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.