5 Container Parts That Need To Be Well Looked After
Every shipping container is designed to endure harsh marine environments as they sail across the globe. Because they’re exposed to the elements in such a way, this makes them pretty tough.
Their exteriors are primarily steel with their interiors made from mould and rot-resistant materials. The paint also helps prevent corrosion and gives them an extra layer of protection.
Naturally, it also lends to them not needing to be maintained as much as you might initially believe. However, they will need some maintenance eventually, even after they’ve been converted.
To keep your container in top condition, it’s important to look after it and give it some semi-regular maintenance. Here are five things to keep an eye on with your container.
1) Inspect the Roof
The first and most integral part of the shipping container to keep on top of (literally) is the roof. Second-hand containers especially often come through dented and slightly battered with other containers resting on top of them.
Dents can collect rainwater, which can lead to corrosion and chipped paint. Naturally, this will lead to gaping holes in the roof, which is a problem for many different reasons. To prevent this, you can either replace the roof or give it another coat of paint.
2) Lubricate the Doors
The next thing to keep maintained are the doors. While a converted shipping container may have entirely different doors than their original, this is still a priority as it is the primary means of access into your container.
The most important thing is to clean and lubricate them. Make sure the hinges are intact and make sure that there is no rust in between the joints. Otherwise, it will be very difficult to get inside it. It will also be difficult to close.
Our suggestion is to use copious amounts of WD-40 lubricant spray and a good quantity of grease. As with any moving parts, they are subject to damage and should keep an eye on, especially if it starts squeaking.
3) Treat the Rust
Because they are steel, many shipping containers are at risk of rust. This is why they are always covered in a layer of paint. Of course, this helps delay the onset of rust quite a bit, but there is always a chance that it can come through, especially as it would’ve been exposed to salt-air environments.
Look out for any dents, scratches or cuts that have been left exposed. Be sure to seal them up immediately with another coat of paint if necessary. This will ensure the lifespan of your container will last a lot longer.
Naturally, most shipping container conversions have another coat of paint as part of the conversion process so this may not be a problem for many. However, it’s a good idea to keep on top of it.
4) Ensure Evenness
This should go without saying, but the secret to any sound construction is to make sure your container is resting on level ground.
The surface must be drained too to prevent water leaking through the floor. It also avoids water collecting in one area of the container.
5) Check Container Modifications
Whatever you choose to do to your container, conversion or not, be sure to pay as much attention to the modifications and customisations as you would the rest of it. This is especially relevant if you have any extra doors, windows or other openings.
Look, too, for any depressions or areas that are likely to collect dirt. Remove any rust in that area also and treat it with anti-corrosive paint.
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Whether your container needs another coat of paint or some extra modifications, be sure to visit our page at CS Containers to have a look at the services we offer.
How to Keep Your Shipping Container Warm For Winter
Thermal insulation within your converted shipping container is vital for a number of reasons. The first, of course, is for comfort.
Imagine working in your container office with its bare metal walls in the middle of a cold snap. You would need a thousand heaters pointed at you and even then it wouldn’t be enough.
But it’s also important to insulate containers to prevent condensation which can cause a whole number of issues for anyone inside it.
Thankfully, there are a number of methods just as there is for many other buildings. Below, we’ve listed some of the most common method as well as an explanation as to what exactly insulation is.
What Is Insulation?
Every building is in some way insulated, even if it has paper-thin walls. The walls themselves act as an insulator to condition the air to maintain a different temperature to that from outside.
However, a thin wall wouldn’t be able to this very well. While the air from outside couldn’t come in, the air inside would be able to leak through the materials in the wall.
Unfortunately, shipping containers were originally built to transport your cargo, meaning they are not already equipped with effective insulation.
Moreover, they are made of metal, meaning you can feel colder temperatures far more keenly than you would in a building made from brick and mortar.
It’s therefore important every converted container has at least some insulation material installed. This will be an investment that will pay off in droves come the winter months.
Both staff health and productivity will increase, meaning your business will benefit no matter which insulation you choose.
One of the most common insulation materials, Rockwool is very cheap and performs extremely well, providing there are no gaps in the material.
Because it performs so well insulating containers, we’d argue that it may be worth investing in a higher quality Rockwall due to how cheap it is.
It is a commonly used insulation product that many container conversions use.
Like Rockwool, Kingspan is an incredibly effective method that allows you to retain heat within a container during winter.
It is slightly more expensive, but it is worth the money as it is thinner, allowing more space to be utilised within the container. They are also particularly good at covering gaps
While not as commonly used as the other two materials, spray foam is a viable solution with shipping container conversions.
