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Are shipping containers good for storage?

Posted on November 24, 2020 by Container Stop
Shipping container turned into storage with two roll-up doors

No matter what you do, how much you purge, or how much you refrain from buying, your home eventually gets overrun with stuff. Home buying shows always talk about how much storage a new home has and buying bins, totes, and other stackable storage and shelving is a billion-dollar industry.

Self-storage – those places that rent out little rooms at a facility – is itself a nearly $40 billion industry! And nearly two-thirds of the people that use storage units also have garages. We all like our stuff, but we just don’t know where to put it all!

This goes for more than just residential uses, too. Commercial, manufacturing, and industrial facilities also have needs for equipment, materials, excess inventory, and specialized storage. Sometimes this extra storage is needed for a few weeks, a few months, or even permanently.

Benefits of Shipping Containers As Storage

In many cases, storage units are often miles away from the home, worksite, or job site. When using a shipping container as storage, you can place your materials or inventory as close to your structure as you need. You only really need a solid or permanent foundation that is level and enough room to maneuver the tilt-bed truck.

Think a shipping container might be too much storage? With standard sizes of 20 and 40 feet, there’s a shipping container for every need. Shipping containers also provide portable storage, something not possible when considering adding on to your home or commercial facility.

Shipping containers also provide immediate storage instead of waiting to get building permits approved, general contractors hired, and actual construction to begin. In most cases, a 300 square foot container is much cheaper than the same amount of room that’s built.

Thinking of long-term storage? Shipping containers can be stacked on top of each other without increasing the footprint of your storage. However, you’ll want to make sure the foundation under the original container is strong enough to handle the extra weight. Need to add reinforcements? No problem – just move the existing container to complete the work.

Many shipping containers start their life cycle as a way to ship cargo and goods over bodies of water. However, they are made to stand up to the elements: Corten steel (sometimes written as cor-ten steel) is designed to be especially resilient in all kinds of weather. That means your goods will be well protected no matter the season.

Customized Shipping Container Options

When renting or buying a shipping container from Container Stop, you aren’t just buying a big steel box. If you need a specific amount of shelving, wood-framed walls, or even electricity, feel free to let us know! In addition to additional storage, we have turned shipping containers into office spaces, rooftop bars, and even auxiliary dwelling units.

Although shipping containers come in standard sizes, we have the ability to customize the length from five feet to 44 feet. For additional storage space, we also offer high cube containers that provide more than nine feet of overhead clearance inside the containers. This will give you the ability to store larger equipment, such as tractors and other agricultural equipment.

We also customize the outside of storage containers, especially when it comes to how you access your storage space. Personal doors, roll-up doors, and the existing swing doors are safe, secure, and make for easy access to your materials, inventory, equipment, and whatever else you need to store.

Work With The Pros at Container Stop

Container Stop has been customizing shipping containers for years, providing no-frills containers for additional storage to mobile office spaces with air conditioning and plumbing for construction sites. As we like to say, “Our Box, Your Dream.” If your designs do not compromise the structural integrity of the container, we can build it!

We have delivered containers throughout California, along the West Coast, and as far away as Texas. If you have the need, the idea, and the space for a personalized shipping container, reach out for a free estimate. We can’t wait to see what you have for us!

Our Box, Your Dream!

We’ve built cabins, garden sheds, and tack rooms with our containers. Have an idea for your shipping container? Let us know!

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