July 11th, 2013
In general containers are built to last the test of time. However, when used container come out of international shipping service, they are typically between 10-15 years old. As expected, the containers have dents, dings, surface rust and can use a little TLC. Refurbishing or reconditioning a container can add years to the life of a container. It can also give a used container a substantial aesthetic upgrade from a typical watertight unit which typically comes labeled by the shipping line.
What makes a Used Container, Refurbished?
Refurbishing a container simply means taking a used container and sprucing it up! We take a used container with dents and scratches from prior use and apply a fresh coat of paint to the exterior. The exterior is prepped, primed (if necessary) and then the coat of paint is applied. We typically use marine grade industrial enamel from Sherwin Williams™. If necessary we will make minor repairs to the container as well (patching holes or replacing floor board). A Refurbished Container is guaranteed to last and is completely durable for all types of use. Although still considered an ISO shipping container once refurbished it is now considered a modified storage container.
The Advantages of Refurbished Containers:
The economical value of Refurbished Containers is most likely a more logical solution than deciding to go with a completely new container. However, you should first decide what container would suit your needs better depending on how you plan to utilize the container. We can help you through this process.
Considering these containers have been used, they would naturally be sold at a cheaper price already. The cost of refurbishing a used container could be as little as $575 (plus the cost of the container). It would also depend on the size of the container and whether you chose a lighter pigmented paint color. Typically white or tan would require a base primer and would be a bit more expensive. However, if you chose a darker paint color (gray, green, blue, etc.) the container would not need a base primer. Even after the refurbishment, the cost would still be cheaper than a new container altogether. This is what makes the method of Refurbishing Containers a more affordable one.
“RRR” – Reducing, Reusing and Recycling
Refurbished Containers are obviously reused containers. The refurbishment process essentially recycles a shipping container. Repurposing a used container increases the life of the storage container, saving the need to produce a new container.
Still Guaranteed to Last
Our containers are built to last through the toughest conditions, including heavy seas and extreme weather. Though these used containers may have already been through it all, it doesn’t mean they can’t go through it again and again. Our Refurbished Containers are still durable enough to withstand these harsh settings.
May 23rd, 2013
About Containers, Cold Storage
PRS offers three 20’ options for additional on-site cold storage. All of our cold storage units are electric and can be utilized as additional on-site freezers or coolers. They are environmentally friendly and more cost effective than their diesel powered counterparts.
20’ Walk-In Cooler
Our 20’ walk-ins are a great cold storage option for food distributors, restaurateurs or just about anyone that needs additional cold storage on-site. The walk-ins are portable and delivered directly to your location on a tilt bed trailer. They sit on the ground and will fit into a standard parking space. They are capable of maintaining temperatures between 0˚F and 40˚F. Our walk-ins are NSF approved for food storage, allowing for the proper cold storage environment for most perishable food items. They come standard with a lockable 4’+ walk-in door, interior light, diamond tread plate floor and digital temperature display. They require a 220V single phase power source and are equipped with a 50 ft power cord.
20’ Refrigerated Container
Our 20’ refrigerated containers also sit directly on the ground and will fit into a standard parking space. The 20’ refrigerated containers are able to maintain a much wider temperature range than the 20’ walk-ins. They are capable of going below 0˚F and up to 75˚F. Because of their temperature versatility, the refrigerated containers allow for a much broader range of temperature controlled storage. They are equipped with lockable double doors on one end. The door opening is 7’6”W (90”). The larger door opening gives you the option to store palletized products. They have a cargo capacity capable of handling up to 8 standard pallets (single stacked, side by side). The t-rail floor system is able to withstand pallet jack and fork lift traffic. They require 230V or 460V 3-phase power and are equipped with a 50 ft power cord.
20’ Refrigerated Trailer
The 20’ refrigerated trailers are basically a 20’ refrigerated container (but on wheels). The trailers can be backed up directly to your loading dock. The refrigerated trailers are an excellent option for customers that require loading/unloading of palletized products with a fork lift or pallet jack. Since the trailers are at dock level, the pallets can be driven straight from the warehouse floor into the trailer. The cargo capacity of our 20’ refrigerated trailers is the same as our 20’ refrigerated containers. They also have the same electrical requirements.
