Indoor vs. outdoor storage: which is best for your needs?
27 Jun 2022

Indoor vs. Outdoor Storage: Which Is Best for Your Needs?

There are many options available if you’re looking to rent a public storage space in Toronto. From indoor storage units with climate control to outdoor units with drive-up accessibility, there are several choices on the market. 

When it comes to indoor vs. outdoor storage units, though, it will be helpful to do some research in advance and select the best one for your needs and budget.

To help you make the right decision, here is a guide comparing outdoor and indoor storage in terms of features and benefits so that you can find the storage solution that is right for you.

Is indoor storage right for me?

There are both single-story and multi-story indoor storage units. This form of storage provides customers with two layers of protection. This provides extra protection against the weather and humidity, as well as unwanted visitors. 

The building is monitored by an individual alarm system and requires a unique access code to enter each unit.

There is space to park your personal vehicles or U-Haul trucks in indoor storage facilities that have covered loading and unloading areas. 

A few facilities have drive-up loading and unloading areas too! Large elevators provide easy access to each floor within these indoor facilities. In addition, customers can make use of loading and mattress carts to move in and out of the facility easier.

Consider an indoor storage unit for your most valuable possessions so that they can stay dry, secure, and safe. Indeed, indoor storage has many benefits, including the following:

Protection From Weather

In the event of bad weather or high humidity, indoor storage is the best option. The contents of your storage unit are contained within a secure storage facility, so you won’t need to worry about rain, snow, wind, or other weather-related problems entering your unit.


Additional layers of security are offered by indoor storage units with unique access codes for each unit and gate access.

Temperature Control

In climate-controlled locations, indoor units are kept at a comfortable 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit, in line with the temperature in your home. 

Keeping your belongings in a climate-controlled storage facility will protect them from damage caused by extreme temperatures and moisture. Heated storage facilities are also available if you live in an area affected by severe winters.

Pest Control

An indoor storage facility is less likely to have insect infestations than an outdoor storage facility. In any storage unit, always avoid storing food and only store other items that have been fully cleaned. 

Although the outdoor unit may be constructed in such a way as to keep insects out, due to the nature of the construction, insects will often find more entry points and hiding places at this type of facility.

The following convenient features are available:

  • The hallways are well-lit and a safe environment is provided
  • Your storage unit will be accessible via an elevator on your floor
  • To make moving in easier, mattresses and loading carts are provided
  • The units come in a variety of sizes 
  • There is a covered loading/unloading area
  • There are areas for loading and unloading vehicles

With indoor storage, you can store the following items:

  • Furniture (sofas, dining room sets, bedroom sets, etc.)
  • A wide range of electronic devices and appliances
  • Books, paintings, photos, photo albums, etc.
  • Important documents, such as tax information

It is recommended that you store your items in an indoor storage unit if you are not comfortable storing them in your garage or shed. You can thus feel more secure and protected about your valuables with an added layer of security.

Outdoor Storage

The outdoor storage spaces in Toronto, also known as drive-up units, are essentially added garage space. For easy access to the units, they are located outdoors in a gated area that is at ground level and is accessible by drive-up. 

Despite the fact that the units are all secured and locked, they are otherwise exposed to the elements. It is very rare for outdoor units to have climate control, which means they are more susceptible to the elements than indoor units.

The Benefits of Outdoor Storage

You Can Drive Up to the Entrance

Those who frequent a storage facility often find outdoor storage the most convenient and accessible. The benefit of renting an outdoor storage unit is that you get drive-up access, meaning you can load and unload belongings much easier.

With outdoor storage units, customers can quickly load or unload their vehicles at ground level and drive away.

Accessible at an Affordable Price

The average cost of outdoor storage units is generally less than that of an indoor facility due to the lack of climate control and fewer amenities.

Unit Sizes Are Larger

It is easier to store items in outdoor storage since there are fewer restrictions on the size of the units and what can be kept inside. 

Outdoor storage units are often larger than indoor storage ones, making them appealing to those who require more storage space and capability.

Vehicle Storage Options

An outdoor storage facility is the right solution if you need to keep your vehicle away from your home or business. 

Storage options for automobiles, motorcycles, and small recreational vehicles are greater in an outside storage facility.

In outdoor storage, you can store the following items:

  • Tools, tool boxes, saws, workbench
  • Garden/seasonal furniture
  • Various sporting equipment
  • Recreational vehicles

Long Term vs. Short Term

The length of time you plan to keep your items is up to you. You might not care if the facility is inside or outside if you only need to keep items safe during the summer. Budget and size could also be the deciding factors.

When storing valuables for long periods of time, renters must consider the condition they will be kept in. 

For delicate items that may be extra-susceptible to damage from changes in temperature or other factors, choosing an indoor climate-controlled facility may be a higher priority. 

For example, a beautiful oak dining room table may require indoor storage and may need a bit more care in the preparation process for storage, as wood can warp in damp and humid conditions. 

On the other hand, equipment that is used outdoors could be stored for a long time in an outdoor facility. Some items are better suited for storage in an outdoor facility and don’t require the same delicate treatment. 

Whether you need indoor or outdoor storage, though, there are several options in Toronto to keep your items safe and handy.

For more information on public storage space in Toronto, please call Jiffy Self-Storage at 416-74-JIFFY (54339) or contact us here. Our representatives can help guide you through our selection of storage units and services and make sure you are getting the most for your money. 

Contact us today for a quote and for more information on our services.

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Hammad Assan joined Jiffy Self-Storage in June 2012. He has over 20 years of experience in various Customer service, Sales and Management roles and is a Certified Self-Storage Operator through the Canadian Self Storage Association. His passion for sales and customer service has maintained Jiffy Self-Storage’s position as one of the GTA’s most successful Storage Facilities, as recognized by winning the Consumer Choice Award 22 years in a row, a perfect A+ rating with the BBB with zero complaints and a 4.5/5 Star Review rating on Google. Our tenants greatly appreciate his dedication to exceptional customer service and as a result Jiffy Self-Storage has been recognized and awarded for that. Please contact Hammad about any of your storage, parking, workspace or retail unit needs.

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