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Shipping Container Paint Guide

DSC_0156Shipping containers are being virtually used for everything such as restaurants, shops, art pieces, storage, and even homes. You might have bought a used shipping container that was considered “cargo-worthy,” “as is” or “wind and watertight.” These are usually the cheapest container options on the market. “AS IS” containers are used units that have been retired by shipping companies. Most of these containers have light to heavy surface rust, scratches, dents, and come in various colors. Used containers are a great option because they are the most cost effective and there is an abundant supply of these containers. A single shipping container has traveled throughout the world and has been exposed to the marine environment. When the container is moved, the areas where the steel panels are joined together become weakened under stress and the original paint can crack or chip away. Due to the heavy use, water has an opportunity to collect in the corners and underneath the doors and remains stagnant. Painting shipping containers makes the cargo box more attractive in appearance and provides durability, ensuring the strength and integrity of the metal by keeping it free from rust. When you choose the right paint type, painting shipping containers also protects it from various elements. Ensure you find the best paint for your individual container, as there are various container paint options available. The first step is to determine how you will use the shipping container, the intended use will help you decide the best container paint type to use.


Now that you have purchased a used container that fits your needs. The size is right, the condition is strong and secure, and the price was right. Now it is time to paint your container. But why paint a container? Obviously, it is going to look better especially if it blends well with the rest of your home, business, or surroundings. If you are using it for marketing purposes, consider painting shipping containers for a fresh-looking exterior. But there is another reason you should paint your container. Painting your container adds an extra layer between the steel and the elements. Painting shipping containers will drastically slow down the spread of rust and will make your container last longer. When a container is chipped, dented, or damaged in a number of ways, these scars can speed up the process of rotting. Along with rotting, many people are concerned with the chemicals used in making the wood floor. If you are simply using a container for storage purposes, there is not much concern over the health risks. However, it is not a bad idea to seal off the floor with a thick coat of paint to prevent water damage and toxic fumes from creeping out. Any outdoor paint that is designed to be walked on and withstand the weather of all four seasons would work, for example, Behr Porch and Patio paint is a great choice.

Best Paint Option:
Water-based direct to metal paint (DTM) – Sherwin Williams and Valspar makes a good marine grade DTM paint

Rust Converter
Spot Priming any rust spots with a “rust converter” which transforms surface rust into a hard substance and then your container is ready to be painted. It also prevents the rust from spreading and secures the spot that is already rusted. I have heard good things about POR-15 rust treatment and rust prevention paint. Its high performance rust-preventive coating is designed for application directly on rusted or seasoned metal surfaces. The POR-15 dries extremely hard so it doesn’t chip, crack, or peel like ordinary paints and the hardness will resist the wear and tear of everyday life. POR-15 is ideal because it chemically bonds to rusted metal and forms a rock hard coating. It keeps moisture away from metal with a coating that is strengthened by continued exposure to moisture. This protective layer can then be painted over with your color of choice.

Ceramic Paint Insulation
What about ceramic paint insulation? Many people are wondering if ceramic insulation paint actually works and if so, how does it work? The dimensions of a container are not very big, if you insulate the inside of a container, you are not left with very much room to work with. On the other hand, If you insulate the outside of a container, the container loses the look and feel of a container. The “ceramic insulation” claimed to be developed by NASA and the supplier claims addresses “all three modes of heat transfer- Radiated, convected and conducted.” However, there have been no studies done to verify their insulating qualities. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not suggest using paints or coatings as a primary source for insulation. Their government has recognized roofing paint for its energy efficiency but only the capability to reflect heat off the roof, not insulating the container to keep it cooler. In a study, they found that insulating paints can accomplish a “reduction in heat gain” of about 20% on freshly painted sun-exposed walls, but notes that such direct sunlight is limited, and the “reflectivity of the painted surface generally declines considerably with time.
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Extending the Life of Your Container

Extending the life of your shipping container can be done with little a bit effort and at an affordable cost. Over the course of time, a shipping container that is on a farm, ranch, or on a residential or commercial property will eventually succumb to the forces of nature and start to rust. The floors may even begin to rot inside your container. Take preventive actions and slow down the aging process with paint, a wire brush, and some vinegar.

