Use a Proven Lock on Your Self-Storage Unit: It Makes a Difference

Most self storage facilities have stringent security measures in place, including perimeter fencing, digital video monitoring and electronic gates with keypad access. Some have keyless systems that require only an app on your mobile phone to gain access and others offer “smart” units. Whether or not your facility is equipped with the latest in mobile or smart technology, you should purchase a high-quality padlock as an extra layer of protection for your valuables.

Before you purchase a lock for your self-storage unit, there are several things you need to consider.
  1. Depending on the security level of your storage facility, you’re probably trying to decide between a medium- and high-level quality lock. Remember the old adage, “you get what you pay for.” Don’t compromise the security of your belongings. Go with the best lock in your budget range, especially if you’re going to have your valuables in self-storage for a lengthy period of time. 
  2. If it fits your needs, consider a shrouded shackle. They are more expensive, but harder to drill because of a protective covering on the shackle.
  3. Consider the size of your padlock and where you’ll be using it. You want it to fit; don’t buy an industrial-sized padlock for a small unit.
  4. If you’re considering a regular vs. a disc padlock, the disc padlock actually provides better security. These are considered by many to be the best locks for storage units because there is virtually no space to use bolt cutters.
  5. Be sure that your padlock is made of materials that will provide strength, hardness, longevity, durability, and resistance to corrosion. Common materials that will provide these qualities are steel, alloy steel, aluminum, carbides, and brass. 

Seven of the Best Storage Unit Locks for 2021 

According to Storagefact.com, the following are a few of the best locks for 2021. If you need more information, or these locks aren’t the best fit for your needs, check the above link to see more types of locks. 

4 Digit Combination Lock by Desired Tools

The Desired Tools 4 Digit Combination Lock is Storagefact’s top pick for 2021. This lock is so popular that it has a 4.5-star rating, with other 5,000 reviews on Amazon. The manufacturer claims that this lock is great for lockers, fences, and storage units and can survive both indoor and outdoor.

Pros

  • Weatherproof – survive sun, rain, and snow
  • Stainless steel hasp – unlikely to rust
  • Steel, metal, and zinc alloy – durable and sturdy
  • Easy to set and reset combination
Cons

  • The manufacturer has been known to bombard customers with spam emails

Abus 20/70 Diskus Stainless Steel Padlock

The Abus 20/70 Diskus Padlock is made of stainless steel, and the shackle has little room for cutting or drilling.

Pros

  • High quality and high security
  • Heavy duty
  • Resistant to drilling
  • No springs in the mechanism
  • Difficult to pick
Cons

  • Could get jammed on an extremely cold day
  • Finding replacement keys for this lock is very difficult. They are custom made and shipped directly from Germany

Stanley Hardware S828 Shrouded Hardened Steel Padlock

The Stanley Hardware S828 boasts a six-pin cylinder and anti-pick pins, and its hardened steel that will protect the contents of your storage unit even from sawing and cutting tools.

Pros

  • Durable and sturdy
  • Will stand up to electric and manual saws
  • Keyway cover provided to combat drilling
  • The 6-way pin core is resistant to picking
  • Inexpensive
Cons

  • Finding or even getting a replacement key made is quite difficult
  • Compatible only with Android and iOS

WGCC Fingerprint Keyless Padlock

The WGCC Fingerprint Keyless Padlock is built from aluminum alloy and was given a 4-star rating by around 200 customers. 

Pros

  • This lock has a three-month free return policy
  • Weather and dustproof
  • Long-lasting, rechargeable battery
  • Cut resistant body
  • Works with a mobile app that allows you to manage access to your storage unit
  • You can record 15 fingerprints, giving 15 people access to your unit
  • You have the option of using the app as well as a fingerprint to unlock
  • The app displays battery status
Cons

  • The app asks for too much personal data during the installation and configuration process.

The ABUS 37/80 Granit Alloy Steel Rekeyable Padlock

The ABUS 37/80 Granit Alloy Steel Rekeyable Padlock does not compromise in design and has a tensile strength of 25,000 pounds.

Pros

  • High Security
  • Well made, heavy-duty
  • Worth the cost
  • Excellent resistance to pulling and drilling
  • Strong and shrouded shackle
  • Durable
Cons

  • May not fit all storage units

Master Lock 930DKHPF

The Master Lock 930DKHPF’s corrosion resistance makes it a great option for the outdoors. It’s also the least expensive option for these locks.

