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Benefits of Steel Containers for Your Non-Profit Organization

Monday, January 18th, 2021

If you think all steel storage containers are good for is to ship goods overseas, think again! They’re perfect for all sorts of applications, from homes and on-site offices to overflow classrooms and yes – non-profit organization headquarters. As a non-profit, you may not have a lot of money for extraneous purposes, which is what makes storage containers such a great option.

Here are some advantages to choosing steel containers for your non-profit organization.

Affordability

Operating your business as cost-effectively as you can is imperative in this line of work. Whether you serve the homeless or make crafts for kids in the hospital, you can achieve your goals with steel containers by protecting your bottom line. Not only are these containers affordable outright, they are relatively inexpensive to maintain and customize. You’ll certainly spend a lot less than if you were to hire a builder to construct a permanent structure for your organization. Why not try a storage container? They’re easy to move, relocate and customize.

Shared Space

Many members of non-profit organizations tend to meet in a central place, such as at a church, community center or local business. If your business has to share space, it can be a real challenge to store supplies, make sure your inventory is secure, have room for office work, and host your weekly gatherings.

This also makes it easy to hold fundraisers, community awareness events and other events. After all, these events are what fuel your organizations all year long. As a nonprofit, charity or religious organization, you likely rely on donations to operate — not just monetary donations but resource donations as well. Holding a convention not only builds community morale, it encourages donor pledges.

Steel containers make convenient, affordable storage solutions that help you do much more than hold a fundraiser. They can also literally hold equipment, materials, signs, paperwork, products, swag and more.

Flexibility

There is an inherent flexible quality to any steel container, because it can be utilized in a variety of ways. From pharmaceutical storage to Little League equipment storage to construction site offices, there’s really no limit as to what you can use your container for. Plus, you can use one container for more than one purpose, such as by partitioning it into sections. Modifications add an extra layer of functionality, as you can choose to put in plumbing, heating, windows, and AC units per your needs.

Examples of Who Can Benefit From Steel Container Units

Many non-profit organizations can take advantage of steel container units, such as:

  • Churches
  • Homeless shelters
  • Community centers
  • Satellite libraries
  • Food banks
  • Food pantries
  • Donation drop-offs
  • After school activities
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts
  • Toys for Tots
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Social organizations
  • Community organizations

As you can see, any non-profit can benefit from such versatile containers!

The Many Uses of Storage Containers for Non-Profits

When considering how you will gather with the other members of your organization or community, your first thought may be to rent a space in a permanent location. However, this can get very costly very fast, especially if you must conserve funds. Plus, you also have to share these spaces with other organizations, such as within libraries, schools, civic halls, and more. Why hassle with that?

There are so many varied uses of steel storage containers that you can take advantage of. You can use steel storage containers as hubs for your meetings and other gatherings, as well as a space to:

  • Collect toys, books, clothes, and other items
  • Store event materials like supplies, signs and equipment
  • Transport items between locations
  • Store important documents
  • Hand out food
  • Hold fundraisers, donation drives and conventions
  • Mobile blood collection sites

As you can see, the possibilities are endless. Whether you’re giving a sermon to 20 people and want to hand out religious paraphernalia, or you’re holding a fundraiser for the local hospital, a steel container can meet and exceed your needs. Best part is, you can rent a container if you only need a temporary space, or you can buy one if you need a permanent space throughout the years.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

If you are looking for a non-profit organization headquarters alternative, we would be happy to give you a free quote on our new or used containers when you contact us at 910-483-7828. In addition to new and used models, we offer specialty units and modifications to make your space unique.

 

Shipping Containers for On-Site Storage: How to Weather the Storm

Tuesday, January 5th, 2021

image of dry freight

The weather can be quite nasty, and you want to make sure the shipping container you own or rent will be able to make it through Mother Nature’s wrath – not just in times of rough weather but through the long test of time. Wind and water are the two big things you have to worry about when it comes to what will impact your container.

Whether you use the container for storage or shipping goods, it’s wise to buy one that’s wind and water tight for the ultimate in protection.

What Does Wind and Watertight (WWT) Mean?