The only way to completely get rid of rust is by getting the surface down to bare metal and then painting it with a two part paint. It is probably not necessary to chip the paint off the entire container because most of the rust that is visible is probably running down from rusty spots where the coating was damaged. Those spots are probably worst than the rest of the container because of their exposure to the marine environment. It is a good idea to wash and scrub the complete surface and then clean the stains with a diluted ospho.

Steps To Paint Your Container
The most effective way to clean up the rust to repaint a shipping container would be to sandblast the entire container, remove the paint, then remove the rusted areas, prime, and repaint the container. This would result in a completely refurbished container. However, the cost of this process could be more than the container itself.

If you want to cut the cost down and just remove rust and repaint the affected areas, get a wire brush, sandpaper, vinegar, and direct to metal (DTM) paint. A 20ft container needs about 3-4 gallons of paint. Try to remove as much of the rust as possible with the wire brush and sandpaper. Rub vinegar on those areas you cleaned and leave it on for a bit. This will stall the corrosion process. Now it is time to apply the DTM paint, ideally, you should apply more than one coat.

Clean your container – Preferably with a pressure washer – Remove dirt, debris, and loose paint chips. Pay close attention to the areas that need special attention. Don’t forget to clean the top of your container!

Grind down rust – Use Low grit sandpaper, steel wool, or a wire brush – Sand areas to remove the corrosion or loose paint. If those areas are not treated, they will compromise the paint later on. Spray wash the container again and rub vinegar on the areas you cleaned and that need special attention. Let your container completely dry.

Apply a “rust converter”– Apply over rusty areas with a paint brush and/or roller. A rust converter is similar to a steel primer and converts the rust into a hard, paintable surface. It also seals the formerly rusty surface from oxygen, which is part of the rust degradation process. Let dry.

Paint your container – Once the rust converter has completely dried, using a paint sprayer or a heavy paint roller is ideal when applying your paint.

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Have questions about painting your container? Container Alliance is able to paint your container for you, rather your are looking for a color that matches your home or business or a color that blends into your surroundings, one of our knowledgeable sales reps can help you make the decision and guide you in the right direction. Our years of experience in the container industry will save you time and money, we want to help you! We are also able to paint your container for you as a branding or marketing opportunity. Give us a call today at (800) 386-2345 or fill out a quick quote form now!

Shipping Container Dimensions

The two industry standard sizes of shipping containers are the 20ft and 40ft containers. Importers and exporters are at an advantage when it comes to packing up their container because their products are boxed and shipped from the manufacture. This makes it easy to access the amount boxes that fit on a pallet. If you are using a container to move, it is difficult to know how much of your stuff is going to fit into the container. Do you need a 20ft container or a 40ft container? Finding the perfect shipping container dimensions that will fit your entire home seems like an impossible task. Packing your items in a container can feel like a game of Tetris. Going through each room of your house or apartment and taking inventory of what is in each room will help give you a better idea of what standard container dimension you will need. Taking inventory of your home will also help with the organizational process when it comes time to load your container. At this time, you can discard any unwanted items or make a trip to Goodwill. Hopefully this guide provides a clear understanding of the shipping container dimensions as you embark on your journey to a new place!

20 ft container rental20ft Containers – The standard container dimensions of a 20ft container is 20ft long, 8ft 6in tall, and 8ft wide. It can hold about 850 to 1,050 cubic feet, and are usually big enough to fit a 1 to 2 bedroom household, or one vehicle with a few small household goods. The container filled to the maximum capacity is 1170 cubic feet but filled up to 90% capacity would be about 1,050 cubic feet. This is only an estimate and only work if everything fits like a puzzle piece – which rarely happens – so be sure to leave some extra space.

