There are so many reasons that steel cargo containers are being repurposed as strong and durable storage units for residential and commercial use. Able to withstand even the harshest weather conditions, like Hurricane Season, shipping containers are an excellent option for keeping valuables safe year-round in Florida.
Before you take the plunge into purchasing or leasing a shipping container, there are several factors to consider. Keep reading to learn more!
The Container Size
At A American Container, we offer 10-foot, 20-foot and 40-foot long by 8-feet wide shipping containers. As well as 10-foot and 20-foot air-conditioned offices.
To get the most value for your commercial storage, we can work with you to determine the price per square foot of each container option. You can then determine what size will give you the best return on your investment.
For residential storage or hobby areas, always consider the amount of available space for a container on your property.
The Container Grade
Shipping containers have different grades including “One-Trip”, Cargo Worthy, A-Grade, B-Grade, and C-Grade – all of which are based on the container’s aesthetic value. If you want a newer-looking container, a One-Trip container is your best bet. If you don’t mind a few dings and dents, you may want to consider paying less for a lower grade.
Set-Up & Maintenance Costs
The upfront costs of purchasing and modifying a shipping container may seem like a lot at first. However, the total cost of building a structure also involves gradual expenses such as permitting, construction, transportation, labor, and materials.
Additionally, these structures may not be as durable and a steel shipping container, and therefore, may involve additional maintenance costs.
Setting Up a Foundation
To maximize the life of your shipping container, we recommend having a solid, flat area to place it on. If the ground is not solid (ex. your property has a lot of sand in the dirt), then you may want to consider low-cost foundation options such as railroad ties, concrete footers, or a concrete slab – all of which can be secured with bolts and fixtures. Keep in mind, this will likely require a building permit.
Protect your valuables from the extreme Florida heat by making sure your shipping container is equipped with proper ventilation. At A American Container, we offer several climate control modifications such as Through-Wall AC, Mini-Split AC, and Commercial Wall HVAC.
Beat the heat: Why You Need an Insulated Shipping Container
At A American Containers, we make the delivery process as easy as possible. However, certain factors help ensure a safe and stress-free delivery. The ideal location for delivery should meet the following criteria:
- The ground should be level, solid, and dry.
- The area should be clear of debris.
- The delivery route should be at least 12-feet wide with an overhead clearance of at least 14-feet.
- The overhead clearance where the container will be offloaded should be at least 20-feet high.
Interested in purchasing or leasing a shipping container for your home, business, or another unique purpose? Contact A American today at 813.740.1911!
Securing the Container
Keeping your items safe is a top priority, which is why we offer several locking systems to help mitigate your risk.
With us, you can choose from the following:
- DRP Locking System
- Cargo Door Lock
- Hidden Shackle Locks
- Block Lock (Warehouse Lock)
Learn how you can protect your shipping container against vandalism, theft, and harsh weather conditions with locking systems from A American Container.
Lock it up: Securing Your Container
Ready to Purchase or Lease a Storage Container?
A American Container is your reliable source for onsite storage containers! To learn more about our shipping container company, services, or to receive a free quote, please contact our experienced team of customer service representatives today at 813.740.1911.