4 Things You Always Wanted to Know About Shipping Containers

Containers are incredibly useful units with a wide range of applications. From allowing you to build your dream home to offering a lot of benefits to worksites, the versatility of containers lets you do anything you wish with them. In order to make your vision into reality and be able to choose the materials and decorations you want, it’s important that you know exactly what you’re working with.

This means that you need to know the container’s properties and how they can be tinkered with, so that you can manipulate them at will.

Resistance to Water and Wind

This factor is especially important if you’re planning on placing your container on a beach, for example, as you need it to be wind and waterproof. They’re manufactured to withstand trips across the ocean on the deck of ships, which means they’re constantly in contact with the sea breeze and even adverse conditions that can get them wet. They don’t rust easily and are thoroughly inspected, so they can be used in locations with different climates.


Another factor that makes them great for a multitude of uses is how low maintenance they are. Even in storage you don’t need to worry about it getting damaged, as the steel work is incredibly sturdy and durable, built to last a very long time in good conditions. You might want to oil the doors and hinges, but this is an easy process that won’t take up much of your time.


Where to Place the Container

Even though containers are highly resistant to water, it’s better to place them on dry surfaces like concrete and paving. When this is not possible, however, and you can only place them in damp, soft and bumpy surfaces, you should still level them by putting spacers, such as timber or stone, in each corner. This allows the doors to open correctly and avoids damage to the overall structure of the container.


The life expectancy of a container depends on its manufacturing quality. Generally, containers are robust and perfect for both constant use and storage. Storing it means the container is not frequently facing the rigours of sea transport, which can extend its life up to 50 years. A container that is constantly being used will still give you at least 20 years of excellent service, so you don’t have to stress about getting a new one every few years.


Shipping containers are flexible units that can be adapted to several different conditions and transformed into anything you want. If you want to learn more about our containers and how you can benefit from them, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team on 0208 459 6972 today. You can also follow us on Twitter.

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