“What is the difference between a pad lock and a disc lock…”.  While I don’t require a specific type of lock be used at my facility, I generally recommend the disc lock (and so do most other self storage facilities).  Even at the best storage facilities with the best security, there are no guarantees and theft is still a concern; same as it is at your home or with your automobile.  A disc lock is stainless steel vs. most pad locks are laminated steel; and because the disc lock has a shorter shank it can not be cut with a bolt cutter like most pad locks can; thus it is more secure.

“But I don’t have anything of value in my storage unit…”. I still recommend the disc lock. Thieves only know what’s in a unit after they break into it and riffle through all your stuff. Usually leaving it a damaged, mangled, mess.  To cut off a disc lock you need a metal grinder and it takes a while; unlike being able to snip off a pad lock which takes only seconds.  As a storage facility manager, I’m experienced at cutting locks and it can still take me a good 15 minutes to cut through a disc lock; most thieves don’t have that kind of time to stand in front of a storage unit without raising suspicion.  Most thieves breaking into a storage facility are hitting multiple units; so they want to break in to units they can access quickly and easily. If you have a disc lock it can act as a deterrent in that type of situation and they usually pass your unit by; which means no mangled mess for you to reorganize.

“If someone really wants to break in to a unit, they are going to break in regardless of what type of lock is on it….”.   Yes that is true.  But in the event you run into a really determined thief that does take the time to grind through a disc lock; having a disc lock vs. pad lock can still be beneficial in the claim process.  Some insurance carriers (including Bader, the company we work with) will waive the deductible on an insurance claim if the tenant was using a disc lock on the unit.  If you secure the unit with a pad lock, you pay the deductible on the claim.

The cost of a pad lock at my facility is $12 dollars and the cost of a disc lock is only $15.  So even though the disc lock is a little more expensive when you are already talking about the loss of having your unit broken into; $5 dollars can at least save you the further loss of having to pay a deductible to replace those items.

Quick Dino’s Storage Storing Tips

Storage tips:

Many people ask “how should I store my mattress as far as side or flat?” Storing your mattress in a breathable plastic bag will protect it from the elements. Here at Dino’s Storage we sell a wide range of breathable mattress bags and totes. Avoid storing your mattress in a thick plastic cover, as this will encourage condensation. Breathable plastic is enough to protect it from mold, dust and allergens while keeping it moisture-free. Mattresses are not meant to sit in storage for years, even with proper protection. In addition throw in a few laundry softener sheets for a nice scent. The retail stores have them on the sides so I don’t see a problem storing the same way as long as the mattress is a well constructed one. You can always come to you storage area and rotate the mattress also.

Welcome to the Dino’s Storage Blog


In 1999 Dave Paladino founded Dino’s Storage.  Dave has built Dino’s Storage into a multi-state and country company operating in Winnipeg Canada, Des Moines Iowa and headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska.  Our mission is to engage with the life events of our customers while providing physical present that speaks to the needs of the consumer.  Dino’s Storage number one core value is to glorify God in all that we do.  Most locations have a reader board that has inspirational quotes, stating the important messages from God.

Not just another storage facility, we are the top of the industry:

Dino’s Storage stands above all the rest in so many ways.  With being spread across both Omaha and Des Moines, we are conveniently located.  Activity involved with community programs such as Omaha Chambers of Commerce and several charities.  Forgot to mention, we offer a wide range of competitively priced moving supplies and rental moving trucks/ trailers.  Another above the rest is blogging.  Stay tuned to hear from all of the dedicated employees that make up the Dino’s Storage team. Visit us at Dinosstorage.com or on facebook Dino’s Storage

Locations and Contacts:

Dave Paladino, President, Dave@dinosstorage.com

Jena Erickson, Operations Manager, Jena@dinosstorage.com or 402-916-4010


2 Downtown Omaha Facilities, Harney & Dodge Street 402-345-3466

Midtown Facility, 402-504-4600

Bellevue Facility, 402-293-4667

Papillion Facility, 402-331-1555

LaVista/ Millard Facility, 402-896-6500

Elkhorn/West Omaha Facility, 402-289-0923

West Maple/ Northwest Omaha Facility, Opening late summer of 2013

Matt Kaluza, Traveling Leasing Manager, customerservices@dinosstorage.com or 402-968-5526


Bondurant Facility, 515-967-9346

2nd Ave/North Des Moines Facility, 515-280-5060

Se 14th/South Des Moines Facility, 515-953-3466


Winnipeg Facility 204-772-0526