Monday, May 9, 2022

Signs That Your Shipping Container Needs Maintenance

Shipping containers are incredibly durable and versatile. Their relative affordability means they can be found across the globe performing various duties with transporting goods as their primary job. Since they are giant steel boxes, they do this job very well. Unfortunately, shipping containers tend to be left exposed to the elements until needed again when that task is completed. Since they are giant boxes, some people think they can be left alone and remain in excellent functioning condition. That isn’t the case, though. Shipping containers do need regular maintenance to stay functional. Knowing the signs when shipping container maintenance is needed can help save the container keeping it sound for decades.

Keeping an eye on them for maintenance is easy enough, but it’s essential to know how to care for the containers to make them last. Some aspects are apparent, like keeping the paint up-to-date to prevent rust, but sometimes it can take a little extra knowledge to ensure the containers remain in usable shape.

Signs Maintenance is Needed


The most common and most obvious danger for a shipping container is rust. They are, after all, giant steel boxes. When manufactured, these boxes are treated with weatherproof and water-resistant paints, but time can wear those coatings away. So, ensuring the paint job remains in excellent condition is the first step in rust prevention. Then keeping standing water off the container and the bottom of the container dry completes this maintenance routine.

Sagging Roof or Walls

Along with potential rust, the roof can sag with time, especially if it is not correctly placed on a flat surface with even weight distribution. Keeping the roof clear of debris, excess weight, and water will help prevent warping or sagging.

Sticking Hinges

Rust and simple wear can affect the various hinges around a shipping container. Over time, metal scraping against metal can cause wear, remove paint, and result in squeaking, sticking, and, naturally, rust. Therefore, hinges should be checked regularly and maintained with new paint and lubricant.

Moldy Interior

Along with the outside, the inside needs to be regularly checked. This check is essential for containers with HVAC systems. Not only is there a risk of rust, but also mold or mildew. Keeping an eye on the heater or cooler and the walls for mold growth will help keep the container clean. Removing mold can be easy enough once it’s spotted. However, making sure it doesn’t come back might require HVAC repairs, so keep an eye on the system. Most likely, it’s a moisture issue from excessive humidity.

Buckled & Unlevel Flooring

The floor buckling or warping can happen if the container is not kept on a level surface for even weight distribution. Signs of warping or buckling are pretty easy to spot. Flat, hard surfaces are ideal for shipping container storage.

The importance of a flat, level surface has been mentioned several times now. However, the placement location of the containers can shift occasionally. If that is the case, the containers need to be re-leveled to prevent warping.

Frequent Maintenance Chores to Complete

Rust Prevention

As for the ever-present risk of rust, prevention can be achieved with thorough cleaning and drying of the container, especially the roof and inside. Dents picked up along the years are also potential rust points and should be scrutinized.

Lubricate Hinges

As for the hinges, regular lubrication and the occasional opening and closing to make sure everything is working correctly will help. First, open the right door and check carefully for rust, squeaking, or sticking when inspecting. Clean, lubricate, and repaint as needed. Repeat the same process for the left door.

Interior Cleaning

The inside of the container might seem safe, but the risk of rust and mold is still present, especially if an HVAC system is involved. Measuring humidity and checking for mold or wear in the system itself should be done regularly. If there are issues, they need to be addressed to prevent further damage. After all, no one wants to use a container filled with mold or vents clogged with debris.

Maintenance is Necessary

Some people tend to think that shipping container maintenance isn’t needed. While containers are durable and weatherproof to a massive extent, some damage will occur if they’re sitting in a lot for months or even years on end. Paint can get chipped or scratched off, water can accumulate, and the ground can settle in strange ways. Proper maintenance of shipping containers is needed to keep them in working order. Otherwise, they won’t be weather- or rust-resistant anymore, and that tends to defeat the purpose of shipping containers in the first place. Keeping them maintained ensures they can do what they do best when needed.

