Easy Access Side Doors for Shipping Containers

Easy Access Side Doors for Shipping Containers

Side doors make for easy access to shipping containers.  When you decide on custom features to have installed in your shipping container, one of the most popular features to consider are side doors. Shipping containers have a single entrance door at the end of the container that is perfect for moving large equipment or boxes in and out of, but a side door will make it much easier for foot traffic to enter and leave the container.

Side Doors Are Available In A Variety of Styles

Having a side entrance to your shipping container is an added convenience for you and your business. Keep the large cargo doors secured at all times.  Only open them when you need to move large equipment or boxes. This helps enhance security. Then, you and your employees access the interior via the side door which easily opens and closes for security.

Choose from the following styles of shipping container side doors based on your company needs:

Single Door – This is perfect for entering and exiting the container when just one or two people are using the container at a time.

Double Door – If you have a lot of foot traffic in and out of the container, such as an office setting, you may want to place double doors on the side to use as an entrance and exit. This helps improve flow and prevent accidents from happening.

Doors with Windows. This preference is a great option for natural lighting.  Use of a window helps anyone working inside have visual contact with who is entering the container.

Roll Up Doors. These doors have practical use on the side of a container when you move a lot of smaller equipment and boxes in and out of the container and don’t want the hindrance of opening and closing a regular sized door.

Shipping Container Side Doors Improve Workflow and Reduce Stress

It may not seem like a “big deal” at first, the thought of entering and exiting the container through the original cargo doors. But it does not take long to discover that it can get stressful and tiring continually opening and closing these heavy doors every time you need access to the container. This is especially true if you are only going in for one or two small things.

The cargo doors were originally designed to be heavy to remain secure while traveling long distances by ship and train. While this is very beneficial to people who use repurposed shipping containers, it also can become a burden. This is why Portables 360 encourages all of its clients to consider a type of side door for their custom shipping container if people will be entering and exiting the unit throughout the day.

 

Guide to Custom Storage Containers

Guide to Custom Storage Containers

When you look at any construction site, you see job trailers sitting around the perimeter. These trailers are mainly used as office space for the construction crews working at the site. They are also used as a lunch area or restroom area for the workers.

Some companies rent these trailers at the job site because of convenience.  Others rent them because their own trailer has not been able to withstand the stress of moving from job site to job site. Still other companies find that they have to make significant repairs to their office space or replace the office trailer frequently.  This is due to the wear and tear that comes with moving these fragile units.

Custom Storage Guide

The following guide outlines different options for storage.  This details your best options for custom storage at your business.

Mobile Homes Converted To Office Space

Many construction companies use a mobile home converted to office space as their construction site office. These units are chosen because they are portable.  Additionally, they contain features like electrical and plumbing hook-ups.  They also have easy access doors, windows, and air conditioning units.

Storage trailers are meant to withstand fluctuating temperatures.  They are designed to be portable. While trailers have been designed to be moved, they are better staying in one place. Each time a trailer is moved, it loses some of its structural integrity. Many construction companies have to replace these trailers frequently.  They cannot withstand the rigors of moving from site to site too often.

Custom Storage Containers as Construction Offices

Converting shipping containers into construction office space is becoming increasingly popular. Custom storage containers offer construction companies many benefits over using a standard house trailer. Some of the benefits that these trailers provide include:

  • Total customization to fit the needs of your company
  • Durability
  • Weather-resistant
  • Expanded life
  • Easy to move

You can customize a shipping container in any way. You can add electricity and plumbing, special doors, heat and air conditioning.  Also, trailers are able to be sectioned into different offices. You can use a 20 or 40-foot trailer so that you always have enough room to conduct business at the site.

Shipping containers are designed to withstand all types of weather conditions.  Their steel construction provides more stability when moving the unit. Since the offices were originally a shipping container, it is easy to move them via a truck.  It is often less expensive than moving a house trailer.

In conclusion, modified shipping containers have a much longer life span than a house trailer converted to an office. You can expect to use this trailer for at least 20 years before any upgrades are necessary for use.

For answers to your questions on how a modified shipping container will be your next construction site office, contact Portables 360.  Discover everything we have to offer.

