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Self-storage construction has become more sophisticated over the past decade due to heightened consumer expectations as well as more rigid approval processes through municipal planning and zoning boards. Where self-storage was restricted to industrial zones in the past, it now often enjoys prime locations in commercial and even residential areas. Self-storage buildings, primarily constructed of metal building panels, are available in increasingly attractive options. Suppliers provide roofs, corridors, roll-up doors, mezzanines, lifts, elevators, relocatable buildings, and more. Important aspects of self-storage building include site layout, design and unit mix. Trends in self-storage construction include conversions, multi-story building, climate control and ‘green’ building, which can involve LEED certification and sustainable options such as solar panels. Specialty niches include boat/RV storage, wine storage and storage condos.

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