Carolina Containers

Is your business in need of shipping containers? Carolina Containers can help. We carry a large inventory of shipping containers in all sizes and can instruct you on proper shipping container maintenance. We can even do customized modifications to meet your needs. For more information, contact us at 919-562-9187.

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Monday, April 4, 2022

Your Guide to Shipping Container Modifications

Shipping containers are incredibly versatile. They are not only a vital aspect of international transportation but also great for other purposes. Since they are giant steel boxes constructed from durable material with hinged doors and weather-resistant finishing, they can, with modifications, be transformed for all sorts of needs, even homes. Of course, it helps that shipping containers are incredibly cheap, making it easy to turn them into shipping container houses in NC.

Modified Shipping Containers

Mobile offices, first aid stations, bathrooms, and classrooms are all common modifications for shipping containers, but they’re not the only ones. Increasingly, containers are being transformed into homes. The largest-sized containers are about the size of a mobile home, so the idea isn’t as odd as it may seem. Shipping containers can also be welded together to make larger homes and buildings. Since shipping containers are durable and resistant to weather conditions, they can create affordable housing in areas severely lacking such infrastructure. While modifying steel containers is relatively easy, it’s still a process with steps, just like any other construction job.

Purchasing a Container

While construction is underway, or even before, the actual containers need to be purchased. After transporting cargo, shipping containers are often left at destinations because it’s usually cheaper to leave them than ship them back from whence they came. Generally, ports and major shipping companies are likely to have some lying around, and it is even possible to find them through online auctions and listing sites. It might take some digging, but the containers are available for purchase in all price ranges and conditions.

Making Modifications

While pre-modified homes can be purchased, when it comes to handling the modification process, experts need to be consulted. In addition, to maintain the integrity of the shipping container structure, you should hire an engineer to ensure everything is done correctly.

The various modifications that cut into the walls of the container (i.e., adding windows and doors) should be handled by experts under the supervision of an architectural engineer or someone similarly qualified. Having an engineer review the container’s structural integrity is essential, especially if containers are to be stacked (in the case of creating larger houses). Safety, comfort, and building codes also need to be incorporated, and architects and engineers are trained to make sure everything is safe.

Adding Utilities

These modifications are pretty apparent. Locations for windows and doors and access for various utilities need to be built into the container, along with the necessary HVAC support and equipment. The contractors will handle all that and knowing how to properly layout a smaller home will ensure enough room for everything needed to make a safe and secure place.

Design Tools

Design software tools are also incredibly helpful for this process. Such programs offer sketches and designs to help with the modification process. Architects who specialize in such work are worth considering as well. As for the floor plan itself, consider looking at similar tiny home designs already done by designers. Pay attention to the details they add, especially storage.

Lot Preparation

One of the first steps of the process is to obtain the future site for the modified container home. Of course, proper drainage is a must. The location also needs to be graded appropriately to account for drainage, maintenance, and the usual issues that any building faces over long periods. Next, municipal services need to be installed, such as septic, water, and electricity. Some excavation may be necessary for all this – a step not required for mobile homes.

Placing the Container

Once the construction site is prepared, and the container has been transformed into a home, the two need to be brought together. Transporting the new home to the lot is easy enough since any truck designed to handle shipping containers or mobile homes can easily take care of that part of the process. To put the home in place, though, will require a crane since the site is excavated and set up for the permanent settling of the house. First, the home needs to be set on the foundation and then welded to secure the building properly. Next, the new home needs to be reinforced (if required), the utilities hooked up, and any external features installed, namely doors and windows. Once that’s all completed, it’s a house.

New Home Option

There are a lot of steps to modify a shipping container into a home, but the results are pretty straightforward. The new home will be durable and reliable, the same as any other house. While it might take time and effort, the same can be said for any home construction. While a shipping container home might not be everyone’s go-to solution for affordable and reliable housing, it is an option more people should consider. Shipping containers are durable, and an adequately maintained container will last many years.

Carolina Containers

Are you thinking about creating a shipping container house in NC? Carolina Containers can help. We sell a wide range of shipping containers, plus we do modifications. Contact us at 919-562-9187 and see what we can do for you.

