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If you search the internet, there are numerous places that sell containers. You can even go on eBay and bid on a container. Other businesses have one page websites that have generic photos of containers to purchase.  There are many issues that pop up when purchasing from these types of businesses. They will not send you a photo of the actual container that you are purchasing, just a representation. Many times this will cause quite an issue when the container you receive looks nothing like the container you thought you were receiving. And if this happens, there is probably no way that a customer would get a refund or any time of explanation. If you purchase shipping containers from a reputable company like AZ CONTAINERS in Phoenix, you can go to their location and see the containers in person. This includes opening and inspecting the container, and ultimately choosing the exact container you want to purchase.

Sometimes you will see in a classified advertisement, someone selling a container. This might sound like a great idea but then you will have to think about delivery options. If you have a flatbed trailer, you might have to rent a fork lift or crane to load and unload the container. This can be very costly. Contacting a trucking company that has a tilt bed trailer, which can self-load and unload, can also be costly. When you purchase shipping containers from a reputable company, delivery is an option. AZ CONTAINERS will have their own fleet of trucks that are designed for delivering containers with drivers that know exactly how to load and unload a container. Also, they should be able to deliver sooner and more efficiently than putting delivery together yourself.

Buying a container from a classified ad might sound like a great deal because the price is too good to be true. However, the seller is more than likely only going to accept cash. This can be tough for some people. To purchase shipping container from a reputable company like AZ CONTAINERS can me more payment options. These companies might accept cash, checks, money orders, and credit cards. Using a check or credit card adds security and ease for both the buyer and the seller.

When you purchase shipping containers from a reputable company like AZ CONTAINERS, you can expect knowledgeable staff. Experienced staff can help you find exactly the container that you need for your application in your budget. Additionally, reputable companies can give you tips and advice on how to maintain your container for many years. If you purchase from an untrustworthy source, they probably do not have the expertise to answer all your questions about the containers.

With so many avenues to purchase a shipping container, it is always best to buy from a reputable company. The benefits from purchasing shipping containers from a reputable company include containers to see in person, delivery options, varied payment options, and knowledgeable staff. You know that when you buy from a reputable company like AZ CONTAINERS, your container is exactly what you need for your project or commercial or residential need.

Contact AZ Containers at 877-292-6937 to see how the most basic steel box to a customized, climate controlled storage or workspace with windows, they’ll have your solution on it’s way to you fast.

One of the greatest advantages to using a shipping container as a storage shed is cost per square foot.  It is much cheaper. 

The greatest advantage to using shipping containers as storage sheds is that they are better constructed.  They are constructed of 14 gauge Corten steel. Corten steel is a steel alloy that when left unpainted will weather to a stable patina for several years.  

 

Containers, however are painted with a high quality industrial paint that will protect the Corten steel. The entire underside of a container is sprayed from the factory with undercoating similar to automobile undercoating.  This greatly increases a container’s ability to resist rot from the bottom.  As for sheds, unless you’re purchasing a costly vinyl shed, you will have to ensure that there is a fresh coat of paint  on your wooden shed every few years otherwise the wood may split, crack, or worse yet, rot. By comparison a new container, if left untouched, could easily sit for 10 to 15 years before needing any maintenance.

Containers are strong and built to last.  So strong that they are built to withstand the weight of six fully loaded containers stacked on top of them with 62,000 lbs in each!  That’s the equivalent of 372,000 lbs.  Their floors are made of one inch thick treated marine grade plywood with “C” channel cross members. They will hold much more weight than the average person will ever store in them. It’s satisfying to know that you can safely store lawn mowers, quads, wood splitters, tractors, mini excavators, and other heavy equipment safely in a container.

Sheds are extremely difficult to keep mice out of.  It’s been proven that mice can sneak into a hole as small as ¼” in diameter.  Mice seek out sheds to make nests in to survive winter often settling in the engine compartment of a lawn tractor.  Additionally they have a habit of nibbling on electrical wires of power equipment.  This could result in expensive repair bills as well as down time due to equipment being in the repair shop.  Containers are mouse proof. The doors of a container are double gasketed forming an extremely tight weather, insect, and mouse proof seal.  

Containers have on average, more interior height than a shed of similar size.  Often an 8’ x 20’ shed will have a wall height of around 6’ 3” where a container will have a minimum interior wall height of 7’ 9” which will allow you to store equipment overhead.  A “high cube” container gives you an additional foot of interior height giving you 8’ 9” of head room.  This makes high cube containers perfect for storing small to medium sized tractors that have roll bars attached. In addition to interior height the doors of a container are much larger than the doors of a shed.  The door opening of a standard height 20’ container opens up to 7’ 8” wide by 7’ 5” high. This allows you to store much larger items such as cars, small trucks, UTV’s, ATV’s, and tractors.

