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.
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.
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.
Shipping Containers - Use and Flexibility
Most shipping containers come in very standard sizes and styles after all, that's the nature of the beast and the beauty of the conex box. It's what makes them so useful for so many things other than moving goods across the ocean as they were originally intended to do. The dimensions of containers remain uniform but, shipping containers do come in several different varieties to allow shipping of goods that wouldn't otherwise ship in a standard conex box.
Standard 20 and 40 foot conex boxes are referred to as dry cargo containers. Variations of the basic conex box include refrigerated units often called "reefers," open tops or containers with no roof for shipping very tall items, tank containers which are nothing more than a floor with four corner posts, and top rails. A tank is positioned in the middle of this frame and now liquids can be lifted, handled and shipped uniformly on a container boat. Flat rack containers are container floors with two end walls often used for shipping construction equipment. These containers all have very specific uses but they maintain the exterior dimensions of our good old basic dry cargo containers and are handled the same way.
In addition to those very specific use containers we'll look at some shipping conex boxes that share more of the aftermarket flexibility of dry cargo containers. The most common of all the specialty containers are the "High Cubes." These containers are 9 foot 6 inches high on the outside and 8 foot 10 inches on the inside as compared to standard dry cargo containers which are 8 foot 6 inches on the outside and 7 foot 9 inches on the inside. This extra ceiling height makes high cube containers especially desirable for container homes or businesses. The 8 foot 10 inch interior height allows an owner who is modifying the container into a habitable building to run electrical fixtures in a ten inch cavity and still maintain a standard 8 foot finish ceiling height. High cubes are readily available in 40 foot lengths, they can be found in 20 foot lengths with a little work.
Another style of container based on the dry cargo container is the "double door," or "tunnel" unit. These are containers that have a set of doors on both ends, when both sets of doors are open the container does resemble a tunnel. Very often 20' double door containers are cut in half and transformed into two 10 foot containers. Usually you will find tunnel containers used in storage applications because you can load and unload them quickly from both ends or locate an item from both ends. If you are looking for a double door container make sure you are very specific in what you are asking for. Dry cargo containers come with double doors, on one end, if you ask for a double door unit the seller may think you are asking for a standard. To be sure you are getting what you need make sure you specify that you need doors on both ends.