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Friday, March 11, 2022

Your Ultimate Guide to Buying a Shipping Container

Buying a shipping container for storage is a big deal. However, because the containers are not particularly cheap, it’s essential to be an informed consumer before making a purchase decision.

Even if you are just on the market to rent a shipping container for yourself, you need to know what you’re looking for to ensure you’re getting a Conex container that will meet your needs. (Conex is a top brand known for its quality and durability.)

Shipping containers can quickly get confusing and having to dig through the internet and piece together all the information doesn’t help.

Are You Sure You Should Purchase or Rent the Container?

Before you make any big decisions, you need to be sure to buy a container. Say you only think you’ll need the container for a few weeks or even shorter – we’re going to have to recommend that you look into renting over purchasing. It’ll save you money in the long term. There are positives and negatives to each, which we will go over below.

When buying a container, it costs far less over a long period than renting. Renting, though, will come out to be cheaper for shorter periods. With a rented container, though, you aren’t having to worry about paying for maintenance or storage when not in use. So, it’s all very situational. We’re happy to talk numbers with you if you contact us and help figure out what route will be the best for you.

Do You Know What Kind of Container You Need?

Now that you have an idea of renting or purchasing a shipping container, you need to figure out exactly the style and configuration you need.

People often assume that shipping containers only come in one standard size and design. That’s very far from the truth, though; shipping containers come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. In terms of overall length, you’re mostly going to find 20ft containers and 40ft containers. 10ft shipping containers are not as commonplace as the larger, more standard sizes.

Take a look at our container specs page to see every different type of container we have, but we can go over some of the big things to review.

What exactly you intend to store in your container will determine what is best for you. For example, say you’re running a butcher shop, but cooler space is getting limited – a reefer (refrigerated) container could be perfect for that overflow storage and keep your meat safe.

Containers come in both open-top and side-opening models. Open-top containers are ideal for transporting large machinery and any difficult to store and move materials. A side-opening container is a perfect option for those with longer or bulkier cargo.

If you just let us know what you primarily need a shipping container for, we can certainly help point you in the right direction based on our own experiences.

Getting the Right Grade of Shipping Container for Your Needs

Second-hand or used shipping containers are perfect for many who don’t necessarily need a brand new Conex container.

The whole grading system can be confusing. Grades are based on the container’s size, condition, age, and other factors.

Say you are looking to store food or deal with anything perishable like that – you want a container with a grade on the higher end to keep things safe. But, on the other hand, maybe you’re just storing dirty construction equipment – you could get away with a slightly lower grade.

Grade A (Cargo Worthy)

Grade A containers are at the very top of the grading system. They should have a clean interior with no rust or dents and be fully watertight.

No pests or bugs should be able to get in this container at all. Minor scratches are fine, as long as the container is still functionally perfect. These containers should have a CSC plate, allowing use in overseas shipping.

These containers are also ideal for converting into your own office or store.

Grade B (Watertight)

These tend to be older than containers marked grade A. These containers may show a bit more surface scratches and maybe even patches of surface rust, but they still should be watertight and be able to keep any bugs or pests out. The interior may not be spotless, but these containers are still great for moving things en masse. They’re also ideal for storing items that don’t need much care to protect them.h

Grade C

These are the oldest containers you’re going to find on the market. We tend only to carry higher-grade containers but wanted to give you all of your options to be well informed. These can have some dents and rust/corrosion making them no longer wind or watertight fully.

Find a Reputable Conex Container Retailer

If you are outright purchasing your shipping container, you need to take the time to research shipping container retailers near you. It’s always good to ask friends and family for their opinions. Maybe they’ve dealt with some retailers in the area and can point you in the right direction.

Online searching is your best friend here. A quality retailer will have a good representation of their stock available online and will be more than happy to talk with you and answer any questions they have. You can also read the reviews of others online, an excellent resource for judging the quality of a container retailer.

You can never go wrong shopping with Carolina Containers. We have a reputation as the premier shipping container retailer in central North Carolina.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. We will happily answer all of your questions.

