Storage unit doors are not all the same. Facilities will typically have one of two types of doors: roll up doors or swing. Unit doors are the most used part of each unit. So, it’s important that a facility chooses which type of door will work best for its business and clientele. There’s a lot more to storage unit doors than meets the eye. But at the end of the day, these doors all serve to keep storage units safe, dry, and secure. Here are some ideas for how to determine which doors might work best for your storage facility.
Basically, the main difference between these storage unit doors is how they function. Roll up doors roll back into the container. And swing doors swing out when open. Seems obvious. Because of their difference in functionality, these doors differ aesthetically. Roll up doors are corrugated, while swing doors are smooth. Some manufacturers (like Boxwell) can color match storage unit doors (no matter what type). There are 30+ paint colors to complement a facility’s existing color scheme or logo.
Let’s take a look at the different storage unit doors:
Roll-up doors roll into the space above the unit’s opening. They can help save space and are less obtrusive when open. If you have a drive-up self-storage facility, roll up doors may be most convenient. Roll up doors roll up into the units instead of swinging out into the loading zone, walkway, or driveway. This allows for more space for large trucks and cars to maneuver in drive-up self-storage facilities, for instance. Within cities and small lots, every inch matters.
Swing doors swing open outward from hinges. Customers can load the container all the way to the door from the inside. No clearance space is required inside. Plus, swing doors free up overhead space within self-storage units. That said, swing doors do need a few feet of clearance on the outside of the storage unit to swing open.
Below are some of the features and things to be aware of with storage unit doors:
Maintenance Like everything that’s used often, all types of storage unit doors need to be maintained. It’s relatively easy to clean both roll up and swing doors. Use a mild soap with water to gently wash and rinse the doors. Ensure that the doors open, close, and latch. If your roll-up doors are not operating, you can apply lubricant. It’s also a good idea to replace roll-up doors as needed. And if you have swing doors, check to make sure they are still sealed from inclement weather. Don’t forget to inspect all latches and locks.
ADA Compliance Both types of storage unit doors can be ADA compliant with added modifications. Swing doors can meet the ADA requirements for self-storage facilities when opening 180 degrees. And roll up doors will need to have pull ropes and tension adjustments. Plus, ramps and signage will be required with each door.
Wireless Locking and Entry Systems With innovative, “smart” locks and hands-free entry systems available, your storage unit doors will be secure. These innovative locks activate with a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet. They can improve the security of individual self-storage units and make life easier for site managers. Touch-free entry systems use Bluetooth technology. Tenants can use the digital key sharing app on their phone, so they can grant temporary unit access to a friend, family member, or anyone who needs to grab an item from the storage unit.
Customization Boxwell makes each storage solution to order. Today’s consumers want to pick and choose. We get that. Customers are used to options, so Boxwell’s portable containers and relocatable self-storage units are customizable and built with a variety of specifications and features. And of course, we offer the choice for roll up or swing doors. You decide.
At Boxwell, we set out to reinvent storage. We believe that a great product is created through innovation and perseverance. We design, manufacture, and distribute customizable storage solutions for businesses. Our units are installed in a fraction of the time compared to other options. We explore new technologies, services, and features. As a result, Boxwell supports its clients and elevates the industry standard. Work with a Boxwell representative to decide on your unit mix, custom colors, door configurations and more. Once you place an order, you’ll be ready to rent them in no time.