Steel self storage buildings are among the simplest prefab storage buildings to erect, and they fulfill a host of functions for both the personal and commercial user.

Commercial vs Personal Use For Self Storage


Steel self storage buildings, also called mini storage buildings, are among the most popular type of commercial buildings being erected today. The self-storage industry is booming for two reasons – people need storage space for their stuff and these buildings are among the simplest and least expensive to erect.

Customers of prefab mini storage facilities expect choices – storage units or “bays” that start on the small side, usually 5’ X 10’, and then going up in increments from 5’ X 10’ to 10’ X 15’ to 10X 20’ and 10’ X 30’ or even larger. Customers may be happy with outdoor storage units, or they may prefer an indoor unit that provides climate control.

Self-storage buildings from SteelCo Buildings come in a wide variety of plans or we can customize them to your own specific needs.

Personal Use

Lining up cars or boats haphazardly on one’s property is a thing of the past. Unless they are under cover they are not protected from the elements – the relentless rays of the sun or the hail of winter. They also look unsightly.

With a metal storage building (minimum 2,400 sqft) from SteelCo Buildings, your vehicles can be placed under cover where they are out of the elements. You can then work on them throughout the year – no need to wait for nice weather to break out the tools and get to work.

Metal storage buildings can feature a variety of different door systems, so you’ll be sure to have plenty of room to get your cars and boats out of the building as easily as you got them in.

Steel self-storage buildings are suitable for collector cars, junker cars you intend to fix, boats, farm machinery and equipment, and any other items you’d like to store indoors but out of your own house, to give you more room there as well. 

Whether you are looking for a steel mini storage, a small shed, or even a residential self-storage building with two or even three doors for cars or other vehicles, SteelCo Buildings has the floor plans for buildings that will serve those purposes.

Why Choose Prefabricated Self-Storage Buildings?

Clear Span Construction Inexpensive yet Sturdy Customizable and Expandable
Steel frames can support expansive structures without needing load-bearing walls or columns. This clear span design provides more usable space, making it ideal for storing large items such as cars or boats.

Prefabricated and pre-engineered metal buildings (PEMBs) are known for their modularity and expandability, making them highly versatile for various applications. The modular nature of PEMBs stems from their design, which involves standardized components such as beams, columns, panels, and fasteners which can be easily interchangeable.
The reason steel buildings and prefab self-storage units are inexpensive compared to other building materials is that steel is the most recycled metal on the planet. It can be recycled over and over again and never loses its properties for strength and durability.

And steel self-storage buildings are also sturdy. Their component parts are crafted from top quality materials made to withstand high winds up to 120 mph (category 3 hurricanes) and heavy snow loads. In areas prone to hurricanes or tornadoes, PEMBs can be designed to withstand wind speeds of up to 180 mph (category 6+) or more. This involves using stronger materials, additional bracing, and enhanced connections.
SteelCo Buildings has professional floor plans available for a wide variety of prefab self-storage buildings and prefab mini storage, but can also provide custom-designed building plans from our talented team of designers. Windows? A skylight or two? Gutters and downspouts? A second-story for more office space? Steel self-storage buildings can be customized in an infinite number of ways.

This modular design allows for easy expansion. As business needs grow, additional sections can be seamlessly integrated into the existing structure without significant disruption. This is achieved by pre-designing connection points for future expansion, enabling new modules to be added to the original building framework.
Our steel self-storage buildings can span up to 350’ wide and 100’ high, offering maximum flexibility.
Cost-savings for prefab storage units also come from less maintenance over time along with quicker construction times due to prefabricated parts taking less time to put together.
This adaptability makes PEMBs ideal for industries requiring scalable solutions, such as warehousing, manufacturing, and commercial spaces, offering both initial efficiency and long-term flexibility.
Quick and Easy to Erect Lower Maintenance and Insurance Attractive and Long-Lasting
Logically, it just takes less time to erect pre-engineered metal storage buildings because all of the materials are delivered and on hand with nothing more to do than follow the building erection plans.

On top of all the other features, this is a particularly attractive one. There’s no need to wait months and months for your storage building to be erected, or for you to have to wait to start your new self-storage business. Prefab self-storage buildings can be erected in weeks rather than months.
Steel self-storage buildings are inexpensive to maintain and have lower insurance premiums on average. That’s because steel is impervious to rot, mold or mildew, unlike wooden buildings. There’s no need to call out a pest control person every year to check for termites – termites obviously find steel unappetizing!

Because steel is non-combustible – not catching fire or burning, steel mini storage buildings or self-storage buildings are typically rewarded with lower premiums by insurance agencies as the safer nature of these buildings equates to less insurance risk.
Steel buildings are attractive due to their modern & versatile design capabilities. They can incorporate sleek, contemporary aesthetics with a wide range of finishes & facades. This flexibility allows for customization in shape, color, & texture, creating visually appealing structures that fit diverse environments, from industrial parks to commercial centers.

