While modifying a shipping container, it is essential to select the right type of flooring for your structure. Five types of flooring are most commonly used for shipping container modifications. Therefore, what you will use the container for determines the best flooring. There are some flooring options that are more beneficial than others.
Shipping Container Flooring Options
1. Plywood/Bamboo Flooring
When shipping containers are manufactured initially, they are made with plywood or bamboo flooring. The original shipping container flooring is maintained in the new structure. It should be noted that this flooring is coated with pesticide for its trip across the ocean. The pesticide is not strong enough to affect a person. However, if this gives you some concern, you can have the floor epoxy coated.
2. Vinyl Flooring
Rolled vinyl is used to cover the wood planks of the flooring. This is an excellent choice for container floors that will have a lot of contact with water. If you are using the container as a greenhouse, restroom facility, or an office with high foot traffic, this will require a lot of washing. Vinyl flooring is available in different colors. It can match the look you want for your container.
3. Imitation Wood Vinyl
You can consider imitation wood vinyl floor covering. This imitation wood is very attractive and is often the first choice for office settings and living space. This flooring type is available in different shades. You can easily match your decor to the flooring. In addition, it is easy to clean.
4. Steel or Aluminum
Shipping container flooring is also available in steel or aluminum. You can select from a smooth finish or a traction finish. This durable flooring is perfect for areas that must continually be washed or hosed out. It is also a very durable flooring. Steel flooring can also be taken one step further. An epoxy coating can be applied.
5. Epoxy Coating
Most flooring types mentioned above are able to have an epoxy seal added to the finish. The epoxy creates more durable flooring and helps improve slip resistance. Epoxy coatings also help extend the life of your flooring.
Conclusion for Shipping Container Flooring Options
Regardless of the flooring you choose, the above are all excellent options. Consider the use for your container. Remember also how durable the flooring needs to be. Finally, keep in mind the ease, or not, of maintaining the floor. Above all, know that shipping containers are the perfect choice for your next space! Our blog details several repurposed shipping container uses.