A prefabricated garage isn’t always intended for motor vehicles, they can also be used as a storage area. For this purpose, we have put together a list of things that should not be stored in a concrete garage. These fall into three main categories:
- Materials that could ignite or are otherwise dangerous
- Items that will attract insects or vermin
- Delicate items that could be ruined by fluctuating conditions
In addition to this, there are a few things that may seem like they belong in a prefabricated garage, but for many reasons should be stored elsewhere, such as:
Anything that Cannot Withstand Temperature Changes
Work may have been done to insulate your sectional concrete garage, but it is still exposed to outside temperatures more than the rest of your house. It is advised not to store anything in the garage that you wouldn’t store in the trunk of your car. Your concrete garage can get hotter or colder than the rest of your house.
A common example here would be propane tanks. Propane tanks can leak and ignite, so the best place to store items such as this would be in an area outside that is well ventilated, so temperatures can be controlled. Regulating and controlling the temperature in a garage is a very hard thing to do. Always ensure you are careful with storing any hazardous or flammable items. If you are keeping hazardous items that you no longer need, make sure you take the time to properly dispose of them rather than placing them in the garage out of sight.
Depending on where you live, your concrete garage can be exposed to extreme or fluctuating temperatures, moisture, dirt, humidity and dust. Not only is your garage exposed to these temperatures, but what you store inside is also. Consider storing items such a paint, artwork, furniture (that can warp in the heat), wine and electronics indoors where they will be protected more.
Items That Will Attract Pests
Rodents and bugs aren’t only attracted to your homes, but your concrete garages as well. Perhaps think twice before storing items in your garage that attract insects and bugs. This includes clothing, books, papers, bedding, food and firewood.
A prefabricated garage may seem like the perfect place to store an extra freezer or refrigerator. In hot temperatures items like this work harder to stay cooler and in turn keep your food cool. This means your energy bills will be higher than if you were to keep the appliances in your home.
A garage is the perfect solution for all your storage issues, but what you put there should be taken into consideration. Keep your items safe by following our guidelines above.