Choosing the Right Shipping Container for Your Building Project

By Mark Pike, Owner Linked Equipment

Embarking on a shipping container building project can be an exciting endeavor, but it’s crucial to start on the right foot by selecting the appropriate container for your needs. With various options available, making the right choice can significantly impact your project’s success and budget.

First and foremost, understanding the types of containers available is key. Whether opting for a new container straight from China or considering a used one, each comes with its own set of considerations and implications.

New containers, often termed “one trips,” offer a pristine option straight from the manufacturer. While typically in excellent condition, some may exhibit minor damage due to handling during transport. On the other hand, used containers come in different grades:

  • CW (Cargo Worthy): These containers, usually around twelve years old, are still deemed fit for cargo shipping. Despite potential dings and dents, they present a viable option for many projects.
  • WWT (Wind Water Tight): Once used for cargo but no longer deemed suitable for shipping, WWT containers undergo repairs to ensure they remain watertight. While they may offer savings, quality can vary.
  • ASIS (As Is): Purchasing a container in ASIS condition entails buying it with existing damage, making it the most affordable option. However, it often requires significant refurbishment.

While opting for a used container can save costs, it’s essential to consider potential challenges. Older containers may have aesthetic imperfections that cannot be fully restored, and issues like contaminated floors can pose cleanup challenges.

When it comes to modifying the container, especially regarding flooring, additional considerations arise. Replacing the existing floor with plywood sheets can provide a fresh, even surface, overcoming potential hazards and ensuring structural integrity.

By understanding the nuances of container selection, you can make an informed decision that sets the stage for a successful building project.

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