‘That’s all I want, that’s all you need in life, is a little place for your stuff, ya know?’ — George Carlin
George Carlin’s take on how possessions, or “stuff,” influence our decisions is typical Carlin — funny, insightful and, occasionally, NSFW. And he’s got a great point. We start accumulating “stuff” from the moment we’re born, and taking care of our stuff is important, even if we have more stuff than we can fit in a house, which Carlin described as “a pile of stuff with a cover on it.”
If you have more stuff than you do space, you’re probably looking for storage options; and you’ll be happy to know you’re not alone. The self-storage industry is a major beneficiary of our desire to keep our stuff.
What Self-Storage in the U.S. Will Cost You
With more than 49,000 properties and 1.9 billion square feet of rentable storage space in the United States, self-storage has grown into a $39.5 billion industry according to the Self Storage Association (SSA), a nonprofit industry group.
SSA reported that nearly 13.5 million U.S. households rented a storage unit in 2020, and more than half of those self-storage renters lived in single-family suburban households.
While renting a self-storage unit for short-term use might be convenient if you’re moving residences or building onto your home, it’s not a feasible long-term plan for your storage needs. In spite of this, 10.6% of American households still rent self-storage units for at least one year.
The average cost of renting a 10’ by 10’ unit is $94.28 a month, according to SSA, and that doesn’t include additional fees. Renting that size of storage unit for two years, without additional fees or climate control, could cost you around $2,263.
Owning your own storage building solution is a much more economical approach to renting long-term storage needs.
Benefits of Fabric Structures for Self-Storage
Creating a storage solution on your property gives you immediate access to your “stuff” whenever you need it, and ensures that you aren’t throwing money toward a storage solution that you’ll never own outright.
However, traditional construction can be time-consuming and expensive, may require building permits, and permanently impacts your property — factors that persuade many homeowners to stick with renting a storage unit.
A better solution is to use fabric structures for self-storage. Like traditionally constructed storage buildings, fabric structures can be set up anywhere on your property. But unlike traditional construction, they’re quick and simple to install, often require no permits, and can be moved or stored away when your future storage needs change.
Storage buildings from WeatherPort Shelter Systems™ come in numerous sizes and are completely customizable to meet your exact needs. Choose from a range of add-on features, including skylights, electrical plug-and-play lighting, HVAC systems to regulate internal temperatures, insulation packages, and more to keep your sentimentals and valuables safe.
If you’re hesitant about a fabric structure not fitting into the aesthetics of your home, we offer a variety of colors and the ability to create your own design with a specialist through our in-house printing and branding services.
With WeatherPort’s storage solutions, you can make sure your home stays organized and clutter-free so there’s more space for family and friends to come over and enjoy time together.
Using Fabric Structures to Create Storage Buildings
WeatherPort offers a large selection of fabric structures to create storage buildings, including the following.
Our SQ Series is a modern take on the quonset hut style. Our single-arch fabric structures are available in 15’ to 30’ widths and customizable lengths in increments of 2.5’, 5’, or 10’.
The SQ Series of fabric shelters are easy to set up, highly customizable, and feature an open span design to ensure you get the most out of the interior space.
Gable Building (GB) Series
Our GB Series of fabric shelters feature a gable building design that is the perfect solution for creating a personal storage facility. Our gable buildings utilize a tensioned fabric membrane over a high-strength, single-arch frame system made of either galvanized steel or aircraft-grade aluminum to keep your belongings safe, and securely anchor into virtually any level surface.
Our gable buildings are available in widths from 8’ to 20’ and any length, and provide an eave height of 5’ that can be expanded if more clearance is needed. A key defining feature of the GB Series is the straight-wall design that allows you to maximize the interior space to store all your “stuff.”
Heavy Gable Building (HGB) Series
WeatherPort’s HGB Series enhances the engineering of the GB Series to create a more robust and medium-sized, single-arch fabric shelter suited for areas with high wind and snow loads.
The HGB Series is available in widths up to 30’, customizable to any length, and features a 6’ eave height. Additionally, the side-walls can be heightened if needed.
Carports and Portable Garages
If you happen to own numerous vehicles or even heavy machinery that you can’t find the space for, WeatherPort’s SQ, GB, and HGB are all well-suited for quickly creating vehicle storage.
The durability of fabric shelters from WeatherPort will protect your vehicle(s) from water, debris, and damage associated with prolonged exposure to extreme hot and cold weather. Our carports and portable garages can be equipped with a large selection of options, including lighting and electrical systems, insulation, HVAC, as well as many types of garage doors so you can easily move your cars in and out whenever needed.
[Related: Why You Should Invest in a Carport or Garage]