If not properly cared for, wooden buildings and paint can weather, fade, and peel in just a few years. That’s not the case with steel-framed pre-engineered storage buildings. Top-quality PBR panels that come in a wide variety of long-lasting, non-fade colors with paint warranties that typically last 20+ years.
Typically, PEMBs can be constructed 30% to 50% faster than conventional stick-built buildings. The exact time savings can vary based on the complexity of the project, site conditions, and local labor availability.
Insurance for steel buildings can be up to 30% lower than those for conventional wood-frame structures. This reduction is due to several factors, including steel's superior fire resistance, durability, and resistance to pests and environmental damage. These properties reduce the overall risk of damage and loss, leading insurers to offer more favorable rates for steel buildings.
Steel buildings can have a lifespan of 50-100 years or more with proper maintenance. This durability is due to steel's resistance to common issues that affect other building materials, such as rot, termites, and warping. Additionally, steel's structural integrity under various environmental conditions contributes to its long-lasting performance.

Hallway Systems, Mini Storage, & Self-Storage

Hallway systems, mini storage, and self-storage are terms frequently used interchangeably within the industry, referring to structures specifically engineered for the secure storage of personal or commercial items. While these terms are often synonymous, here’s a quick run-down on how to better understand the subtle nuances which can aid you in choosing the ideal storage solution for your needs.

Interchangeable Terms:

Hallway Systems:
This term pertains to the layout of storage units within a larger facility or converted building (typically commercial or retail buildings), organized along corridors or aisles to facilitate easy navigation and access to individual units. Hallway systems optimize space utilization while ensuring efficient movement within the storage facility. These types often look like ordinary brick buildings, but you’ll see hallways inside with rows of steel self-storage units, etc.

Mini Storage:
Often denoting smaller-scale steel storage facilities, mini storage establishments typically offer individually rented units tailored for personal or commercial use. These units come in various sizes, providing flexible storage options to accommodate diverse needs, from storing household items to business inventory.

A comprehensive term encompassing storage space rental for personal or business use. Within self-storage facilities, mini storage units may be available alongside larger storage spaces, catering to clients with varying storage requirements. These often include a wider variety and range of units from drive-up exterior units to indoor climate-controlled units due to the larger scale of these facilities. Self-storage facilities also tend to offer versatility, security, and convenience for storing belongings short or long-term.

Whether for commercial or personal use, hallway systems and steel mini-storage buildings offer secure and adaptable storage solutions customized to meet diverse demands. SteelCo Buildings provides a wide array of available floor plans and customization options to cater to various storage needs. From climate-controlled units to customizable layouts, clients can find the perfect solution to safeguard their belongings while maximizing storage efficiency.

Is security and convenience a top priority for your self-storage building vision? Hallway systems and steel self-storage buildings prioritize security and accessibility. Advanced security features such as surveillance cameras, gated access, and individual unit locks ensure the protection of stored items. Additionally, convenient features like drive-up access, well-lit corridors, and 24/7 accessibility enhance the overall storage experience, providing clients with peace of mind and ease of use.

The SteelCo Buildings Difference

SteelCo Buildings has been in business for more than 20 years and our team brings over 100 years of combined expertise to deliver a smooth and seamless customer experience for our clients. We pride ourselves on our reputation of delivering top-quality prefabricated storage units and buildings anywhere in the continental United States.

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Why Choose SteelCo?

Benjamin Gates
Benjamin Gates
These guys have been great to work with. I have dealt with Joseph and Brad, and they have been total professionals. Look forward to working with them again!
Toni Houtz
Toni Houtz
Ben Childers went above and beyond helping me design and quote storage buildings. With guys like Ben Childers I will be coming back with follow up business. Thank You Donald B Houtz
tony biddle
tony biddle
Clint was great to deal with, building material quality was very good. They even recommended a great 3rd party to construct the buildings for me. I would use them again.
Brandon Wiggins
Brandon Wiggins
I used SteelCo for my most recent building addition at our self storage facility. Clint and Brad were great to work with from start to finish. I would highly recommend them if you are in the market for a metal building.
michael johnson
michael johnson
Had a project I was working on and contacted Clint Neely. Although it wasn't a huge project, he was very helpful. Within 24 hours I had a price, and he came and met me later that day to sign the order......In less than a week, materials were dropped, and work has begun. Couldn't be happier with Steelco or with Clint. Thanks!
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Mx8 Mx8
Buiding will be delivered in a few weeks. So far Steel co buildings has been very helpful, always up to date on what's going on. Never had a problem getting a hold of anyone.
Michelle Wilkerson
Michelle Wilkerson
Clint Neely was very helpful and the entire team is professional. I highly recommend the Steelco team for any industrial buildings you may need
Joey Ayash
Joey Ayash
I looked along and hard for a steel building supplier turns out steelco was very close and I gave brad and Ben a call, they took care of everything including all the changes and extras for my building! Great experience from start to finish ! I'll be a repeat customer! Thanks again Brad and Ben and all the steelco employees that made my building !
Jennifer Hutchins
Jennifer Hutchins
I would highly recommend SteelCo Buildings and especially Clint Neely. He was very responsive and knowledgeable and the whole experience with Clint was unbelievable. Wish more companies had people like Clint working for them. Super excited to enjoy our lake house this summer. Thank you SteelCo and Clint for an amazing experience. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS COMPANY!!
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