20’ cold storage units are perfect for any small business in need of additional cold storage on-site. They are also a great option for cold storage if you have space restrictions as well. Our cold storage units give you the flexibility to store your temperature sensitive items at ground level or on wheels at your loading dock. Whether your cold storage requirement is short term or long term, PRS has service areas across the Southeast to help you “Keep Your Stuff Cold”!
December 28th, 2012
Generally speaking, the 20’ shipping container is manufactured to carry cargo overseas and through intermodal transport. Once its shipping life has run its course, 20’ storage containers have a multitude of diverse uses for re-purposing that can be advantageous in ways most people wouldn’t even think about.
20′ Portable Storage: The primary intended use for 20’ Shipping Containers is for portable on-site storage. 20’ Storage Containers are watertight and extremely secure giving end users peace of mind when storing their goods. This can range from residential personal on-site storage to on-base military storage and countless uses in between.
20′ Construction Site Offices: Construction companies have used 20’ storage containers for jobsite offices all over the world for many years. The security and ability to pick up the office container and transport with ease is something that is very appealing to the construction industry.
20′ Training Facilities: Due to the strength of 20’ Storage Containers, Fire Departments and all branches of the military use these ISO units for training in their specific lines of work.
20′ Building units: Some might not consider it a common use, but as the trend of creative uses for shipping Containers continues, many more people are looking at these units as building blocks or architectural components in structures.
The primary advantage of the 20’ Storage Container is its strength. The dimensions of the container are 20 ft long, 8 ft wide and 8 ft 6 in tall. They are what have long been known as the strongest modular structure in the world. It’s this very fact that gives the end user multiple ways to reuse Steel Cargo Containers.
Container Technology has other sizes available as well from 10ft custom containers to 53ft storage containers. For more information give us a call at 877-670-0229 or fill out an online quote request form
February 27th, 2012
Insulating a Shipping Container
It is becoming more and more popular as a form of modified storage containers to insulate the interior of a shipping container or storage container. There are several different ways to go about doing so. The more commonly used materials for containerized applications are fiberglass, rigid polystyrene foam panels and closed cell spray foam. There are also some coatings on the market that offer insulating qualities as well. However, for the purposes of this article, we are going to discuss the three options mentioned.
Fiberglass Insulation –The fiberglass insulation we use is a standard thickness of 3 ½” and will provide an insulating value of R-13. The sections are cut and fitted inside of a wood framed interior. We don’t make any penetrations to the exterior of the container when constructing the wood frame. The fewer penetrations you make to the exterior of the container the better. The 2” x 4” wood studs are mounted 16” on-center.
The walls of a storage container are corrugated. There will be gaps between the insulation and the outside corrugation. Depending on where the storage container is going, you may consider putting a moisture barrier between the container wall and the insulation.
Rigid Polystyrene Foam Panels – The foam panels are available in varying thickness as well as the size of the panels. The panels also come in varying densities (depending on just how rigid a panel you require). Your application will dictate the type of panel you utilize. The foam panels will provide an approximate insulating value of R-5 per inch. The major benefit of using foam panels over fiberglass is the interior space you can save. When installing foam panels, they can either be glued directly to the corrugated walls of the shipping container or screwed into flat bar mounted to the container walls. You don’t need to wood frame the interior of the container as with fiberglass insulation. Thus saving several inches on the sidewalls and ceiling. **We recommend the flat bar method as opposed to gluing the panels to the container walls. Because the storage container walls are corrugated, the panels do not come in constant contact with the walls. For every section of the panel that spans an outside corrugation, it is not adhered to the container wall.