In a nutshell, it means these shipping containers can guard against wind and water. Shipping containers are built to withstand driving rain and high winds, as well as sunlight and snow. However, they can’t be used for shipping goods overseas, like cargo worthy containers can. WWT containers won’t have leaks or holes, but they may have patches or repairs. This is why they can’t be shipped overseas.

Why are storage containers so durable? They feature corrosion-resistant Corten steel for an extra level of protection in even the harshest of environments. They’re perfect for use as on-site storage no matter where you are located.

As part of the manufacturing process, sheets of this steel make up the sidewalls, floor and roof of the container, welded together and edges sealed to ensure WWT conditions.

Heck, shipping containers can survive without damage through earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, and even tsunamis. So they are certainly built to withstand some moisture.

Difference Between Watertight and Waterproof?

While they sound the same, they’re actually quite different. A watertight container will not allow water to get in because it’s manufactured that way. If you’re transporting liquids, it will provide the reverse effect: it will hold the liquids in without leaking.

By contrast, a waterproof container has a special coating applied to it that resists water. However, water could still get in if there was enough exposure to it. A container that is watertight and not simply waterproof will prevent water from getting in, but the reverse is not true.

So, what about condensation? Will watertight containers be infiltrated by condensation when subjected to damp environments (i.e., grounds) as well as temperature fluctuations? Well, it’s certainly true that damp soil can get into your metal container and lead to condensation. This is what has led to the corrugated construction and special paint featured on most modern containers today – to prevent and reduce the instances of condensation buildup. With older watertight containers, sometimes you have to open up the doors and ventilate the unit to get rid of any accumulating condensation.

Fire-Resistant Qualities

Shipping containers can also make it through a fire pretty well. In fact, they are often converted into firefighters’ training facilities! Studies show that WWT containers are able to contain their own fire, which is smart since they’re often stacked one on top of another in a shipyard. It makes sense to make them fire proof so the damage can be contained.

Durable Floors Can Hold up to 55,000 Pounds

That’s a lot of weight! No one usually thinks too much about the container floor, but the fact is, this is the most important part, responsible for supporting extremely heavy loads of all sizes and shapes for 15 years or more – if treated well. You want your floor to be tough, so it can resist dents, dings and scratches due to items you may drop on it or scrape against frequently.

You often have a choice of:

  • Original plywood or bamboo
  • Steel or aluminum
  • Wood vinyl planks
  • Coin vinyl
  • Epoxy coating

Most often, they come standard with thick pieces of marine plywood on top of a steel frame. This is often enough to give you the durability you seek with your storage container.

Shipping Containers are Great for On-Site Storage

Shipping containers, even retired ones, are built to last through the years – up to 15 years in fact. After their useful life at sea, they can serve many more years as on-site storage units with minimal maintenance. You can also add modifications to spruce it up and give it new life, such as through roll-up doors or a custom paint job.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

Get a free quote on our new or used containers when you contact us at 910-483-7828. From new and used to specialty units and modifications, we have the right container for your needs to weather any storm.

What to Know Before Buying a Storage Container in North Carolina

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

Thinking about buying a new or used shipping container in North Carolina? Before you make any type of purchase, it’s critical that you do your homework and read up on the process. Making an informed decision on a shipping container is extremely important, as this is a big investment that will last you for decades if done right.

Check out these things you should know before purchasing a storage container in North Carolina.

1.  Look for a Local Company with Wide Reach

You want to be assured of excellent customer service and personalized attention, which is what you get when you choose a local company that is used to operating in the desired area — in this case, North Carolina. They have local knowledge of the area’s requirements when it comes to storage containers so you can be assured of the most specific service possible.

On the other hand, you also want a company with a national and global reach that can meet all your requirements by applying the latest industry knowledge all over the area.

