Durable Shipping Container Flooring Options

Durable Shipping Container Flooring Options

While modifying a shipping container, it is essential to select the right type of flooring for your structure. Five types of flooring are most commonly used for shipping container modifications. Therefore, what you will use the container for determines the best flooring.  There are some flooring options that are more beneficial than others.

Shipping Container Flooring Options

1.  Plywood/Bamboo Flooring

When shipping containers are manufactured initially, they are made with plywood or bamboo flooring. The original shipping container flooring is maintained in the new structure. It should be noted that this flooring is coated with pesticide for its trip across the ocean. The pesticide is not strong enough to affect a person. However, if this gives you some concern, you can have the floor epoxy coated.

2.  Vinyl Flooring

Rolled vinyl is used to cover the wood planks of the flooring. This is an excellent choice for container floors that will have a lot of contact with water. If you are using the container as a greenhouse, restroom facility, or an office with high foot traffic, this will require a lot of washing. Vinyl flooring is available in different colors.  It can match the look you want for your container. 

3.  Imitation Wood Vinyl 

You can consider imitation wood vinyl floor covering. This imitation wood is very attractive and is often the first choice for office settings and living space. This flooring type is available in different shades.  You can easily match your decor to the flooring.  In addition, it is easy to clean.

4.  Steel or Aluminum

Shipping container flooring is also available in steel or aluminum. You can select from a smooth finish or a traction finish. This durable flooring is perfect for areas that must continually be washed or hosed out. It is also a very durable flooring. Steel flooring can also be taken one step further.   An epoxy coating can be applied.

5.  Epoxy Coating

Most flooring types mentioned above are able to have an epoxy seal added to the finish. The epoxy creates more durable flooring and helps improve slip resistance. Epoxy coatings also help extend the life of your flooring. 

Conclusion for Shipping Container Flooring Options

Regardless of the flooring you choose, the above are all excellent options.  Consider the use for your container.  Remember also how durable the flooring needs to be.  Finally, keep in mind the ease, or not, of maintaining the floor.  Above all, know that shipping containers are the perfect choice for your next space!  Our blog details several repurposed shipping container uses.

 

It is Possible to Transport a Modified Shipping Container Overseas

It is Possible to Transport a Modified Shipping Container Overseas

Once a shipping container has been modified at our facility, it needs to be shipped to the owner. Over 95 percent of our modified containers are shipped by truck. However, a few of our customers have their containers modified and then want them shipped overseas. 

It seems like a simple task. After all, these modified containers were originally shipping containers that traveled by ship overseas. This is not the case, however, because the containers have now been modified. Now, to move a container overseas, it must travel as cargo and not as a container. 

 

Why Modified Containers Are No Longer Considered Shipping Containers 

 

Shipping containers must meet strict specifications before they can be certified for use in the shipping industry. These containers must be built to withstand torrential weather and be capable of holding the weight of up to eight additional filled containers on top of it.  In addition, it must also be protecting the contents of the container.  

The exceptional durability of these containers is what has made them so attractive as building materials when they are no longer used for cargo. The strength of modified containers outperforms wood and cement as building materials. 

However, modified containers can no longer be classified as containers, regardless of the durability of the structure. 

 

Why Are They Classified As Cargo Now When They Are Still Essentially A Container?

 

Many of the outside modifications that are made to a container will be what changes their classification to cargo. Anything that protrudes from the exterior, such as an air conditioning unit, doorknobs, skylights, or similar items, change how the container can be stacked when it is placed on a ship. 

Containers are packed, on average, nine high.  They are placed as close together as possible when the ship is being loaded. Things sticking out from the container can cause a lot of space to be wasted. Because of this, the ship will require that the container rides as cargo so that space is not a concern. 

If your modified shipping container does not have any changes or protrusions to the outside, you may be able to send it as a shipping container. However, to do this, you will first have to have it reclassified as a cargo container. You must contact the Approved Continuous Examination Program (ACEP) to have the container recertified. With that certification, you should be able to ship the container as cargo with the captain’s approval.