Closed Cell Spray Foam – In our opinion, closed cell spray foam is the most efficient insulation. It will offer the highest insulation value (approximately R-6 per inch). The spray foam completely covers the surface of the corrugated shipping container walls. There are no gaps between the insulation and the container’s wall (as there are with fiberglass or polystyrene panels). There is much less risk of condensation or moisture developing with closed cell spray foam. There is no need to frame out the interior as the spray foam adheres directly to the sidewalls and ceiling of the storage container. It can be sprayed as thick as necessary to achieve whatever insulating value you require. The one con to this type of insulation is the cost. It can be the most cost prohibitive of the three methods. This is primarily due to what is required (labor and materials) to install a wall covering over the spray foamed walls (should it be necessary).
Any of these methods are a very effective way to insulate the interior of your shipping container or storage container. Contact us today to discuss your options and figure out which method is right for you. For more modified storage container ideas visit the storage container modification section of our website.
**We recommend that a wall covering (Hardie Paneling, plywood or plywood with an FRP overlay) is installed over the insulation to finish out the interior.
Written By: Ray Gregorio, Container Technology Inc.
December 9th, 2011
Containers are a standardized reusable “steel box” used for the safe, efficient and secure storage and movement of materials and products within a global containerized intermodal freight transport system. “Intermodal” implies that the container can be moved from one mode of transport to another without unloading and reloading the contents of the container.
The standardized steel shipping container has its origins in the 1950’s when commercial shipping operators and the US military started developing such units. ISO Standards for containers were published between 1968 and 1970.
A typical 20ft shipping container or 20’ storage container is 8’W x 8’6”H. They are constructed of corrugated steel panels (usually COR-TEN steel). COR-TEN steel is made up of a group of steel alloys. It was developed to eliminate the need for painting, and form a stable rust-like appearance if exposed to the weather for several years. They have lockable double cargo doors on one end as well as 1-1/8” thick marine plywood flooring. Get a free Quote.
There are variations of 20ft shipping containers or 20’ storage containers as well. Some are equipped with double cargo doors at both ends. Some are taller than the standard 8’6”H. They are referred to as “high cube” containers. The “high cube” containers are 9’6”H. They are not as readily available as the standard height containers. There are also 20’ containers that are referred to as “open top” containers and “open side” containers. The “open top” containers literally have no roof. The usually have a tarp that covers the opening that can be secured to the top of the container. The “open side” containers have doors on one or both sidewalls. They are not very common.
The 20ft shipping containers or 20’ storage containers usually remain in shipping service (internationally) for about 7-10 years. When they come out of shipping service, they are utilized for a multitude of applications in the aftermarket. The most common use is general storage. They are very often seen at construction job sites, retail businesses and residences. They are easily maneuverable and can fit in a standard parking space. Some of the more creative uses include repurposing the containers for commercial use, office space, hunting camps, storm shelters and housing to name a few.
Containers are usually available in most port areas as well as many inland areas throughout the country. Containers come in many sizes. However, the 20’ container is one of the more versatile sizes available.
Feel free to contact us for a free quote.
November 4th, 2011
Exploring your options for additional storage? One option is to rent space at a mini storage warehouse. Another more convenient option is to purchase a storage container or shipping container. Buying a storage container or shipping container for additional storage is not for everyone. However, there are many advantages to owning “on-site” storage as opposed to renting space in a mini storage warehouse.
Storage containers and shipping containers are a very secure means of storage. They are constructed of 14 gauge corrugated steel and have lockable double doors at one end of the container. For additional security a “lockbox” can be installed on the entry doors that will cover and protect your lock. While a mini storage warehouse may have
fencing around the entire property, there are many other renters with access to the property as well. Most mini storage warehouses utilize a roll up door as the entry point. A very similar roll up door can be installed in a storage container or shipping container. However, the lockable double doors that come standard on a storage container or shipping container offer a more secure access point than a standard mini storage roll up door.
Aside from security, another major advantage to utilizing a storage container or shipping container is convenience. One of the downsides to off-site mini storage is the limited hours in which you are able to access your storage unit. By owning an “on-site” storage container or shipping container, you have access to your valuables at your
Storage containers and shipping containers are available in various sizes depending on your individual storage needs. The two most common sizes are 20′ shipping containers and 40ft shipping containers. Both are 8ft wide x 8ft 6in tall. Depending on how long you plan to store your items, purchasing a storage container or shipping container can be more cost effective than renting mini storage space.