Cubic FeetQuantityTotal
Twin Bed
King Size Bed30
3 - Seater Couch45145
Washing Machine 15115
Refrigerator 10110
TV (Small)5210
Medium Boxes (18" x 18" x 18")4520
Large Boxes 8540
Dinner Table 50150
Suitcases 5420
BMW 3 SERIES 325i M Sport 2dr Step Auto Convertible 3.0670
Grand Total 1050

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CIMG037540ft Containers – The standard container dimensions of a 40ft container is 40ft long, 8ft 6in, and 8ft wide. It can hold about 1,850 to 2,200 cubic feet, and are typically appropriate for moving a 3 to 5 bedroom household, or 1 vehicle and a 2 bedroom household. The overall capacity of a 40ft container is 2,390 cubic feet. It is highly unlikely that you will fill your 40ft container to full capacity because of awkward shaped items. Make sure you have some extra room so you do not fall short. The 40ft shipping container dimensions are best for families and larger homes or large items such as vehicles.

Item Cubic Feet
Living Room / Kitchen / Dining Room / Laundry Room
Couch 3 Seater50
Sofa Bed50
Sofa Sectional30
Arm Chair10
Occasional Chair15
Lazy Boy25
Book Case20
Coffee Tables5
Wall Unit Small15
Wall Unit Large20
Cupboard small10
Cupboard Large15
Floor Lamp3
Upright Piano60
Baby Grand Piano70
Grand Piano80
Carpet and Rug10
Grandfather Clock20
Breakfast Chair5
Breakfast Table10
Kitchen Cabinet30
Utility Cabinet10
Refrigerator (Small)40
Refrigerator (Medium)45
Refrigerator (Large)55
Freezer (Small)45
Freezer (Medium)50
Freezer (Large)60
Washing Machine 35
Dishwasher 35
King Size Bed70
Full Size Bed 55
Twin Size Bed 40
Bunk Beds70
Dresser, Chest of Drawers
Ironing Board10
Side Tables10
Wardrobe Boxes
Small Dining Table20
Medium Dining Table 25
Large Dining Table 30
Dining Chairs5
China Cabinet25
Corner Cabinet 20
Outdoor Area
Barbecue 10
Lawn Chair5
Porch Chair10
Lawn Mower35
Outdoor Swings 30
Picnic Table20
Large Bookcase 15
Arm Chair10
Computer Desk 20
Conference Table 50
Drawing Table 20

Resource: Movehub 

Estimating the volume of your container
Generally speaking, a two-bedroom apartment will fill into a 20ft container. For example, if you take a typical 1,200 square foot apartment and pack it very well using boxes and bubble wrap, it should easily fit all your possessions in a 20ft container. This would be similar to a 2-3 bedroom house of about 2,000 square feet in a 40ft shipping container.

How many cars will fit in one shipping container? 
Varies with the size of the cars, but typically:

20ft Container
A large sedan, van, or small SUV when loaded flat without supporting frames
2 very low sports cars when loaded with supporting frames

40ft Container
2 large sedan, vans, or small SUV when loaded flat without supporting frames
3 or 4 sedans when angled and secured by frames

Container Alliance can help you find the right shipping container dimensions for your moving needs. Give us a call at (800) 386-2345 to speak with one of our knowledgeable sales representatives or fill out a quick quote form today!

The New Trend: Shipping Container Shops


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As a business owner, you’re always looking to cut costs, and shipping containers allow you to do just that. Modified shipping containers aren’t just for storage or tiny houses–stand out from the crowd and harness the mighty power of a modified shipping containers for your business! More and more business owners are realizing the benefits of using a modified shipping container to house their business. At Container Alliance, we have begun to see a new trend in shipping container architecture—shipping container shops!

Those big metal boxes that you see on the side on the road may look plain and ordinary, however they are anything but. A shipping container is the business owner’s secret weapon. Strong, secure, and cost effective, a shipping container can handle anything you throw at it!


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Container Alliance can modify any shipping container or storage container and transform it into the perfect space for your business in a matter of weeks if not days! Choose between a number of different lighting, insulation, electrical, and custom paint packages in order to create the perfect commercial or retail space for your business.

Harness the power of shipping containers for your business! Container Alliance has shipping containers in lengths from 10ft to 45ft with high cube (HC) and double door options available for lease or purchase.

