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Exploring the Versatility of Steel Storage Buildings

February 1, 2024 | By: wg_anna

Exploring the Versatility of Steel Storage Buildings

Versatility

The Versatility of Steel Storage Buildings

Whether you’re running a business, starting a business, or you simply need some extra storage space, you can’t purchase just any old set of four walls! Undoubtedly, you’re looking for something secure, durable, long lasting, and cost effective.

Steel storage buildings can do all of that and more with the added benefits of being extremely flexible and customizable. If you’re curious as to what these structures can do for you or if they can meet your needs, let’s explore the versatility of steel storage buildings.

Storage

Personal Storage Units

Undoubtedly, personal storage is one of the most popular uses for steel storage buildings. Most often, clients use them when they run out of room to store items such as furniture, sporting equipment, holiday items, or basic garage clutter.

Typically, these items aren’t temperature sensitive and don’t require certain conditions to keep them from degrading. This makes it incredibly easy and affordable to store them, as there isn’t a need for add-ons. Plus, steel storage units are great at keeping these personal items safe from theft, vandalism, and exposure to the elements.

steel commercial building in beige and green

Workshops

Personal Sheds or Workshops

Whether you’re a craftsman by hobby or trade, keeping your supplies, materials, and machinery strewn about your home or office likely isn’t an option. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to obtain the perfect workshop.

Steel storage buildings are quick and easy to build, and customizing your workshop with ventilation, insulation, and cooling systems is a breeze. This way, you can make all the noise and mess you want as you work, all while staying comfortable in your brand-new workshop.

Large Metal agricultural building in Country

Recreation

RV and Boat Storage

RV and boat storage is tricky, as these vehicles are often hard to maneuver, but they need the proper storage to stay protected. Unfortunately, due to their size and how expensive they are, you can’t just throw them in a garage or leave them unattended in a driveway.

Part of what makes steel storage units perfect for boats is that the units don’t tend to retain moisture like concrete or wood. This way, you don’t have to worry as much about molding or pinking. Plus, steel storage buildings come in a variety of shapes and sizes. This means they don’t have to be fully enclosed if you want the space to maneuver and park your RV or boat.

RV storage steel building with several nice RVs parked inside

Agriculture

Agricultural Buildings

Steel structures are also perfect for barns, haylofts, shade houses, poultry houses, riding arenas and more. This is partly because their design provides a clearer span without the need for interior columns, so you have more space. You also get the many advantages that steel has to offer.

Unlike wood or concrete, steel won’t rot, crack, freeze, or expand, nor will it degrade nearly as fast. Plus, you can easily install add-ons like cupolas, gutters, and downspouts. With agricultural steel structures, you get all the space and durability you need for agricultural needs without having to fork out tons of cash.

Modern steel agricultural building at diary farm

Aviation

Aircraft Hangars

On the topic of space, steel storage buildings can give you plenty of room to comfortably store commercial or personal aircraft. With wide-open interiors and lofty ceilings, steel storage buildings can protect these prized assets with ease.

Plus, aircraft hangars are large buildings, and when you use heavy materials like brick or concrete, getting the weight distribution just right is hard. Conversely, steel structures are relatively lightweight and offer the same level of strength or durability while remaining structurally sound.

steel airplane hangar interior

Equestrian

Riding Arenas

When you need a riding arena, you need a large, breathable, unobstructed space. Also, riding arenas will get dirty—that’s just part of the job—but open-air steel structures won’t allow moisture and mold to accumulate.

This means you don’t have to worry about pests and insects taking up residency in your arena. Even better, steel riding arenas can withstand the tests of inclement weather, such as rain, hailstorms, and snow. Plus, if hail can’t get through it, then horses can’t kick or chew through the material either.

indoor shot of a steel horse arena with man and horse and other riders in the background

Industrial

Industrial Storage and Distribution Facilities

If you run a large-scale business and need extra space to hold goods, products, materials, tools, or machinery, steel structures can keep these valuables safe. Steel structures are weather and fire resistant, and you can add hydraulic doors for extra security. Plus, as we mentioned, the lack of interior columns means you’re getting the most storage space possible, so you always get what you pay for.

If you want to assemble, package, and store products or focus on order fulfillment, you can use your steel storage building as a distribution center as well. One of the best parts about steel industrial buildings is that they’re perfect for businesses that continue to grow. Expanding the interior or adding on a new building is incredibly easy. So even if your facility starts out as a storage unit, you can easily expand upon the interior to meet your needs.

Steel building interior with lighting

Commerce

Commercial Buildings

There seems to be a never-ending list of all the ways you can use a steel building for commercial purposes, and the limit is up to the imagination. You can transform a steel building into a convenience store, restaurant, arcade, shopping center, strip mall, boutique, church, office, showroom, gym, bowling alley, athletic center, and so much more. 

With commercial steel buildings, you get the durability, longevity, and versatility of a traditional brick-and-mortar building without having to spend the same amount of money.

Even if you’re not interested in the look of steel for your storefront, you can instead use a steel structure to meet your commercial storage needs. Unlike industrial storage, commercial storage often requires very specific temperature-controlled settings. 

Particularly if you’re in the food or retail business, the last thing you need is insects, mold, and pests to take root where they don’t belong. With steel structures, you can easily install add-ons and amenities that keep your goods and products safe from the elements and unregulated temperatures.

steel commercial building with red and black design

Now that we’ve explored the versatility of steel storage buildings, the question is if these structures are right for you. At Trusteel, we’re here to answer any questions you might have about steel storage facilities and if they’re the right fit for your application.

If so, let us provide you with quality steel storage buildings that you can easily install. Plus, our packages come with building plans that meet your county’s building codes and requirements. Or we can send one of our experienced installation crews to make all your storage dreams come true!

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