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.
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.
When a shipping container is initially built, it is constructed to certain standards. These standards create a weather-resistant cargo box. Shipping containers travel through all types of weather. They also travel long distances. In fact, some travel across oceans. Weather resistant shipping containers must be able to withstand rain, ice, snow, high winds, and rapid temperature changes. Additionally, they must protect the cargo within.
The solid build of shipping containers and their weather-resistant properties are two of the leading reasons that people repurpose these containers.
Weather Resistant Shipping Containers Considerations
Once construction starts, the certification changes.
All shipping containers must be certified as weather resistant when first constructed. This happens before they are allowed to be filled with cargo. Shipping companies use weather resistant shipping containers that have been certified to guarantee to their clients that the freight will be protected.
However, once Portables 360 begins making modifications to your container, it is no longer considered weather resistant certified.
This does not mean that your new structure will not have the durability of a safe and sturdy structure. It also does not mean that the structure will not be protected from rain, wind, or other harsh weather conditions. Losing this certification means that the changes to the container’s structure no longer allows it to be classified as a weather resistant cargo container that can be used to transport goods.
When Portables 360 alters a shipping container for their clients, they make sure that the container still retains structural integrity. Additionally, they ensure its ability to withstand weather is intact. Even with the addition of windows or doors to the container’s side, Portables 360 will add the right protections to ensure that the container is structurally sound and weather resistant.
Recertifying Your Shipping Container
If you would like to transport your container overseas in the future, you can have it recertified through the Approved Continuous Examination Program at the port. However, unless you are using the container for shipping goods, this is probably not necessary.
If you are shipping your modified container overseas, it is probably in your best interest to ship it as merchandise instead of as a shipping container. In this way, it will be placed in the cargo hold of the ship, protected from the weather and other conditions, and will arrive safely without the added expense of certification.
When you are moving cargo on a ship, stacking shipping containers is very easy. Containers are specially designed to fit securely on top of each other. They can be stacked up to nine containers high. The corners of the containers are reinforced. This ensures the containers stay in place during their journey.
However, when you are stacking modified containers to create a multi-container structure, you must take more precautions. Safety must be your priority when stacking the containers. Safely stacking will ensure they retain their structural integrity.
To safely construct a multi-container unit, Portables 360 uses the following guideline for stacking shipping containers:
Stacking Shipping Containers Safely
If the construction site where the containers will be stacked is prepared, our service techs will stack the containers immediately. The containers will be removed from the trucks in the order that they are required to construct the building. They will be placed in correct position.
In most cases, we recommend that a crane is used for stacking the containers. Straps are placed at the four corners of each container. Next, they are safely lifted and placed in position. Using a crane provides extra safety measures. Cranes can suspend the container until it is placed perfectly.
On some occasions, a heavy-duty forklift can be used for stacking containers. If a forklift is used, it must be rated for the weight limits of the containers. Additionally, it must have the capability of lifting the container up high enough to be stacked. Finally, it must be operated by an experienced technician. Using a forklift can be beneficial. Ask us the best way to stack your shipping containers.
Securing the Shipping Containers Properly
When you are constructing a multi-level container building, it will be necessary to secure the base containers to the foundation. This creates extra strength and security. Once we have secured the bottom containers, each container that is placed on top is secured in order.
We use a locking system to connect our containers. This is the most secure connecting method to use on our container systems. These connections are placed at the corners of each container as well as any other key spot to help with structural integrity.
Final Securing Measures
Once the structures have been locked together, our crew will make sure that the containers are protected from the weather. To do this, we will caulk all seams. This protects the containers from water entering the containers and gives added strength to the structure. A waterproof structure is an extremely important benefit to a shipping container structure.
We will also add flashing to the containers. The added roof cap will deflect rainwater and snow. These finishing touches give your container the extra protection it needs to last.
Once all of these tasks have been completed, the next steps in construction, such as electrical and plumbing installation, can begin.
Repurposing shipping containers into new structures is a high-demand service. They are strong and durable. These structures can be converted into any type of building. Slight modifications result in useful and profitable structures. But what if you need more room?
Great news! You can connect multiple shipping containers together to create a single, spacious structure. All it takes is a little bit of engineering and a little bit of extra setup time.
Creating A Multi-Container Unit From Connecting Shipping Containers
Creating a structure out of multiple containers starts in the engineering department. To begin, our engineers will look at the purpose of the structure. In addition, they will consider any special needs you may have for the interior. Finally, they will create a support system for the containers.
One side of each container will be removed. They will be connected together at their final destination. While they are being modified, new supports will be put into place according to the specs given by the engineering department. This ensures the integrity of the container remains durable for years.
When the containers arrive at the new location and are put into place, our assembly team will either weld or caulk the two containers together to form a single unit. When completed, they will install a threshold cover in the interior to protect the seam. This will also improve safety. Next, they will place a ridge cap on the roof of the container unit over the seam to prevent any potential water from seeping into the unit.
Now electricity and plumbing are hooked up. The new building is ready to be used. The process of connecting shipping containers is efficient.
If the building needs to be moved at a later date, the weld or caulk can easily be removed. The pieces can be separated and the building shipped by truck to its new location.
Benefits of Connecting Shipping Containers
As you can see, the process is straightforward. Connecting shipping containers into a new building structure will save your business money. Building a new space takes more time. Connecting shipping containers is cost- and time-effective. Additionally, you can secure two or more containers together. You decide the amount of space needed. In some cases, you can even connect shipping containers on top of each other to make multi-layered units.
Repurposing storage containers is not only an environmentally friendly way to build a new structure, it is also cost-effective. Depending on the space you are making, using a container can be 50 percent less expensive than building a brand new structure.
We look forward to speaking with you and determining the best application for your business.
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has left many medical businesses struggling to keep up with the demand for space. Medical facilities around the world have been filled to capacity with patients, and testing centers are overwhelmed by these facilities to process necessary testing for these patients. Portables 360 Supporting Quest Diagnostics Nationwide working together to help manage the virus.
Add to this the need to have testing centers for the general public and testing centers for antibody testing, and the need for medical space quadruples.
Quest Diagnostics has addressed this problem by having portable shipping containers converted into portable testing facilities and storage centers. Working with Portables360, Quest Diagnostics was able to have additional testing space created at 5 of their locations nationwide by repurposing used shipping containers.
Quest Diagnostics was also able to create a secure storage facility for COVID testing equipment and samples by having Portables360 customize a shipping container. The result was a secure space that is portable if necessary.
Storage Containers Are Useful For More Than COVID Testing.
Shipping containers have been converted into triage centers for medical facilities to help separate COVID patients form other patients. Private testing centers have found a way to have on-site testing in remote areas by using a portable office setting. Government agencies have used the containers as a way to distribute personal protection equipment. The list is long in ways these shipping containers have helped fill a need during this crisis.
Converting a shipping container into an office space, testing center, or secured storage space can be done quickly. All of our container conversions are completed on-site and to our client’s specifications. The containers are then delivered to your preferred location.
Repurposed containers do not have to be permanently secured to the ground. The weight of the container will provide all of the stability you need to have a safe and secure space. When you are done with the project, you can have the container moved to the next location quite easily.
Modifying shipping containers is a cost-effective way to create more work or storage space in a hurry. You can create a solid and secure structure that will meet your needs and remain portable for future projects. If you have a need for more work or storage space, Portables360 can help you customize a container to meet that need.