2.  Find an Experienced Company

This is critical. A fly by night company can’t be trusted to provide quality, reliable services. You want a company with many years of experience in the shipping container sales industry, one who can provide the most dependable, diversified services. Be on the lookout for:

  • Professionalism
  • Growth and innovation within the industry
  • Focus on customer service
  • Years of experience
  • Good reviews
  • Affordable prices

3.  Focus on a Variety of Container Options

You also want to find a company that gives you access to a wide spectrum of options in regards to new and used models, as well as availability of sizes and modifications. For example, we offer many sizes and configurations, like:

New:

  • 20’ standard
  • 40’ hard top
  • 40’ high cube
  • 10′, 16′, 20′, 24′, 40′ and 45′ lengths
  • Double doors on one end vs. both ends of the containers

Used:

  • 20’ insulated
  • 20’ standard WWT
  • 40’ standard A grade
  • 40’ standard WWT

4.  Choose a Company That’s Reliable

When you plan to invest a lot of cash in a product, you want to be sure you don’t have a sub-par experience. Rather, you want to partner with a company that puts customer service first every single time, one that gives you a smooth, seamless experience for peace of mind and  continued professionalism.

Additionally, you should feel comfortable and happy with your choice in storage container companies.

5.  Choose Diverse Services

On top of simple shipping containers for sale, search for a company that extends related services to finish out its offerings, such as modifications, storage, specialized units, locking mechanisms, and delivery options. The company you select should make it very easy to purchase or rent a shipping container, backed by free quotes, 24/7 availability and friendly service.

6.  Invest in Quality Materials

Not all shipping containers are created equal. You want the one you choose to be made of the best material, and that is typically Corten steel, which lasts the longest and will stand up to weather, time and rust.

7.  Hire an Inspector

Consider hiring an inspector to check out the container in question. If you need a secure, sealable, container for long-term use, then you will get peace of mind knowing you’re getting the best product backed by assurances of an experienced inspector.

8.  Consider All Uses and Modifications

If you have a specific use for your storage container in mind, be sure to tell the company from which you’ll be buying the unit. They can better direct you to the best shipping container for uses such as:

  • Construction Site Storage
  • Storm Bunkers
  • Garden Sheds
  • Fireworks Stands
  • Hay or Feed Storage Barn
  • Inventory Storage
  • Job Site Offices
  • Little League Storage
  • Barriers

As you can see, there are many considerations to keep in mind prior to buying a storage container. From price to experience to quality, do your research on each company you consider. Narrow down your selections, call each for details and rates, and only then make an informed decision on buying a storage container in North Carolina.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

To learn more about why we are the best when it comes to storage containers in North Carolina, please contact us in one of our two North Carolina offices in Fayetteville or Supply. Call 910-483-7828 or email bob@transoceancontainers.net.

 

Rest Easy With Shipping Container Locks

Monday, November 30th, 2020

Safety and security: these are two top concerns for any organization that plans to store valuable items in their shipping containers. To keep them safe from curious eyes and would-be thieves, it’s imperative to lock up your container offices after hours, in an effort to protect the contents contained therein. Whether your storage container is being used for storing confidential documents, expensive goods, or costly pharmaceuticals, or you’re using it as an on-site office, shipping container locks bring you great peace of mind.

Being protective of your property starts with choosing the right locks. Not all shipping containers come with locks, and even those that do may require stronger after-market locks that can meet the security needs of your company. Here are some of the common built-in locking systems of shipping containers that you should know about, as well as additional shipping container locks as modifications for keeping contents safe and secure.

Shipping Container Security

It’s critical to note that storage containers are, in general, very secure units, trusted as cargo boxes that can travel across oceans delivering valuable goods. Manufacturers of shipping containers make these products out of heavy-duty Corten steel, into box shapes that result in sturdy yet stackable units that have useful lives of more than 25 years.

As manufacturers go about repurposing used containers, turning them into a variety of structures, shipping containers still maintain their excellent security. Even with extra doors added to improve accessibility, the security of the container is not compromised. Shipping container locks and a variety of other security modifications can help to maintain the unit’s security.

Built-In Shipping Container Locks

Shipping containers are manufactured with cargo doors that comprise the whole wall at the end of the unit. This allows for easy access in order to unload and load cargo. Container cargo doors are available with mechanisms that keep everything secure over long distances.

The double doors utilize a cam-and-lock system with steel bars to ensure doors stay fastened shut. This system tightly secures the doors in place so they don’t swing open and closed during transport. Each of the doors features two handles that allow the user to not only open the doors but lock them in place as well.

