Since they have such thick hasps that are very resistant to blunt trauma, disc locks are a popular choice for self storage units. However, if you don't exercise care when picking out a particular lock, you could end up buying something inappropriate to your specific situation. So after you've rented a self storage unit, don't forget to go through these three things before deciding on the best disc lock for you.
If You're Renting An Exposed Outdoor Unit, Always Go For Steel Over Brass
Generally speaking, disc locks are most often made out of either stainless steel or brass. While steel is significantly more expensive, it's both stronger and more durable.
If you've rented an indoor self storage unit, it's not necessary to prioritize a durable metal when you're choosing your disc lock. Even if your unit is outside but partially covered by a fence and overhang, brass could still be the better choice. But if your unit is completely exposed to the elements year-round, you'll save more money in the long run by getting a stainless steel disc lock.
It's also wise to check with the self storage facility to see what kind of lock they recommend.
Consider How You Handle Your Existing Keys
Whether you decide to opt for a toothed or a cylindrical key, getting some kind of key for your key lock is better than getting no key at all. While it's possible to get a disc lock that opens with a password combination, the moving parts involved make it easier for a burglar to break into your unit.
Do you typically carry all of your keys on your person with a keychain or ring? If so, it's wise to choose a larger toothed key so that its shape won't get in the way when you're trying to open something else. Otherwise, if you prefer to store most of your keys in a safe location, using a compact cylindrical key means that your disc lock doesn't have to be unnecessarily large.
Pay Attention To The Hasp
On a disc lock, the hasp is the metal bar that encloses the latch on the door. Since the main advantage of a disc lock is its resilience in the face of burglars, make sure that the one you buy has a very thick and stocky hasp.
Most people don't think that their self storage unit will ever be burglarized. But it certainly pays to prepare for the worst so you'll never be caught in that unfortunate situation.