FAQ: Using your Shipping Container for Storage



Curious about shipping container storage?  We've got the answers! Read more to answer your questions.


 How much can I store inside of a Shipping Container?

Our Shipping Containers are rated to hold well over 50,000 lbs. They also have an internal volume of 1,172 cubic feet for a 20' Container and 2,392 cubic feet for a 40' Container.


Are my stored items safe in a Shipping Container?

Shipping Containers are fabricated from 14-gauge corrugated steel, making them extremely durable and able to withstand the elements. All our New and Refurbished Shipping Containers come with a 1- Year Warranty against leaks and rodents. We also offer a line of security features that can be added to your Shipping Container on request to ensure your stored items stay in and the thieves stay out.


Can I add electricity to my Shipping Container?

We can add a basic electric package, which will include lighting and electrical plugs around the body of your container or upgraded package to your Shipping Container if requested. During the ordering process, you and your Sales Specialist can discuss which electric package would work best for your needs and the customization of your unit.


How hot can it get inside a Shipping Container?

Generally, any container made of steel will get very hot during the summer. Temperatures can range up to 120° Fahrenheit. Fortunately, we offer options to help with temperature regulation inside your Shipping Container. Our options include installing solar vents, which can reduce the internal temperature by 10° to 20°, installing AC/Heat units, or spray foam insulation.


Are Shipping Containers rust proof?

Shipping Containers are made from metal; therefore, they are susceptible to rust.


Are Shipping Container floors toxic?

Shipping Container floors are made from either marine-grade plywood or bamboo. They do contain basileus, taileum 400, and radaleum, which act as pesticides. However, the floors have been studied and tested at the Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health, LLC, and they have concluded that these compounds are only harmful to insects, not people.


Do Shipping Containers pose a greater risk of lightning strikes?

Shipping Containers are made from steel, and steel is a conductor. However, compared to a traditional home, they both have the same risk when it comes to lightning strikes. If you are worried about lightning striking your Shipping Container, you should consider a lightning rod. The rod will extend higher than the container and be far more conducive. So, if lighting were to strike in that general area, the electrical current would be attracted to the lighting rod.


Do Storage Containers have any source of ventilation?

Shipping Containers are made with vents on the upper portion of the side walls. If the Shipping Container is placed in a cold or wet environment, these vents can make the unit more susceptible to condensation, leading to rust in the future. So be sure to check the ventilation on the container.


What is the difference between a New and Used Shipping Container?

A New Shipping Container, also known as a 1-Trip, is a Shipping Container that has been manufactured overseas, loaded with goods, and then shipped to the US. Once the Shipping Container has arrived at the destination and the goods are unloaded, the Shipping Container is then sold. New Shipping Containers will be in excellent shape with only one load of cargo previously transported in them. They may have minor signs of previous use.


Used Containers have been used to transport cargo around 8-15 years before being sold. These Used Containers will have faded paint, rust, dents, and dings, but they will have functioning cargo doors, good floors, and no holes upon delivery.


Are Shipping Containers airtight?

No, Shipping Containers are not airtight. Even though Shipping Containers are sealed at all entry points with rubber seals and adhesive, they have special events at the top of the sidewalls to help with air circulation.


Can I bury a Shipping Container to make a storm shelter or bunker?

The walls, roof, and floor of a Shipping Container are not strong enough to withstand the pressure of being buried. The container is only meant to bear weight on the four corners. If you are planning on burying a shipping container, you will need to reinforce the structure inside and out.




Have another question? Contact us for more information.

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✉  info@xcalibercontainer.com

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