Weatherproofing for the Unavoidable – Sunny and Hot

Do you live somewhere where it gets so hot mailboxes melt and you could fry an egg on the sidewalk? If your self-storage facility is located in such an area, there are certain precautions that you will need to take to ensure that your hardware continues to function at an optimal level.

 Keypads

This seems like a silly thing to worry about, but don’t wave it off! Sun and sand can be extremely damaging, just like ice and snow. Sand can cause buttons to jam and the heat can wear off keypad numbers, or even worse, melt the plastic exterior off!

The best way to avoid this problem all together is to put your keypad in a shade area. If one of those isn’t available, you should consider installing a hood of sorts. This will keep it out of direct sunlight and will prevent melting. If possible, avoid rubber or plastic buttons – they are not quite as durable on 120-degree days. If this precaution isn’t taken, it could also cause a hinderance to your customer. If they go to use the key pad buttons and they’ve been in the sun all day, they could get burned!

If you fear sand will be a problem and that it will get in through small crevices in your keypad and gearboxes, use a sealant around the pedestal. If you experience an event with heavy wind or dust. You could also consider boxing it in to keep it more protected.

There are so many things to be concerned with when it comes to operating a self-storage facility. Each different location will face its own host of problems. If you take the time to become familiar with the obstacles you may face you will find yourself to be much more prepared for when they happen. Stay cool and chat tomorrow!

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