Buying a storage container or shipping container is a smart investment with a long return. However, if you decide that you no longer need your container, companies who specialize in the sale of storage containers and shipping containers (like Container Technology, Inc.) are always interested in buying them back. If you’re looking for additional long term storage, a storage container or shipping container is a great option. They are safe, secure, convenient and are comparable in price (if not more cost effective) to all other forms of storage.
August 31st, 2011
An international shipping container looks like and is constructed very similarly to a domestic shipping container. They are made of corrugated steel panels, have lockable double doors and hardwood
flooring on the interior. Domestic shipping containers are not typically utilized for international shipping because of their size. The vessels used to transport containers overseas are constructed to handle twenty-foot equivalent units or TEUs. A 20ft international shipping container is one (1) TEU and a 40ft international shipping container is (2) TEU. The majority of international shipping containers are 20ft and 40ft in length. The idea is to get as many containers as possible on a vessel when transporting
Domestic shipping containers are usually 48ft and 53ft long. In addition to the length domestic shipping containers are also wider than international shipping containers. Domestic containers are 8ft 6in wide, whereas all of the 20ft and 40ft international shipping containers are 8ft wide.
The container ships are able to handle far more 20ft and 40ft international containers than the 48ft
and 53ft domestic containers. In turn this allows for more cargo to be transported overseas. You will
primarily see the 48ft and 53ft domestic containers utilized for over the road or rail purposes.
Often times, cargo coming into the U.S. is trans-loaded from 20ft and 40ft international containers to 48ft or 53ft domestic containers in order to be railed to inland locations. The reverse also occurs when export cargo is trans-loaded from domestic containers to international containers for loading on a shipping vessel.
Whether a container is used for international shipping or for domestic purposes, many of them are
utilized in the aftermarket. They are mainly used for on-site storage. However, containers are also
being converted into mobile offices, storm shelters, mini storage units, residences and much more.
July 20th, 2011
Shipping container, storage container, cargo container, conex box, intermodal container, pod…all of these terms refer to one of the most versatile products out there. Have you ever thought of utilizing a shipping container for something other than storage purposes? While they provide an inexpensive solution for on-site storage, they can also be used for various other applications.
A shipping container’s life begins in the manufacturing plant, typically in China. Most shipping containers are then utilized for international shipping service. However some of them come to the states as “one-trippers”. A “one-trip” container is not utilized for international shipping service. It is loaded and shipped to the states one time (hence the name “one-tripper”). Once a shipping container lives out its life in shipping service (typically 7-12 years) or comes over as a “one-tripper”, it is then sold to wholesalers, distributors, and end users.
What happens to a shipping container after it comes out of service? That’s where we come in. As a wholesaler/distributor we sell the containers to the end user. We sell them to be utilized for on-site storage purposes. We also sell them to other businesses in the storage industry who utilize them for resale or rental purposes.
In many cases, shipping containers are used for a wide variety of applications other than storage. This is what makes a shipping container so versatile. We receive inquiries on a daily basis from customers that want to convert containers into field offices, mobile workshops, mini storage, retail space, bunk houses for hunting camps, storm shelters, specialized equipment modules, research labs and even residences.
Shipping containers are one of the most rigidly built structures in the world. They are constructed of 1.6MM corrugated steel panels throughout as well as solid marine plywood floors. Shipping containers offer the perfect medium and can be modified into a variety of configurations.
The bottom line is, while shipping containers are great for storage…they are also versatile! With a little creativity and the experienced people (that’s us) to make your vision become a reality, the possibilities are endless.
July 20th, 2011
SHOP AROUND – Pricing for used shipping containers will vary depending on who you are buying it from as well as the condition of the shipping container. The age of a used storage container doesn’t necessarily play a large part in how it’s priced. Generally containers stay in shipping service anywhere from 7 – 12 years. Depending on what type of shipping service the containers were utilized in will ultimately determine their condition (physical appearance). While age may play a small role in how a storage container is priced, physical appearance and structure are the main factors.