You can install additional security locks on the cargo doors’ opening seams. You may even want to install a lock box that conceals the storage container lock and guards against break ins. The lock box ensures the lock can’t get cut with bolt cutters or saws.

More Shipping Container Locks

If you do not need to have operable cargo doors, you can install roll-up doors, personnel doors, or other options that provide access to the structure. These doors need their own locking systems, which vary depending on what your security priorities are.

With personnel doors, latch guards can be installed along the opening’s seam. These are flat pieces of metal that go over the locks and that are bolted from the inside. These guards are in place to act as a deterrent to thieves, making it even more difficult to break in. Plus, they’re easy to install.

You may choose to have a code-protected lock entry to keep your container secure. In that case, you can install keypad entry locks, which are considered an upgrade from a standard deadbolt lock. These are wise choices for private offices, for example. You may program the keypads with entry codes that keep unwanted visitors out.

Beyond Shipping Container Locks

Additional security modifications can be added to your storage container as necessary. Every company has different needs in terms of their security protocols. For instance, some companies want their container windows to include burglar bars, which serve to further deter intruders. As you go about designing your shipping container structure, despite its intended purpose, you will want to think about augmenting its security with the proper security modifications to suit your business.

As you can see, there are many locks on the market to choose from depending on your needs. Do your homework, ask questions, and then make an informed decision.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

Here at Transocean Equipment Management, we offer a variety of locks to keep your storage container as secure as possible. Simply contact us for a free price quote when you call either our North Carolina or South Carolina offices. Alternatively, you can fill out a free quote form on our website for a speedy response.

 

How Many Types of Shipping Containers are There?

Friday, October 30th, 2020

Since their invention in the 1960s, shipping containers spurred a revolution in how goods and cargo were transported all over the globe. Since then, there have been a variety of shipping containers emerging on the market to meet the needs of anyone who wishes to move goods.

These intriguing containers have evolved in many ways. As long as they are able to fit the footprint, you can pretty much put anything in there that will fit that space. Invented in the USA, shipping containers usually are measured in feet and inches, rather than meters.

Here’s a look at the different container types:

Standard Size Boxes

There are two standard lengths of shipping containers: 20 ft or 40 ft. You can also order them in high cube sizes. Standard containers typically have just one set of doors at one end, but you can get double door containers that feature doors at both ends.

Refrigerated Units

Also known as reefers, these containers can store goods such as food, flowers and pharmaceuticals that must be kept within an exact temperature range for transport. Some goods need to be frozen, while others simply need to be kept cold.

Insulated Containers

Similar to reefers, these units don’t have active air conditioning units within them. These are designed to prevent extreme temperatures – too low or high – from impacting the temperature within the unit.

Half Height Containers

Most storage containers are packed tightly to preserve the goods within, but there are exact weight limits for them to follow when fully laden. Therefore, for particularly heavy goods, it makes sense to pack a half height container in order to meet weight limit requirements, as well as to avoid damage from goods rattling around inside.

Open Top and Removable Hard Top

Open top containers are great for cargo that’s simply too large to fit through the door and that must be loaded via crane. They feature a removable hard top or soft top cover, which must be secured tightly. Most open tops come in standard heights.

Side Opening Containers

If the cargo in question can’t fit through the front doors, this calls for the use of side opening containers, whereby you can load them from the side via a forklift.

Bulk Containers

These are ideal for powders and aggregates which are too small by volume to be shipped via bulk cargo ship. Such containers load from the top and empty out at the other end, via a hatch at the bottom.

Tank Containers

Similar to bulk goods containers in that they can carry fluids that aren’t available in enough quantity to be justified for a tanker, they can be loaded and unloaded like a tanker truck.

Flat Rack Containers

If you plan to move a tractor or a yacht, a flat rack container can be used for shipping a vehicle that is too large to fit within a standard size container. They are loaded from the side.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

Not sure which type of cargo container you need? We can help you decide. Contact us at 910-483-7828 for a free quote.

How Places of Worship Are Using Storage Containers Amidst COVID-19

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly turned things upside down this year. Churches and other places of worship had to close their doors for many months, and some are still closed. Others are open now, but with social distance measures in place. Many religious organizations are finding they need places to accommodate overflow attendance, perhaps with a live stream feed to the sermon.