Don’t Forget Any Conex Container Transportation That You May Need

Whether you’re just storing things in a particular place or transporting them from one place to another, you’re going to need container transportation services at some point.

Carolina Containers offers full-service shipping container transportation for all of our customers. We’ll get that container delivered where you want it, without fail.

Experienced professionals, such as ourselves, must drop off your Conex box. They need to go on flat surfaces only, and our experts can usually gauge things like drainage pretty well. It’s beyond important that your shipping container isn’t sitting in water or a compromised position that can quickly take even a brand new container from great shape to nearly falling apart.

Maintenance is also essential if you do end up purchasing your container. Just keep an eye out to make sure no debris is sitting on top of it for a long time and look out for rust and things like that.

As strong as a container is, they are not indestructible. They can stay in good shape for a very long time to come. We offer shipping container customization and repair services.

Learn more about our shipping containers for sale. We offer 10ft, 20ft, and 40ft shipping containers. We also offer shipping container rentals. Contact us today at 919-562-9187. Carolina Containers is here to help you.

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Monday, January 24, 2022

Getting the Perfect Shipping Container for You

Shopping around for a shipping container can be stressful for anyone. Shipping containers get expensive, and for the untrained buyer, it can be hard to know what you even need to look out for. In addition, figuring out the exact shipping container model you need can be difficult. That’s not to mention that quality means everything with a shipping container. Many retailers will take good care of you, but some aren’t afraid to take advantage of the uninformed consumer. That’s where Carolina Containers come in to make a difference.

You need to know some things before you even begin shopping for a Conex container of any kind. On its most basic level – a shipping container is used to store and transport all types of goods and materials across the globe. From luxury cars to food and toys, most of the things we use and want in life were transported here on a shipping container. Unlike some other storage mediums, shipping containers are rigid, fireproof, and even waterproof to offer your goods the highest level of protection possible.

Shipping Container Sizes and Configurations

The most important thing to figure out is what size container will best meet your needs. Each different size and configuration of a shipping container has a different purpose. That’s why you must put forethought into what exactly you’ll be storing in your container.

Next, we must touch upon the materials used in a Conex container. It’s essential, both when buying or renting a shipping container, that you get an utterly rust-free one. This is extremely important for those that intend to do any long-term storage with your container. Quality modern-day shipping containers are made from treated solid metal, giving them a longer lifespan with less chance of rusting than traditional metals. A top-of-the-line retailer like Carolina Containers works hard to inspect and keep our entire inventory up to the highest degree of perfection possible.

Different containers can come in various designs and functions even of the same length. We have shipping containers that open only from the top, containers that have a side that opens completely, and so many things in between! Make sure to explore and ask about all the possible options at your disposal before deciding or settling.

Make Sure Your Budget is Reasonable

Before stepping fully into the shipping container purchasing process, you need to ensure the budget required to get something up to the quality you are looking for. There are thousands of shipping containers floating worldwide, but not all of them will be valued the same.

Shipping Container Size Options

The overall length measures the three main sizes in which you will find a shipping container. You’ll find a 10-foot variety, 20 feet, and finally 40 feet. As you could guess, these have vastly different carrying capacities, while smaller containers can fit places and do things that larger ones cannot. The last thing you want to do is buy far more space than you’ll ever need. Or even worse, not pick a large enough container with the area you need.

10ft Shipping Containers

Let’s start with the specific dimensions. These containers are just under 10 feet long and 8 feet wide. Since they are small, they are perfect for transporting around goods as well as sitting comfortably out of the way on your property. Many people come to us looking to use shipping containers to make moving easier. Think of it this way – you load all of your stuff up carefully into a container. Even the ten-footer will fit most of the average individuals’ belongings. Your shipping container can be sent to your new home or location ahead of you. Then when you physically arrive there, all of your stuff will already be waiting to be unloaded. These also work very well as static storage solutions. You can situate them neatly tucked away on your property. Just make sure to leave room for that door to swing open so you can access it! A 10-foot container can have a shallow profile when put in the right spot. Renting a 10ft shipping container is an excellent option if you need a little more temporary storage. In addition, Conex boxes can be converted into garages or offices according to your needs; the versatility is unmatched if you purchase a shipping container.