It provides a seamless vapour which is quick and easy to apply. However, it is a more expensive option, hard to get if you’re working with a budget.
But it works just as well as any other insulation material so if you are working with a smaller budget, it may be worth getting.
At Cambridge Shipping Containers, one of the ways in which we can cover your chosen insulation within your container conversion is through ply lining.
A lot of reasons people tend to go for this is because, in addition to being effective insulation boards, plywood is aesthetically pleasing and allows for good decorating.
The ply lining we use is also of high quality, manufactured to make your container more energy-efficient.
Simple to put up, it can become an effective form of insulation and look professional at the same time. An elegant finish ideal for your office environment.
An alternative method of covering your insulation is melamine boards instead of plywood. Not as aesthetically pleasing to look at as plywood, it is still an easy and effective way of covering insulation material.
For any 20ft shipping container conversion, any material that has insulating properties can be used to help keep it warm during the winter months.
Shipping Containers for Sale
If you’re in the market for shipping containers for conversion, we at Cambridge Shipping Containers have plenty to offer.
Check out our containers page and choose whichever size that suits your requirements. We ship nationwide so we’ll be able to deliver it to you no matter where you’re based.
And once you’ve bought your container, get in touch with us about insulation. Visit our insulation page for more details!
Quirky Container Conversions From Around The World
Container conversions are gaining more and more popularity with each passing year. This has given designers and architects the world over inspiration to make some truly unique designs purely using recycled shipping containers.
Today, we’re going to take a look at the quirkiest container conversions from around the world to explore what makes them so unique.
Two-Storey Coffee Shop
A popular choice for coffee shops, as the container adds a certain aesthetic, it’s not unusual to see containers converted into one. One coffee shop in Midrand, South Africa, decided to go the extra mile and make their shop two-storey instead of the usual single.
But what else makes this particular coffee shop unique? Aside from its extra floor, it is also a miniature museum of sorts with displays of old coffee making machines on both storeys which customers can admire while they drink their latte.
What happens when you have a multitude of unused shipping containers? You turn them into a fully functioning concert hall, of course! For one designer in Sion, Switzerland, that’s exactly what they did, creating an auditorium, stage, ticket desk and rehearsal room.
Of course, these containers were put into an existing building rather than creating an entirely new one, but the innovation is still there and, we’ll admit, it’s pretty clever. It definitely offers a unique atmosphere and os the perfect venue for some underground band gigs.
Floating Student Accommodation
While making student accommodation out of recycled materials is nothing new, making them out of shipping containers while floating on water is something totally out there. For the university in Copenhagen, Denmark, they’ve done just that, saving on both money and space.
In case you’re wondering, you can rent out one of these student properties for £472 a month. It’s definitely something different to wake up to, in any case.
If any of these examples have inspired you to convert a shipping container into a business space, check out our container conversion page.
How To Keep Your Shipping Container Secure
Keeping your shipping container secure is, for many businesses, of utmost priority. This can be the case no matter how you use it: as a converted office space, an open bar or just for storage. They’re ideal for storing things securely but not if they’re easy to get into.
Thankfully, there are more than a few ways to keep your shipping container secure. Here are five ways you can help in keeping up with tight security.
The easiest and most efficient way of ensuring security is providing your container with a heavy-duty padlock. With a thick chain wrapped around the door handle, you’ll rest easy knowing that you’ve just made it much more difficult for a thief to break in.
The best kind of padlock for shipping containers is the shutter ones, the bigger the better. We also recommend ones that have their own key to unlock. Padlocks are fine but there is always a chance the would-be thief could guess correctly.
The major downside to padlocks is that, if you have the right tools, they are fairly easy to break. Bolt cutters are their worst enemy. This is why lockboxes are so great; they make sure that padlocks are exceedingly difficult, if not impossible to break open.
They take the form of steel boxes which fit snugly over your container’s padlock. There’s normally enough room to open the padlock with a key, but not for any tool which may pose a threat to your security. If you have a padlock securing your container, a lockbox is certainly recommended.
Working in much the same way a deadlock would in an ordinary house, an inner bolt slides across one door of the container from the inside, making it impossible to open unless you open the other door.
This lock stops the right-hand door of a container from undoing its locks, much like how a stop lock works on a car’s steering wheel. Pretty simple but very effective as an added security measure on your container.
Finally, adding an alarm system to your container can be an extremely effective security measure. It may sound like overkill but you’ll be surprised how well this works. Of course, it works best if your container is close to a nearby building but most can be fitted out with pretty sophisticated hardware, including motion sensors.
If you’re in the market for some other security measures, why not take a look at all the accessories we offer at Cambridge Shipping Containers?
Which Accessories Go Best With Your Shipping Container?