A storage container would make the perfect solution.

Churches are undeniably convenient gathering places, not just for daily or weekly worship purposes, but for weddings, sacraments, spiritual observance, blessings, and other events. Let’s take a look at the effect the pandemic has had on places of worship and how they can use shipping containers moving forward.

A Look at the Stats

Did you know 65% of American adults belong to a church or some kind of place of worship? This translates to about 160 million people in the United States. Many of them have been displaced from weekly Masses and other congregations, as well as major holiday gatherings. For instance, one of the largest church gatherings of the year is Easter, which happened during the middle of lockdowns back in April.

Ninety-percent of churchgoers said their churches had closed in response to the outbreak, according to PEW Research. For many of those religious organizations, their services had to move online, similar to the way in which offices and classrooms had to adjust. While this may be helpful for some, the traditional in-person interactions provided by a place of worship have disrupted that sense of community.

Just like with video calls for businesses and schools, the clarity and crispness of any interaction depends greatly on the Internet connection on either side, resulting in frequent interruptions or even missed services. How can churches enable worship without putting their parishioners at risk?

Shipping Containers as Temporary Churches

The concept of the shipping container has evolved from a simple cargo carrier into a durable, reliable building material. Hospitals, schools and restaurants have long been taking advantage of storage containers either for their business foundation or as extensions of their core offerings.

Churches are now being constructed using shipping containers with great urgency due to COVID-19. But the practice itself is really nothing new. One church in Los Angeles was awarded the American Institute of Architects Design Award for its innovative use of storage containers back in 2009.

Such shipping containers have been a huge help for churches, allowing them to rebuild or extend their services without having to finance another location at great expense. Take the 2011 Christchurch earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, for example. This popular 19th century stone cathedral was completely destroyed as a result. However, church leaders and parishioners came together to resurrect the church with four 20-foot shipping containers.

Why do shipping containers make excellent materials for these types of structures? They are:

  • Fireproof and waterproof, and can withstand harsh weather conditions
  • Durable, strong and sturdy
  • Easy to move from one location to another
  • Eco-friendly and sustainable, reducing the use of brick, steel and cement

With social distancing measures needed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, many churches have either closed down completely or limited their services. But with the use of shipping containers, churches are able to extend their spaces or make smaller spaces for those who want to visit every day.

Outside of the house of worship itself, containers can be used as mobile offices for church staff to perform administrative tasks or even as small classrooms for Bible school on Sundays.

Because shipping containers are so portable, mobile chapels can be moved to accommodate churchgoers who find it difficult to attend.

Once churches can fully reopen, rented containers may be returned to storage container providers, while purchased containers may be used for other events on an ongoing basis.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

Looking to outfit a storage container for your place of worship or other repurposed use? We would be happy to assist you with pricing and terms. Please contact us today for a free quote.

 

How to Convert a Shipping Container into a Tiny Home

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

In the last few years, the concept of tiny homes has been hitting the design and real estate world. More and more people are ditching the commitments and high prices of large mortgages and huge homes, and opting for small homes made out of storage containers.

Here’s how you can use a storage container to achieve the perfect homestead that underlines your new minimalist lifestyle!

Make Sure to Plan Ahead

If you plan to use a cargo container as the basis for your tiny house, the first step to staying within your budget is to have a plan. If you neglect having a budget and schedule, costs can get out of control quickly. All the savings you thought you’d be taking advantage of with a tiny house can evaporate without some restrictions. Be sure to map out the amount of room you will need, take detailed measurements and think about how many stories you want your tiny house to be.

Avoid Silly Mistakes

Make sure to check with your town or community about the zoning, building and planning regulations. Don’t assume just because it’s a tiny house that you won’t need to follow the rules. Many cities have strict guidelines regarding zoning issues and construction regulations. If you don’t work these out beforehand, those oversights can get expensive in the end. Do this before you even buy a cargo container and start converting it. Know where you want to put it and what your city’s rules are.

