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What happens to used shipping containers when they are no longer used for transporting goods from one place or another? Their recycling is expensive due to their size and the specific weather-resistant steel alloy which they are made from. At the same time, they offer a good amount of sheltered space. They can withstand the elements and this is also beneficial. Due to these properties, these used shipping containers for sale have a variety of alternative uses.

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Shipping Containers as Homes

The popularity of shipping container homes has increased greatly in recent years due to the advancement in the engineering technology. These homes are comfortable, energy-efficient and long lasting. If you do not like the idea of living permanently in a house made from such structural elements, you may want to consider a container holiday home. These are great alternatives to the traditional log cabins and similar small structures. They are much less expensive and easier to maintain. At the same time, they offer great comfort to make your holiday truly special.

Shipping Containers as Commercial Buildings

The large shipping containers can be turned into various commercial facilities. They make excellent food stalls and outdoor bars and cafes. They can be turned into small shops as well. Several large containers can be used for constructing a large store, restaurant, club or even an office building. There are even entire shopping centers built with the use of these structural components. They shipping containers commercial buildings are functional, reliable and durable while being inexpensive.

Shipping Containers as Public Buildings

Currently, there are many art buildings and art galleries, in particular, built with the use of shipping containers as structural components. The main appeal of these components comes from the fact that they can be used for the creation of unique dynamic shapes. This is how the buildings themselves become true works of art.

The containers can be turned into various school facilities including classrooms and laboratories. They can be used for constructing even gymnasiums. It is possible for one or more of these items to be turned into temporary or permanent medical centers.

Other Uses for Shipping Containers

There are many other alternative uses which are worth your attention. The containers can be turned into workshops, game rooms or garages. They can be modified into outdoor saunas with basic heating systems. When the top part is removed, they can be used as swimming pools.

Most standard shipping containers can be used for other purposes as long as they are in good condition. The modification takes some time and effort, but the results are excellent. These items never turn into waste. They help to save money, to reduce the use of scarce resources and to protect the environment.

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Emergency Shelter Homes

Since the earthquake in January 2010 in Haiti, there have been many requests for international quotes. Companies are now doing an extensive amount of research and product testing on creating emergency shelters using shipping containers as the main building blocks. All over the world, there are natural disasters taking the lives of thousands of people.

When considering building an Emergency shelter home in an area that is prone to hurricanes and earthquakes, there are two factors to consider in regards to the construction and design of the emergency shelter home:

The first is the susceptibility to water damage, generally caused by flooding, and the second is the resistance of the construction materials to wind damage. Because most coastal countries are prone to hurricanes and tropical storms the safety of a steel construction home becomes a high priority.

Water damage - Most damages incurred, during and immediately after a hurricane, are caused by flooding and water incursion through damaged structures. Shipping container homes reduce the chances of water damage in several ways. Most importantly, the steel wall structures are inherently water tight so that rains, driven by hurricane force winds, are unlikely to breach the structure. These ISO shipping containers are both hurricane and earth quake proof, based on their design, and their seaworthiness.

They can withstand 100mph winds unanchored and 145 winds anchored.

These homes can be used in the beginning as emergency shelters and then converted into homes and or offices in the future.

These containers can also be stacked upon each other and replace the poor Haitian construction. Additionally, The emergency shelter Shipping container home must be placed on a secure and elevated foundation.

Emergency shelter homes are generally placed in locations away from areas, which have a history of flooding. However, even in areas not normally susceptible to flooding, significant runoff can occur during heavy rains. So the installation of the homes regarding elevation and land positioning is very important.

Emergency shelter shipping container homes are all placed on foundations that will meet, and generally exceed, the levels of protection needed in the homes foundation. Additionally, the mostly steel construction will not be prone to cracking, or fracturing, as would a concrete structure. This leads to longer life and lower maintenance for your home.

Wind damage - While water damage far surpasses other forms of damage incurred from hurricanes, damages caused by high winds can also be severe. There are generally two sources of wind damage incurred during hurricanes. The first, and most obvious, is from the hurricane itself. In a strong hurricane, the wind speeds can reach upwards of 160 mph. However, the strongest winds associated with hurricanes are generally caused by tornadoes spawned by the hurricane. The winds from a strong tornado can be higher than 250 mph. A high percentage of the wind damage is actually a result of debris being hurled through the air.

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Overseas Shipping Containers For Sale

It's amazing to think that the shipping container that brought your TV from overseas can now be the home that you live in.

In the early 1950's in America families could buy a modest new home for around $20,000 after you added in the property taxes, furniture, appliances and move-in costs. In today's real estate market in the United States, purchasing the same type of house in a typical middle class neighborhood might cost you around $200,000 depending on the location and other factors.

But now many people looking to buy a new home are buying them for the same price as their parents or grandparents did in the 1950's at around $20,000. The difference is they're buying homes not make of wood or traditional materials. They're buying shipping container homes. That's right-homes made from used steel containers that once carried merchandise on large ships. And they're not what you would first imagine. These are nice, desirable homes.

Shipping Container Homes Are Easy To Get and Easy To Get Into

A lot of people are looking into using recycled cargo containers as a material source for building homes. They certainly are a green alternative to other materials and using them does a lot of good for the recycling community. We don't notice it very much but there are quite a lot of unused, empty cargo containers sitting at ports all around the world doing nothing but taking up space. Or worse yet, being sent off to landfill.

Manufacturers of goods and the shipping companies that ship those goods see them as disposable items, throwaways just like the soda cans so many consumers still don't see value in. It's actually rather expensive for countries to ship unused and empty containers back to their country of origin and quite often it's cheaper to buy new containers when the need for them arise.

Costs for cargo containers vary but on average you can get a used one for about $1,500-$8,000. The average container has about 350 square feet of space. Someone who wants a 3,000 square foot home would have to pay approximately $80 per square foot to have a home built using traditional methods. In some parts of the U.S. it costs well over $100 per square foot.

Container homes cost about four and a half dollars per square foot (the cost is just for the frame, not including the construction and finishing work). But do the calculations and you'll see the basic (frame only) cost for a 3,000 square foot home built from recycled containers is about $13,500. Even with the added cost of having to configure and finish the basic units to make them into a home it's still quite a savings over traditional home building methods.

Shipping Container Homes Are Being Accepted As Part of Society

So far the most popular places for building cargo container homes has been in parts of Asia and in the former Soviet Union. But recently shipping container houses have started showing up in the United States.

Of course it does take a bit of construction work to fix up these steel containers including installing insulation, plumbing, electrical, windows and doors. Yet, when all is said and done, the homes are made from recycled materials, cheap and unique. And this is just what many green home owners are looking for right now.