At first glance, shipping containers and retail may seem like a bad idea. But with a little creative innovation, they can the perfect option for the savvy budget-conscious business owner. A customized shipping container shop hits the trifecta. Cost effective, flexible, and portable!


A custom shipping container is a cost effective option whether you are planning to open up a new business or simply expand your business at a new location.


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Modifying a shipping container into a commercial or retail space allows you to minimize your investment while maximizing profit. Think of it like a food truck or a pop-up shop. You don’t have to go through the lengthy process of finding a brick and mortar space that is properly zoned or with the hassle of extensive and expensive renovations and pesky inspectors. Nor do you have to settle for a space that is too big or too small because it’s the only space available that meets your criteria.

With a shipping container space, you pick the right size container for your business needs and customize it to your exact specifications. When it’s finished it is good to go, just hook it up to utilities and get cooking! Just imagine— you could have a shipping container coffee shop ready for business in a matter of days and for a fraction of the cost as a traditional space!

Housing your business in a modified shipping container could even help your business generate some free advertising. Shipping containers stand out from the crowd and generate conversation. You can even utilize custom paint for extra branding.



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Commercial shipping container spaces allow your business to have unprecedented flexibility when responding to customer needs and wants. First, containerizing your shop or restaurant gives you access to locations that are unaccessible with traditional brick and mortar store fronts. Take advantage of that small awkwardly shaped lot in the desirable location without spending a ton of money and time building out a custom retail space. Your containerized business can be placed anywhere there’s room and quickly customized for a fraction of the cost of traditional builds. Shipping container businesses also allow you to expand rapidly and easily. You can easily expand your square footage or even a second level to your business just by adding another shipping container!

Containerizing your business also lets you move locations with minimal costs. Instead of leaving behind a space that you painstakingly renovated, you can take your business space with you—appliances and all! Imagine the security of knowing that your shipping container restaurant could be moved completely intact if there were ever any issues. Or knowing that your shipping container shop could be moved to a new location with higher foot traffic in a matter of days!


Container Alliance provides shipping containers, storage containers, and custom container modifications in California and is part of a network of shipping container providers throughout the United States. We have been in business for 8 years and work with every client to find the perfect storage solution to meet their unique needs. You’ve got nothing to lose—give us a call at 800-386-2345 today and we’ll hook you up with a box, no matter where you are or what you want. Or get an online quote now.

Get a 10ft Container! They are Small but Mighty

At Container Alliance, we have shipping containers and storage containers available for rent and purchase in sizes from 10 ft to 45 ft. We provide portable storage solutions in new one-trip, wind and watertight, and refurbished  conditions.

When choosing a shipping 10ft-container-front-cargo-doorscontainer, many customers opt for the ISO standard 20ft storage container or 40ft storage container. However, some clients find these sizes to be unsuited to their placement site or simply too large for their storage needs.

Those who have limited space on-site or who need less storage space should consider renting or purchasing a 10ft container. 10ft containers only take up half the area of a standard parking spot and provide an impressive 582 cubic feet of storage space!


10ft-rollup-side-view1-630x32010ft storage containers are the most portable option available. Unlike our larger portable storage options, a 10ft container can be repositioned on-site with only a forklift. There is no need to go through the hassle and expense of getting a driver with a semi-trailer out to reposition your storage container!

The 10ft container is also ideal for those who are concerned about minimizing the aesthetic impact of a storage container on their property.

As with all storage containers, it is important to be aware of your needs when renting a 10 ft  storage container.  The majority of 10ft containers are cut down from 20ft or 40ft shipping containers, leaving only two corner posts on one side of the container. As such, most 10ft storage containers cannot be stacked or traditionally hoisted. If your needs include stacking or hoisting please contact a sales representative, as some custom 10ft four corner post storage containers may be available.

10ft storage containers have the same security and durability as 20ft and 40ft storage containers.  Our 10ft containers come equipped with secure cargo doors, a high-security lock box, and are wind and water-tight. We can also customize your 10ft storage container with windows, additional doors, electrical, or HVAC.

