Whether you are constructing a new self-storage building or renovating an existing facility, one of the most important steps of the planning process is properly scheduling the delivery of materials. Early deliveries could lead to damaged roll-up doors and hallway systems while late deliveries could lead to costly slowdowns.

There are several things to consider before scheduling the delivery of roll-up doors and hallway systems for your self-storage facility.

Who should be involved in scheduling material delivery?

The general contractor is usually responsible for working with the manufacturer to coordinate delivery and installation of self-storage materials. If your manufacturer offers project services, you can expect more involvement from them, such as in placing orders, meeting goal timeline and ensuring quality.

What factors should be considered when scheduling material delivery?

When scheduling material delivery for your self-storage project, it’s important to consider the following:

Sequencing – Do you know the order in which materials will need to be installed? This is an important consideration when scheduling your material delivery. To enable job site efficiency, make sure you study the project and communicate with your manufacturer about the construction sequencing so they can better assist in ensuring the right material arrives on site at the right time.

Storage – Do you have a place to store the materials that are being delivered? All metal roll-up doors and hallway systems should be stored indoors to avoid damage from moisture and other particles. They should also be stored away from the build to avoid being damaged by other contractors that are working on the building.

Installation-Ready – Is your self-storage facility ready for the materials to be installed? All other trades such as electrical, plumbing and mechanical should be 90%-100% completed before the materials are delivered and installed. Hallway systems should be completed and the headers and frames should be installed before the roll-up doors are delivered to the site.

Project Size – How large is your self-storage building project? For smaller projects, all of the materials can be delivered at the same time because the installation process is quicker. For larger projects, material delivery should be staggered. The hallway systems should be delivered 2-3 days before the roll-up doors. For multi-story projects, the delivery should be broken up into phases for each floor.

Why is it important to plan out the delivery of materials?

Most self-storage building component manufacturers recommend that you avoid storing materials for extended periods of time before installation. If you don’t have a safe place to store materials that’s indoors and out of harm’s way, they could be damaged by heavy machinery, moisture, debris, dissimilar metals, strong acids and more. It’s important to follow best practices for storing your roll-up doors and hallway systems before they’re installed, even if it’s only for a few days.

For more information on scheduling the delivery of materials for your self storage construction project, contact one of our experienced sales representatives.