20ft Shipping Containers

The 20ft container, generally speaking, is the most popular variant that you’re going to see on the market. It’s not as limiting as the 10ft shipping container, but not as uncomfortably large as the 40ft can be in a smaller or more cramped environment. If you’re moving your entire family or clearing out a large home, this is probably going to be the solution for you. It’s also perfect for those that need a large amount of extra storage space on hand. We sell shipping containers to many construction companies; they are strong enough to protect any critical equipment at a job site. These, too, can be customized to an incredible degree. We can turn a 20ft container into a mobile office for you, and so much more.

40ft Shipping Containers

This unit is the largest-sized shipping container available for rent and purchase. It’s a perfect solution for more significant operations like a business moving to a new location, long-term storage for a seasonal business, and so much more. But, of course, you have to have a lot of stuff to fill one of these and still need room. Are you running a sizeable operation out of your home? Well, the 40-foot container could be precisely the storage solution you have needed all along.

Carolina Containers

So, the size shipping container you need is ultimately dependent upon your immediate storage needs and if you plan to move the container or keep it in one place. The shipping container experts at Carolina Containers are ready to help anyone across central North Carolina get the Conex container you need for an affordable price. Call 919-562-9187 and see what we can do for you.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

How to Increase Your Home Value This Winter

Your home is one of the most significant assets you can ever own. There are many ways you can increase the value of your home. That’s not to say that they are all created equal, though – some home improvement techniques offer a better overall return on investment than others.

All first-time homeowners get caught up thinking that their new home will offer unlimited amounts of storage – but that’s not always the case. Many quickly find all of their stuff takes up a lot more space than they thought.

Look at What Others in Your Neighborhood are Doing

Look around your area. What do the more expensive listed homes have in upgrades that your home does not? That is going to be your best reference. If you’re ever planning to sell your home, you can consider the other homes in your area as your competition. Look around your area and see what kinds of upgrades are popular. For example, upgrading an outdoor pool may not be the best option if you live in the cold north. But something like an indoor sauna could be perfect! You need to add on things to your home that fit the needs and wants of your area. Don’t go too far with your home improvements, though.

In our opinion, the best remodels are the ones you can’t even see. They will ideally blend in perfectly with the rest of your home. You want interested buyers to walk in and think, “wow, they did an incredible job caring for this home over the years” – that means you did a perfect job upgrading.

Quality is Your #1 Concern with Home Remodeling

Quality matters more than anything, especially quantity when considering home improvements. It would be an absolute waste of your time to spend all of this money on materials and invest so much time to end up with work that looks rushed or shoddy. That won’t give you any return on your investment. Considering how much a home costs, we feel that it’s well worth it to spend that extra little bit, take the time to ensure things are done perfectly. You don’t have to do every home improvement project that you can think of as soon as it comes to mind. You can prioritize and push them out as you need. Even contract a team of professionals to handle all the planning and work for you.

Do You Plan to Sell Someday or Stay in This Home Forever?

The amount of immediate work your home needs partially depends on how long you plan to stay there yourself. If you’re on a more short-term time frame, you may want to get the more impactful work done first. On the other hand, if you’re going to be in there for a while, don’t be afraid to do upgrades to make the home feel more comfortable for you.

If you’ve always planned to move away once the kids leave home and your oldest is looking to fly the coop in the next few years – it may be time to start prioritizing your upgrade projects, looking for those with universal appeal, and that will help your home sell.

If you’ve just now had kids and you plan to raise them in your current home, you’ve got a lot more time to plan things out. You have years to do careful upgrades and boost the value of your home year over year.

Upgrade for Everyone

We all love styling to our tastes; the only issue is that not everyone will like the same things you do. When doing upgrades, you need to keep the average person in mind. Most people are looking for easy-to-use storage space and comfort from their homes.