Container Alliance provides shipping containers and storage containers in California and is part of a network of shipping container providers all around the United States. We have been in business for 8 years and work with every client to find the perfect storage solution to meet their unique needs. Purchase or rent storage containers with us! You’ve got nothing to lose—give us a call at 800-386-2345 today and we’ll hook you up with a box, no matter where you are. Or get a quote now.

Sourcing the Best Shipping Container: Top Ten US Ports

Shipping ContainersIf you are in the market for a shipping container or have already acquired a shipping container, it is helpful to understand where shipping containers come from.

Whether a new “one-trip” container or a used container, shipping containers start their life in Asia and are shipped by boat to the United States. Excess shipping containers arrive in U.S. ports and are stored in terminals and depots adjacent to the ports.


PortsSince shipping containers in the U.S. are sourced from ports, it is helpful to know which ports in the U.S. have the largest volumes of shipping traffic. This important as the volume of shipping traffic affects the both the pricing and availability of shipping containers in your area.

At Container Alliance, we have created lasting relationships with the biggest and best shipping lines and leasing companies in the industry and are very careful in the products that we select.


As presented in National Real Estate Investor, the Top 10 US Ports are:


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10. Port Everglades, FL

9. Tacoma, WA

8. Charleston, SC

7. Oakland, CA

6. Houston, TX

5. Norfolk, VA

4. Seattle, WA

3. Savannah, GA

2. New York, NY

1. Los Angeles/Long Beach, CA

Excess shipping containers have a wide variety of applications outside of shipping. These applications include being used for offices, residences, and storage. At Container Alliance, we are proud to offer a number of sizes and types of ship containers for sale or rent. We also offer a wide range of custom container modifications.

Please call us at (800) 386-2345 to talk to a sales rep or fill out a quote.

In the Energy Industry? Shipping Containers are the Perfect Solution

refinery-514010_640Modified storage containers are the perfect solution to the unique and challenging demands of the oil industry.

The continuing oil boom in North Dakota clearly illustrates the myriad challenges the oil industry faces in ensuring success. While the challenges faced by the oil industry in North Dakota may appear to be somewhat extreme, they are not unique and are endemic to the industry.

The issues associated with the oil boom in North Dakota have been well documented, as the explosive growth that the oil industry has brought has also been accompanied by chronic housing shortages, overcrowded and over taxed public services, and security issues. These issues directly speak to the challenges the oil industry faces in creating and supporting functional work sites in remote areas with limited infrastructure.

Shipping containers are the ideal choice to meet these needs because they are durable, portable, secure, and easily customizable.

Durable and Portable

shipping container in oil and gas industryThe oil and gas industry works in some of most extreme environments in the world and North Dakota is no exception. Placing equipment, housing, and office space becomes extra difficult in such environments and the durability and portability of shipping containers are uniquely suited to address these challenges.

Shipping containers are manufactured from corten steel and are guaranteed to be wind and water-tight. They stand up to the rigors of being transported to remote locations and are easily placed on-site with less requirements for set up than more traditional modular options.


Safe and Secure

shipping containers in the oil and gas industryThe oil industry’s move into North Dakota has been marked by huge investment into expanding oil and natural gas production. As with any large-scale construction or large-scale industrial project, this investment has been accompanied by a huge amount of equipment, machinery, and construction tools.

All of these equipment and tools require storage, especially given the harsh physical environment of North Dakota. The presence of such large amounts of equipment and machinery raises the question of security of these tools. A shipping container is the perfect solution for ensuring the security of valuable goods. Made of corten steel and with limited and secure access points, modified storage containers are inherently secure and can be easily modified with security accessories to be made even more secure.



shipping containers in oil and industryAnother major issue for the oil industry in North Dakota has been that there are not enough buildings available to meet demand. The lack of available buildings are a consequence of the oil and gas industry’s tendency to work in remote locations with small populations.

Shipping containers can be easily modified to meet the demand for more buildings and serve a variety of different applications, like portable office containers. The demand for new buildings in the oil industry encompasses every aspect of life; ranging from housing to offices to school buildings to laundry and bathroom facilities. Shipping containers are best suited to meet these needs because they can be modified off-site and quickly placed on-site. Using shipping containers allows clients to avoid many of the problems and costs associated with doing construction in remote and difficult locations.


