More and more people are looking for portable storage containers as a way to store their items outside of their home. These containers are used for everything and anything now and are actually starting to replace sheds. While commercial storage containers were originally designed to help people who needed a temporary extra structure, they are now becoming permanent fixtures in many homes and businesses.
Where Are Portable Storage Containers Used?
You will find these containers absolutely everywhere and anywhere nowadays. However, most commonly, they are used for:
Home owners who are moving home, using them instead of a removals truck.
Home owners who want extra storage space on their own grounds.
Businesses who need storage space.
Construction sites, where they are converted into offices or other rooms.
Farms, where agricultural produce or even animals can be stored in them.
Manufacturing companies where they are used as a warehouse.
The aviation industry, where they can be transformed into hangars where planes can be repaired and stored.
Types of Portable Containers
What the above list shows is that these containers come in a lot of different shapes and sizes. After all, it is probably not suitable to have something capable of storing an airplane inside someone’s garden! There are a number of standard designs, but a lot of portable storage containers can also be custom designed to size. In fact, they can even be purchased in kits and are reasonably easy to set up.
These containers are inevitably made from metal. Because they are also used outside, and were originally designed for the shipping industry where they would have to withstand some of the harshest environmental elements, they are usually made of a reinforced material. Stainless steel, resist rust, and galvanized steel are the most common materials. Because of these materials, they are also fully fire proof. Perhaps most interesting is that they can be used to contain fires. There have been incidences of small fires being covered with a container to stop them from spreading further. Because of their tremendous strength, survivalists have used them in order to create shelters for impending disasters, including earthquakes, hurricanes, storms, and nuclear war. However, the reality is that these containers will most likely not protect you from a nuclear fallout.
One of the other useful things about these constructions is that they are very efficient in how they use space. They usually don’t require as many beams or posts to support the roof and side panels and structures. Plus, it is now possible to install heating and cooling devices, or other forms of climate control, so they can even be used to store perishable items, or things such as artworks that have to be kept at a steady temperature.
Another benefit is that these containers are very low maintenance and that it is possible to expend their size by simply adding another container to one of its sides and creating a door between the two structures.