With the recent push to work from home for many Americans, many people are looking for home offices and open floor plans to promote more relaxed, healthy lifestyles. These days having a “smart” capable house is a huge plus. Modern technology requires plenty of wall plugs, ethernet plugs, and more.

Look into Renting or Buying Your Shipping Container for That Extra Storage Space You Need

If you’re running out of room as you pack up and move things around your home, you aren’t alone! It’s a frustrating and lengthy process for everyone involved. However, shipping containers are incredibly versatile – they can be used for everything from extra storage to a room or workshop. They’re durable, affordable, simple to transport, and are even weatherproof.

Shipping Containers for Storage During Home Improvement Projects

Dealing with all of the supplies and debris generated from a home improvement project can be a nightmare for anyone. At Carolina Containers, the best solution we have found for home improvement projects is using a shipping container to store all of your materials. It can get dangerous if you have building materials like screws and wood all over, a hazard for younger children. It’s best to have one central place to store and collect all of this.

Say you’re replacing all of the old withering wood panel siding on your home with excellent new vinyl siding – partially for the appearance and partly for the extreme ease of maintenance. If you’re doing this type of work yourself, you need somewhere to secure your new siding before installing it. Unless you have a dumpster on-site, you’ll also need somewhere to dispose of your old siding, and the shipping container is great for that.

Even for less intensive jobs like changing out all of your fans & light fixtures – you want somewhere secure; you can keep all of this stuff until you get to it. Disorganization leads to losing things, which is not what you want.

Shipping Containers Feature Incredible Portability

Consider using a shipping container if you are moving and need somewhere to put stuff as you clear it out of your home. The great thing with these is that thanks to their fantastic portability, you can pack all of your stuff away then have the container transported to your new home, keeping all of your property secure along the way.

Carolina Containers

Contact Carolina Containers today to talk about all of your storage needs, and we’ll set you up with a shipping container to help you meet your needs. Call 919-562-9187 and see what we can do for you.

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Monday, December 20, 2021

Renting vs. Purchasing Shipping Containers

Shipping containers are the perfect storage options for anyone with short-term and long-term needs alike. At Carolina Containers, we have a massive inventory of shipping containers on-site and available immediately for rent and purchase! Listen, we’ve all been there; sometimes, you just run out of the easily accessible storage space you need, whether you’re at work or home. Beyond that, you need storage that you can trust to be safe and protect your valuables. It needs to protect not only from potential thieves but also from anything mother nature has to throw at it.

If you’re living in a rental home/property or space is at a premium for you, building entire additional structures on your property may not be an option. With a shipping container, though, we can drop it in an exact location where it will best serve you, then be there the moment you need it gone to ensure you have all the space you need.

Consider How Long You Need the Shipping Container

The general rule of thumb is that if you need a shipping container for anywhere from a week to around, but not more than a year, you’re going to come out better long-term renting it for that period. You get the storage or space you need with all maintenance and issues handled by us. Of course, there are conditions that we will have to go into below.

Now, if you’re planning to install the container as a permanent fixture or keep it for an extended period, you’re going to want to own it outright. Again, we’re generally talking a year or more; most will want to own it at that point.

Consider and Keep Your Budget in Mind

Even when renting, the cost of a container will generally vary based on size, age, and how many modifications have gone into it. So obviously, a brand new container with many custom additions will cost you more than a more heavily used standard container will.

Renting a Shipping Container

Shipping containers have come a long way since their inception, once used exclusively for the shipping and transportation of goods across the globe. They are still very heavily used in that regard but now are used to store things like construction materials or all the extra stuff piling up in your garage at home. In addition, they can be used for secure cross-country transportation and so many more custom uses. Renting a shipping container is the perfect answer for many.

