Guide to Custom Storage Containers

Guide to Custom Storage Containers

When you look at any construction site, you see job trailers sitting around the perimeter. These trailers are mainly used as office space for the construction crews working at the site. They are also used as a lunch area or restroom area for the workers.

Some companies rent these trailers at the job site because of convenience.  Others rent them because their own trailer has not been able to withstand the stress of moving from job site to job site. Still other companies find that they have to make significant repairs to their office space or replace the office trailer frequently.  This is due to the wear and tear that comes with moving these fragile units.

Custom Storage Guide

The following guide outlines different options for storage.  This details your best options for custom storage at your business.

Mobile Homes Converted To Office Space

Many construction companies use a mobile home converted to office space as their construction site office. These units are chosen because they are portable.  Additionally, they contain features like electrical and plumbing hook-ups.  They also have easy access doors, windows, and air conditioning units.

Storage trailers are meant to withstand fluctuating temperatures.  They are designed to be portable. While trailers have been designed to be moved, they are better staying in one place. Each time a trailer is moved, it loses some of its structural integrity. Many construction companies have to replace these trailers frequently.  They cannot withstand the rigors of moving from site to site too often.

Custom Storage Containers as Construction Offices

Converting shipping containers into construction office space is becoming increasingly popular. Custom storage containers offer construction companies many benefits over using a standard house trailer. Some of the benefits that these trailers provide include:

  • Total customization to fit the needs of your company
  • Durability
  • Weather-resistant
  • Expanded life
  • Easy to move

You can customize a shipping container in any way. You can add electricity and plumbing, special doors, heat and air conditioning.  Also, trailers are able to be sectioned into different offices. You can use a 20 or 40-foot trailer so that you always have enough room to conduct business at the site.

Shipping containers are designed to withstand all types of weather conditions.  Their steel construction provides more stability when moving the unit. Since the offices were originally a shipping container, it is easy to move them via a truck.  It is often less expensive than moving a house trailer.

In conclusion, modified shipping containers have a much longer life span than a house trailer converted to an office. You can expect to use this trailer for at least 20 years before any upgrades are necessary for use.

For answers to your questions on how a modified shipping container will be your next construction site office, contact Portables 360.  Discover everything we have to offer.

 

Stacking Shipping Containers Safely

Stacking Shipping Containers Safely

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. 

 

Dry Ice & Cold Storage

Dry Ice & Cold Storage

There are many occasions where the use of dry ice and cold storage are beneficial. Businesses need to store food products in controlled temperatures, storage of medications and temperature-controlled storage of certain types of beverages are a few of the uses for a cold storage system. 

Portable containers are an affordable solution for cold storage. There are many dry ice benefits such as keeping temperatures below freezing or filling empty space in a cold storage container. Additional dry ice benefits include having the ice available when you need to ship small packages that require the temperature to remain steady for your customers. Air conditioning can also be installed into these units.  This is perfect if you need a steady temperature that is not below the freezing mark. 

A cold storage container can be placed anywhere on a property as long as the ground is level.  They are easy to move when necessary. Portable shipping containers can also be used to transport cold goods and dry ice to areas in need.  Disaster zones or areas suffering from extreme temperatures benefit immensely. 

Why Do Shipping Containers Make Good Cold Storage Units? 

One of the main reasons that shipping containers make such good cold storage units is because of how well they seal. The containers were originally designed to move merchandise across the globe on a ship. Ships are exposed to wind, water, and all kinds of weather conditions.  Because of this, containers have been constructed to seal tightly.  This ensures water and air cannot enter the container and cause merchandise harm. 

Once converted into a cold storage unit, containers retain the ability to stay sealed.  This ensures the temperature stays consistent within the unit. Dry ice and regular frozen or refrigerated goods can maintain an even temperature easily when they are placed in a refrigerated shipping container. 

Portables 360 will help you select the right shipping container to convert into a cold storage unit. We offer a variety of sizes.  Additionally, we will make any alterations to the container you feel necessary.  Your business will benefit from your cold storage unit. 

Portable Container Site Preparation (FAQ)

Portable Container Site Preparation (FAQ)

You have ordered your shipping container!  It is being prepared!  Now it is time to make sure the area where your container will be located is ready. In preparation for the delivery of your new portable container, you will want to go over our FAQs about site preparation.  Prepare for Portable Containers Installation.

Site Preparation for a Shipping Container

How you prepare your property will depend on how long the container will remain at the location.

If you have a container that will be moved often, you can place the container on a cleared, flat piece of ground with open soil.  Another option is a parking lot. If you place the shipping container on bare soil, make sure that the soil is well packed.  Additionally, it cannot  have more than a 2 percent grade.

If your container remains in that location for over 30 days, you will want to place it on a parking lot, driveway, or concrete slab. If you place the container on bare earth, you will need to make sure that the container remains level by checking it monthly. A container that becomes off-level can cause electrical hazards and plumbing problems.