Regarding site preparation, containers need very little.  So long as the ground is fairly level, you can place the container down right on bare dirt, asphalt, concrete, or crushed stone. If placing your container on bare dirt or in the woods, it is recommended that you place a pressure treated 6’ x 6’ x 8’ timber across the front and back of the container.   This prevents the container from making contact with the ground thereby extending its life and alleviating some maintenance down the road.  These can easily be purchased at any lumberyard or home improvement store. Another alternative is to create a bed of crushed stone for the container to sit on which would allow the water under it to drain. This allows the container to sit at ground level thereby creating less of a step up into it.

The delivery of a storage container is simple when compared to that of a shed as it does not require specialized equipment such as an articulating trailer.  Any flat bed wrecker capable of moving cars can easily move a container.  Setting up a container generally takes less than 10 minutes and is a one person job.  Setting up a traditional wooden shed is a much more involved process often requiring more than one person which potentially will cost more money.  If you’re having your shed built on site, it could take days for the builder to complete the project.  What’s more, when you move someday, you can easily take your container with you as it’s just as easy to load and transport as it is to offload and set up.

Perhaps the greatest advantage to storage containers is that they are much more secure than sheds.  The 14 gauge steel they are constructed of will keep out even the most tenacious of thieves.  In short, power tools are necessary to break into a container whereby a crowbar and hammer will get you into most any shed within a matter of seconds.  If people see you rolling your $25,000 Harley Davidson into a shed it will be an easy target for thieves.  Not so for containers…

If you need a dry, secure, rodent, and insect proof shed in a hurry and at an affordable price...a storage container is the perfect solution.  

Contact AZ Containers at 877-292-6937 to see how the most basic steel box to a customized, climate controlled storage or workspace with windows, they’ll have your solution on it’s way to you fast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time was that trading in storage containers was straight forward.  Like many, we came into the business from the freight industry, knowing our way around containers and where we could buy the from when the shipping lines were finished with them.  It was all nice and straight forward.  Shipping lines bought lots of containers every year to use for cargo and they depreciated them every year until they had a low book value then when they arrived somewhere where there was a demand - they sold them.  There was a small market for secure site storage.  Then of course, people started making things with them, like anti-vandal cabins and later on self-storage using shipping containers came along.  In the meantime, the quality of containers increased dramatically and the storage and site services users demanded higher quality and there were some manufacturers that were only too happy to oblige and manufactured containers. The upshot is that there is a real mix of containers in the storage and site services market and those in the container resale business have to keep a sharp eye on how things are changing.

We now buy containers from shipping lines and manufacturers as well as buying them back from customers and also buying from auction sites. Types of containers have changed and expanded too.  As well as the 20ft, we can get up to the 48ft., reefers, half-heights, open tops, refrigerated, flatracks and others.

If your interested in a container for a project like this or something similar, contact AZ Containers at 877-292-6937 to see how the most basic steel box to a customized, climate controlled storage or workspace with windows, they’ll have your solution on it’s way to you fast.

 

We aim to provide our customers with a personal, fast and efficient service, which will offer a hassle free solution to any storage problem. More importantly, there are no hidden costs when purchasing  or leasing storage containers from us.

 

 

Prague-based firm has managed to combine two of our favorite things: shipping containers and wanderlust. The ContainHotel is a small boutique hotel made out of three repurposed shipping containers that can be easily disassembled and transported to different locations.

The eco-hotel is made out of three large shipping containers, but has a total of five rooms that can accommodate up to 13 guests at a time. A horizontal row of four rooms was built into a 40-foot high cube container, which is supported by two perpendicular 20-foot containers on the bottom level. The ground level containers house the sanitary facilities, a technical room, a storeroom on one end and a four-bed guest room on the other.

Although compact, the rooms are open and airy, with minimal, but elegant features on the interior. Large windows provide tons of natural light for all of the rooms. The interiors are clad in birch plywood, which was also used for the custom-made furniture. All of the rooms open up to an elongated shared balcony that provides great views of the surrounding nature.

Currently located in in Treboutice, Czech Republic, the hotel was designed to be a self-sufficient, eco-friendly hotel that can be easily demounted and transported to multiple locations. The structure was built on railroad sleepers to leave minimal footprint no matter where it is assembled. The building is connected to a local electric power source and has an integrated water reservoir that supplies the showers and sinks, all installed with water saving taps. To save on heating and cooling, the hotel awnings, which were made of reclaimed wood planks from a local sawmill, insulate the roof and provide shade in the summer months.
 

If your interested in a container for a project like this or something similar, contact AZ Containers at 877-292-6937 to see how the most basic steel box to a customized, climate controlled storage or workspace with windows, they’ll have your solution on it’s way to you fast.

 

 

This modular design concept can work well in places where mobility, efficiency and low-cost are key requirements. Container structures can be moved from site to site, and their compact design saves space and keeps things simple and tidy.

If your interested in a container for a project like this or something similar, contact AZ Containers at 877-292-6937 to see how the most basic steel box to a customized, climate controlled storage or workspace with windows, they’ll have your solution on it’s way to you fast.

We will provide our customers with a personal, fast and efficient service, which will offer a hassle free solution to any storage problem. More importantly, there are no hidden costs when purchasing  or leasing storage containers from us.

