Storage Container How Long Can A Shipping Container Last?

Shipping containers have become very popular since the 1950s due to their incredible durability. These steel storage containers have been developed from scratch to protect all kinds of goods from the rough conditions associated with long-distance transportation. However, they do eventually degrade as all other things do. All storage containers can last for a specific amount of time before they ‘re generally considered useless. The lifespan greatly depends on a variety of factors, the place you live can even influence the lifespan quite a bit.

If you are looking to buy a storage container in Charlotte for one specific, set use, you should take into consideration that a storage container is not a forever thing, it does have an impressively long life-span for what it is but will not last forever!

Average Lifetime

You first need to know how long you will be using your new or used storage container in Charlotte. ‘Used Once’ storage containers are a popular option as they have only been used once to ship products. This means they are much cheaper than newer containers and you will not end up with a storage container that has gone through years of hard service on the ocean. The consensus among various suppliers concerning how long storage containers will last is 25 years without any maintenance. This figure will vary based on the climate the shipping container is situated in but a minimum of 25 years is the average natural lifespan of a storage container.

Heavily used containers for sale in NC are usually around 10 years old when out of service so if you’ve recently bought one of them then you should get at least 15 years of use from the storage containers before needing to conduct any maintenance repairs on it. When you’re dealing with a used container, there are other factors to consider such as whether they have any rust or got any dents during the purchase.

Storage containers can have various lifespans just according to different people. Container leasing companies usually depreciate their containers over 10-12 years before taking them out of service. A storage container can still be useful for a private owner with simpler needs even if it has been deemed not seaworthy by shipping conglomerates. When it comes to these situations its more of a just go with that you need type of thing, if you just want to store some tools in it for instance, they can hold up a bit better than frunitute or clothing.

Risk Factors and Avoidance

A container’s lifespan can be greatly shortened by rust, which is worsened greatly by seawater and moisture. Wet climates and seawater can greatly influence how long your container lasts also.

You can greatly extend the lifespan of your storage container using simple, effective measures to make it impervious to natural weather conditions. If you are buying a new or used storage container in Charlotte, ensure you inspect it properly before making any purchases or big decisions. Any dents in the outer shell or cracks in the paint coating can promote the onset of rust, thus significantly reducing the lifespan. That’s not to say that a small dent will cause your container to fall apart in a mere few years, but it’s not to be overlooked!

Minimizing exposure to moisture is the most effective way to extend the shipping container’s lifespan.

Using some form of external cladding for the storage containers can add decades to your shipping container’s lifespan. Termites and rot will not damage an effective cladding and it can stick around for more than 50 years. Another effective approach is to take restorative action as soon as you encounter any issues. Leaving the rust un-treated for any amount of time after you notice it is just asking for problems, you’ll save yourself tome and money in the long run if you just stay up on repairs when needed! Reducing internal condensation and storing your shipping container off of the ground will also reduce moisture contact. You can reduce internal condensation by choosing what you store in the container wisely. If the things inside it are sensitive enough to require it, some kind of de-humidifier is always  an option! If it happens that you don’t need the container long term, we also offer rental storage containers!

For more information on using a shipping container for a garage contact All States Containers at 704-802-7700.