• Holey Rooftops!
    If rust has pin-holed through metal-roof panels, there’s no question it’s time for roof restoration. But just how much of the roof needs to be replaced? Even on problematic metal roofs, the majority of panels retain their integrity. Leaks develop at seams, fasteners and ...More
    July 10, 2006 Arlan Kopel Posted in Articles
  • Set Your Own Standard
    Why is upkeep so important? It makes a facility more marketable, increases safety and prevents litigation and customer dissatisfaction. Sound maintenance practices save money over the long-term and give your project a professional image.Types of MaintenanceMaintenance ...More
    July 10, 2006 Tom Litton Posted in Articles
  • Tackling Computer Maintenance
    Discussions of self-storage maintenance usually center on doors, roofs and landscaping. But every operator should also be concerned with keeping computer systems primed and running as smoothly as possible. Computer maintenance entails a four-fold attack against ...More
    July 10, 2006 Tredd Barton Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Why We Love and Hate Metal Roofs
    Let’s face it: The self-storage industry has a love-hate relationship with metal roofs. We love them because metal roofs can usually be built at a lower initial cost. They provide fire resistance, are easy to maintain and, when installed correctly, can provide many years of ...More
    July 10, 2006 Michael O’Bryant Posted in Articles
  • Sound the Alarm!
    Without security systems, self-storage facilities don’t have a prayer of keeping tenants’ belongings safe and sound. Systems need to be maintained, checked regularly for damage and repaired whenever necessary. In time, systems and components may need to be upgraded or ...More
    July 10, 2006 Chester A. Gilliam Posted in Articles
  • Keep Doors Looking Their Best
    The best time to think about door maintenance is at the point of purchase. Wise buying decisions will save you money and prevent future operational problems. Always evaluate quality, value and the long-term consequences of anything you buy. Being thrifty means getting the ...More
    July 10, 2006 Dan Curtis Posted in Articles
  • Door Maintenance
    Doors are the trademark of the self-storage industry. When people see a series of doors, they think storage. Moreover, the condition of your doors plays a role in your facility’s overall appeal. A well-maintained facility attracts more customers, operates more efficiently ...More
    July 10, 2006 Teresa Sedmak Posted in Articles
  • Remodeling Trends
    New facilities are built with every convenience in mind, so how can older sites compete? It’s not as difficult or costly as you may think. Safety, accessibility and price are all key factors customers consider when shopping for self-storage space. To meet demand, owners ...More
    July 10, 2006 Amy Fuhlman Posted in Articles
  • Pay Now or Later
    The following is an excerpt from Mr. Kliebenstein’s new book, How to Make Money in Self-Storage, set for 2007 publication. Reducing maintenance costs begins while the project is still on paper, in conceptual drawings. Important decisions about materials, from exterior metal ...More
    July 10, 2006 RK Kliebenstein Posted in Articles, Development
  • How to Hire a Contractor
    Depending on your skill level and experience, you may decide to perform many self-storage maintenance tasks yourself. Or maybe you’re fortunate to have an on-staff person handle them. Either way, be honest about your own abilities or those of your employees. Many ...More
    July 10, 2006 Andrew Fawcett Posted in Articles