A buyer’s guide to self storage construction

January 23, 2017

Doesn’t matter whether you are thinking of starting a self storage business or an existing self storage operator, answers to these 3 questions will help you understand your self storage construction better.

Question 1: Aren’t steel gauge and steel grade the same thing?
Answer: Steel gauge is an initial indication of quality. It represents the steel thickness. The lower the gauge, the thicker the steel. Obviously, the thicker the steel, the more structurally sound the product. Let’s suppose you purchase a partitioning/hallway system made of 24-gauge structural material. Janus produces 20-gauge hallway support components, so in comparison you would be buying 37% less steel!
Steel grade is an important industry detail often overlooked by other manufacturers. It is the industry standard of rating the yield strength of steel. This yield strength property is the maximum stress that can be applied without permanent deformation to the tested specimen. Janus only utilizes grade 80 full hard galvanized steel for all hall and door sheeting. Other manufacturers utilize softer steel, which quickly results in dents, deformation and the accelerated demise of those provided components. The higher the grade, the harder, stronger and stiffer the steel, which means a longer lasting and more secure self storage door and partitioning system.

Question 2: All the colours and warranties are basically the same. Is it safe to assume that the finishes are also?
Answer: Be careful. There are manufacturers that assert that they have a 25-year overall paint warranty. In many cases, this is only a film integrity warranty. Film integrity simply stated means that “the paint will stay on the steel”. It is warranted against cracking, blistering or peeling. A more complete warranty would indicate a guarantee against chalking and fading. With the Janus door, you get the complete warranty; a 40-year film integrity and a 25-year chalk and fade warranty.
As for the finishes, some manufacturers use straight polyester paints (1st Generation) that oxidize and turn powder white within a few short years, and others use a slightly better version, a siliconized polyester (2nd Generation). Janus uses a proprietary finish, Super Durable Polyester pain, the 3rd Generation Paint System, which offers greater flexibility, corrosion resistance, heat resistance and hardness. This is an exclusive feature of both the Janus door line and Janus hallway components.

Question 3: How “easy” is easy to operate and tension?
Answer: Everyone has their own definition of easy to operate. A properly installed and tensioned Janus door will open with less than the ADA required lifting force of 5 lbs.
If you have suffered from using worm gear drive tensioners that have 70+:1 ratio, spinning doors to tension the springs, or dealing with special tools and pins, there is a better tensioner alternative. Only the Janus tensioner allows the simultaneous tensioning of multiple doors swings from one side of the axle. The days of calling the local door repair company for basic door maintenance are now gone. Don’t be fooled by smoke and mirrors used by many door manufacturers.
Contact Janus today, to learn about how out ratchet tensioning device works. You can come to our manufacturing plant and see how easily it fine tunes, not just one spring, but each spring on the door simultaneously. You’ll be amazed how simple it is, not to mention how much you’ll save in repair calls.