We supply a massive range of container modification options and accessories, so much so that it can be quite daunting if you’re unfamiliar in the world of shipping containers. So, we thought we would narrow down the options for you if you are looking for a simple, dry storage container that will last. Shipping containers are made from Corten steel, often referred to as weathering steel because it is designed to form a rust-like appearance when exposed to the weather. The shipping and storage containers that we supply leave our nationwide container depots fully wind and watertight. Whilst they are ready to use on arrival, there are a few products that will help to extend the life and value of your container;
Grafo-Therm anti-condensation coating is the most cost-effective long-term solution to protect your shipping container from condensation and corrosion. This product offers protection to both your container and the items you are storing, by doing so it prevents mould and rust. Grafo-Therm is very popular amongst our self-storage clients as it offers extra protection for their customers who store valuables in the containers and also prolongs the life of their shipping containers. With prices starting from £150.00, Grafo-Therm is a cost effective option to protect your shipping container. Find out how it works here >>
The paint we use on shipping containers is marine grade container paint. It is designed to protect the Corten steel containers when they are being used in harsh marine environments. When using the container for domestic or commercial storage, having an extra layer of this hard-wearing paint will provide a barrier between the steel and the ever-changing Great British weather. It will also give your container a fresh, clean finish.
The shipping container paint colour options are all based on the standard RAL colour chart. We offer a few different standards of painting from a basic full blow over to a single RAL colour to more in depth options which can include removing decals or patches before painting. Ask our team for further details.
Fitted High Security Lockboxes and CISA Padlocks
One of the main reasons shipping containers are used for storage is because they are secure. The robust steel units are equipped with a set of double cargo doors which are closed by up to four locking rods. To ensure the container can only be opened by the owners, we recommend having a fitted high security steel lockbox fitted to the cargo doors. The lockbox is a steel shroud which is fitted houses a padlock. Teamed with a heavy duty, cut and pick resistant CISA padlock, this set will help to keep your valuables safe.
All of the options detailed above can be done in depot or at your site. We hope that this helps you with your container purchase and prolonging the life of you unit, if there are any further accessories that you are considering, such as shelving or access ramps, you can find out more on our container accessories page or by asking our team.
Shipping containers, like your home, car, or garage, are as secure as you are willing to make them! Like any belongings, we would recommend keeping your container close to a well lit area, if possible with CCTV cameras and high foot traffic.
We would recommend having a security lockbox fitted to your container doors. These often come as standard with new containers but you would need to purchase one, for around £60, with a used container. A lockbox is a steel shroud that is welded around the lug which houses your padlock on your container doors, the box shape covers the whole lug with the exception of the bottom rectangle which is where you would attach your padlock. The shroud is tight to the container making it extremely difficult to access the padlock area with bolt cutters or similar tools.
We recommend that you purchase your padlock from a container dealer. The padlocks utilised in the industry are very secure and insurance rated, they are also specifically made to work with the aforementioned lockboxes.
As standard, shipping containers are manufactured from Corten steel, just a couple of millimetres thick. Therefore, like your garage, if somebody really wanted to access it, they could, utilising a circular saw or similar cutting equipment. However, with a few preventative measures you can reduce the chances of such damage to your container. One measure which we find works particularly well is a number of simple stickers available from most hardware stores located around the container, stating that the container is storing flammable equipment. There truly is a risk of fire when cutting steel, dependent on the goods stored, and this small addition may cause prospective thieves to reconsider accessing your container with this kind of equipment.
Alarms and CCTV packages can be purchased online for shipping containers.
We hope you have found this information useful. Should you have any questions or require any further details, please call us on 01543 373768.
Shipping containers are available in new, sometimes called ‘once shipped’ condition or as used containers.
New shipping containers have been used on one occasion to transport goods from their place of manufacture, often China, to, in this case, the UK. The containers could have been loaded with a variety of goods, from cars, to ceramics, textiles, toys and an enormous range of everyday items. The containers are loaded in China where they meet a shipping vessel, they are then transported to a variety of ports where they will eventually terminate their journey in the UK, they are offloaded from the vessel and then sent to the customer or manufacturer in the UK who will empty the container of its goods before the container moved on to a container depot in the country to be held by a company like ourselves who own the containers.
As a result of the journey a new container has undertaken, you can expect to see some bangs and scratches on the outside of the container. It is important to remember that shipping containers, before being used to securely store your goods, have effectively been very heavy duty postage and packaging! The insides may have been marked by cargo too. However, generally speaking, we would expect them to be in very good condition and it is very clear that they are new units. Similarly, new units do sometimes enter our depots requiring small repairs, which rest assured will be completed before they are dispatched to you.
The most common colours for new shipping containers in the UK are blues and greens, however, from time to time, we do receive some odd coloured units which may have been painted specifically for the shipping lines.
The benefits of new containers are that they are much more aesthetically pleasing than used ones and in colours that are more likely to blend in. Similarly, we expect them to have very little rust and the paintwork will overall be in good condition. New containers have new door seals and door gear making them much easier to open and close, they are fitted with high security lock boxes as standard (a steel shroud that covers the locking pin used to secure your container), they all have marine ply flooring and multiple small vents inside. Dependent on what you intend to use your new shipping container for, and in what conditions, we would expect a container which has been well maintained in the ideal environment and storing non corrosive materials to last in excess of 25 years.
We recommend new containers for customers whom appearance is important and who need easy access to their unit. We also recommend new containers to customers who are converting their shipping container either themselves or by us.
Used containers are units that have been used on multiple occasions to ship goods around the world. We expect used containers to enter the UK market at roughly 12-18 years old. It is important to note that it is not the age of this equipment that is important but the overall quality.
Used containers vary in colours, they can be, most commonly, blue, brown, yellow, red, green (very rare!). Ironically, Corten steel, from which containers are manufactured, is designed to rust, and so, a container with rust is not a reason to be alarmed and in fact should be expected with used containers.
The manufacture of Used shipping containers is exactly the same as that of new containers. However, due to their age, the door gear, although often loosened at depot prior to dispatch, can sometimes be a little stiffer on used containers than new ones. Regardless of this, the containers remain weather proof and of a good, solid construction.
In the right conditions and with maintenance, we expect used containers to remain useful for 10-15 years.
Used shipping containers do not have lock boxes fitted onto them as standard. Therefore, it is recommended that you have a lockbox fitted (usually around £60) should you need your container to remain secure.
We recommend used containers to customers who are working to a budget and to whom appearance is not important. However, it is worth considering a repaint should you want the best of both worlds!
We are happy to discuss your requirements and make recommendations as to whether a new or used shipping container would suit your needs. Please call 01543 373768.