 

The Detroit Free Press says FIRST CONTAINER is raising money to build first a storage container community center, then a boutique hotel, at Eastern Market downtown. The project is called the Collision Works Story Box. Project leader, a former New York ad executive who moved to Detroit in 2011, says the prototype community center project will place two empty shipping containers near Shed 5 at Russell Street.

Eastern Market was chosen for several reasons. It's been around since 1891 and is the longest continually running farmers market in the U.S., with one of the largest permanent open-air market structures. People from all walks of life go to Eastern Market. It's a gathering place for artists, activists, and thinkers. Coordinators want to connect fresh food, local agriculture, art, and community. They're hoping to have the prototype community center ready by May 19, Eastern Market's Flower Day.

For further information regarding our storage containers for rental or sales, contact AZ Containers at 877-292-6937 to see how the most basic steel box to a customized, climate controlled storage or workspace with windows, they’ll have your solution on it’s way to you fast.

 

Few homebuyers would notice an old shipping container for sale and think: “That’s it! That’s our new home.”

Since 2011, Seattle Architect has been working to transform used shipping containers into modern works of “cargotecture.” He has completed the first 20-by-8-foot home and is building two others.

Modern stainless-steel appliances, hardwood floors, a tiled bathroom with a shower and a queen bed don’t crowd the 160-square-foot “Cargo Cottage” studio.

At 8 feet wide, outstretched hands can almost touch each side.

The starting price ranges from $35,000 for the cottage and up to $72,000 for the two-bedroom “Cargo Haus,” a double 40-foot container with 640 square feet.

He says the idea came to him while working as an architect for International Coffee House.

Gazing out the conference-room window during a meeting, he noticed the nearby shipping yard in South Seattle was full of bright-red containers 

“I started fantasizing about what I would need to make the space livable so I could sneak into a container and be transported back home.  I thought, let’s see, I’ll need a bed and bathroom and what else?”

Years later, after leaving his corporate job, selling all his possessions that didn’t float and spending two years sailing on his 26-foot boat, he had an epiphany.

The water was sparkling with bioluminescence, the stars were out and dolphins were swimming alongside his boat. He says that’s when he knew he wanted to propose going into the cargo-home business with his partner.

The first two cargo homes are being built at the on Whidbey Island. And, like a boat, they can easily be picked up by a boom crane and transported using a flatbed truck to a different location if needed.

 

“It’s the ultimate in reuse,” says one of the owners who purchased a Cargo Cottage with her husband. “I love the idea of taking a perfectly good steel structure and making it into something great instead of discarding it into a waste yard.”

The plan is to put the cottage on a piece of land on Whidbey Island that overlooks Admiralty Inlet, live in it for a while and then turn it into a guesthouse.

The energy-efficient, environmentally friendly aspect appeals to her. The homes are made of 80 percent recycled or re-purposed materials.

She also feels confident knowing that the architect has a system to track each container by identification number, like a VIN number on a car, to see what the container carried and to be sure nothing toxic has ever been transported.

It also doesn’t hurt that the containers have style.

“We stopped by to look at the model home for fun, but then we were absolutely surprised and amazed” The couple liked the round windows that broke up the boxy feeling.

“The more we looked at it, the more we realized it’s like a boat,” she says. “Everything, every square inch of space, has to be used and everything has to have a purpose in such a small area to make it work.”

He keeps dreaming of even bigger projects. He said he is in talks with interested buyers to construct containers to serve as everything from movable office space to hygiene centers for the homeless.

ShelterKraft has also sold a walk-in storage container unit and a classroom made out of a cargo container.

The architect also plans to build a couple of cargo containers within the next year for himself.

Maybe a double 20-foot elevated living and music cottage for Corning and a 20-foot “floating cargo cottage” for himself that he can moor on the water — just like a boat.

For further information regarding our storage containers for rental or sales, contact AZ Containers at 877-292-6937 to see how the most basic steel box to a customized, climate controlled storage or workspace with windows, they’ll have your solution on it’s way to you fast.

 

Intermodal containers can be the target of break-ins and burglary when left unattended since they often contain valuable equipment and inventory. In these cases, a security system consisting of a motion detector and panel can trigger a siren, strobe, or light to deter intruders. Many panels offer wireless communication so that security guards can be alerted if an alarm is triggered.

Traditional motion detectors can be problematic because they are obstructed by the constantly moving equipment inside the container. Many break-ins occur by criminals cutting through a wall of the container, so the obstructed sensor becomes useless. Tomographic motion detector work well in intermodal containers because they do not require a line of sight to detect motion. The entire container is covered by a sensing mesh that is not blocked by equipment or inventory. Tomographic motion detection is not prone to misdetection due to dirt buildup as is the case for beams and infrared sensors.

For further information regarding our storage containers for rental or sales, contact AZ Containers at 877-292-6937 to see how the most basic steel box to a customized, climate controlled storage or workspace with windows, they’ll have your solution on it’s way to you fast.