Save Money with Shipping Containers for Rent

Building additional buildings on your property is always an option BUT compared to just renting a shipping container, it’s far more intensive, expensive, and hard to manage. Not to mention, once it’s there, a shed or building is much harder if not impossible to transport. On the other hand, shipping containers are relatively easy to transport – we need to show up with an 18 wheeler, and we can get your container picked up, moved, and placed where it’s most beneficial for you. One thing to note is that the doors DO swing out, so weigh that when selecting your drop location.

How much you will spend on renting a shipping container depends on a few things. Mainly the quality of the container itself, which is from Carolina Containers, will always be top of the line. As well as the duration you are planning to rent/use it. No paying for the extra time you just aren’t going to use. Or worse, you end up stuck with a shipping container you don’t need.

Renting a Shipping Container Offers Unmatched Flexibility

Many reasonable storage options are available to anyone who thinks they’ll stay in the same place. For example, there are few good options for anyone planning to transport goods and materials to different job sites or locations. You need a shipping container when you need storage that can move around as you do without the great hassle. Moving them is fast and easy. We’ve had customers who are moving homes use a shipping container to pack all of their things and transport them to the new home securely and all in one go. Conex containers also come in a wide array of size variations. We offer 10ft containers, 20ft shipping containers, and 40ft shipping containers for sale and rent. That way, you are only paying for what you need and no extra space you don’t.

We are very proud to offer the variety of containers that we do – far more than just your average Conex container retailer. We have more than we can list here, but just a few of the 20-foot container options that we have are

  • 20ft double door container
  • 20-foot open side container
  • 20′ top open hardtop container

If you need some serious storage space, consider renting or purchasing one of our 40-foot storage containers. Those too come in all the same variations as the 20-foot containers; here are some of those:

  • 40ft high cube container
  • 40-foot high cube open side container
  • 40′ high cube reefer container

When Would I Consider Purchasing a Shipping Container?

If you think you will need storage space for an undetermined, potentially infinite amount of time, we recommend you consider purchasing a container outright. Overall, it’ll likely end up being the cheaper option for you.

Purchasing Allows You All the Customization You Could Want

When renting a Conex container, you can, of course, go for any of the many options we went over above, offering you great variety. But one thing you can’t do is customize or alter it to fit your needs best. Unless you return it in a similar condition to where you got it, you may pay extra. But if you outright own that container, you can get it customized and modified to do just about anything you want. We offer custom container modification here at Carolina Containers; contact us directly to discuss details!

As for what someone may want to add to a container, the list is endless. It could be a mobile office that you need more storage in, or maybe you want to add more locks, possibly even heating and air conditioning to keep the inside comfortable. There are so many customization options with a shipping container. We’ve had construction companies ask us to make all kinds of modifications to shipping containers before so that they can store all sorts of things in them.

Carolina Containers are the Premier Shipping Container Retailers in NC

We cover a vast area of central North Carolina and have been for a long time. Check out our service areas. We have shipping containers available for rent and shipping containers for sale today. Please do not hesitate to reach out and contact us – we are more than happy to talk on the phone with you and respond to all requests as soon as possible.

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Monday, December 6, 2021

Facts About and Uses for Shipping Containers

You can use shipping containers for so many different creative purposes. They carry a majority of the world’s goods from port to port. In the following article, we want to give you all of the information and details that we possibly can about shipping containers. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we get here about the uses of shipping containers here at Carolina Containers:

What Exactly IS a Shipping Container/Storage Container Anyways?

A shipping container is a steel box designed for the global shipping industry. Its purpose is to transport valuable goods from one country to another in the most simple terms. Over time as more extra containers sit around, they’ve seen use for everything from temporary offices to long-term storage. Also referred to as Conex containers or ISO containers, they are fabricated from quality industrial-grade steel. They come in standard sizes to be transported by truck, train, boat, or trailer with ease.

Why Do Shipping Containers Go by Such a Variety of Different Names?

There’s just a lot of industry-specific terminology and different names thrown around for containers. The most common terms include Conex containers, ISO containers, portable storage units, Hi-cubes (custom height container), shipping containers, steel containers, and even more! Single-use or one-trip containers are brand new containers that have been shipped from China to the destination and nowhere else.