Pros

  • Comes with two keys
  • 5-pin cylinder locking mechanism
  • The lock works in many weather conditions
  • Resistant to cutting, prying and drilling
  • Solid, high quality, but inexpensive
Cons

  • The shackle is long, so be sure to check that it will fit your unit.
  • The lock has been known to rust over time, however, it’s still worth considering as an all-weather lock. 

Master Lock Titanium Shrouded Padlock 

The Titanium Shrouded Padlock by Master Lock is durable and easy to use. Master Lock has been raising the bar on locks since 1921. 

Pros

  • Stainless steel body won’t corrode or rust
  • Shrouded design
  • Four-pin cylinder makes picking difficult
  • Dual locking levels provides defense against hammering
  • Fits most storage units
  • Keyhole protected from dust
  • the key-retaining feature that makes it hard for you to drop your keys
Cons

  • The keys Master Lock provides are made from weak metal. They bend and break easily

Choosing the right lock can be overwhelming; we hope this information helps. When you look at locks, consider the value of your possessions and the security features at your storage facility. Having the right lock will add an extra layer of security and put your mind at ease.

New Year New You: Use Self Storage to Turn Your Garage into a Home Gym

Are you tired of crowded gyms, expensive memberships, and travel time going to and from your gym? Are you concerned about contracting Covid 19, or are you tired of the mask mandate and social distancing? Maybe you live in an area where none of this is relevant because gyms are still closed. Wouldn’t it be great to wake up and go to a mini-gym that is conveniently located just a few short steps from your bedroom? 

Why not transform a room in your house into the perfect personal workout space? If you don’t have the extra space in your home, think about your garage. You can turn it into a home gym with all of the equipment you need right at your fingertips. It may take some time and a self storage unit, but in the end you’ll be working on your strength training at home!

Read the following to discover how to make your vision of a personalized gym a reality. 

Clear it Out

Unless you’ve been cleaning it regularly, your garage has become a space for everything that you don’t want to keep in the house. Unopened boxes from your last move, Christmas decorations, craft supplies, and useless junk are taking up valuable space. This is why you need to rent a storage unit. Before you read further, read Choosing the Right Self Storage Unit. 

Take everything out of the garage and place it in three groups: keep, discard, and donate. The items you’re keeping will get packed up and put in storage, and the items you’re discarding will get packed up for the trash. The items you’re donating can be placed in storage until you decide who is getting what. You’re focused on your home gym right now; self storage gives you a place to keep the donations until later.

Clean it Up

Now that you’ve emptied your space, it’s time for a deep clean. The best way to ensure that you don’t miss any dirt is to work from the top down. Start with the ceiling, move to the walls, and then down to the floor. You’ll need to dust and scrub everything before you get to the fun of making the space appealing as well as functional.

Spruce it Up

Paint the walls and ceiling an appealing, bright color and install good lighting. You want to be able to use this space at any time of day or evening. Flooring is important; a cold, cement floor is not the most comfortable place to work out. Carpet sounds nice, but won’t last under heavy workout equipment. The best option is laminate flooring; or, if you want to spend a bit more, you could opt for jigsaw interlocking floor mats. If you choose the laminate, you’ll need to consider purchasing workout mats.

Ventilation is important. You don’t want to be exercising in uncomfortable conditions. If the garage isn’t already temperature controlled, you can look into portable units that will do the job. 

Make it Entertaining

Watching TV or listening to music makes it easier to motivate yourself to work out. If it fits your budget, a wall-mounted TV with a sound system is perfect. You can use it for watching TV and listening to music. Not essential, but fun. 

Equip it Properly

Purchasing the right equipment can be a challenge. Where do you begin? Think about your goals and what you want to achieve. If you’re experienced, you’re already aware of your specific needs, but where do you find the right equipment at the right price? Do you want a bike, treadmill, weights, or a freestanding punching bag? If you’re a newbie, check out the verywell fit site for help. This site explains different types of setups, cost, safety, and other handy hints.

If you have the budget, one of the new home exercise mirrors looks like fun. They’re pricey and there is a monthly fee for the companion app, but the investment may be worth it if you decide to forego the gym membership permanently. 

Don’t forget to add shelving or storage for your weights, kettlebells, and other small items. 

Time to Enjoy Your Hard Work

You’ve moved all the clutter to your storage unit, and you’re gradually finishing your home gym. Get the TV connected, fire up the sound system, learn how to use your new exercise mirror, and you’ll be ready to enjoy your workouts without the hassle of costs, commutes, or expensive gym clothes. Happy New Year