Do Your Research

Before you buy a shipping container, understand what you’re getting. This is especially true of used containers. Some have been used more than others, and this wear and tear will show up in many ways. Make sure you inspect it in person so you can make note of any damage and its current condition. Remember: once you buy it, you’re the owner. If you get it home and don’t like its condition, yet you were given a chance to inspect it, you have no recourse.

Prioritize Needs vs. Wants

When building a home of any size, your budget can get out of control quickly. Create a list of things on which you are willing to spend money, vs. those on which you can skimp. Make sure you add enough storage so your tiny house can at least accommodate your basic needs. List out the most expensive things first so you will know if you have enough padding in the budget to take on some of the extras you want.

Tiny house living is the latest trend, but this doesn’t mean you should skip all the planning and budgeting. It all starts with finding a reputable shipping container company.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

If you’re looking for an alternative living concept and are interested in getting a quote on a storage container to convert to a tiny home, contact us at 910-483-7828. We would be happy to give you a free price quote.

 

 

7 Must-Ask Questions When Renting a Storage Container

Saturday, August 1st, 2020

Whether you’re looking to rent a shipping container for additional storage, want to set up a mobile office or create a home base for your construction project, it’s critical to do your homework before you make a decision on a provider. That means you have to ask a lot of questions. Then, once you have collected several rates to make comparisons and have gotten answers to your queries, you can make an informed decision.

Check out these seven must-ask questions you should pose before renting a storage container.

#1: What sizes and/or types of containers do you have?

This varies by provider, of course, but most will offer several containers in various sizes and types. Here at Transocean Equipment Management, we offer many different container sizes, such as:

  • 10 ft.
  • 16 ft.
  • 20 ft.
  • 24 ft.
  • 40 ft.
  • 45 ft.
  • Standard height (8.5′ high) or high-cubes (9.5′ high)

They all have different purposes. Some are great for on-site storage while others are best used for mobile offices. Think about your time frame, intended usage and budget before making a selection.

#2: Do I need a permit?

Before you rent any container, it’s wise to look into any rules about containers in your city or town. Get in touch with your city or county to find out if there are local ordinances against containers.

#3: How much delivery space is required?

You need enough open space for the delivery driver to maneuver and drop off the container safely. You’ll find that most containers are delivered on a tilt bed truck. This means the surrounding area has to be obstacle- and debris-free and it has to be flat. Inspect the access path to make sure there’s at least 14 feet of clearance between the ground and overhead obstructions, like building overhangs, trees, and utility lines. A loaded tilt bed truck needs about a 12-foot wide clearance.

#4: How long will it take to receive my storage container?

It usually takes one to three business days from receipt of your order to drop off your storage container.

5: How long does the actual delivery take?

It usually takes 30 minutes or less to deliver a container. Drivers like to stay on schedule, so be ready for them. They make several deliveries of containers per day, so if one delivery exceeds an hour, the others will all have delays with rescheduling necessary. You don’t want to get charged an additional hour on-site, so make sure you’re ready.

#6: How long is the rental period for?

Standard rental container periods are posted on 28-day terms, collecting the delivery charge, first rent and security deposit up-front.

#7: What can the containers be used for?

It will all depend on your intended usage, but it’s possible to tent containers for:

  • Construction storage
  • Job site storage
  • Self-storage facilities
  • Inventory storage
  • Mobile field office
  • Tool storage
  • Overflow equipment storage
  • Workshops
  • Movable exhibition spaces
  • Agriculture storage
  • Break rooms and lunch rooms
  • School buildings and surplus supplies

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

To learn more about rental prices and terms for our storage containers, contact us. We would be happy to provide you with a free price quote.

 

How to Keep Your Shipping Container Roof in Tip-Top Shape

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

You may not think about it often, but the roof of your shipping container is put under a lot of stress on the daily. It takes the brunt of all kinds of weather, not to mention it accumulates debris very quickly due to its flat surface. Be sure to pay special attention to this portion of your container if you want it to last the test of time without costly, unnecessary repairs.

1.    Deal With a Reputable Source

Quality is important. There are literally thousands of shipping containers on the market for purchase at any one time, so it’s critical that you do your homework in investigating the quality of the container you select. You’ll also want to research the capabilities of the manufacturer before you commit to a sale. Check the age of the container, being on the lookout for significant damage. Here at Transocean Equipment Management, we carefully select the types of containers we sell and rent, making sure they’re of the highest quality.

