Learn All About Storage-Containers

Posted on 2016-03-14 in Blog

The Stackable, Movable, Dynamic Storage Container

What is a Storage Container Exactly?

At Storage Solutions, our units are made from shipping containers. Shipping containers are made out of corrugated metal sheets, welded together, and put through several quality assurance tests so each storage container can withstand moisture, extreme weather and salt. A storage container is designed to be stacked several high and put on a high ship to travel the ocean with the various goods that we consume such as clothes, electronics, furniture or cars.

The quality assurance tests for are very rigorous because they are meant to withstand some very tough weather and handling. What are some of the quality assurance tests? Here are some examples:

 

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1.     Water Resistance Test: The purpose of this test is to see the strength in resisting deterioration and breakdown caused by water. Water is sprayed in this test and we’re not talking about taking a garden hose to the container – the water is sprayed at a high pressure point and in large volumes.

 

 

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2.     Impact Test: This test determines the strength itself and its ability to protect its contents from shock. This test is more relevant, since being moved around is not uncommon.

 

 

3.     Vibration Test: This is similar to the impact test and looks at the strength of the storage unit and its ability to withstand heavy loads. It’s like sitting on a very old and badly kept dryer and trying not to fall off.

 

There are many sizes of shipping containers, but the most common globally are 20’ long x 8’ wide x 8’ tall and 40’ long x 8’ wide x 8’ tall.

 

A typical 20' container can hold 1,150 cubic feet, while a 40' “high cube” holds 2,700 cubic feet. Putting this in perspective, a 20' can hold just over 3,500 shoe boxes, and a 40' “high cube” can hold just over 8,400 shoe boxes. That’s a lot of shoes!

 

As we mentioned, a primary use is to transport cargo across the ocean. The cargo ranges from luxury cars to electronics to kids toys. Almost 95% of the world’s cargo is transported in a ship via storage containers. This means that almost all of your belongings were at one point in a storage container before you bought them! However, the uses are growing rapidly as many people have now realized that they are great building blocks for homes and offices, self-storage units or portable storage containers.

They are movable – that’s their primary purpose! When we move one, we use a very large forklift – one specifically intended for this application. At shipping depots you’ll see large cranes that “hug” the top and moves it around a yard this way. These cranes are very expensive but are the fastest way to move containers and they can also carry a loaded container – one that has electronics from overseas. In these shipping yards, you’ll see storage containers stacked up to six high and secured with specialized holds at each corner.

Typical dimensions for an 8’x40’ storage container are:

Exterior

Interior

Door Opening

Length

Width

Height

Length

Width

Height

Width

Height

40’

8’

8’ 6”

39’ 5”

7’ 8”

7’ 9 7/8”

7’ 8”

7’ 5”

 

Typical dimensions for an 8’x20’ storage container are:

Exterior

Interior

Door Opening

Length

Width

Height

Length

Width

Height

Width

Height

20’

8’

8’ 6”

19’ 3”

7’ 8”

7’ 9 7/8”

7’ 8”

7’ 5”

Once a storage container is retired from the shipping industry, it has a lot of purposes. There is a 48,000 square foot “village” in Mexico built out of them, and it’s very nice. A lot of people are also using them as mobile offices or workshops because they are transportable. HGTV has a tv show dedicated to “tiny living” which includes some pretty cool uses.

 

Outdoor Storage Containers at Storage Solutions in Ontario

Why did we choose to offer them for self-storage needs? Simple, they are self-enclosed, which means we do not have the vermin and bug problem that most storage facilities do have. This means that we avoid having a rat infestation (which can be particularly bad if a storage facility is close to a food source, such as a restaurant) or bed bugs, and, since we avoid these issues, we never have to use harmful pesticides or poisons at our self-storage facility. Your belongings stay how you left them and you don’t have to wonder if the children’s toys that you put into your storing unit have some sort of pesticide on them!

 

In addition, since they can withstand such rigorous tests, it’s clear that they are a safe and secure place to store your belongings. Our customers also like that they are movable or portable, which is more convenient for packing purposes.

 

Using storage containers also ensures that the self-storage is drive-up, which is becoming less common in our industry. Our opinion is that most customers want to carry their belongings as little as possible, so having an elevator or a long hallway to contend with is not ideal. By being able to park at the door of your storage container, you can store very heavy or awkward items yourself, which also saves money on movers.

 

It's a really fascinating industry. There are millions in circulation and people are starting to use them for more than a storing solution. We like that they are self-enclosed and made of the strongest metal around – steel. Our customers also love using them – they are a bit more utilitarian compared to a typical rollup door used at other self-storage facilities, but you can’t beat the quality.

 

Our staff at Storage Solutions would be happy to show you our various sized self-storage solutions and answer any questions you might have. Call or email us today and we would be happy to help you!


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