When you start to run out of storage space on your property, you are likely to turn to one of two options—renting a storage unit or buying a new shed. To be sure, either of these solutions can work nicely, but one will make more sense for you than the other. The goal of this article is to help you think through this choice and consider all factors before moving forward. Read more
As a vehicle owner, one of the decisions you need to make is how you are going to store your vehicles when not in use. Of course, you have many options to consider on this point. To help you decide on the right option for you, we are going to break down the pros and cons of some of the most popular vehicle storage options.
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Parking in an Uncovered Driveway
Let’s start our discussion by considering the simplest vehicle storage option—parking it in an uncovered driveway. If you have a driveway on your property, this option is as easy as just pulling the vehicle in and setting the brake. The obvious advantage here is the simplicity of the solution and the lack of any upfront cost.
Unfortunately, there are a few drawbacks to consider on this point. First, you’ll be leaving the vehicle exposed entirely to the elements, which is not ideal, especially if it is going to be stored for an extended period of time. Also, you’ll be taking up a spot in your driveway, which could be frustrating if you have other vehicles that are coming and going each day. So, while parking in an uncovered driveway is a reasonable solution for some people, the options listed below may provide more benefits.
A Carport or Lean-to
A significant upgrade to uncovered parking would be to leave your vehicle under a carport or lean-to on your property. These two types of structures offer similar advantages, with the main difference being that a lean-to is constructed adjacent to an existing building. Either way, you’ll be getting a roof over the top of the vehicle, which will go a long way to help protect it and preserve its condition.
The lack of side walls is the main drawback if you are looking at a carport or lean-to. The vehicle will still be exposed on the sides, meaning it might not be protected from rain or snow on a windy day, or any debris that may fly in under the roof. With that said, carports and lean-tos are still excellent vehicle storage options that will work nicely for most people, especially those in mild climates where stormy weather isn’t much of a concern.
Off-Site Storage Facility
When long-term storage is in your plans, you may want to think about keeping your vehicle somewhere other than on your own property. By going with an off-site storage facility to solve this problem, you’ll gain the advantage of not having it take up space on your land, and you may even be able to find covered or enclosed parking to protect the vehicle’s condition. Given the popularity of these kinds of facilities, it’s likely that there is one available near your home.
The obvious downside here is the cost. Simply put, it can quickly get expensive to keep your car in an off-site storage facility month after month. At first, paying only a monthly bill rather than investing in your own carport or garage might feel like a good deal, but you’ll come to see that you are spending far more in the long run to keep the vehicle in storage. Of course, it can be rather inconvenient to store a vehicle elsewhere if you need to access it frequently as well. This is still a suitable choice for someone who simply doesn’t have space on their own property to store the vehicle, but otherwise, it will likely be too expensive to be a serious contender.
Build a New Garage
Perhaps the best way of all to store your vehicle is inside an enclosed garage. Adding a detached metal garage to your property will provide you with a dry, protected place to keep your vehicle while it is not in use. Not only will you be protecting it from the elements outside, but you will also have a comfortable space to work on it during this storage period, if necessary. As a bonus, a garage will likely have more space available than just what is taken up by the vehicle, so you can use it for other purposes as well.
What’s the Right Answer for You?
It would be great if every vehicle could be stored in a garage, but that just isn’t realistic in every case. Whether you have room for a garage on your property or a small carport, using a metal structure to protect your vehicle from the elements will help keep it looking great for years to come. We hope this article has helped you determine how best to store your own vehicles. If you think a metal carport, lean-to or garage is the right choice for your vehicle, start your order with Carport Kingdom today!
A garage or shed can be a great place to store furniture when it is not in use. Moving extra furniture out of your house is a great way to open up space, but you might not want to part with some of those pieces right away. If you have furniture that needs a place to live while not inside of your house, a garage or shed on your property is a natural fit.
But just tossing your furniture into the garage or shed without a second thought might not work out too well. You’ll want to have a plan to protect the condition of those furniture pieces while they are in storage, and we are here to help with that task. This article will highlight the basics of proper furniture storage, so you don’t run into any unexpected issues. Read more
With the right power tool in hand, nearly any job can be tackled. Of course, your power tools are only going to be up to the challenge if they’re cared for properly, which is why storage is such an important topic. Storing your power tools correctly will extend their life and allow them to be ready for whatever project comes next. Explore this guide on how and where to store power tools for some useful tips and tricks.
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Moisture is the Enemy
The key point to consider when storing your power tools is keeping them away from water. Whether they’re corded or cordless, all of your power tools need to stay dry to remain in good condition. There are parts that can rust inside of the tools, and the electrical components could short out if they get wet.
So, right off the bat, we can rule out storing your power tools outdoors. Even if they were under a roof, moisture from the surrounding environment could get in and cause trouble. Any viable power tool storage solution is going to involve keeping them in an enclosed space.
A Garage or Shed is Best
You probably don’t want to store your power tools inside your home, as they can be dirty and will take up a lot of space. For most people, the best option is going to be storing these tools in a shed or garage. That garage can be either attached or detached. Either way will work as long as it’s enclosed and dry.
In addition to keeping your tools dry, there are some other advantages associated with shed or garage storage. First, these areas are probably where you use your power tools, so it makes sense to have them on hand in that setting. Also, you should be able to lock up your shed or garage when it isn’t in use, adding a layer of security for your tools. If you don’t have a suitable garage or shed space currently, adding a new one from Carport Kingdom is an affordable way to create the storage you require.
Giving Each Tool a Home
It’s a good idea to have a dedicated spot for each of your tools to live when they’re not in use. This will help you use the tools more efficiently, since you’ll always know where they are. Plus, it will be better for the tool than just being tossed on the floor after a task is completed. The type of storage you use for each tool will depend on the size and function of that particular piece of equipment.
For example, a cordless drill is a perfect candidate to be tucked into a drawer. These tools are relatively light and small, and there are plenty of toolboxes available that can hold drills (or you can build your own).
On the other hand, something like a miter saw is bigger and heavier, so putting it in a drawer is a no-go. You might want to store your miter saw on a workbench, or even on its own dedicated cart (that you could buy or build). As long as you get into the habit of putting each tool back in its dedicated spot when a job is done, your space will stay organized and your tools should remain in good condition.
Adding Some Moisture Insurance
If you’re storing your power tools in an enclosed space, you shouldn’t have much trouble with moisture harming their condition. However, it’s possible for a space like a shed to get a little damp during certain times of the year, even if the door is kept closed.
To prevent any moisture in the air from rusting your tools, consider adding some silica gel packets to the area around the tools. For example, if you store a cordless drill in a drawer, toss in a silica gel pack to absorb moisture while the tool isn’t in use. These packets are inexpensive and can serve as a cheap “insurance policy” to make sure your equipment stays dry throughout the year.
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We hope you enjoyed this guide on how and where to store power tools. Considering the cost of power tools and how long they can last when cared for correctly, it’s worthwhile to invest in storage solutions that will protect their condition properly. Purchase a shed, garage, or another structure from Carport Kingdom to get started on this project!