Shipping Container Construction: Things to Consider
Shipping containers are used the world over for all sorts of purposes. Of course their main function is to be a durable shipping solution for any number of products making their way from country to country. Over the years and in particular as a result of the trade deficit between the Unites States and its trade partners, there has been an influx of unused containers piling up at ports. Those with the fortitude and vision of mind have seen them as a means to an end when looking for repurposed materials to use in projects – especially construction. In this new era of recycling and reuse, there have been incredibly innovative ideas that have incorporated shipping containers and it seems that the trend is here to stay.
May be you’re one of these new breed of thinkers and are thinking of modifying a container for your own projects. Well, read on to find out what you should know before committing to the purchase of containers and what to expect from them as a centerpiece in your next construction project.
Consider your Location
It’s easy to get online, to read, and to get inspired by the many ways in which containers are being utilized in construction. After all, container construction is a grand idea that can be economical and eco-friendly. However, unless you have a stockyard nearby, it may not be as easy to obtain them as you think. Typically, they pile up at ports and are transported from there. Depending on where you live, it may not make sense to pay the transportation costs in addition to the base cost of a container.
So you want to build your own home or business using reclaimed materials? Awesome – more people should! However, just because you decide to use recycled materials doesn’t mean your costs automatically decrease. In fact, sometimes using repurposed materials costs more than traditional construction materials. If you’re on a tight budget, containers may not be the most affordable option for you.
So your location checks out and containers work with your budget? Great, but there’s another parameter to consider – labor costs. Many people choose containers because they are extremely strong and durable; however, it’s that incredible strength that can also make them quite difficult to work with – especially if you don’t have the right equipment. Make sure you hire a crew who has the proper tools and body of experience to get the job done on time and in budget.
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