The Self-Storage WOW Gallery: See Facility Design Transformed Through Color, Architecture and Innovative Materials
Adding Texture to the Self-Storage Facade
More self-storage architects, builders, developers and owners are throwing out the old-school style of construction and embracing new materials and textures to create striking facilities. A-AAAKey Mini Storage No. 43 in San Antonio is one example of how a complex melding of colors, textures and materials can drastically change the exterior appearance of a facility.
The project architect incorporated several building-material elements such as split-face concrete masonry units (CMU) and textured CMU, which incorporated the use of an exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS) skim-coating system with a course sand-type finish. The large accents of purple-glazed CMU provide large blocks of color. In addition, the walls were painted with a high-quality, elastomeric paint. This system was to function as the building's primary waterproofing system. A base coat of primer/filler was applied, then two coats of high-quality elastomeric coating.
[Photo courtesy of Capco Steel Inc.]