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Pros and Cons of Using a Drive-Up Self-Storage Unit

Drive Up Storage Units in St Albert

Whether you are in the middle of a move or looking for some extra space to store items from around your home, there are many different types of self storage rentals.

With so many different storage options out there, it is important to do your research to find what type of storage suits your needs best. Certain storage options are not ideal for all items.

Drive up storage units are, by far, the most popular option. Here are some pros and cons of drive-up storage that will help you decide if it is the correct option for your needs:

Pros For Drive Up Units

  1. Convenient Storage Access

  2. Variety of Storage Unit Sizes

  3. Affordable Storage

Cons For Drive Up Storage Units

  1. Less Protection From Dust

  2. Subject To The Elements

  3. Not Suitable For Delicate Items

Pros for renting a drive up storage unit in St. Albert at Riel Park RV & Self Storage


Drive up access storage units are extremely convenient when it comes to loading and unloading your belongings. You can drive right up to the entrance of your unit. They are especially convenient when it comes to loading or unloading large or heavy items.

Most storage facilities have great access hours. Outdoor drive-up storage units can have longer access hours than many indoor climate-controlled ones. Some climate controlled storage units are only accessible during office hours as they are located within the same building.


With most storage facilities, there greater variety of sizes of drive-up access storage units. They range in sizes from a small closet to a unit big enough to store and entire household and even a vehicle. 

These storage solutions are also perfect for storing:


Drive up self storage units are much more cost effective than climate-controlled units. You get more space for less money! They even frequently have great move in specials.

Cons for renting a drive up storage unit, rent climate controlled indoor storage instead


Outdoor drive-up access storage units are not air tight. The roll up doors can only protect your items so much. On very windy days, dust can get into your rented storage unit. It is always a good idea to put some tarps or sheets on top of all of your items to protect them from the dust.


Weather can be a big factor when it comes to renting a storage unit. With a drive-up access unit, you may have to move in rain, snow or wind. This can make the whole process trickier and time consuming.


Items like heirlooms, antiques, electronics and fine art, can be damaged by severe temperature fluctuations. These items do better in a climate-controlled indoor storage unit.

At Riel Park RV & Self Storage we have both drive up access storage units and indoor storage units available in a variety of sizes.   With a completely fenced in compound with individual gated access codes, great lighting, security cameras and security patrols, you can feel confident that your items will be safe and secure.

Give one of our storage rental experts a call today at 780-459-6435, or rent or reserve your storage unit online today!  

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