The challenges faced in North Dakota are truly universal in the oil industry, our partner companies in Texas and Missouri have also worked with the oil industry to address many of the same challenges. See their solutions here and here.

Container Alliance is a network of shipping container sellers all around the United States. To get started with renting or buying a shipping container today for use in the oil and gas industry or one of the hundreds of other applications, contact us today by calling 800-386-2345 or get a quote now.


Bringing Safety Back to Shipping Containers

Container Security – Your Options

By design, the shipping container is safe from nature’s worst. Corten steel construction makes shipping containers strong enough to withstand a hurricane, while leaving their contents unscathed. Unless otherwise modified, each ISO container has lockable cargo doors on one end, including dual-locking rods and a four-handle latch system.20ft-onetrip-container

But what about those unnatural predators—people armed with bolt-cutters?

Here at Container Alliance, we know that you’re seeking storage because your belongings or your company’s belongings mean something, and you need to keep them safe. That’s why we offer a variety of security fixtures made to equip your container against both Mother Nature and your neighbors. If nothing else, you can opt for added security just to maintain your own peace of mind—and know that nothing is getting in or out of your container.

Unfortunately, the default padlock is visible, rendering the entry point susceptible to anyone with the right tools. Everyday break-ins, however, can be easily avoided with the choice of a couple simple additions.

Sliding Door LockboxThe lockbox

You can eliminate your worries by adding on a locking system concealed by a small box just as durable as the entire container itself: the lockbox. It’s inexpensive and could save you a whole lot of trouble. The placement of a lockbox is flexible; many customers opt for roll-up or sliding doors, which are more convenient, but can be less secure without added locking systems.

Security bars

People turning their container space into living space may want to amp up the safety of their box by ordering the installation of security bars to their container. We can deck out your windows, doors and turbine vents with strong bars that keep people (and anything else) out of the space when you’re there (and when you’re not).

Container Alliance is a storage container provider in California and a network of additional shipping container providers all around the United States. Our partner companies aim to best suit your storage container needs, whether you’re in Oakland or Chicago. You’ve got nothing to lose—give us a call at 800-386-2345 today and we’ll hook you up with a box, no matter where you are. Or get a quote now.

Top 10 Most Popular Container Modifications in Southern California

You know those old and rusty cargo containers you saw sitting in the shipyard as you sped past on the highway? Not all shipping containers look like that. In fact, Container Alliance is in the business of providing top quality storage units in the forms that work best for you, whatever your intended application may be. To further personalize your container, we serve our customers with a variety of container modification options that tailor the box to their intended purpose.

To discover the container modifications that Southern California residents opt for most often, read on:

1) Refurbishing

If you’re looking for a recycled, used container with like new quality, our refurbished, converted cargo containers are the choice for you. Although they maintain much of their original strength, used containers vary greatly in condition levels and sometimes this means holes and dents that compromise the security level. That’s why our refurbished containers are our most popular container modifications for Southern California containers; refurbished containers offer the same storage abilities as our tip-top one trip containers, but at a cheaper price. After smoothing out any the container’s surface, we apply fresh paint to even out unsightly surface rust, scratches, and dings.

2) Lock BoxesLock Box

Although the solid structure of the container is more than secure enough to keep natural elements out, unfortunately, it’s still possible for crafty thieves to break in. But fear not: you can easily remedy this by adding on one of our lock boxes, making you the only person with the ability to access your container. Our lock boxes, welded onto the steel doors, hide and protect a padlock from bolt cutters. They are the second most popular container modification in Southern California because they give you the security and peace of mind that your precious belongings or company inventory remain safe and only accessible to you.

3) Roll Up Doors

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Roll up doors add a new level of convenience to your container. By default, all shipping containers come equipped with two cargo doors. Roll up doors, however, are the third most popular modification in California because they improve the loading and unloading process tenfold. Especially recommended for customers storing extremely heavy products, roll up doors turn one side of your converted cargo containers into an open space that can stay open for the whole process of loading the box. They also provide a second entry point that can be useful when multiple people are assisting with the loading and unloading process, or simply to improve accessibility when positioning limits it.