After converting your container to be used for your business’s main premises, the next stage is to properly kit it out with some accessories. Some of these may be necessary, while others may be just a great thing to have.
So, which accessories will go best with your converted container? Let’s take a look and find out.
If you’re running a tight operation in your converted office, some good storage is a must. Not just any storage, mind. You’ll need shelves that fit your container’s dimensions as well as provide plenty of space to move around.
Do you think your business needs this? Then perhaps you should consider some container shelving. It will definitely help with any potential clutter.
This is a no brainer. If you have a converted container, whether it be a bar or just a simple office, then you’ve got to have windows. But perhaps you need more than you might think. And why not go bigger? One tiny little window won’t do much to light things up and might add to your electric bill.
So, more windows or bigger windows. It’s entirely up to you and depends how “open” you want your space to be, but it’s definitely worth considering.
Lockboxes are steel weldings put over the padlock of your container to prevent thieves from breaking in. It’s a fairly effective security measure if you want that extra piece of mind and recommended for businesses whose containers still have their original doors.
It’s an accessory worth investing in, and will definitely provide the peace of mind you need when away from your container. If you want to take a look at some of the other accessories we have in stock at Cambridge Shipping Containers?
How to Find the Right Shipping Container for You
There are so many different sized shipping containers out there. How do you know which one is right for you and your needs? Our guide can give you all the help you need in choosing the right shipping container size for you.
8ft Shipping Containers are the smallest size that we can provide. This size container is best suited for storage purposes. However, a container of this size could also be converted into a small security office.
10ft Shipping Containers are a bit larger than the smallest size that we offer, opening up a whole new range of possibilities for you! 10ft shipping containers are perfect for transporting cargo. You can also transform them into shower blocks or toilet facilities for outdoor events, such as parties or festivals.
20ft Shipping Containers are much larger than those before. A shipping container of this size is perfect for a small office for one or two people. You could also get creative with your container and turn it into your own hideout or tool shed.
30ft Shipping Containers can be used for a variety of things. This size container can be transformed into a larger office space and could even be big enough for a small pop-up shop.
A 40ft Shipping Container has so many possibilities. A cinema room, a café and a shop are just some creative conversion ideas for your shipping container. This size container can fit furniture, such as chairs and tables, and so it would also be perfect for a classroom or an office. Shipping containers are also great for office and classroom spaces because they can be moved around as temporary spaces in order to fit your needs.
High Cube Containers are 300mm higher than standard sizes shipping containers. We offer high cube containers in two sizes; 20ft and 40ft. High cube containers are often used more for transporting goods, especially items that would be too tall to fit into shipping containers that are standard height.
If you want to find out more about the different shipping container sizes that we offer and what we can do to help meet your needs, visit our contact us page here and fill in our form.
3 Innovative Uses For Shipping Containers
Shipping containers are very popular right now. There are many uses for shipping containers ranging from storage to office spaces.
Shipping container owners are beginning to put their creative energies to use and turning their shipping containers into all sorts of things! We have found some of the most innovative uses for shipping containers around today.
1: A pop-up shop
Pop-up shops are quite a trend at the moment. Many major clothing companies have launched pop-up shops across the country as an accessible way for consumers to get their products.
Using a shipping container for your pop-up shop is a great way of showing that your business is unique. As shipping containers come in various sizes and colours, they are customizable enough to ensure they are fit for purpose and to coordinate with your brand.
At Cambridge Shipping Containers, we offer various sized containers, ranging from 8ft to 40ft! We can also provide an assortment of accessories to help keep your container as secure and as practical for purpose as possible.
2: A Swimming Pool
For many people, it will always be a dream to have your very own swimming pool in your back garden. Well, now you can! A 20ft or 40ft shipping container makes a pretty big swimming pool. With no major work, you can have yours up and running quite quickly!
Here at Cambridge Shipping Containers, we also sell open-top containers; these are perfect for all kinds of wacky creations!
3: A Garden Shed
A shed can be the staple of a gorgeous garden. Shipping Containers can be great for using as a garden shed. They come in a variety of colours; that way, you can make your shed as bright or as camouflaged as possible, depending on your tastes.
The durability of shipping containers also make them great for using as a garden shed; they won’t rot, like a wooden shed might do, and you can attach all kinds of fixtures to the inside to customise it as much as you want to suit your needs. You can even make your shed insulated, so you can continue working on your projects in the colder months!
At Cambridge Shipping Containers, we offer ply lining and insulation for all of our shipping containers in order to help keep out the damp and the cold.
What creative uses could you come up with for a shipping container? For more information on the variety of sizes and accessories we offer for our shipping containers, contact us here!