Other Preparations To Do Before Delivery

There are a few things that you should do before your container is delivered / Prepare for Portable Containers Installation:

  •  Check with the local building authorities to find out if you need any special permits to have the container on your property. If so, make sure that they are in place before the arrival.
  •  Verify the delivery date.  You can have any necessary equipment for moving the container available on your property.

Preparation For Electrical Hook Up

All electrical work should be completed by a licensed electrician. While you are waiting for your portable container to arrive, you will want to:

  • Verify that the area where you are placing the container has access to electricity. If not, make preparations to have electricity run to that area.
  • Check with the local building department to find out if you need any special permits.
  • Verify that the electrical system on the property is compatible with the container.

Hire a licensed electrician to complete electrical work prior to arrival and to connect electric service to the container once it arrives.

plumbing preparation for container

Preparation For Plumbing

For health and safety reasons, it is recommended that you use a licensed plumber to connect the water and sewer lines to your container.

  • Check the local building department to find out if permitting is necessary.
  • Verify water and sewer line availability where you are going to place the container.
  • Hire a licensed plumber to set up water and sewer systems.

For answers to questions you may have about preparing for the delivery of your portable container, speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members at Portables 360.

Shipping Container Longevity

Shipping Container Longevity

The most important benefit of using a customized shipping container is their longevity. Companies that invest in a container for storage, office space, or any other reason will have a low initial investment.  Additionally, they will benefit from an extended period of use from the unit.

 

Shipping Containers Have Extreme Longevity

 

Shipping containers are built to withstand harsh conditions. Their steel walls must be able to withstand the weight of eight additional fully packed containers being stacked on top without buckling or shifting. These containers must also be built well enough to endure severe weather conditions while out to sea.

Current shipping containers are designed to be used under extreme conditions for at least 25 years. However, due to the cost of returning these empty containers to their point of origin, most containers are used only once.

When Portables360 makes a shipping container available, a majority of these containers are only a few months old. In fact, some are only several weeks old. When the container is repurposed, the new owners can expect at least 25 years of use from the container!  Shipping container longevity makes them perfect for storage as well as other applications.

 

Other Applications for Shipping Containers

 

Businesses that need additional storage areas will benefit from converted containers. You can create cold or warm storage from a container and locate it anywhere on your property. Containers can be completely customized.  The cost is significantly less than building a new structure or moving the business to a new location.

A company that needs a mobile office or temporary office space will love the cost.  Ease of customizing a container is another benefit.  Creating office space is yet another application. Containers are physically stronger than mobile homes.  They will last the business for a much longer time.  Regardless of whether the container is continually moved to new locations, shipping container longevity is not a concern.

A final way that containers can help save a company money is repurposing a business container. If you need cold storage now and a mobile office later, you can easily convert the container. Its new purpose will be of minimal cost.

 

For additional information on how a repurposed shipping container can save your business money,call the knowledgeable staff at Portables360.

 

5 Long-Term Storage Tips and How to Get the Most Out of Your Portable Shipping Container

5 Long-Term Storage Tips and How to Get the Most Out of Your Portable Shipping Container

Shipping containers are one of the best storage solutions currently available. These weatherproof units are easy to secure and can be conveniently modified to contain shelving and lighting which makes storing your goods more accessible.

To help make storing your items for a short or long-term period as well as an overall satisfying experience, you are encouraged to use the following 5 tips for your shipping container:

 

5 Shipping Container Storage Tips

 

1. Use Plastic Storage Bins

Plastic storage bins provide many advantages over boxes and bags. These bins are airtight which keeps moisture away from your items.  It also helps prevent bugs and other unwanted “guests” from entering your belongings. Storage shipping containers are airtight and have good seals on the doors.  However, the added protection of plastic bins is always beneficial.

2. Label Everything and Create A Master List

You should label the outside of each container clearly and then keep a master list of what is inside. There is nothing more frustrating than wanting to get at something that you put into storage but do not know where it is in the container. Time is saved, and frustration is reduced when you have a master list.

3. Pack the Container With A Plan

When you pack the shipping container, place items that you do not need as often in the back.  More frequently used items should be in the front.  This will make your belongings more accessible whenever you need to pull something out of storage.

4. Take Advantage of Shelving

Shelves help you keep your stored items more organized. They also help keep your things off the ground if there is a potential for water or other debris to enter into the storage container when the door is opened. If you take care of your container and check the seals around the door biannually, you should not have any issues with water coming into the unit.

5. Clean Furniture Before Storing

You should have your furniture cleaned before storing.  Mold or mildew will not form on the fabrics while in storage. Unless you are running a temperature-controlled unit, the temperature will change inside the shipping storage container during the year. This makes conditions susceptible to mold and mildew. Prevention is key to a clean storage container. Cleaned furniture will also be nicer to take out of storage and use at a later date.

These five simple storage container tips can make using a shipping container for storage much easier and more beneficial to you and your loved ones.