2.    Keep Weight off the Roof

Another thing to consider is the structural strength of your container. This will depend greatly on the strength of the castings at each corner. These are the reinforced areas of the container, and are actually more important than the roof itself when it comes to strength. Refrain from walking across the roof or storing heavy items there. It will bow and flex under too much weight. If you require rooftop access or storage, request that the manufacturer reinforce the roof.

3.    Remove Water, Ice, Snow and Debris

Yes, shipping container roofs are very durable and resilient, but do your part by being conscious of what is accumulating on top. Regularly remove standing water, snow, and ice that can build up on the roof. Letting those elements accumulate will put undue pressure on the roof and container. Ignoring ponding water can lead to thinning metal, rust or moisture accumulation. Be sure to clear off the roof after all significant weather events.

4.    Remove Dirt and Surface Rust

Use a commercial cleaner, bleach, or anti-mildew solution to remove all rust and dirt from the roof. You can do this with a hose and broom. If there are large dents, holes, scratches or rust spots, call a professional to fix these issues or even repaint the container if the damage is significant enough.

5.    Regularly Inspect the Roof

Regularly maintaining and caring for the roof of your shipping container will ensure a longer lifespan. Second-hand containers can get dented if other containers have been stacked on top. What happens? Those dents start collecting rain water which in turn leads to corrosion or chipped paint. Make sure all dents are repaired right away, treating them with rust-proof paint to prevent corrosion from occurring.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

To learn more tips on shipping container roof maintenance, or to get a quote on our containers, please contact us at 910-483-7828.

 

 

Man Caves, She Sheds and Kids’ Playrooms Using Shipping Containers

Sunday, May 31st, 2020

Shipping Containers Can Be Modified For the Whole Family!

You don’t have to keep day dreaming about creating your own peaceful retreat right in your backyard. You don’t have to put on an addition to your house or sacrifice an existing room to make time for you or to focus on your hobbies. You just need some space in your backyard, a shipping container, and some ingenuity.

From granny pods to play rooms, it’s time to get inspired! Here are some ideas for modifying your shipping container.

Man Cave

This is a space just for him, where he can watch the latest game, enjoy a beer, invite buddies over, work on his bike or just enjoy some down time away from the main house. Man caves are traditionally seen in garages, sheds, or basements, but you can expand the possibilities with a storage container in the backyard. Personal space is important…you deserve it!

She Shed

The ladies also deserve a private spot to unwind, get crafty, hold book club meetings, or drink wine with friends. The female equivalent of the man cave, the she shed can be a quiet retreat for reading, sipping coffee, or even as a home office away from the hustle and bustle of the family.

Kids’ Playroom

Acting essentially as pre-made cubby houses for your kids, shipping containers are the ideal alternative to wood sheds in the backyard where maintenance and upkeep can drain any homeowner. Your kids can now have a spot to call their own – sometimes we forget they need alone time too!

Creating a kids’ playroom with a shipping container means they can store all their toys within one dedicated space, keeping clutter out of the yard or main house. It also gives them a reprieve — a shady spot in the yard where they can relax, play, and allow their imaginations to run wild.

Shipping containers can be modified in many different ways, in many different configurations, according to your kids’ needs. Safety is of paramount importance here!

Granny Flats

If you have an aging parent who still wants their independence and can largely care for themselves, yet they wish to downsize from their large home, a granny flat or granny pod is the perfect solution. There’s no need to upsize, extend or renovate your own home to accommodate them. Place a modified shipping container in the back yard and voila – they have their own personal space yet it’s close enough to you so that you can cook for them and check in on them frequently.

This is also a great solution for when Grandma and Grandpa still live in their own home far away yet want to come and visit. They have their own space without having to trip over toys as they enjoy their morning tea.

In the same vein, such pods are great for college students who come back home to roost over the holidays and during the summer. They still get their privacy and can come and go as they please, yet they’re still close enough to invade your home for home-cooked meals and laundry!

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

To get inspired with more ideas for your shipping container, contact us at one of our North or South Carolina offices.

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