All storage units must be secured with a lock. But, with so many different types of locks to choose from, it is hard to know which one best suits your requirements. Furthermore, other factors such as security, weatherproofing, key or combination must be considered before making a choice.
The Anatomy of a Padlock
Ever wondered what a lock looks like in the inside? A lock is essentially made up of 3 parts:
The Shackle – this is the loop of metal that opens and closes. Shackles come in various diameters and lengths. Our doors will allow a maximum diameter of 10 millimeters. In terms of security, this is the most vulnerable part of the padlock
The Body – this is the part of the lock that houses the locking mechanism.
The Locking mechanism – It usually contains 3 to 7 pins which must be aligned for the shackle to be released. In term of weatherproofing, this is the most vulnerable part of the padlock.
Closed Shackle Padlock
Long Shackle Padlock
Straight Shackle Padlock
Disc Lock or Round Shackle Padlock
If your storage unit is on the driveway and your padlock is exposed to the weather, then the quality of the lock is important. A bit of corrosion on the outside will not hurt the lock. What you want to avoid however is internal corrosion that will impact the locking mechanism. A cheap lock will rust when exposed to the weather for a long period of time, and the key will no longer open the lock. Combination locks are OK to use outside provided the dial is not exposed to the weather.
If security is of concern to you, then invest in a good quality closed shackle padlock. The shackle should be hardened, steel is best. As a general rule, when it comes to locks, you get what you pay for. So the cheaper the lock, the lower the quality.
Whatever the lock you chose, remember the number one rule in self storage: blend in with everybody else, do not attract attention to your storage unit by using an oversized padlock, or using more than one padlock.