When I say “who”, I’m referring to individual sellers versus retailers. An individual seller is someone looking to re-sell a storage container they purchased, either from another individual or retailer. A retailer is someone with direct access to the containers when they come out of shipping service. We are a retailer of storage containers. We are also a wholesaler of storage containers. We sell to retailers who in turn sell to their customers.
While buying from an individual has some advantages, you may be better served buying from an expert (the retailer). As a retailer, we are able to offer you shipping containers in varying conditions and price points. You can also be assured of purchasing a container that is in “wind & watertight” condition when going with a retailer. A retailer should be able to offer you a guarantee that the storage container is “wind & watertight”.
INSPECT THE CONTAINER – It is always in your best interest to inspect the shipping container (if possible) prior to making the purchase. I don’t know about you, but I always like to look at what I’m buying before I buy it. If nothing else, it will give you piece of mind that the sales person you spoke with represented their product well.
There are several things you can look for when inspecting the container. In our opinion, the most important things are – general exterior surface rust, especially at the door bottoms – condition of the door gasket around the door area – condition of the wood floor on the interior – penetrations or pin holes in the steel panels.
Unless a used shipping container has been repainted, it will almost always have surface rust. Surface rust is very common as the shipping containers have been exposed to salt air while in shipping service. Most used containers will have patches of surface rust here and there. Try to stay away from containers with most of the exterior covered in rust. If you decide to go with a container like this, it should be priced lower than a shipping container without as much rust. Be sure to inspect the door bottoms of the shipping container as well. You should always look for a container with minimal rust at and around the door bottom area of the container.
The door gasket is an important feature to take notice of as well. The door gasket provides the watertight seal around the doors when they are closed. You want to avoid a storage container that has rotted door gaskets or areas around the doors where the gasket is missing completely.
Another area you want to inspect is the interior. The areas to focus on are the floor, sidewalls and roof. When inspecting the floor, be sure it’s solid and there are no soft spots or apparent holes. The floor is typically comprised of 1-1/8” marine plywood. Forklifts are used to load and unload shipping containers while they are in service. It’s fairly common for the floor to have shallow gouges where forklift blades have rubbed along the floor. It’s fairly easy to see if the floor is damaged. Just use common sense when it comes to inspecting the floor.
It’s also very important to inspect the interior sidewalls and roof of the storage container. You definitely want to avoid purchasing a container with penetrations or pinholes in the steel panels. If the holes are small, they can be very difficult to see when the container doors are open. An easy way to identify small penetrations or pinholes is to stand inside the container with the doors closed. Hopefully you are not claustrophobic. It is completely dark inside the container while the doors are closed. You will easily see any light penetrating from the outside.
Hopefully this information will be useful to you while searching for the perfect shipping container. Please remember that you are looking at used equipment. Most used shipping containers will have surface rust, dents & dings and scratches & scrapes. Use your best judgment while inspecting the container and I’m sure you’ll find the one that’s perfect for you.
July 20th, 2011
Portable refrigerated storage containers/trailers and static storage/warehouse space are two viable solutions for temporary or long term cold storage. One of the key decisions to make when considering your cold storage options, are whether you should utilize a portable refrigeration storage container/trailer or choose a static option.
The Benefits of Portable Cold Storage Units
Portable cold storage units can be delivered and moved anywhere that your business requires. This could be beneficial when you have too much inventory, have a special promotion or decide to move premises. Static refrigeration units/warehouses would make things significantly more difficult and costly. Your product is handled less; reducing the risk of spoilage or damage as well.
Portable refrigerated storage is efficient and convenient. Long term rental contracts are not a requirement. You return the unit when you are done. Portable units can be leased for as long necessary, as opposed to buying a static unit outright.
Avoid the hassle of loading items into your vehicle, driving them to an off-site cold storage facility and then unloading your product again. Portable refrigerated storage containers/trailers are brought directly to your site.
There are definite benefits to choosing portable refrigeration over static cold storage. A portable refrigerated container/trailer simply makes more sense. For more information regarding refrigerated containers please visit Portable Refrigerated Storage. PRS is the refrigerated division of Container Technology Inc.
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