What are the Strengths and Weaknesses of Outdoor Shipping Containers?

  • Posted by Michael Bader
  • November 7, 2017 11:17:56 PM PST
Protection of Mother Earth is a global concern at this time by most countries around the world and because of that, people are more into recycling.

Many companies are coming up with environmentally friendly techniques that are effective and affordable. One major change in the industry that has helped many businesses as well as ordinary people, is the use of shipping containers, not just as ordinary means of transportation at sea, but as innovative container homes, portable offices, and storage containers. Since everything has its own strength, in the same way, it also has weaknesses. This is also the same with outdoor shipping containers.


Here are some of the strengths of an outdoor shipping container that you can consider and take advantage of.



Outdoor shipping containers are eco-friendly because they are not merely used nowadays in transporting commodities via sea voyages around the world and left in ports to be melted down after. Instead, they are being re-purposed into different structures such as container homes, portable buildings, and outdoor storage containers.


Structural Strength

Built from Corten steel, shipping containers are virtually indestructible. They are designed to be durable, resilient, modular, and corrosive resistant. They are able to endure harsh weather conditions and are not easily destroyed, even by natural disasters.

Simple/Fast Construction

Building a conventional house would generally take more than a month or even a year to construct, with expensive building materials such as bricks wood, and cement, while a container home or a portable office would only take around 2 to 3 weeks to construct.


Affordable and Easily Available

Compared to traditional housing materials, a shipping container is more affordable to acquire and is easily available in ports here and abroad.


Although outdoor shipping containers are advantageous to many, there are also some downsides or weaknesses in them and here are some to consider:


Need for Proper Insulation

Steel containers absorb heat and cold very well, so if the weather is hot, so is your container, and if cold outside, so is the inside. Controlling the temperature inside your container is difficult if it is not properly insulated. However, installation of insulators can reduce your interior space and can lead to using non-eco-friendly solutions such as power consuming ACs.


Unsafe for Human Habitation

Shipping containers are actually not meant for human habitation as they were made from elements such as phosphorus, chromate with lead based paints on walls and chromium and arsenic on wooden floors to prevent pest infestation. You need to discuss these health hazards with your contractor before constructing your container home or office.


Hard to Find Contractors with Experience

Although you will find many containers out there, building your container house or portable office can still be hard to construct, as there are limited contractors with experience. However, since containerization is getting more popular by the day, people are likewise getting more interested in learning how to build them. So the time will come when there will be more experienced contractors who can assist people who opt for container structures.


All in all, the strengths of shipping container buildings are most impressive. The weaknesses can be worked with to ensure the resulting structures are safe and comfortable for those persons who choose this innovative way to solve living, business, or storage needs.