Steel shipping containers at the end of their useful lives on the open ocean are laid to rest in ports, smart business owners are turning them into extra storage space. Most containers end up in the United States with our trade surplus, and as a result we are best positioned to utilize these hulking relics of international trade as extra warehouse space or a residential add-on. Converting steel shipping containers for new storage space isn't anything new, but now there are so many options for upgrading and shipping these steel containers that it is more convenient than ever.
Safety of your goods during storage should be the number one priority especially on a construction site where equipment costs many thousands of dollars. Thieves know breaking into steel shipping containers is difficult, but if they are determined enough it is possible to break in. Be sure to keep storage containers in well lit and preferably fenced in areas. Robbers will need plenty of time (and make plenty of noise) if they are going to get into a steel container, so storing in populated areas is usually ver safe. Wind, weather and fire are typically not an issue with ISO shipping containers as they are built to withstand very harsh environments, and their steel walls are as sturdy as they come. Just make sure your steel shipping container has adequate ventilation, especially if you are storing items that will decay or produce vapors in warm temperatures.
Each metro area generally has 4 or 5 companies who rent steel shipping containers on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Longer term rentals will get you better deals, as will renting multiple containers. Extra insurance and delivery charges will vary from carrier to carrier, so be sure to compare rates on steel shipping containers accordingly. Note: the cheapest is not always the best, a provider who will delivery your shipping container on time can save tons of money if your construction site depends on them.