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Insulated Metal Wall Panels Give Upscale Image To Self-Storage Facility

Consumer spending makes up around 70% of the American GDP. Americans are spending more on goods than ever before, and this contributes to the growing demand for self-storage facilities. According to StorageCafe, an online platform that provides storage unit listings across the nation, 40% of current storage users cite not having enough space at home as the main reason for using self-storage – a sharp increase from 33% the year prior.

The self-storage sector across the nation has been growing for years. More than a fifth (21%) of Americans currently use self-storage, and another 15% say they intend to do so in the future. The industry continues to attract investors more than any other real estate sector.

Central Florida is a strong example of a region with a growing self-storage market. Internet searches for storage units in Orlando increased 244% from 2019 to 2022. Behind not having enough space at home, moving was cited by 34% of current storage users as the reason for using self-storage – and it’s estimated that more than 1,500 people move to Orlando every week.

As people accrue more items and move into the Central Florida area, self-storage becomes increasingly important. Approval from local governments for construction of self-storage facilities can be tough to obtain, as these facilities create minimal jobs and typically lack unique design aesthetics.

This made insulated metal panels (IMPs) a strong choice for the building envelope when designing a new Life Storage self-storage facility in Orlando.

IMPs can be used in both horizontal and vertical applications, and they are available in a wide range of textures and finishes. Colors can be easily replicated to match a brand’s design goals and to increase aesthetic.

Architect Romero Trumpp & Farmer Architects, Inc. used 25,000 square feet of Kingspan’s KS Azteco and KS Mini Wave panels in construction. KS Azteco panels feature an embossed texture, and KS Mini Wave panels provide a unique wave appearance. Custom gray and blue panels were chosen to complement Life Storage’s identity and increase the building’s visual appearance.

Requiring only one installer, EKM Construction, IMPs also created a weathertight building envelope in reduced time and allowed for faster dry in.

Another benefit of IMPs in this project is their thermal efficiency. Kingspan’s KS line of panels utilizes its QuadCore® Technology. QuadCore is Kingspan’s next generation of self-blended hybrid insulation core and is one of the most thermally efficient insulation cores on the market. Thermal efficiency is important for climate-controlled storage units like this to maintain constant temperatures and reduce heating and cooling costs for the facility.

About Kingspan Insulated Panels - North America


Kingspan Insulated Panels – North America is a business unit of Kingspan, a global company operating in more than 80 countries, with over 200 manufacturing facilities. Kingspan Insulated Panels – North America manufactures and markets three groups of products at its U.S., Canadian and Mexican facilities: insulated metal wall and roof panel systems for commercial/industrial construction; insulated architectural panel and façade systems for design-driven projects; and controlled environment panels and doors for cold-storage and climate-controlled warehousing. In addition to its commitment to quality and innovation, the company is on the leading edge of the sustainability movement, offering best-of-class products produced in state-of-the-art, eco-friendly facilities. To learn more visit

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