What Industries Used Shipping Containers Today?

Honestly, if you name the industry, the chances are good that they use or could in some way benefit from the use of shipping containers. They’re helpful for everything from secure storage to portable offices and even homes. Most commonly, they are employed by construction companies, militaries, retail, oil & gas companies, and so much more.

What Do I look for in a Container Supplier?

First off and most importantly, you need to be on the lookout for a company with great reviews, quality products, and the level of customer service you desire. Honestly, you can tell a lot about a company based on their website and how they carry themselves over the phone or when you contact them. For something that can potentially cost so much, you don’t want to risk anything!

How Much Does a Shipping Container Cost?

This is where we will start leaving the answers more open-ended – costs are fluctuating today more than ever with the global shortages going on. You will have to reach out to us directly for any pricing, and we are more than happy to talk details with you! A shipping container is no small investment for most, but it is a perfect one.

As shipping container retailers, we take great interest in all of the fun facts and uses of shipping containers. Here are some of our favorites.

  • China produces more than 90% of all shipping containers.
  • With proper care, a shipping container will last for more than 20 years easily.
  • Anywhere between a few and ten thousand shipping containers fall off of ships and get lost at sea every year.
  • Ships still move the majority of global cargo, about 95%, thanks to the sheer volume of freight they can carry.
  • In 2013 the busiest single port globally, the Port of Shanghai, handled more than 33 million shipping containers.
  • The largest of cargo ships can carry roughly 15,000 shipping containers at once.
  • Keith Tantlinger initially designed the shipping container, the chief engineer at Brown Industries. In roughly 1949, he created the first modern shipping container. At the time, interest in the industry was as high as ever, but monetary factors were holding much back.
  • Standard container sizes are going to be 40 feet and 20 feet. The 40ft shipping container is exactly 40′ long, while the 20ft shipping container is right at 19′ 10.5.” It just makes life easier for everyone to round up here.
  • The standard shipping container width is right at 8 feet. The height of a standard container is 8ft 6in, while Hi cube containers stand at 9ft 6in tall.
  • The standard 20′ container has a tare (empty) weight of 2.2tons. Fully loaded, it can hold a max gross weight of 30tons of goods, taking up to 1,170 feet of cubic space.
  • The shipping container industry has taken massive hits from the global supply chain crisis starting around 2020/2021

Fantastic Uses for Shipping Containers

Mini-theatre: Thanks to all of the open space available inside, shipping containers make great movie theaters. Attaching the projector and screen that you want should be simple. Just another reason the customizability of shipping containers is such a powerful tool.

School or Learning Classroom: In certain parts of the world or specific environments, you may find yourself in need of a structure you can do some learning or teaching in. Shipping containers, with their sizeable central area, can serve as a fantastic classroom alternative.

Homes: You probably saw this one coming. Shipping container homes were a super hot trend in the past few years, and they do not seem to go away any time soon! Eco-friendly, easy to customize, and simple to transport!

Pop-up Restaurant: Found an area you’d love to put a restaurant? Or maybe you like to stay on the go and want a shop that can move around with you, all while staying in one piece without issue. You can modify a shipping container to hold all of your kitchen gear and give you the ability to produce great food anywhere!

Portable Office: Shipping container offices are perfect for construction businesses. These offices are entirely customizable and can easily be moved around from one job site to another.

Portable Bathroom Area: Rather than only having room for a toilet, you can fit an entire bathroom into a shipping container! Much more comfortable to use. Great for use at outdoor events or unique venues.

Carolina Containers

So, as you can see from all the fun facts and various use cases we have presented, shipping containers are an incredibly versatile tool for any business or individual user. If you need extra storage on hand or any custom office space, check out a shipping container! Contact Carolina Containers today to learn more about all of the uses of shipping containers. We offer shipping containers for sale and shipping containers for rent. We have a reputation as the premier container retailer throughout all of central North Carolina. Need some extra heavy equipment to use for a weekend? Check out our equipment rental offerings today!

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