4) Turbine VentsVents-Turbine

The turbine vent is a popular option for Southern California container buyers and renters because it keeps the air inside fresh, maintaining more of a livable environment. For customers intending to spend long periods of time inside of the converted cargo containers, turbine vents are always recommended; but for anyone simply using the container for storage, well-circulated air can only be a good thing. Good air means less risk of dust buildup in a stuffy environment that leaves any stored items in a condition far from the best. Choose turbine vents to keep the converted cargo container environment crisp.

5) 36” Steel Door

Our lightweight steel doors are a very common choice for container modifications because they allow customers to access their containers as if they were a rooms in their houses. Selected for both residential and commercial applications, the 36” steel door makes coming into the container a comfortable step. Gone are the wasted minutes of opening the roll-up door, and the strenuousness of pulling open cargo doors. With our popular 36” steel door, walk right in!

6) Electrical PackageElectrical Outlet

Many customers bring electricity into the equation to accommodate certain storage needs. If you are storing smaller belongings, lighting inside the container is not just helpful, but necessary, no matter the time of day you are accessing the container. Electricity is also necessary for our Southern California customers using the container as living space, as we can equip the box with standard power outlets for personal electronic use. Just contact us and we’ll figure out the best package for your converted cargo containers modifications.

7) Steel Sliding DoorsSteel Sliding Door

Although similar to our standard lightweight steel doors, our steel sliding doors can make accessibility even more convenient for you. If you need to load and unload items in a continuous fashion, these doors make matters easier as you can bring as many things as you like in while the door stays simply propped open. While this effect mirrors that of our roll-up doors, the steel sliding doors are much easier to open and mimic that of residential sliding doors.

8) Insulation

To increase the functionality of their converted cargo containers, many people in Southern California opt for insulation. Dry containers are perfect for many types of storage, but without insulation, the stored contents become susceptible to damage via temperature changes. For certain perishable or sensitive items, this can be a problem—however, insulation can change that to produce a more livable environment for the stored items. 

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For a variety of different container applications, windows can make the overall experience more convenient and pleasant. Without installing a lighting system, it’s difficult to see all of the contents inside of the container, making them hard to access. For this reason, many people opt for the modification of windows. Windows bring in natural lighting helpful to both people using the container for storage and people who will be inside the container for long periods of time (such as those converting their container into a home office.

10) Skylights

To shed some light on your storage, or to provide a source of natural illumination for your mobile office or living space, consider adding skylights to your container. We can replace some of the container’s steel ceiling with window glass, so you feel less like you’re inside of a box. Skylights are one of the most popular modifications in Southern California because they provide similar lighting benefits as windows without compromising the privacy of the inside of the container. Whether you’re dealing with a 20’ or 40ft container, there is a large amount of room inside and without some form of lighting it becomes impossible to see the contents of the far end.

Insulated vs Dry Storage Containers: Different Uses

As soon as you know you need to buy or rent a storage container, there are many additional choices for you to make that can improve the quality of storage. An important factor to consider: do you need dry shipping containers or insulated shipping containers?

While dry shipping containers tend to be cheaper, insulated shipping containers can allow for interior climate control that can be necessary to maintain the quality of certain stored items. Insulation can also make the inside of a container livable and less susceptible to sharp temperature changes that will inevitably result from a container being in sunlight.

See below to learn more about the differences between dry shipping containers and insulated shipping containers to discover the option best for you:

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Dry shipping containers are not equipped with additional insulation, maintaining the same state as their past lives when shipping cargo. They can also be refurbished with new paint to increase lifespans and improve quality. For many potential container applications, dry shipping containers are the perfect choice.

Dry containers are generally used for commercial, residential, and industrial storage, especially useful for keeping heavy items safe, such as construction equipment. Storage containers are also well suited for storing belongings of any size—like hunting or fishing equipment—because of the structures’ durability and resilience to virtually any weather condition. Your dry container will stay standing no matter how brutal the outside weather becomes.

As dry is the condition of the standard shipping container, you will find these containers at the most reasonable prices.