 

Best Portable Cold Storage Solution for Business

Best Portable Cold Storage Solution for Business

Finding a portable cold storage solution for your business doesn’t have to be overwhelming.  Consider the following 3 easy steps to make your decision to make the process simple and straightforward.

  1. What does your business requirements for cold storage?
  2. Understand all your options.
  3. Schedule a consultation with the manufacturer.

What does your business require in a portable cold storage solution?

Cold Storage or Standard Storage Solution

First, it’s essential to comprehend what a portable cold storage container or standard storage container implies. Like a prefab office building, these containers provide easy, affordable, and mobile business or home storage solutions. Refrigerated containers, also known as reefers, supply customers with alternative and cost-conscious options for consistent temperature-controlled spaces. If your business doesn’t require cold storage, for instance, there are standard containers available. Do your needs specify custom options like lighting, shelving, a rollup door, or electrical outlets?

Size Requirements

Size is another consideration for your business needs. How big do you require your container to be?  What’s the size of space allotted for your container? Portables 360 has 20′, 40′, and custom containers to literally fit your business needs.

Location

Figuring out your storage container’s location is vital.  It assists with size requirements.  More importantly, it helps you decide if your business requires a more customized container option. On-site designers and fabricators possess the ability to customize your reefer trailer or standard container professionally.

Consider Your Business’s Future Locations

Many business owners use cold storage solutions to ease transport.  Therefore, relocating your storage container is a snap. Let Portables 360 know if you plan to relocate in the future.  We will come up with the best cold storage solution for your needs.

Understand all your options.

Do you want to buy or rent?  Is it best for your business to purchase new or used? Materials are another consideration. Does your business require a single large container with multiple units inside?  This is similar to  a prefab office building. You do not need to be a business owner to enjoy a portable storage container. Homeowners find they double as a great garage, tool shed, or hobby area!  Versatility is key here!

Schedule a consultation with the manufacturer.

Speak with one of our Customer Care specialists to find out your options.  Create your shipping container solution today.  Our dedicated and knowledgeable team is committed to providing you fast service. We are located in Weston, Connecticut.  Our service area is Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York.

Advantages of Converted Shipping Containers

Advantages of Converted Shipping Containers

Business leaders hear about companies converting shipping containers into usable space. They see completed projects. However, are business leaders aware of how beneficial converted shipping containers are?  Below we outline several advantages.

Advantages of Converted Shipping Containers

Companies that need extra space find converting shipping containers gives them the following benefits: 

  1. Green Construction. Converting a used shipping container into a new usable space is called green construction. Your building helps reduce impact on the environment.  It minimizes the need for new materials.
  2. Budget Friendly. Converted shipping containers are the most economical way to expand space for your company. Shipping containers have a life span of at least 25 years.  Containers will last longer than a mobile trailer office or a temporary structure. Repurposed shipping containers are a quarter of the price you will pay for building a structure from scratch.
  3. Easy to Expand Current Space. If your business is already established in a preferred location, then moving will not be beneficial. Building a permanent structure to add space will not be financially feasible.  Also, what do local building codes allow?  Using a converted shipping container gives you extra space for your business in a solid structure.  The expense is minimal.
  4. Different Sizes Available. Shipping containers come in 10, 20, and 40-foot sizes. Repurposing a container will meet your exact needs. When you need space for two different things, such as dry storage or cold storage, invest in two smaller trailers and have them positioned in one area.
  5. Portability. Shipping container structures are easily relocated. This is perfect for construction sites. Moving converted shipping containers is cost-effective and easy to complete. It is much easier than moving mobile home office structures.  Plus, the sturdy structure protects the interiors during the move.

There are many additional reasons that converting a shipping container into a workable space for your company is beneficial. In addition to cost savings, portability, and size, shipping containers offer a secure area for your business.  Your business is secure in a custom shipping container.

Shipping containers are airtight structures.  They are easy to secure.  In addition, they provide exceptional weather resistant properties. Your goods are protected from the weather as well as any unwanted guests. 

Call us for more information on how repurposing a shipping container benefits your business.

Durable Shipping Container Flooring Options

Durable Shipping Container Flooring Options

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.