30 different cold roll-formed metal profiles in more than 100 different material types, secondary finishes, and colors to custom design your storage units.

To learn more about how to customize your self-storage units, download our free eBook, 4 Design Considerations for Customizing Your Self-Storage Unit.

How to Prepare for Crazy Tuesday

Long lines, enthusiastic customers, deep discounts — Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, has become ingrained into American culture year after year. Weeks in advance, retailers begin preparing to ensure that they can meet demand on the biggest shopping day of the year. For retailers in self-storage industry, the same level of preparation goes into the day after Memorial Day — also known as Crazy Tuesday.

Most residential moves occur between the months of May and September, with Fridays as the most common day to move. Self-storage use increases during this timeframe, as residents pack away extra belongings after a spring cleaning or students move in and out of dorm buildings need space to securely store their belongings. In other cases, customers utilize self-storage options to temporarily house items when there is a gap between their move-out and move-in dates or if a family downsizes when purchasing a new house.

Manage Your Storage Needs Independently

Crazy TuesdayBecause Crazy Tuesday falls on May 31st, just after a three-day weekend during peak moving season, high demand can make it difficult for customers to book sufficient storage space for their needs.

American Prefabricated Structures (APS) can calm the chaos by helping you to design, build, and assemble your own custom storage unit. Custom self-storage units offer a number of benefits, especially:

  • Affordability: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average person moves 12 times; if you have your own storage unit, you can take it with you each time you move. APS can help you design and build a unit within your price range — once it’s built, there are zero monthly or yearly rental fees.
  • Convenience: Move at your own pace on the day you prefer, even at short notice. Having your own personal unit eliminates the need to wait for a unit to become free at an affordable rate.
  • Quality: We use the highest quality materials with optional secondary finishes, such as laminate, embossed, perforated, precision curved and colored materials. All structures are proudly sourced and made in the USA. Using modern architectural designs and colorful components, APS units offer a sleek and contemporary appearance.
  • Customization: If you choose to build an APS storage unit, you’ll get a high quality, sleek design that’s completely customized to your requirements. With more than 100 different material choices, including aluminum, carbon steel, and A606 weathering steel, the options in design, materials, and overall look are nearly endless.

Planning Your Move

Once you’ve designed and built a custom structure with the help of our team, you can focus on a stress-free move. To ensure that your move goes as seamlessly as possible, be sure to:

  • Plan Ahead: Though it seems obvious, planning ahead is crucial to a successful move. Plan down to the details, like determining the number of boxes you will need, scheduling your move, arranging drivers, and purchasing supplies for cleaning once you arrive at your new home. Organize these details at least a month ahead of time and have a record of it to share with anyone participating in the move.
  • Move on a Quiet Day: Scheduling on a slower moving day, like an off-peak day in the middle of the month, statistically will help with both truck availability and moving rates.
  • Pre-Pack Your Unit: Getting your packed boxes into your custom unit will help to save time and frustration on moving day. It also saves you space to work the day of the move so you can gather large pieces to take straight to the truck.
  • Label Everything: Each box should be packed according to your organization style and properly labeled by room or purpose.

Moving doesn’t have to be a nightmare. With a custom storage unit and a thoroughly executed plan, you’ll have yourself into a new space before you know it. Contact our experts today for more on building a custom storage unit before the next Crazy Tuesday hits.

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