Insulated ContainerDue to added functionality, the insulated container is a different animal than the dry container. There are several ways to insulate the interior of a container, which include fiberglass, rigid polystyrene foam panels, and closed cell spray foam. Generally, Container Alliance insulates with R-13 value fiberglass surrounded by wood studs, and then finished with plywood and drywall or particle ply. Similar to the type of insulation you will find in conventionally-built homes, this makes being inside of the container tolerable for long periods of time.

A typical use of the insulated shipping container is the mobile home office. The container is a perfect size for an office, with a structure allowing for mobility if the customer so desires. With an insulated interior, the container allows people to stay inside comfortably for entire days. Some people take the insulated shipping container to the next level by quite literally living inside of the container—proper and thorough insulation has made the growing trend of shipping container homes possible.

Insulated containers will be priced higher than simple dry containers, but the added insulation maximizes the amount of different options for use. We can insulate your container in the manner perfect for your specific use.

The Perks of Office Containers

Due to the shipping container’s portability and security, a popular application for the ISO container is turning it into a mobile office. Office storage containers are perfect office solutions for construction job sites, properties under remodel, boatyards, mining sites, and more. 

With a portable office containerContainer Alliance, you get the durability of a sea-transport-ready shipping container along with everything you need in a small office, plus any specific modifications necessary for the container to best serve you. When you work with Container Alliance, converted shipping containers can be customized to suit your specific requirements.

Thousands of people have chosen converted shipping containers as the solution for their office needs. But why work out of a container instead of building a permanent structure or converting a pre-existing room into an office? There are a handful of benefits that come along with using converted shipping containers as base structures.

40ft Office/ Storage Combo

They’re Functional

All of Container Alliance’s office containers consist of insulation, electricity, windows, and personnel doors. These features separate them from the shipping container’s simple default form with two cargo doors, allowing for more convenient accessibility and replicated comfort of being inside a normal room. In addition, we offer 40ft units modified as both office and storage space in the same container, providing the beneficial aspects of both office and storage containers.

They’re Cost-Effective

Shipping container offices allow you to avoid the expensive strings attached to using traditional building methods such as foundation, walls, etc. After purchasing the container you can expect a high standard of quality for the next ten years or so, allowing it to pay for itself in the long run. For the customer with short-term needs, these units are also available for rent, allowing you to choose the length of your lease. We’ll arrange delivery and pick-up.

They’re Compact

Our 20ft containers take up the space of just one standard parking spot, giving you the amenities of a traditional office but in a smaller size. However, even 20ft converted shipping containers are spacious enough to be comfortable—people do live inside of them, after all. We also offer 40ft office storage containers to accommodate the customers needing additional space for work. With an office unit, everything is safe and contained.

40ft Office Container / Storage Combo

They’re Movable

We can equip the unit with electricity, heating/AC ability, windows, and a personnel door—providing the comforts and requirements of standard offices, but in portable form. Just load it onto a suitable truck and your converted shipping container can move anywhere. Unfortunately, Container Alliance’s trucks are only able to hold empty containers, but it’s easy to find trucking companies that can help you out with relocating your portable office containers.

They’re Reliable

All of our shipping containers come from overseas in Asia, proving their strong dependability against crazy weather conditions and security against the strong natural elements that could potentially wreak havoc on the content of the container. Our units are all guaranteed to be wind and water tight. Additionally, the insulation provided with all of our office units gives them a one-up over our regular shipping containers in terms of interior quality.

They’re Versatile

Container Alliance’s converted shipping containers are the ideal solutions for essentially anyone needing a portable office, or someone looking for a sturdy way to conduct important indoor work while on site. Some examples of the situations benefitting most are below:

  • Construction offices
  • Home or Business Workshops
  • Sales Offices
  • Laboratories
  • Kitchens
  • Business Kiosks
  • School Yards
  • Emergency Housing
  • Computer Data Centers
  • Garages

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20′ Office Container Before & After Insulation

Container Alliance is a nationwide network of shipping container and portable storage providers. To find out more information by personally speaking to one of our sales representatives, call 800-386-2345 today—or get a quote now.